Games Meet Metal: The Riff Concert Review: Maiden England!

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Friday, July 20, 2012

The Riff Concert Review: Maiden England!

Iron Maiden WSG Alice Cooper @ DTE Energy Ampitheatre  July 18, 2012

Sorry for the lack of stuff lately, as some off-screen drama came up and things had to be taken care of. However, it looks like things are gonna pick up real quick here at GMM, what with a bunch of shows coming in the next month, the summer gaming drought will end, and my excursion out to PAX Prime in late August. So, yeah, that's all happening.

In the meantime, let's look at what was bubbling Wednesday night.

Oh, Alice. Who knew that to make you even scarier looking, we just had to wait for you to age 20 years.

Hard to believe, even for me, but old uncle Alice was one of the few golden metal acts I had yet to see. I'm pretty sure we're down to Deep Purple, AC/DC, and Led Zepplin now. As far as Alice goes, he did a best-of set, including 70's hits like Billion Dollar Babies, 18, and School's Out. Those were intermixed with his hair band era hits like Poison, Feed My Framkenstein (which featured a huge disfigured monstrosity of Cooper himself), Brutal Planet, and Hey Stoopid. Also in typical Cooper form, Alice met his untimely end at the end of the set, old fashioned guillotine style. 

One big thing I noticed was that Alice had a female lead guitarist that could WAIL!! An intensive two minute search on the intertubes reveals that her name is Orianthi, and she was gonna be Michael Jackson's guitarist before he passed away. And she looks like this:

Oh, how I'd love to have her ruin my life.

Maiden's doing another era tour, this time featuring the setup and set list for the 7th Son of a 7th Son tour. No new music here kids, just wonderful classics. In fact here's the setlist:

1. Moonchild
2. Can I Play With Madness?
3. The Prisoner
4. 2 Minutes to Midnight
5. Afraid To Shoot Strangers
6. The Trooper
7. The Number of the Beast
8. Phantom of the Opera
9. Run to the Hills
10. Wasted Years
11. 7th Son of a 7th Son
12. The Clairvoyant
13. Fear of the Dark
14. Iron Maiden
15. Aces High
16. The Evil That Me Do
17. Running Free

Now, if that's not a Maiden concert, then I don't know what is.                               

A few pointers are that this is the first time I've heard a good chunk of these songs live.Actually, about a third of what was played was new to me, since the last couple times I saw Maiden they weren't centered around this time era. Hearing 7th Son live was a blast, since they haven't done it in over 20 years. Also, Wasted Years was unbelievable. That was the song that made me a Maiden fan for life, and to finally hear it live was incredible. About the only way I could see to make this setlist better would be to add in Wrathchild, Hallowed Be Thy Name, and Flight of Icarus to make it absolutely perfect in my eyes.

Eddie appearances of the night: once on stage in American Colonial gear during Run to the Hills, and as a massive stage piece depicting the 7th Son album cover. Nice touch as Eddie's heart in his hand with supposedly a person in it was beating.... or the little man was trying to escape. Either or.

So, in the end, a perfect concert for older metalheads. I get to scratch another act off the "See These Bands Before I Choke To Death On Jalapeno Poppers" list, and Iron Maiden did what they do best: being themselves. If you don't see this tour when it rolls through your town, then you're a shell of a person and Eddie's gonna getcha!


  1. The album cover for 7th Son has Eddie holding a fetus still in the womb. Twisted shit! I see this show on Tuesday!

  2. Great review - I saw Maiden last year in the UK and they were stellar. To the undecided - if you get the chance to see them live, it has to be done. Just buy the tickets - don't think about it!