Just like Iron Maiden, we’re London lads through and through but we couldn’t wait a whole week to see Maiden rock the O2 Arena so drove up to Birmingham to see them rock the NIA. It was bloody worth it.
Six things we learnt when we saw Iron Maiden in Brum:
1) It’s another great setlist. In keeping with the prog-tastic The Final Frontier tour, there are plenty of longer, more drawn-out ‘Fear Of The Dark’-style tracks. There are clean, haunting almost medieval-sounding intros flowing but there’s always speed and heaviness at the core of each song with massive choruses. You might want to get yet prog on, but Maiden are still metal as fuck.
2) They might be a million years old now but they’re as animated and energetic as ever. Janick Gers still doesn’t get any solos but he makes up for it with yoga, guitar-pointing and general silliness. He’s clearly the best.
3) Iron Maiden’s stage show is second to none. There’s a new backdrop for every song, and there’s Eddie (obviously) but they’ve also built on the setup since Sonisphere.
4) Songs from The Final Frontier go down amazingly well. A year after release, there are no grumbles over five new tracks in the setlist. Even when they crack out the acoustic guitars for ‘The Talisman’!
5) It’s the mistakes that make you appreciate how good Maiden are. When the backline cut out near the end of ‘The Number of the Beast’, the band play through it like pros. They finish with just drums and Bruce singing along with the crowd. Class.
6) This is far from the final frontier for Iron Maiden. Bruce promises at least another four years of touring. That means at least another album. DEFEND THE FAITH!
Iron Maiden @ Birmingham NIA setlist
Satellite 15… The Final Frontier
2 Minutes to Midnight
Dance of Death
The Wicker Man
When the Wild Wind Blows
The Evil That Men Do
Fear of the Dark
The Number of the Beast
Hallowed Be Thy Name
Always Look on the Bright Side of Life