When we received an invitation to take a ride to Nottingham upon The Bus of Souls to see Iron Maiden kick off their UK tour, we jumped at the chance. The deal: A ride on a luxury bus piled high with trooper beer, food and merch, a chance to ask Maiden’s management everything we wanted to know about the band but were afraid to ask, and two tickets to see one of the best live bands in heavy metal history. Get in.
Arriving in Nottingham you could sense the excitement in the air. An army of people dressed in black seemed to be heading toward the Motorpoint Arena. It was surprising to see the range of people who love this band. Children, teens, millenials (snake people), parents, grannies. Everyone is in on it and anticipation was sky high. Also amongst the band themselves who seemed to be delighted to be playing to British crowds once again.
But what about the show..Do they still have it? Maiden have been through a lot recently. Lead singer Bruce Dickinson had a tumour removed from his tongue. Ed Force One was involved in a collision in Chile. Would they be able to deliver a show with the same energy that made their name?
The flames that accompanied the opener “If Eternity Should Fail” seared my eyebrows and gave ample answer to the above question. Maiden delivered a frantic two-hour set which left pulses racing and ears ringing.
The set included cuts from their latest ‘The Book of Souls‘ album “The Red And The Black” and “Speed of Light,” as Maiden classics that had the sold out crowd in a frenzy “Wrathchild”, “Fear Of The Dark” and “Iron Maiden”.
Theatrical, dramatic, scorching, epic and fun. This Maiden tour is unmissable. Go see it. Bring your granny. She will be into it too.