THE FIRE AND THE FURY

We Dis­sect the Most epic maiden Show Ever

Metal Hammer (UK) - - Iron Maiden -

THE STAGE(S)

First un­veiled as a fog-rid­den, smokey bat­tle­field cov­ered in army-grade cam­ou­flage net­ting, the stage evolves as the show goes on – first into a lus­cious, stained-glass chapel, and then an an­cient, de­monic vi­sion of Hell. lovely.

THE PLANE

the first and, ar­guably, big­gest new ad­di­tion to the Maiden set. com­ing fly­ing out of the back of the set and swerv­ing over the stage for Aces High, this is one you re­ally have to see to be­lieve. Dave in­sists it’s “so big you can get in it”.

THE PYRO

Se­ri­ously, there’s enough fire and sparks go­ing on here to make ramm­stein look twice. Stand too close to this Maiden set and we prom­ise you there will be singed eye­brows come bed­time.

THE NOOSE

Brought on­stage by Bruce dur­ing Hal­lowed Be Thy

Name (when else?), this de­light­fully cheer­ful lit­tle prop is so at home in the Maiden set it’s a won­der it hasn’t made more ap­pear­ances over the years.

THE TROOPER ED­DIE

ar­guably the most iconic ed­die of all makes a reap­pear­ance in the song of the same name, and he’s look­ing par­tic­u­larly grim and bat­tle-trod­den this time around. He still likes a good swear, though. the cheeky fucker.

THE CROSS

one of Bruce’s more cum­ber­some props, it looks pretty damn badass as it lights up while he stalks the stage with it dur­ing set high­light Sign Of The Cross.

THE ICARUS STATUE

Maybe the coolest ex­tra de­tail in the whole set. a tow­er­ing, winged fig­ure straight out of Greek mythol­ogy looms over the band as they fly through

Flight Of Icarus. though it’s very much in dan­ger through­out the song thanks to a ma­raud­ing Mr Dickinson, who hap­pens to be pack­ing…

THE FLAMETHROW­ERS

Yup, you heard right. Some­one de­cided to green­light the idea to let Bruce Dickinson bound around on­stage with two gi­ant flamethrow­ers at­tached to his per­son. Well, we did say they’d gone Full ramm­stein with this one…

THE BIG ED­DIE

Best ed­die ever? It’s got some stiff com­pe­ti­tion, but our favourite def­i­nitely-not-a-zom­bie-mas­cot has been given such an ex­treme, satanic makeover that he’s al­most un­recog­nis­able. It’s eas­ily the most metal ed­die ever, and it looks im­mense in the flesh.

THE COS­TUMES

Hon­estly, start a drink­ing game based around ev­ery time Bruce has a cos­tume change and you’ll be blad­dered by half­way in. We won’t spoil them all, but our favourite is his rather ex­cel­lent, top-hat­ted Fear Of The Dark set-up. Spooky.

Bruce gets sin­is­ter for Sign Of The Cross

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