Iron Maiden at Comfort Dental Amphitheatre, 8/13/12 (photos and review)By Marc Hobelman | August 14th, 2012 | No Comments »
If you noticed a “Ghostbusters” level of “real wrath of God type stuff” happening in your neighborhood Monday night, you can attribute it to Iron Maiden’s performance at Comfort Dental Amphitheatre. This year, the rockers from across the pond are bringing a re-imagined version of their 1988 “Maiden England” tour back to the colonies, and it’s still blowing minds for fans new and old.
Maiden blasted out from the elaborate stage and kicked things off with “Moonchild.” Drummer Nicko McBrain, bassist Steve Harris, and guitarists Dave Murray, Adrian Smith and Janick Gers ripped into the rabid crowd with searing guitar squeals, rumbling bass runs and thundering rhythm. With the first of the many backdrops featuring Eddie (the band’s emaciated mascot), singer Bruce Dickinson leapt to the top of the riser and howled his first notes into the night.
“Scream for me Denver!” Dickinson proclaimed. His call to action usually came in waves of three during a musical vamp in songs like “2 Minutes to Midnight.” “No! That’s bulls**t! I said screeeeeeeam for me Denvaaaaaaah!” Maiden fans came from near and far to do just that. Occasionally the crowd was louder than the band, although the physical energy of the six people on stage could not be matched. Dickinson would sprint from one end of the scaffolding to the other while singing his highest notes, never taking breaks to catch his breath. Gers was the most acrobatic of the bunch, showing off his literal guitar slinging tricks and playing notes alongside the fans in the pit. Smith and Murray traded off complex solo lines while Harris ran from side to side with as much vigor as Dickinson.
Performance effects special to this tour included Eddie’s live cameos, once in General Custer regalia during “Run to the Hills,” and another closing the show atop the back risers as a living version of the “Seventh Son of a Seventh Son” album cover. A lot of the songs in this set had not been heard live since the ‘80s, especially the title track of “Seventh Son” — which featured keyboard player Michael Kenney.
Doctor Doctor (UFO song)
Can I Play With Madness
2 Minutes to Midnight
Afraid to Shoot Strangers
The Number of the Beast
Phantom of the Opera
Run to the Hills
Seventh Son of a Seventh Son
Fear of the Dark
The Evil That Men Do
Always Look on the Bright Side of Life (Monty Python song)
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