Spit­fire mak­ing Maiden voy­age

Nuneaton Telegraph - - FRONT PAGE -

FLAMETHROWERS, a gi­ant Spit­fire war­plane and a fly­ing Icarus – Iron Maiden don’t do live shows by halves.

The heavy metal vet­er­ans are head­ing back to the NEC for their Legacy of the Beast tour and fans can ex­pect an­other in­cred­i­ble spec­ta­cle on Tues­day.

In­spired by the band’s mo­bile game and comic book of the same name, the set de­sign will trans­form the stage into a num­ber of dif­fer­ent, in­ter­lock­ing worlds as they delve into their Eight­ies back cat­a­logue – with a hand­ful of sur­prises from later al­bums thrown in.

There’s plenty to go at: since their self-ti­tled de­but in 1980 the band have re­leased 16 al­bums – top­ping the charts with five of them, in­clud­ing their lat­est of­fer­ing The Book of Souls in 2015 – and amass­ing al­bum sales of more than 100m world­wide.

The band have spent nearly four decades hon­ing their live shows, and have toured re­lent­lessly since lead singer Bruce Dick­in­son and gui­tarist Adrian Smith re­joined the group in 1999.

The Spit­fire will buzz over the stage dur­ing the open­ing num­ber Aces High. The plane is a 90 per cent sized replica of an ac­tual Su­per­ma­rine Spit­fire Mk Vb reg­is­tra­tion num­ber AA 853 from 302 Squadron that saw ac­tive duty in 1941.

Says singer Bruce: ‘‘We would have made it ac­tual size but we had to cut it down by 10 per cent to fit on some of the fes­ti­val stages, oth­er­wise it’s an ex­act replica of ar­guably the great­est plane de­sign ever, in fact one of the best de­signed ma­chines ever!’’

But this is cer­tainly not the only show-stop­ping ef­fect, with py­rotech­nics, spe­cial ef­fects and new in­car­na­tions of mas­cot Ed­die. The pro­duc­tion and set list were in­spired by the Maiden free to play mo­bile game Legacy of the Beast which is avail­able on iOS and An­droid plat­forms.

“For this His­tory/Hits tour we de­cided to base the theme around the Legacy Of The Beast name, which suits our pur­poses per­fectly by giv­ing us scope to get cre­ative and have some fun, es­pe­cially with Ed­die,’’ added Bruce.

Since the open­ing night of the tour in Es­to­nia at the end of May, the band have al­ready played to around 750,000 fans in sold-out sta­dium, arena and fes­ti­val shows across Europe, in­clud­ing sell­ing out the pres­ti­gious Atletico Madrid foot­ball sta­dium in Spain.

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