By Lee Danuff / Digital Producer
Two soldiers stand on either side of the massive stage, amid monitors covered in camouflage and netting. I thought I heard the sound of an air raid siren, and as the lights went on, I realized I was standing underneath a life-sized replica of a WWII Spitfire airplane. About 14,000 people in a sea of black started to roar in unison as Iron Maiden took to the stage ready to fight the evening’s battle.
This is just a sprinkling of what to expect during the Legacy of the Beast Tour. The band is currently on the North American leg of its worldwide tour and stopped at the Barclays Center for two sold-out shows. Energetic fans showed up from across the planet, waving their countries’ various flags as lead singer Bruce Dickenson welcomed them to the U.S. and into their high-energy, jam-packed spectacle.
The band, which doesn’t have an album to promote, has continually sold out stadiums across the world during its tours. The current tour is named after a game released by the band. Bass player Steve Harris said that the tour set list is loosely tied to the game.
An Iron Maiden show is not complete without its theatrical aspect, and this tour is sure to entertain. There’s flame-throwing, explosions, fireworks and a sword fight between lead singer Bruce Dickinson and a 10-foot tall version of Eddie, the band’s mascot.
The band and its fervent followers never sit still throughout the two-hour show. Even the tiniest fans can be seen sporting Iron Maiden shirts from various tours and different countries. Dickinson conducts the audience like a heavy metal Freddie Mercury, reeling in fans from the pit to the rafters.
It was truly a fan show, as the 16-song set list captured three decades of fan favorites. One song hasn’t been played since the 1980s, while others haven't been performed in more than a decade.
Raven Age, a young British band led by George Harris, the son of bassist Steve Harris, opened the show.