The forecast predicted cloudy skies and slight rainfall, but it didn’t say anything about hell breaking loose on earth… in Englewood, Colorado. Take all of those mall rats rocking Iron Maiden tees and pile them to one place and there you have it.
For a group of 50 year old veteran rockers they sure can jump around like monkeys, as described from their very own tour manager. This show was proof that anybody that is or ever was in a band can never out stage Iron Maiden. Here, the band reignited their 1988 version of their “Maiden England” tour.
The show started off with Coheed & Cambria, a band that I personally admire, and they always seem to play on some of the wackiest lineups. Touring in the pas on a bill with bands such as Slipknot, Dio and Soundgarden, Heaven and Hell…you wonder how they ended up on a show like this one might ask. The Children of the Fence performed a very strong set, with their new bass player, Zach Cooper, and reunited with previous drummer, Josh Eppard, taking back the sticks after Chris Pennie. Personally I prefer to have Michael Todd and Chris Pennie, but newcomer Zach Cooper performed admirably and my belief is he will continue to do so.
“Scream for me Denver!” Dickinson proclaimed. His call to action usually came in waves of three during a musical vamp in songs like “2 Minutes to Midnight.” “No! That’s bulls**t! I said screeeeeeeam for me Denvaaaaaaah!”with Bruce dressed as a red coat during, “The Trooper”, Smith and Murray traded off complex solo lines while Harris ran from side to side with as much vigor as Dickinson.and an energetic Janick Gers doing battle with Ed mutliple times.
With change of scenes, pyrotechnics and a golden devil during a number of songs such as “Number of the Beast”; complete excitement throughout. Bruce Dickinson regrettably informed the crowd of the short set that the band had to stick to, due to noise complaints in the area.
Performance effects special to this tour included Eddie’s live cameos, once in General Custer regalia during “Run to the Hills,” and another closing the show atop the back risers as a living version of the “Seventh Son of a Seventh Son” album cover. A lot of the songs in this set had not been heard live since the ‘80s, especially the title track of “Seventh Son” — which featured keyboard player Michael Kenney.
– Josh Lowe, Alternative Revolt Magazine [Story & Photos]