Iron Maiden’s Somewhere Back in Time Tour hits Chicago

June 12 2008

Last night, Iron Maiden played the Allstate Arena in Chicago. Billed as the "Somewhere Back in Time" tour

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This tour ignores any music written or recorded since 1992. It has music from the albums:
  • Iron Maiden
  • Killers
  • Number of the Beast
  • Piece of Mind
  • PowerSlave
  • Somewhere in Time
  • Seventh Son of a Seventh Son

Talk about an Iron Maiden fan boy concert!

Here is what they played:
  • Winston Churchill speech into Aces High
  • 2 Minutes to Midnight
  • Revelations
  • The Trooper
  • Wasted Years
  • Number of the Beast
  • Can I Play with Madness
  • Rhyme of the Ancient Mariner
  • Powerslave
  • Heaven Can Wait
  • Run to the Hills
  • Fear of the Dark
  • Iron Maiden - with the Eddie sarcophagus and mummy!

  • Moonchild
  • Clairvoyant - with the 15 foot Somewhere in Time Eddie walking the stage
  • Hallowed be thy Name

Talk about a show! I went with one of my best friends Dave and we were thinking. He and I went to our first concert without the parents in March 1990. I had just gotten my license and had access to a car. Iron Maiden was touring for the No Prayer for the Dying cd, with Anthrax opening for the Persistence of Time cd. 18 years ago ... and we were in the same place at almost the same spot, witnessing a band playing better! Bruce Dickenson mentioned during the show that many of the people in the audience, which was SOLD OUT!, were not even a thought when many of these songs were written. Thanks for making me feel old Bruce! Now, Dave Murray looks like a bit old ... but they rocked last night! 3 guitar players and one of the best front men in hard rock. If you have a chance to see this show, you must.

The opening band was Lauren Harris. Yes, Steve Harris, the founder of Iron Maiden, bass player, and creator of the one of the best signature bass sounds, the "Iron Maiden Gallup", that Harris. His daughter. Talk about nepotism! You think she get's the amount of volume and lights she wants? Ha! She was pretty good, but the band backing her was an annoying mix of hard rock personality cliches. The guitar player, who did shred, was a combo of Randy Roads and Zack Wylde. The bass player was a Nikki Sixx want a be. And the drummer just sucked! :-)

4 Responses to “Iron Maiden’s Somewhere Back in Time Tour hits Chicago”

  1. 1) YoGi says:

    Hell yeah!

    Can't wait to see them in Paris (July, 2)

  2. 2) Benoit Dubuc says:

    Here in Montreal, Maiden is the main attraction for day 1 of the "Heavy MTL" festival (Google that to find the site and list of artists present), that lasts 2 days. I will be there and I can't wait to see the show. I will be there on day 2 as well, mainly as a chaperon for my daughter and her friend, but they have a nice line up for Sunday, ending with Motley Crue. That should be good as well...

    About the set list, I think Fear of the Dark is a bit weird in there. They could have chosen a bunch of other songs. Not that it's not a good one, but I always thought the period covered by this show was up to the Seventh Son album.

    Good times ahead!!!

  3. 3) Jason Hook says:

    Takes me back to seeing them at the Hammersmith Odeon and to going to Tower records in Picadilly Circus to get Maiden LP's and picture disks on the day of release.

    Happy Days, with hair past my shoulders and less well developed social skills.

    Piece of Mind through to Seventh Son were my favourite albums I haven't paid a lot of attention to subsequent stuff.

    They are playing Twickenham Stadium next month, mmm that'd be a good fathers day present kids :-)

  4. 4) Geoff says:

    Wow! Nice recap but now I'm really disappointed I missed the Irvine, CA show last week. I last saw Maiden during the PowerSlave tour back in the 80's at Irvine Meadows (now Verizon Amphitheater) - Still one of the best live performances I've seen. I went with my neighborhood friend and his Mom, she was our transportation before we were legal. That show started the same way with the Winston Churchill intro into Aces High.

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