Iron Maiden recently completed the opening leg of The MAIDEN ENGLAND World Tour on their most extensive North American tour in many years. Below is a selection of what the Media had to say about the shows:

 

“Iron Maiden came, saw and conquered at Jones Beach last night, proving that one of heavy metal’s founding acts can still throw down just as hard as ever...Few things in life are heavier than a triple guitar attack and with Steve Harris’s basslines throbbing beneath, Maiden practically tore the faces off fans in the front rows...the group delivered an unbeatable setlist and played with all the heart, energy and explosiveness expected ….” - New York Rock Examiner.


“For nearly two hours Saturday night, Iron Maiden proved why it is still one of the greatest heavy metal bands in the world. The classic tracks ‘Run To The Hills’, ‘The Number of The Beast’, ‘The Trooper’ were all here but fans were treated to real gems such as ‘Afraid To Shoot Strangers’, ‘Wasted Years’ , ‘Phantom of The Opera’ and set closer ‘Running Free’.....The Maiden England World Tour was an impressive display of musicianship, endurance, backdrop changes and pyrotechnics with towering plumes of fire set on a stage which looked like something found in the Arctic Circle” -The Orange Leader, Houston


“As the thunderous attack of Aces High descends on the jubilant crowd it’s the most fitting end to a night of flawless, breathtaking victory. Maiden’s success is a triumph of self-belief over cynicism, of metal over every other superficial edifice of pop culture. Maiden England? Nah, tonight is Maiden Heaven” -Metal Hammer UK (Toronto show)
 

Guitarist Adrian Smith astounded with his solo on ‘Wasted Years’. Songs like ‘Phantom Of The Opera’, ‘The Clairvoyant’ and ‘Fear Of The Dark’ with signature twin guitars and changing tempo and dynamics reminded me what a huge influence Iron Maiden has had on contemporary hardcore and metal bands”  - Charlotte Observer
 

“Bruce Dickinson’s performance demonstrated that perhaps the key to staying on top, decade after decade in a competitive rock and metal world, is unending enthusiasm” - Boston Phoenix
 

“Bruce Dickinson led the British metal legends into a “hits” section of the show with ‘The Trooper’ donning the redcoat and waving his county’s flag and followed that up with his iconic scream during ‘The Number Of The Beast’. The absolute metal masterpiece ‘Phantom Of The Opera’ came next and left many in the crowd in awe of the pure musicianship. Drummer Nicko McBrain started to play the recognisable percussion opening to their biggest hit ‘Run To The Hills’ during the song the band’s mascot Eddie made his first appearance of the night. ‘Wasted Years’ capped off this section of the set” - The Indianapolis Examiner
 

“The night kicked into high gear with a string of classics that earned Iron Maiden its reputation as one of the greatest metal bands of all time.  The Trooper had the entire crowd singing along...an evil-horned sphinx watched from the side of the stage as the band tore through ‘The Number Of The Beast’ as flash pots exploded all around them. The band went back to it’s 1980 self-titled debut for the prog rocker ‘The Phanton Of The Opera’ which would be tested by length and complexity three songs later by the 10minute ‘Seventh Son’. Between those two set-pieces came the singalong fist-in-the-air ‘Run To The Hills’ and ‘Wasted Years’ the most sentimental and arguably the most melodic song in the band’s catalogue” - Winnipeg Free Press
 

“It was a barrage of hits as ‘2 Minutes to Midnight’ and ‘The Trooper’ pummelled my eardrums. My face literally almost melted from the heat waves coming from the stage during ‘The Number Of The Beast’. My brain nearly exploded after the double shot of a galloping rendition of ‘Run To The Hills’ and the frantic guitar pull-offs of ‘Wasted Years’” - Orange County Weekly
 

“This is probably their most deliriously direct set list ever. The strategy is thus: hit after hit after hit. Tonight, even brilliant runs through irrefutable classics – ‘2 Minutes to Midnight’, ‘Aces High’,  ‘The Trooper’, ‘The Number of The Beast’ and more besides – are eclipsed by the return of AWOL Maiden catalogue. ‘Moonchild’ and ‘The Clairvoyant’ are contenders but nothing beats the emotional return of ‘Afraid To Shoot Strangers’. So where does this tour leave Maiden in 2012 and beyond? Easy. Towering over everyone else. Tonight the combined pulses of Maiden’s past, present and future beat away at a rate you can’t count. And that beat will only get faster when they finally bring this beast home” - Kerrang UK (L.A show)
 

“The English sextet executed a five-song 20minute run that left San Antonio breathless: galloping war horse ‘The Trooper’, into Rosemary’s Baby gone Hammer film cue ‘The Number Of The Beast’, followed by ‘Phantom Of The Opera’, scalping breakthrough ‘Run To The Hills’ and finally Somewhere In Time traveller ‘Wasted Years’. Three guitarists stampeded by metal’s bass-playing playing songsmith plus a Promethean beat keeper, and jet pilot frontman torched one hit after another like heavy metal’s Rolling Stones”. - Austin Chronicle


“The Iron Maiden sound is equal parts machine gun metal rhythms, wall-of-sound catchy choruses and dramatic bombast. Its hard to ignore the immediate allure of staples such as ‘Can I Play With Madness’, ‘2 Minutes To Midnight’, ‘The Number Of The Beast’,’Run To The Hills’ and ‘Aces High’ all of which roared from the stage” - Dallas Morning News

 

 


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