I was waiting for the outcome of our second Christmas to see if I needed to buy this record. Of course, this ultimately meant waiting until February to get a copy, but better late than never!
This is a first impressions review:
You can read all about the background with the video game here. But you’re here for the music (of course)!
This kicks ass. Seriously, this band in a live setting is monumental, epic… pick your superlatives, they might not even big enough. Having seen them in concert (once, in 2016) myself, I can now confirm that this band can back up their studio efforts with live mayhem brilliance.
Recorded over three nights in May, 2019, this is a Maiden spectacular. The crowd is always 100% invested, knows every word and note, and stays engaged full-on the entire time. You can feel the love. Bruce’s vocals soar with power that seemingly ought not to emanate from any man. And the band… You might think they’d be tired of playing Run To The Hills, but the band rips through tracks on a level beyond playing them by rote. They achieve greatness with passion and energy, and really letting the songs live and breathe. Glory.
The setlist is interesting too. Yes, they play many of the hits you’d expect to hear. But they also play tracks that haven’t seen the light of day in a while (Flight Of Icarus) some Blaze Bayley-era tracks (Sign Of The Cross, and The Clansman). It’s also the first wide-release live recording of For The Greater Good Of God.
\m/ Up The Irons! \m/
PS: I paid $10 more (on limited sale, it’s usually more) for the Deluxe CD edition. It came in the same hardcover book as my Book Of Souls and Book Of Souls: Live Chapter sets. Now, I’d bought those two in the fancier sets because I saw that tour (and love that album). On this one, while it’s nice to have bigger pages in the book, and it looks good on the shelf beside the others, there’s really nothing else makes it Deluxe in any way. For this one, I would probably have been fine with the CD-sized regular edition and saved $10.
CD1: Churchill’s Speech (Intro) / Aces High / Where Eagles Dare / 2 Minutes To Midnight / The Clansman / The Trooper / Revelations / For The Greater Good Of God / The Wicker Man
CD2: Sign Of The Cross / Flight Of Icarus / Fear Of The Dark / The Number Of The Beast / Iron Maiden / The Evil That Men Do / Hallowed Be Thy Name / Run To The Hills
And hey, lucky you, the whole thing is on the Tubes Of You! Try it, then buy it!