Few bands are capable of what Iron Maiden did on Friday, 6 May, 2016 at Qudos Bank Arena. The metal legends performed what could be one of the most spectacular shows ever witnessed, with energy levels that made everyone forget that they were watching six guys in their late fifties. Bruce Dickinson spent most of the show running across the stage and jumping like we were back in the Powerslave or The Number of the Beast eras. Moreover, Dickinson sounded better than ever, despite having recently undergone treatment for cancer of his vocal chords.
The Irons performed songs from most of their back catalogue, with a strong focus on their recent hit, ‘The Book of Souls’. This just proves that the guys are able to reinvent themselves every time without having to play the same hits over and over. They even left iconic anthems like ‘Run to the Hills’ and ‘2 Minutes to Midnight’ out of the set in favour of new instant classics, such as ‘Speed of Light’ and ‘The Book of Souls’. The band also dedicated new song, ‘Tears of a Clown’, to the late Robin Williams.
Dickinson even took time to acknowledge the Maiden family, talking about how many generations of fans attend each show (some of whom are from countries he’s never been to). His appreciation of the audience in turn won him our respect. Furthermore, he took time to pay respect to the Anzacs and offered some interesting historical facts about the fall of the legendary Red Baron during WWI.
Obviously, a Maiden show is not complete without ‘The Trooper’. Dressed in a military tunic, Dickinson ran across the stage energetically, waving a battle-worn Union Jack as he went. During this number, their mascot, Eddie appeared on stage for the first time, in the form of a Voodoo Wizard. Later in the show, Eddie reappeared as a huge head looming over the stage. Still later, there was the arrival of a massive demonic bull during ‘The Number of the Beast.’ Simply impressive!
This band is just a joy to see; it doesn’t matter how good or bad your seats are or who’s knocking into you in the moshpit. Being shot by Steve Harris’s bass, witnessing Janick Gers’ cool guitar stunts, and basking in amazing guitar solos by Adrian Smith and Dave Murray (which even had drum virtuoso, Nicko McBrain, stand up behind his huge kit in reverence) is enough to make every Maiden show unique, fresh and a must-see for every rock fan….UP THE IRONS!!!