Airbourne were first up. An Australian gang of 4 with AC/DC tendencies. Good hard entertaining rock.
I’ve seen Iron Maiden a few times now and it’s always been a pleasure. This time on the tour in support of their album The Final Frontier. This years stage theme was some kind of space station on a planet. The stage setup was the standard big space in the middle for them to run about and a 2nd level runabout bit for Bruce.
For some reason their into song was Dr Dr by UFO. Then their own intro of Satellite 15 was played along with a video on the sides of the stage. I think this is the first time I’ve actually seen them have the screens up, but then I only looked at them occasionally because seeing Bruce run around, Janick pulling the guitar shapes and Steve doing his special bass moves from our halfway seated position was enough entertainment. That and the songs too of course. The new ones went down well especially The Final Frontier & El Dorado. Personally I quite liked When the Wild Wind Blows though, maybe because it’s over 10 minutes long. It was also nice to see some recent tunes in their like Dance of Death, The Wicker Man & Blood Brothers.
Of course the best cheers came from the playing of the classics 2 Minutes to Midnight, The Trooper, The Evil That Men Do (featuring giant space monster Eddie messing about with Janick and playing his own guitar), Fear of the Dark, Iron Maiden (worth mentioning for the giant Eddie head that rose behind the band), The Number of the Beast (with movable head goaty figure at the back) and the brilliant Hallowed Be Thy Name.
After Running Free just under 2 hours of classic metal was over and the crowd shuffled out to the tune of Always Look On The Bright Side Of Life, which is something I always do after a maiden gig.
Nice one! :)
The Final Frontier
2 Minutes to Midnight
Dance of Death
The Wicker Man
When the Wild Wind Blows
The Evil That Men Do
Fear of the Dark
The Number of the Beast
Hallowed Be Thy Name