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Gig Reviews & Special Features

August 2008

Iron Maiden Live at the Blossom Music Center, Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio

This summer, Iron Maiden's been trekking the globe, going "Somewhere Back In Time" and taking all their fans with them. On this tour, to promote the Live After Death DVD, Maiden have dusted off some of their classic stage props, mostly from the "Powerslave" era, and are re-creating their old stage shows of years past. This is a must see for all Maiden fans, young and old(er). If you were too young to see them in the 80s, here's your chance to see one of the all time great metal performances; and if you're a veteran Maiden fan, who's been following them since day one, here's your chance to see that classic stage show again. Maiden are a band NEVER to be missed! They always put on a spectacular show, and tonight was no exception. After Steve Harris' daughter Lauren and her band opened the show (not bad-pop flavored hard rock), Maiden took the stage (or rather BLITZED it!), following Winston Churchill's legendary speech. The band launched into "Aces High", which was followed by "Two Minutes To Midnight", "Revelations", and "The Trooper", where Bruce donned a red, 19th century military jacket and waved a Union Jack around. Maiden played nothing but classics and included many songs they hadn't played in a long time. One such song was the fifteen minute long epic, "Rhyme Of The Ancient Mariner", which they hadn't played since the "Powerslave" tour. It was awesomely played, with some great pyro and a backdrop showing the interior of a ship. This is also the first time this song's been played by the three guitar lineup, and they did a great job! Definitely a highlight! Eddie also made his usual appearances (wouldn't be a Maiden show without him, would it?)-first as a giant mummy during the song "Iron Maiden", just like on the "Powerslave" tour, complete with fire-shooting eyes (if you've seen "Live After Death" you'll have seen this); then, in smaller form, Eddie appeared again as the "Somewhere In Time" cyborg, walking around the stage brandishing his ray gun, as the band played "The Clairvoyant". Maiden also threw in "Moonchild", "Heaven Can Wait", "Wasted Years", "Powerslave" (yes, Bruce wore the mask!), along with concert classics like "Run To The Hills", "Number Of The Beast", "Hallowed Be Thy Name", and "Fear Of The Dark" (the only post-80s song they played). Maiden are still in tip top form and played awesomely. They sound great live, and are full of energy. Bruce pranced around stage like one of the Three Musketeers, and his pipes are in great shape. He sang to beat hell. As for the rest of the band, they were amazing! The triple threat guitars could blow you out of your socks! Steve Harris worked his bass to the max, and Nicko McBrain pounded his skins with a passion. They had some amazing pyro and a great stage show. Seeing giant mummy Eddie was mind blowing! A phenominal show all around. Few bands, if any, can match Maiden in concert. This show really did take us "Somewhere Back In Time". It was like 1985 all over again! Well, almost. No spandex this time around. But Maiden kick plenty of ass without it!