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Iron Maiden Plan Classics Tour But Promise "Surprises"

Concert season is coming up again, and every dedicated Iron Maiden fan knows they did a new album and tour over the past few years, so now it's time in the cycle for a "classics" tour.

I admit to being a little mystified, because the Somewhere Back In Time tour, based around the DVD release of Live After Death, included songs from Somewhere Back In Time and Seventh Son Of A Seventh Son, rather than take in only songs from that DVD, but now they are touring on the DVD release of Maiden England, which was shot on the Seventh Son tour. The setlist from that DVD is as follows:

The Evil That Men Do
The Prisoner
Still Life
Die With Your Boots On
Infinite Dreams
Can I Play With Madness
Heaven Can Wait
Wasted Years
The Clairvoyant
Seventh Son Of A Seventh Son
The Number Of The Beast
Hallowed Be Thy Name
Iron Maiden

As you can see, they did a lot of these songs last time. But Bruce Dickinson is saying they will do 2/3 of this setlist, with some surprises, so I can hope that may mean "Flight of Icarus" and "Children of the Damned." Either way, I am hitting the fan club pre-sale this week, and planning on seeing the final two shows of the tour in Texas this August.

Will you go and see Iron Maiden in 2012?

Reader Comments (20)

I saw this tour back in '88 with Helloween opening. Great show and Maiden are always killer live, no matter what songs they play.
February 28, 2012 | Unregistered Commentersnoot
First time in Indy since the '88 tour, excluding Ozzfest. I believe I will be attending the show in Indy mainly because if its been 24 since their last time here, good chance it might be their last for another 24 years and by that time, they may have already called it quits.
February 28, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterMike
i hope to go..saw them the last time and it was all classics. loved it.
February 28, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterbrian L
Sign me up !!!
February 28, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterDamnp78
Checking them out in Indy this year. Looking forward to it!!
February 28, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterPhilman
Can't wait to see them in Mansfield!!! I actually hope some of the suprises is some of the new stuff. If you haven't checked out their last few albums, you should!
February 28, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterGallogs
I will be in Dallas. Already have my fan club presale code. Saw them on the last 2 tours. Always put on a great show!
February 28, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterChris
Hahaha!!! You guyz are such "easy lays" when it comes to anything Iron Maiden.

That said -- brace yourselves -- I may actually go see them live for the very first time for one reason and one reason only -- "Can I Play With Madness", probably my favorite song from them. Aside from that song and about half a dozen other "Classics" (some on this list, some not), your beloved Maiden suffers from one ingredient you all and millions of others are perpetually in denial about -- SONGWRITING!

The fact that their generally uncatchy songs are just wrapping paper for delivery of monotonous shredding does not a great song make, gentlemen.

I'll easily take Bruce Dickinson's unsurpassed "Tattooed Millionaire" over any Maiden stuff anytime.
February 28, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterMetalboy!
I shouldn't agree with you metaltoy!, but I will, because I can.

NOW, onto a more serious issue. Where the fuck does "bringing back glam" include endoring Christopher Long? Unless, it IS truly about Allyson's money (or lack thereof).

Mr. Long: Please go away
February 28, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterfletch
Further proof that Metalboy should be forced to change his name. How can you call yourself metal and not like Maiden?
You don't like metal you like 3 1/2 minute pop songs that feature guitar. That's fine, to each there own.
I saw the tour a couple years ago when they did the Somewhere in Time set. It was fantastic, felt like I was in high school again. I just hope Steve Harris' daughter doesn't open again. Chris, and whoever is in Texas, buy as many shirts as you can. I was able to resell them on ebay for $100 per. Maiden has always done Texas specific shirts.
February 28, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterscott whitt
February 28, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterkari
Ah, Fletch, I welcome our discourse. Of course, you can agree or disagree BECAUSE YOU CAN! That's called having an opinion other than my own that I will always entertain to argue, just as you would expect from me, I would hope, like differences we have had in the past.

That's animated discussion, something I have always enjoyed with you and many others on this site.

SCOTT: I will challenge your attempt to strip the exclamation off the end of my name in a Metal Duel anytime. Just because I see through Harris' unquestioned Neanderthal Phone-Ins he calls songs, doesn't mean I don't appreciate METAL. Even though I lean towards Glam Metal, which is the main reason for my self-imposed exile in the virtual vortex of the comments section of this site, doesn't mean I don't appreciate Metal "Music" on the level of Maiden. Why aren't I Metal if I choose the more REAL ROCK N' ROLL side of the overall genre? The fact that Harris would choose to put his daughter out there is nepotism at it's finest, if she's as horrible or "not a good fit" for opening for the almighty Maiden, is proof positive just how UNROCK Harris actually is. Plus, am I not Metal if I like Priest, Sabbath, Dio, Overkill, Raven, Saxon, Megadeth, early Metallica, Savatage, etc., yet still do not fully endorse the Immortalhood of Maiden you all are so quick to bestow upon your Pretend Heroes. Opinions make horse races. I enjoy our differences AND our agreements equally, Scott. Plus, I wonder what your opinion of me would be as far as my appreciation of Metal, if you saw me suckin' the stage, dead on, point blank, licking Ol' Georgie's boots in full demonstration of what I like to think is my unwavering Metal Slavery at 1:30 a.m. today heading back full steam from The Bahamas on the final leg of the "Maiden" Voyage of The Monsters of Rock Cruise. Fletch, let's bury the Metal Hatchet once and for all at M3 this year. Scott, since I'd like to believe we agree more than disagree regarding Metal, I hope we can live to fight another day.
February 28, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterMetalboy!
KARI: Maiden does not rule, but YOU do, my fair Glam Metal Princess. See you on next year's MORC (Monsters of Rock Cruise).
February 28, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterMetalboy!
Wow - b/c Dallas presale is on another day, I need to get up at 3 am two days in a row to get my tickets....
February 29, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterChristian
At least you finally have a reason to: "Can I Play With Madness", hahaha!!!

Just Kiddin', Christian. BTW, I finally saw Stryper for the first time and they were my favorite on MORC (Monsters of Rock Cruise) music wise. And yes, I was fully Marshallized into my very soul and DNA with the message of The Soldiers Under Command, hahaha!!!

Great stuff, Christian.
February 29, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterMetalboy!
*grin* I saw them at ROK and I thought they were awesome briefly, but there were too many ballads and I left
February 29, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterChristian
To Metalboy! - You write really well. You should consider making it a career, if you haven't already. Your posts are very entertaining - in a good way.

But, I must say I was shocked when you took your shots at Iron Maiden. I'd always liked the odd song here and there. But it wasn't until a few years back that I really listened to their music. It is phenomenal. It made me feel like I'd really missed out on all those years of not listening. They are hugely talented. Listen to Edward the Great and you will hear many, many great songs. Not just one.

Also, Burce Dickenson is close to being God as far as Im concerned. An Olympic fencer, lead singer of Maiden and a professional airline pilot. Talk about impressive.

And I will definitely be going to the show as I've never seen them and would love to.

So, there's my 2 cents.
February 29, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterRita
Well, I got up at 3 am, and had to buy a seat b/c there were no pit tickets available. Then I tried again, and got one. 6 am, and there's none left, so I guess I need to do the same tomorrow for Dallas.
February 29, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterChristian
Christian! So ya got 1 pit ticket, that's a start and if that's the only one you wind up with, well, at least you know you're down there.

As far as Stryper goes, you will be pleased to know they did not play ONE ballad on MORC.
February 29, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterMetalboy!
Well, sounds like they were good. I have a pit ticket for Dallas, now. I'm not sure why you don't like them. They are definitely more 'metal' than most of the bands discussed here, but, Adrian especially has a lot of classic rock in his blood, and it shows in his riffs. Steve, of course, has a lot of 70s prog in his blood, and it's clear her has more control nowadays. I still love them, then and now.
March 1, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterChristian

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