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MEO Arena Lisbon, Portugal
29 May 2013



The second night of their European tour, 20,000 fans are lucky to catch Maiden doing an indoor show. The British band return to their Seventh Son Of A Seventh Son stage show from 1988 with a few songs from '92 to bolster the set a little.

On the request of bassist Steve Harris , Voodoo Six have the daunting task of opening and do a sturdy job flowing with a growing confidence , Falling Knives and Sink Or Swim are good starting points for a band who have traditional rock roots with a dash of the blues and grunge hidden within.

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A stage with enough icebergs to sink the Titanic, the acoustic intro to 'Moonchild' is almost drowned out by the cheering worshipping crowd as Maiden make their entrance. Murray, Smith and Gers take their place in line as they soar with their triple axe attack. Harris with galloping riffs holds his bass firmly pointing it towards those with awestruck open mouths. Nicko McBrain is bunkered in behind his drum kit hitting everything within his reach. Above them all is an athletic Bruce Dickinson who gives the order when to scream who runs and leaps around the stage as if he is under crossfire, although here in Lisbon, he has no enemies.


A mouth watering set list sees a flag waving 'Trooper', a devilish 'Number Of The Beast' and a giant Eddie stalking the stage as Colonel Custer for 'Run To The Hills'. The band really prove their prowess with the guitar duelling epics 'Phantom Of The Opera' and the prog delight of 'Seventh Son Of A Seventh Son' which are breathtakingly brilliant. Tonight they had the fire, they had the force. Full of ammunition, there was no misfire. Maiden hit every target.

Set list:

Can I Play With Madness
The Prisoner
Two Minutes To Midnight
Afraid To Shoot Strangers
The Trooper
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

Aces High
The Evil That Men Do
Running Free





Wacken Winter Nights 2018 takes place between February 23rd and 25th 2018 and the great news is that you can now experience a full-on, top class German Metal Festival easily and affordably.

It only takes an hour to fly to Hamburg from London and we've had longer journeys than that within the capital and they were certainly more expensive than the £33 air ticket that just appeared in our 'flights to Wacken Winter Nights' search.


Wacken Winter Nights is organised by the same team who are responsible for the world's greatest Metal festival, Wacken-Open-Air and the 2018 bill includes Skyclad, Orphaned Land, Elvenking, Finntroll, Grave Digger, Aeverium, Comes Vagantes, Coppelius, Corvus Corax, Die Pressgëng, Elvellon, Heimataerde, Hell-O-Matic, Ignis Fatuu, Ingrimm, Irdorath, Johnny Deathshadow, Krayenzeit, Letzte Instanz, Mr Hurley und die Pulveraffen, Pampatut, Pat Razket, Schandmaul, Sündenrausch, The Aberlour's, The Moon And The Nightspirit, Torfrock, Visions Of Atlantis, Vroudenspil, Wind Rose and more.

Besides this rich billing of superb Metal bands, there is so much more to see in the festival area including the medieval market and also the walking acts and jugglers you will meet at the theme worlds, including Robert Blake, three-time World Cup winner of street magic.

Wacken Winter Nights is something not to be missed and you can check out the amazing ticket and accommodation prices right here.

We just priced up the whole four day trip with hotels, flights, shuttles and festival tickets for less than £300 and we don't think you will get a better value festival than that, anywhere.


MetalTalk recently sat down with Wacken founder and owner Thomas Jensen and that interview will be online next week and it's a fascinating insight into how Wacken originated from nothing to become the world's premiere Heavy Metal event.


Wacken 2018 takes place from 2nd to 4th August 20218 and as with Wacken Winter Nights, if you have never experienced all it has to offer, then you owe it to yourself to remedy that.

Already announced for Wacken 2018 are Judas Priest, Nightwish, Running Wild (exclusive), Arch Enemy, Dirkschneider, Doro (Special Anniversary Show), In Extremo, Sepultura, Amorphis, Amaranthe, Firewind, W.A.R., Belphegor, Mantar, Knorkator, Deserted Fear, Watain, Night Demon, Epica, Knorkator, Belphegor, Firewind, Deserted Fear and many more and we'll have more Wacken 2018 announcements during December.

As well as being the greatest Heavy Metal festival in the world, it is without a doubt the Mecca of Metal and the one thing that every single person who loves our music should have on their bucket list.

For 2018, MetalTalk have joined forces with Wacken-Open-Air to help you get to Wacken easily and inexpensively and you can peruse the ticket and travel options right here.

If you are interested in going to Wacken 2018 and have questions, please fill out the form below and we will contact you with answers to all your enquiries. You are under no obligation whatsoever by filling this form out. We won't add you to any mailing lists or send you loads of spam - all we will do is help you get to Wacken as easily and inexpensively as possible.



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