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IRON MAIDEN, SECC, Glasgow 20 July 2011
Maiden gig is always a highly anticipated event, but as this was the
first date on the UK leg of the Final Frontier world tour it had that
had sold out instantly and, as it was an all-standing affair, the hall
was rammed to maximum capacity.
been a number of years since Maiden were last in town on the 'A Matter
of Life and Death' tour. The gig that night had a bit of a mixed
reaction as they played the entire new album at that show which upset a
lot of people, however the set for this tour looked a lot more
Before Maiden took to the stage, Aussie rockers Airbourne put in
a strong support set. They hit the stage running (literally!) and
launched into 'Raise The Flag'.
level never dropped through the 40 minutes with the band making the most
of the large stage and covering a lot of ground.
They had a
lot of support in the hall from the off, there were a good smattering of
Airbourne T shirts on show, but they pulled the masterstroke which
always wins over any dissenters in Scotland when they played a rocking
rendition of 'Scotland The Brave'.
be the worst band in the world, but play this at a Scottish gig and
success is assured, we fall for it every time! To be fair though, they
didn't have to worry as by the end of the set they had proved with
tracks like 'No Way But The Hard Way' and 'Runnin' Wild', that they were
more than capable of letting their own music win the day.
Airbourne had warmed the crowd, then the anticipation before Maiden
hit the stage took them to fever pitch. Following UFO's Doctor, Doctor,
the lights dropped and Satellite 15 boomed from the PA with an
accompanying video and light show further building the atmosphere.
then hit the stage and launched into 'The Final Frontier' followed by
'El Dorado' and the crowd responded accordingly. All the usual Maiden
elements were in place, Bruce sprinting around the stage, Dave and
Adrian, stage right and left, Janick dancing like a maniac and Nicko the
madman behind the drum kit.
The show continued with '2 Minutes To Midnight' and following that, the
rest of the set was a good mix of new and old to keep everyone happy.
The stage set resembled a disused space station with fantastic lighting
and the backdrops changed with each song, one of the biggest cheers of
the night went up when the backdrop appeared heralding the arrival of
'The Trooper', always a live favourite.
The band appeared to be happy to be back on home soil and played new
song, 'Coming Home', from the heart. The main set was rounded off with
'Fear Of The Dark', cue mass singalong, and a blistering version of
'Iron Maiden' replete with the appearance of a giant Eddie at the back
of the stage.
The encores consisted of a killer threesome in the shape of 'Number Of
The Beast' - watch for the cheesy plastic Devil that appears on stage
not sure how that one got through the quality control stage - 'Hallowed
Be Thy Name', and finally a welcome return for the classic 'Running
With Bruce wringing sweat from his Beanie hat and wristbands, the band
took their bows and were gone.
All in all a fantastic show and a triumphant return of Eddie and the
Boys to Glasgow and to the UK.