Friday, March 4, 2011

Iron Maiden Live Review Of Melbourne Concert At Hisense Arena


Everything about Iron Maiden is big.
From the album sales (now in excess of 85 million) to the specially-commissioned 757 jumbo jet ‘Ed Force One’ to the band’s standing in music history.
And as Melbourne fans witnessed on Wednesday night at Hisense Arena, the legendary British heavy metal band’s show is just as grandiose.
Not only were thousands of fans treated to a dose of metal just the way metal should be delivered, but the elaborate, futuristic-themed stage set-up was nothing short of gobsmacking.
While the spaceship setting, generous assortment of giant backdrops and two huge screens were mighty impressive, nothing compared to the robotic 12-foot version of the band’s iconic mascot ‘Eddie’ that walked on stage and interacted with band members.
Iron Maiden was in town in support of its 15th studio album ‘The Final Frontier’ and, aside from some gentle ribbing about Australia’s recent capitulation in the Ashes series, lead singer/band pilot Bruce Dickinson and Co. wowed a rabid audience.
The 16-song set was evenly split between newer and classic material - the band’s latest release was afforded the most attention with no less than five of its tracks blasted out.
While classics such as ‘The Trooper’, ‘Fear Of The Dark’ and ‘Hallowed Be Thy Name’ whipped the crowd into a frenzy, the biggest reaction was reserved for none other than one of heavy metal’s greatest tracks – ‘The Number Of The Beast’.
And after the final song ‘Running Free’ came to an end, fans would have left the arena mighty satisfied with the performance they were given.
All six band members might be in their 50s but they looked anything but their age.
Guitarists Adrian Smith, Dave Murray and Janick Gers were sublime, bassist Steve Harris was at his thunderous best, Nicko McBrain didn’t miss a beat behind the drums and while Dickinson’s voice certainly wasn’t like it was at its prime, it still delivered in spades and was capable of hitting many high notes with precision.

Satellite 15... The Final Frontier
El Dorado
2 Minutes To Midnight
The Talisman
Coming Home
Dance Of Death
The Trooper
The Wicker Man
Blood Brothers
When The Wind Blows
The Evil That Men Do
Fear Of The Dark
Iron Maiden
Number Of The Beast
Hallowed Be Thy Name
Running Free

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