Thrash Hits

July 7th, 2008

Live: Iron Maiden @ London Twickenham Stadium – 5 July 2008

It’s an interesting and suprising fact that Iron Maiden have never headlined a UK stadium gig. We were there for their first one and lifelong fan, Tony Hampton is just bursting to tell you exactly why it was so great.

Bruce gets the flag out

To have shaped a genre, influenced every rock band and rock fan for over 30 years. To still be selling out tours in record time and shifting albums by the truckload. To have your iconic mascot emblazoned across millions of t-shirts around the world.

To encompass all that’s fantastic, theatrical and, let’s be honest, silly about heavy metal and to be riding a wave of popularity and acclaim that shows no sign of slowing down as each new generation discovers you, and, to still be making albums so good you’re in no danger of ever being labelled as a nostalgia act.

To say it’s a very interesting time for Iron Maiden would be the understatement of the century.

Watch the video to ‘Number Of The Beast’ by Iron Maiden

Anyone who has made the pilgrimage to Twickenham for the London leg of this, their Somewhere Back In Time Tour will bear witness to the fact that this is, bar none, the greatest show on earth right now.

Taking in material and the mystical Egyptian imagery from the legendary Powerslave era it’s a feast for both the ears and the eyes.

Hitting the stage to ‘Aces High’, the 60,000 assembled Maidenites go suitably crackers as the triple guitar attack of Murray, Smith and Gerrs rips into life and bassist/founder/God Steve Harris plants his foot firmly on the monitor.

What follows is astounding. ‘Number Of The Beast’ is illuminated with huge pyro bursts, the epic 13-minute ‘Rime Of The Ancient Mariner’ sees Bruce Dickinson rocking the wizard chic look.

Watch the video to ‘Run To The Hills’ by Iron Maiden

The crowd is screaming every word, strangers are hugging in the aisles, and people are air-guitaring and throwing the devil horns left-right-and centre. When Bruce Dickinson lets loose a trademark “Scream for me…” the energy levels go off the scale.

To be stronger, tighter, and more at ease with your legacy than ever before must be satisfying but Iron Maiden don’t do smug. They like a pint, and the singer is so humble he has an Oyster card and gets the tube around town.

Incomparable, overwhelming genius.

6/6

Iron Maiden @ Twickenham setlist
‘Aces High’
‘2 Minutes To Midnight’
‘Revelations’
‘The Trooper’
‘Wasted Years’
‘The Number Of The Beast’
‘Rime Of The Ancient Mariner’
‘Powerslave’
‘Heaven Can Wait’
‘Run To The Hills’
‘Fear Of The Dark’
‘Iron Maiden’
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‘Moonchild’
‘The Clairvoyant’
‘Hallowed Be Thy Name’

Iron Maiden live photos gallery


Comments

  • Andy

    I was in the seats and not sure of a lot of complaints about the sound – it sounded fucking great where we were once the PA guys had sorted out the lead guitars which were absent from the first couple of solo’s. Only let down was that it was still broad daylight for the majority of the show – theres something special about a proper rock concert under cover of darkness meaning that the gig basically got better the later it got! Rime was probably the best memory I will ever have from a maiden gig, and since I have seen them every time they have played the UK since 1993 that’s saying a lot. Fantastic that a band who are all in their 50’s can still be so far ahead of the rest of Metal in terms of putting on a great show, long may it continue!

  • Andy

    I was in the seats and not sure of a lot of complaints about the sound – it sounded fucking great where we were once the PA guys had sorted out the lead guitars which were absent from the first couple of solo’s. Only let down was that it was still broad daylight for the majority of the show – theres something special about a proper rock concert under cover of darkness meaning that the gig basically got better the later it got! Rime was probably the best memory I will ever have from a maiden gig, and since I have seen them every time they have played the UK since 1993 that’s saying a lot. Fantastic that a band who are all in their 50’s can still be so far ahead of the rest of Metal in terms of putting on a great show, long may it continue!

  • leon rosser

    i just wanna say i seen maiden before and metallica etc and i gotta say when i saw winston churchill speech i just knew aces high then i knew we were gonna be in for a special one helll i never seen maiden so good and on form
    best gig i ever saw
    up the irons!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • leon rosser

    i just wanna say i seen maiden before and metallica etc and i gotta say when i saw winston churchill speech i just knew aces high then i knew we were gonna be in for a special one helll i never seen maiden so good and on form
    best gig i ever saw
    up the irons!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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