Iron Maiden came to the 360 Amphitheater (pics, setlist, review)
by Tim Griffin
Bruce Dickinson of Iron Maiden cleared for takeoff @ 360 - 9/10/2013
Iron Maiden came to the Austin 360 Amphitheater, bringing Dave Mustaine and Megadeth along too. While I didn't get to see Megadeth (who sounded pretty great from my position stuck outside the venue), I did make it with plenty of time to shoot and catch all of Iron Maiden.
It's been more than a dozen years since I last saw Bruce Dickinson, Steve Harris, Dave Murray, Nicko McBrain, Janick Gers and their immortal mascot Eddie live. I was expecting a lot, which is good since that's what I and the rest of the audience got.
As their intro music ('Doctor Doctor' by UFO) finished and the house lights dropped, the crowd erupted in a roar. On the first note of 'Moonchild' Maiden set the tone with a giant pyrotechnic blast, and with few exceptions kept the heat coming for just shy of 2 hours. In contrast, the stage set reflected a glacial landscape replete with images of Eddie from different times in the band's history. 'Can I Play with Madness' followed next, with 'The Prisoner' and '2 Minutes To Midnight' rounding out the first four (full set list below).
After the warm-up, Bruce greeted the audience, "How the hell are you tonight? It's been a long time since I've been in Austin as I recall..." 25 years is indeed a long time, but it certainly hasn't slowed the band down. Beyond being as audibly tight as ever, Iron Maiden couldn't keep still for long. Bruce practically ran laps around the horseshoe riser that wrapped the stage, along with jumping and taking flight quite a bit (he is a pilot, so it fits). Steve, Dave, Janick and Adrian also made good use of the wide open stage set up, swapping positions throughout the night. The only person who stayed in place was Nicko, who was too busy beating the hell out of the drum kit.
With each new song the backdrop would change, often featuring the corresponding album artwork. Bruce ducked backstage during the many insane guitar solo shred-fests for wardrobe updates, including once to don a redcoat which he charged back on to the stage wearing while waving the Union Jack for 'The Trooper'. Eddie was ever-present, and couldn't be confined to the 2D backdrop for long. He showed up as a ten-foot-tall soldier rattling his saber during 'Run To The Hills' and as other giant animated embodiments throughout the night.
After a 14 song set Iron Maiden finished the show with a three-song encore, sounding as powerful as when they started the show, and maybe as strong as they sounded 20 years ago.
They're back. They never left. They're still great live. Check out more pictures from the Austin show (though they're only from the beginning) along with the set list and more upcoming dates below...
Iron Maiden Set List: Austin 360 Amphitheater - 20130910
intro: doctor doctor (ufo)
can i play with madness
2 minutes to midnight
afraid to shoot strangers
the number of the beast
phantom of the opera
run to the hills
seventh son of a seventh son
fear of the dark
the evil that men do
outro: always look on the bright side of life (monty python)
Iron Maiden 2013 tour Dates:
Thu 12 Las Vegas, NV, USA Mandalay Bay Events Center *
Fri 13 San Bernardino, CA, USA San Manuel Amphitheatre *
Tue 17 Mexico City, MEXICO Foro Sol Stadium +
Fri 20 Sao Paulo, BRAZIL Anhembi Arena +
Sun 22 Rio, BRAZIL Rock In Rio (FESTIVAL)
Tue 24 Curitiba, BRAZIL Bio Parque +
Fri 27 Buenos Aires, ARGENTINA River Plate Stadium +
Sun 29 Asuncion, PARAGUAY Jockey Club +
Wed 2 Santiago, CHILE Estadio Nacional +
* With Megadeth
+ With Slayer & Ghost