The test of a rock band’s true mettle is live prowess, and some outfits really are built to go the distance. Iron Maiden have obviously come a long way (via various line-ups) since their mid-1970s roots as east London pub metallers.
They’re still releasing epic records (15th studio album The Final Frontier came out in 2010) but ultimately they’ve evolved into a formidable touring machine.
The Maiden live experience has been variously documented (including 2009 tour film Flight 666) but the real thing prevails – and these blisteringly noisy veterans always seize the spotlight; their 2013 Download festival headline set opened with a Spitfire flyover.
Maiden might not be able to sneak an actual plane into the O2 Arena for this weekend’s London dates but there will be pyrotechnic bombast and a multigenerational feel.
These shows conclude the European branch of their extensive Maiden England tour; a reboot of the golden…
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