Heavy metal royalty Iron Maiden are currently dismantling planet earth one arena at a time with their 82-date Legacy of the Beast world tour. Last night they played their first of two shows at Brooklyn's Barclays Center. As I blankly stare at my computer screen, my head still abuzz from last night's mayhem, my body still covered in an oily slick of sweat and filth, I am faced with the daunting challenge of unloading a fresh take on one of the world's most prolific and famously theatrical heavy metal acts in the history of music.

Without a new record to promote, last night's show was a ripping festival of some of their best hits and as always they brought a relentless and prodigal level of athleticism and energy, touchstones of the Maiden experience, to the proceedings. As they've done for eons, the show opened with UFO's classic 1974 cut "Doctor, Doctor" playing over the house system. Not only does this song represent a huge influence on the Iron Maiden sound, it also serves as a four-minute and ten-second warning shot for everyone loitering in beer and bathroom lines in the arena's hallways that the show is set to begin. From there they kicked right into "Aces High," a tune that featured a massive airplane hovering over the stage (what an epic sight!) and had Bruce Dickinson donning a WWI-esque fighter pilot outfit complete with goggles and leather skull cap. If this show's intensity had to be quantified on a scale of one to ten, "Aces High" came right out of the gate at an immediate ten and that's where the level stayed throughout. Crushers "Where Eagles Dare," "2 Minutes to Midnight," "The Clansman," and "The Trooper" immediately followed and had the entire arena on their feet scream-singing, air-guitaring, air-drumming, high-fiving, devil-horn-throwing, beer-spilling, and woo-hooing. Sadly absent was one of my favorites, "Wasted Years," but given the majesty of the setlist as a whole, which you can see below and which also included crushers like "The Wicker Man," "The Number of the Beast," "Run to the Hills," among other gems, that's a small detail overall.

Iron Maiden began their North & South American "Legacy of the Beast" tour (which supports the band's new video game) earlier this month, and last night (7/26) they played their first of two shows at Brooklyn's Barclays Center. As written in the excerpt of my review above, Iron Maiden have been delivering the classics on this tour, and they seem to be sticking to the same killer setlist each night. And the stage show is as much of a spectacle as you'd expect and hope.

Read my full review of the show at Invisible Oranges. Photos of last night's show are in the gallery above and videos and the full setlist are below.

Maiden do it again at Barclays tonight (7/27). Stay tuned for more coverage.

UPDATE: Night two pics, videos, and recap here.

Iron Maiden at Barclays Center - 7/26/19 Setlist (via)
Aces High
Where Eagles Dare
2 Minutes to Midnight
The Clansman
The Trooper
Revelations
For the Greater Good of God
The Wicker Man
Sign of the Cross
Flight of Icarus
Fear of the Dark
The Number of the Beast
Iron Maiden

Encore:
The Evil That Men Do
Hallowed Be Thy Name
Run to the Hills

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photos by Greg Cristman