Iron Maiden: Maiden England Tour with Alice Cooper – Prudential Center, New Jersey July 2 2012

August 12th, 2012
by EvilG



Review and pics by Infamousbutcher

Iron Maiden is at it again, recreating another classic tour from the 80s for the fans. In 2005, Maiden did the Eddie Rips Up The World Tour, focusing on their first four albums. Then in 2008, they focused on the 80s and called the tour Somewhere Back in Time. Now in 2012 Maiden is doing the Maiden England Tour, emulating the Seventh Son of a Seventh Son tour from 1988. I love this kind of stuff, reliving the old glory days when you first discovered a band; like when Slayer, Megadeth, and Anthrax revisited the Clash of the Titans tour in 2010. As an added bonus, shock rock living legend Alice Cooper is opening for Maiden on this tour! Are you kidding me? How f&^king awesome is that?!?

 

Tonight’s show is in Newark, New Jersey at the gigantic Prudential Center. It was our first time to the venue and we were quite impressed with the size, cleanliness, food service, and most importantly, sound quality. We had general admission on the floor which allowed us to get fairly close to the stage, especially considering we didn’t camp out to be the first ones in. We met some hardcore Maiden fans in line from Austria! They made the trip to see Maiden for the 27th time! I love that kind of fan devotion! How far would you go for your favorite band?


Alice came on at 7 sharp, introduced by a creepy Vincent Price voiceover before launching into a rocking version of “The Black Widow”. Alice was in complete command of the crowd, gesturing from a staircase while wearing a spider costume that gave him 8 limbs! He sounded as great as ever and had tremendous energy as he constantly moved about the stage, acting different songs out like “No More Mr. Nice Guy” and “Wicked Young Man”. Alice’s young band was very tight and polished. The set was similar to last year’s “No More Mr. Nice Guy Tour” except it was shortened to 50 minutes and there weren’t as many props. Highlights included the ultra-heavy “Brutal Planet,” sing along “Hey Stoopid”, oldie “Billion Dollar Babies,” and the WAYNE’S WORLD classic “Feed My Frankenstein,” complete with a giant monster! Alice was decapitated via guillotine while his band cranked out a medley of “Killer” and “I Love The Dead”. At the set’s conclusion Alice returned to do a rocking encore of his massive hit “Schools Out” while wearing a New Jersey Devils jersey (#18 of course!), much to the hometown fans’ delight! Truly a master showman, Alice is always a must see when he comes to town.

 

 

 

 


If you think Iron Maiden is overrated or they only get notoriety because of Eddie and their album covers, come to a Maiden show and prepare to be blown away and set straight! At about 8:30 the lights dimmed and screens began playing footage of icebergs and avalanches as the intro to “Moonchild” built up before Maiden’s entrance. There was a mad rush to get closer to the stage and some fans (including us) were showered with beer as we jockeyed for position. Maiden then blasted the NJ crowd with a superb rendition of “Moonchild”! This is f&^king classic heavy metal baby! Bruce tirelessly ran about the stage singing and screaming throughout the set, demonstrating why he is one of the best metal frontmen of all time. His voice was loud, powerful, and dynamic with excellent range; I thought he even sounded better than when we saw Maiden in 2010 on The Final Frontier tour. The 3 guitar assault of Dave Murray, Adrian Smith and Janick Gers was just mesmerizing, a perfect blend of riffs and melody. Steve and Nicko kept the low end down, holding everything together flawlessly. The entire band seemed to be having a great time delivering the metal goods to the fans! I could listen to these guys all night!



The set was an excellent mix of 80s hits, SEVENTH SON OF A SEVENTH SON deep cuts, and a few surprise nuggets. Highlights included the sing along hit “Can I Play With Madness,” rare cuts like “The Prisoner” and “Phantom of the Opera” (fantastic, best of the night), a searing inferno version of “The Number of the Beast” complete with impressive pyrotechnics, the epic “Seventh Son of a Seventh Son”, a fast, frenzied version of “The Trooper” featuring Bruce dressed as a British soldier waving a giant Union Jack flag, and “Wasted Years” with excellent backing vocals from Adrian. Eddie made his appearance during “Run To the Hills” in Civil War era fatigues ala General George A. Custer! Stage was impressive with different incarnations of Eddie including the SEVENTH SON OF A SEVENTH SON album cover complete with a pulsating womb! Encore kicked off with Winston Churchill’s speech, which led into a killer version of “Aces High.” This was followed by an excellent version of “The Evil That Men Do” and then the usual Maiden closer, “Running Fee”. Overall an outstanding set and show by the metal legends! The energy level and musicianship was remarkable, proving once again Maiden is still at the top of their game! Not to be missed if this comes near your town! UP THE IRONS!

 

 

Alice Cooper set


        The Black Widow

        Brutal Planet

        I’m Eighteen

        No More Mr. Nice Guy

        Hey Stoopid

        Guitar Solo

        Billion Dollar Babies

        Feed My Frankenstein

        Poison

        Wicked Young Man

        Killer / I Love the Dead

        School’s Out

 

Iron Maiden Set


        Moonchild

        Can I Play With Madness

        The Prisoner

        2 Minutes to Midnight

        Afraid to Shoot Strangers

        The Trooper

        The Number of the Beast

        Phantom of the Opera

        Run to the Hills

        Wasted Years

        Seventh Son of a Seventh Son

        The Clairvoyant

        Fear of the Dark

        Iron Maiden

Encore:

Churchill’s Speech

        Aces High

        The Evil That Men Do

        Running Free

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