by Black Bubblegum, photos by Hardcore Shutterbug

Eddie, Back From Somewhere In Time

You had a giant set made to look like a pyramid tomb, a setlist of songs from the 80s, old dudes in leather pants and cut-off tees, multiple costume changes, pyro, coordinated guitar line dances, the guitar-as-machine-gun poses, and fog machines galore (with all the fog on stage, I half-expected the guys to break out into "Stonehenge").

The Trooper

As a sum of those parts, it is easy to see how Iron Maiden's March 14th show at the Izod Center could have been utter "fromage", but when you are dealing with a band as tight as Maiden, a fanbase as rabid as theirs, and a setlist culled from the elite of arguably the best era of their career, you can only expect an excellent show (which it definitely was).


In related news, May 13th will see the release of Somewhere Back In Time, a "best of the 80s" comp that will be offered as a free download of "high quality WMA files" that expire after three plays. It comes out on CD the same day. Check it out and then work them vertebrae at one of their newly announced shows (an extension of the previously mentioned tour) including one night at MSG in NYC (on June 15) and another at PNC Bank Arts Center in NJ (on June 14). A Fan Club only presale begins today (3/19) at 10AM, a ticketmaster presale begins Friday (password=rock), and tickets go on regular sale on Saturday (3/22).

More photos from the Izod Center show, the 'best of' tracklist, and all tour dates, below......

Iron Maiden In The Fog

Maiden Is Still Cooler Than Warrant

The Number Of The Beast Live

Line-dancing for Badasses

Somewhere Back In Time Track Listing:
1. Churchill Speech (0.49)
2. Aces High (4.36)
3. 2 Minutes To Midnight (6.00)
4. The Trooper (4.11)
5. Wasted Years (5.06)
6. Children Of The Damned (4.35)
7. The Number of The Beast (4.53)
8. Run To The Hills (3.53)
9. Phantom Of The Opera -- Live (7.21)
10. The Evil That Men Do (4.34)
11. Wrathchild -- Live (3.07)
12. Can I Play With Madness (3.31)
13. Powerslave (6.47)
14. Hallowed Be Thy Name (7.12)
15. Iron Maiden -- Live (4.50)

Close Up Of Some Of The Set

May 21 - San Antonio, TX Verizon Wireless
May 22 - Houston, TX Woodlands
May 25 - Albuquerque, NM Journal Pavilion
May 26 - Phoenix, AZ Cricket Pavilion
May 28 - Concord, CA Concord
May 30 - Los Angeles, CA Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre
May 31 - Los Angeles, CA Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre
June 2 - Seattle, WA White River Amphitheater
June 3 - Vancouver, BC Pacific Coliseum
June 5 - Calgary, AB Saddledome
June 6 - Edmonton, AB Rexall Place
June 8 - Regina, SK Brandt Center
June 9 - Winnipeg, SK MTS Centre
June 11 - Rosemont, IL Allstate Arena
June 12 - Cuyahoga Falls, OH Blossom Music Center
June 14 - Holmdel, NJ PNC Bank Arts Center
June 15 - New York, NY Madison Square Gardens
June 17 - Camden, NJ Susquehanna Bank Centre
June 18 - Columbia, MD Merriweather Post Pavilion
June 20 - Mansfield, MA Tweeter Center for The Peforming Arts
June 27 - Bologna, Italy Gods of Metal Festival
June 29 - Dessel, Belgium Graspop Festival
July 1 - Paris, France Ominisport De Bercy Arena
July 2 - Paris, France Ominisport De Bercy Arena
July 5 - London, England Twickenham Stadium
July 9 - Lisbon, Portugal Super Bock Super Rock Festival
July 11 - Merida, Spain Via de la Plata Festival
July 16 - Stockholm, Sweden Stockholm Stadium
July 18 - Helsinki, Finland Helsinki Olympic Stadium
July 19 - Tampere, Finland Ratina Stadium
July 22 - Trondheim, Norway Lerkendalstadium
July 24 - Oslo, Norway Valle Hovin
July 26 - Gothenburg, Sweden Ullevi Stadium
July 27 - Horsens, Denmark Horsens Gods Bane Pladsen
July 31 - Wacken, Germany Open Air Wacken Festival
August 2 - Athens, Greece Terra Vibe Park
August 4 - Bucharest, Romania Cotroceni Football Stadium
August 7 - Warsaw, Poland Gwardia Stadium
August 8 - Prague, CZR Slavia Football Stadium
August 10 - Split, Croatia Split City Stadium
August 12 - Budapest, Hungary Sziget festival
August 14 - Basel, Switzerland St Jakobshalle
August 16 - Assen, Holland Assen TT Circuit

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