On Wednesday night I was lucky enough to get to see a band I have been a huge fan of for years, Iron Maiden! The excitement leading up to this even was tremendous. Iron Maiden has been a huge part of my life, and their many hits bring back plenty of fond memories from my wilder days as a newly-legal youth. Iron Maiden has provided the sound track to many a great party. Needless to say, I was looking forward to seeing them live and in the flesh.
They opened their Cape Town show with a song off the new album ‘The Book of Souls”. Listening to this album before hand is a must, as they play loads of new material in their set, interspersed with some classics of course. If I had to pick a flaw with their show it would have to be that some classics were omitted from the set. I wasn’t completely unprepared for this however, as reading many other reviews had prepared me for this. The pyrotechnics were great, and the sound was awesome, even from my seat right at the back. Bruce Dickinson’s voice is exquisite, and his on stage energy is simply amazing to watch. Hearing Bruce yell “Scream for me Cape Town!” sent shivers down my spine. A particular highlight for me was watching him wave the Union Jack during an earth shattering rendition of The Trooper… That to me is a staple image of Iron Maiden, and seeing it live is a memory that will last a lifetime.
Iron Maiden has proven that they are by no means a band on the way out, and their inclusion of so many new songs shows that they are committed to growing as a band. To those of you in Johannesburg who are going to see them on Saturday, you really are in for a treat. I do envy you, because this was definitely a show I would see twice!