Iron Maiden: Fight 666
The coolest thing about this video was getting to see massive the crowds were that came out for this band apparently was washed up 15 years ago.
Even more surprising was the amount of crowd participation in the show. Iron Maiden’s songs don’t feature big sing-along choruses and they aren’t teenage anthems of rebellion and partying, but somehow these road warriors have figured out when they can get the crowd to sing along and/or shout a couple times in every song. Although, I guess it’s not that hard, since the entire crowd was singing along to every word of every song anyway.
I’m always amazed by Iron Maiden’s ability to draw huge crowds on every continent (except Antactica - although you know they’ll eventually play there too. I mean, just think of the potential album cover! Eddie thawing out like some creature from The Thing). The concert footage is taken from Brazil, Costa Rica, Japan, Mexico, Australia, Argentina, Puerto Rico, India, Colombia, and Chile (as well as LA, NJ, and Toronto).
It was great to see so many young people at the show who weren’t alive during Iron Maiden’s heyday. And this isn’t a phenomenon just in the places they recorded for the video. I’m seeing an interesting influx of Iron Maiden t-shirts at school and over the summer, I had a chance to see Queensryche just outside of Buffalo and the second most popular concert t-shirt among the teens was Iron Maiden. And I know what you’re thinking. The kids just wear them to seem cool or to stand out. And while that might be true, I did eavesdrop on a couple interesting conversations about the current state of metal including one kid explaining to another one who Queensryche was and how Geoff Tate is the best metal singer in history, behind Bruce Dickinson. Seems the kids know their stuff.
Unfortunately, the version I was watching was the one I DVR’d from Palladia, so it didn’t contain the entire show. They also censored out the occasional profanity, not that that was really a major draw for Iron Maiden fans anyway.
Set List (
not on the Palladia version)
Aces High w/Churchill’s Speech
2 Minutes To Midnight
The Number of the Beast
Can I Play With Madness Rime of the Ancient Mariner
Heaven Can Wait Run to the Hills
Fear of the Dark
Moonchild The Clairvoyant
Hallowed Be Thy Name
I’ll just have to find the rest of the footage on YouTube.