Volume: Iron Maiden, Superpages.com Center, Dallas, TX 06/09/2010

Originally posted on Facebook 06/10/2010

“Scream for me Dallas!” propelled 12,000 fans at superpages.com Center back to the first time they heard this beckoned of Long Beach on 1985’s Live After Death, as Iron Maiden launched into their second song of the evening, “Ghost of the Navigator”. And it was about the only thing propelling the crowd back in time.

Iron Maiden opened their 2010 “The Final Frontier” tour in Dallas last night with a set that was anemic on “classics”. This was a great night for the superfan, but not for the regular, casual fan, borrowing more from their 2000’s output than the classic 80’s and even early 90’s releases. Brave New World, Dance of Death and A Matter of Life and Death were well represented, where staples and expected numbers such as “Run To The Hills”, “Aces High”, “The Trooper”, “Wasted Years”, and at least a dozen others were left from the set.

You have to respect an artist that wants to present their later work as viable, which it certainly is. And I do not mean to say this was a bad show, not by any means. A band being able to produce something as solid as this, without having to dip into their bag of tricks, is a true testament to their later career. I, like many last night, just wish they would have peppered a few classics into the set as well, for if you weren’t familiar with the past 3 albums, you were lost for the majority of the evening.

The Wickerman – Brave New World
Ghost of the Navigator – Brave New World
Brighter Than A Thousand Suns – A Matter of Life and Death
El Dorado – The Final Frontier
Paschendale – Dance of Death
The Reincarnation of Benjamin Breeg – A Matter of Life and Death
These Colours Don’t Run – A Matter of Life and Death
Blood Brothers – Brave New World
Wildest Dreams – Dance of Death
No More Lies – Dance of Death
Brave New World – Brave New World
Fear of the Dark – Fear of the Dark
Iron Maiden – Iron Maiden

The Number of the Beast – The Number of the Beast
Hallowed Be They Name – The Number of the Beast
Running Free – Iron Maiden

It was the first time I had seen Iron Maiden since 1992, and believe me, I was thrilled regardless of the setlist. Rumor has it they will swing back through this fall, and I will definitely go see them again.

And hope for some classic material as well.

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~ by thesynaptic on August 4, 2010.

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