In an attempt to not re-post Blabbermouth’s news like many of the blogs out there (since yes, I, too am unfortunately tied to Blabbermouth for my news), I try to do a bit more analysis and opinion on certain things. Think of me as the pundit to your regular news hour. Anyway, I have often given Iron Maiden shit about their American tours. Now once again they’re skipping the midwest in the US for the most part, and unfortunately they’re not coming to Sweden except for the stupid Sonisphere festival which costs way too much to just see Maiden (RIP Dio.). But one of the things I’ve often complained about is Maiden‘s reluctance to do new tours in the US or to play deep cuts on tours (can’t you play Alexander the Great JUST ONCE!?).

There are reasons for this. Many Americans view Iron Maiden as a novelty act, and not as one of the best heavy metal bands in the world still putting out albums. Despite their post-2000 prolificacy, many of the people who go to see Iron Maiden in concert could give a shit less about anything post-1984 (you know who you are). But, as a fan of Iron Maiden‘s later material, I’ve always thought that their reluctance to tour the United States in the post-heavy metal era is totally ridiculous, characterized more by bruised egos at not packing stadiums with their new material more than anything else.

So when I saw this new setlist that they played in Dallas, Texas last night, I’m pretty sure that Maiden is seriously flashing their dirty bits at all those folks who want them to be a 1980s novelty act.

01. The Wicker Man
02. The Ghost Of The Navigator
03. Brighter Than A Thousand Suns
04. El Dorado
05. Paschendale
06. The Reincarnation Of Benjamin Breeg
07. These Colours Don’t Run
08. Blood Brothers
09. Wildest Dreams
10. No More Lies
11. Brave New World
12. Fear Of The Dark
13. Iron Maiden

Encore:

14. The Number Of the Beast
15. Hallowed Be Thy Name
16. Running Free

Now, granted, these guys still have the worst concept of what they do well of any band ever in history (honestly, that they’re still playing “The Reincarnation of Benjamin Breeg” live is just insane). But that setlist screams “we are a modern, relevant band.” And good on them! I love classic Maiden as much (or more) than anybody. But I gotta say that I’ve always been frustrated with the way that people treat Maiden in the modern music era, as though they haven’t produced a thing worth listening to since said complaining douchebag was 22 in the early 1980s. And while I think that Seventh Son of a Seventh Son is, indeed, Iron Maiden‘s greatest album, I think that A Matter of Life and Death was nearly as good. And I’m glad to see that they’re sticking to their guns.

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  • Alex

    Matter of Life and Death was SOO good. I love that album. I really liked the Brave new World album too, but I have to go with Powerslave as my favorite Maiden album (Ancient Mariner ftw!)