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22nd June 2012

iron maiden

Iron Maiden kicked off the 'Maiden England' world tour in at the Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre in Charlotte, North Carolina last night, Thursday 21st June.

This is the third chapter in the history of Iron Maiden, a journey which began in 2004 with 'The Early Days' DVD and subsequent 2005 'Early Days Tour' where only songs from the first four albums were played. Part two followed in 2008 with the 'Live After Death' DVD and the band embarking on their groundbreaking 'Somewhere Back In Time World Tour 2008/09', which saw them play to over two million fans in almost 40 countries with a set primarily gleaned from 'World Slavery Tour 1985/86'.

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Guitarist Adrian Smith recently said in an interview with The Aquarian: "Well, we just thought it'd be fun to revisit that period in time—there were some good songs there. It's just great revisiting some of the songs we haven't played for a long while. It keeps us fresh and it's just, you know, we got a lot of new fans coming on board now, a lot of younger fans who probably never saw or were around when we did that tour. That's one factor of it for us revisiting that time and I think there's some good songs from that period, so it's fun to do."

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Vocalist Bruce Dickinson commented: "We have great fun playing the history of Maiden tours because it gives us an opportunity between new albums to go out and play songs from our earlier catalogue. It's always fantastic seeing the crowd reaction from a new generation of fans who have never experienced some of these tracks performed live before, and of course we know our longstanding fans will enjoy seeing the original 'Seventh Son Tour' revisited — with many other surprises!

"Our intention is to play about two thirds of the original track list of 'Maiden England', including some songs we have not played live in a very, very long time, plus other favourites we just know the fans are going to want to hear! We always try to give our fans a great show musically, but we have always tried to make it as entertaining and memorable an experience as we can visually. And we all feel this show is going to do that splendidly!"

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Last night's setlist was:

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

Aces High
The Evil That Men Do
Running Free

Eddie made three appearances during the set, all in different guise, during 'Run To The Hills', 'Seventh Son...' and of course, 'Iron Maiden'.

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Thu 21 Charlotte, NC, USA Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre
Sat 23 Atlanta, GA, USA Aarons Amphitheatre at Lakewood
Tue 26 Boston, MA, USA Comcast Center
Wed 27 Wantagh, NY, USA Jones Beach
Fri 29 Philadelphia, PA, USA Susquehanna Bank Center
Sat 30 Washington, DC, USA Jiffy Lube Live

Mon 2 Newark, NJ, USA Prudential Center
Wed 4 Milwaukee, WI, USA Marcus Amphitheater - Summerfest
Thu 5 Chicago, IL, USA First Midwest Bank Amphitheater
Sat 7 Ottawa, CANADA Bluesfest
Sun 8 Quebec City, QC, CANADA Colisee Pepsi Arena
Wed 11 Montreal, QC, CANADA Bell Centre
Fri 13 Toronto, ON, CANADA Molson Amphitheater
Sat 14 Sarnia, ON, CANADA Bayfest
Mon 16 Buffalo, NY, USA Darien Lake Performing Arts Center
Wed 18 Detroit, MI, USA DTE Music Theatre
Thu 19 Indianapolis, IN, USA Klipsch Music Center
Sat 21 Cadott, WI, USA Rock Fest
Tue 24 Winnipeg, MB, CANADA MTS Center
Thu 26 Calgary, AB, CANADA Scotiabank Saddledome
Fri 27 Edmonton, AB, CANADA Rexall Place
Sun 29 Vancouver, BC, CANADA Pacific Coliseum
Mon 30 Seattle, WA, USA White River Amphitheatre

Wed 1 Salt Lake City, UT, USA USANA Amphitheatre
Fri 3 San Francisco, CA, USA Shoreline Amphitheatre
Sat 4 Sacramento, CA, USA Sleep Train Amphitheater
Mon 6 Phoenix, AZ, USA Ashley Furniture HomeStore Pavilion
Thu 9 Irvine, CA, USA Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre
Fri 10 Irvine, CA, USA Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre
Sun 12 Albuquerque, NM, USA Hard Rock Pavilion
Mon 13 Denver, CO, USA Comfort Dental Amphitheatre
Wed 15 San Antonio, TX, USA AT&T Center
Fri 17 Dallas, TX, USA Gexa Energy Pavilion
Sat 18 Houston, TX, USA The Woodlands

Thanks to for the pictures. There's a lot more on their site which you can see by clicking here.


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