Iron Maiden and Megadeth at Verizon Wireless Amphitheater, 9/8/13

Categories: Last Night, Metal

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Todd Owyoung
Iron Maiden on Sunday night in St. Louis.
"Can I Play with Madness?" was the next feat of endurance and kept with the band's Seventh Son theme. The triple guitar attack of Adrian Smith, Dave Murray and Janick Gers harmonized perfectly as bassist, founder and main songwriter Steve Harris commanded the stage with his point-the-bass-at-you-like-its-a-gun-or-something thing that he's been making look cool as shit for almost 40 years. All sound issues seemed to have been resolved and everything sounded warm and clear, with guitars, bass and vocals sitting perfectly in the mix with Nicko McBrain's drums punching their way through it all.

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The anthems where unleashed, one after another, as various backdrops graced the stage, often accompanied by matching costumes, props and incarnations of band mascot Eddie to sync with the theme of each song. "The Number of the Beast" featured deep red lights and towers of flames reaching the roof, with an animatronic devil that looked like it could have come from the more expensive side of Johnnie Brock's Dungeon. An enormous lobotomized Eddie emerged from the stage with flames shooting from the top of his head and some kind of fleshy sack with a creature fidgeting around inside for "The Clairvoyant," also from Seventh Son.


And when a twelve foot tall civil war Eddie began staggering around the stage during "The Trooper," the girl next to me was so thrilled that she had tears in her eyes. This is church for metalheads. And while who is more "real" -- Jesus or Eddie -- could be up for debate, I can pretty safely assume that Dickinson easily could have convinced the audience to dance with live snakes around their necks to prove their faith in Iron Maiden, had he simply asked.

The set list was unreal. The newest song was from 1992 and nothing but fan favorites were played. Maiden has released four new studio albums since reuniting with Dickinson in the year 2000, the most recent being 2010's The Final Frontier, but the band stuck to all the classics that fans were itching to hear rather than promoting more recent work. That's pretty unheard of for a band so huge that it could play nothing but new songs on a tour and sell out crowds wherever it goes.

But this was a setlist that could have been lifted right off the stage of a tribute band. With over the top energy and enthusiasm, a circus of a stage show, a flawless performance and a bulletproof set list, Iron Maiden easily lived up to its reputation as one of the greatest live shows in rock music. The hour and a half set felt more like a celebration than a concert and the band seemed to have a genuinely great time while performing. It was truly the perfect big scale heavy metal show. May Maiden continue on for another 40 years.

Set List:

Megadeth
Hangar 18
Wake Up Dead
In My Darkest Hour
Sweating Bullets
Kingmakers
Tornado of Souls
Symphony of Destruction
Peace Sells
Holy Wars... The Punishment Due

Iron Maiden
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
Aces High
The Evil That Men Do
Running Free

See also: Iron Maiden and Megadeth St. Louis photos


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Verizon Wireless Amphitheater St. Louis

I-70 & Earth City Expwy., Maryland Heights, MO

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7 comments
cazzoduro
cazzoduro

It's so clear that the reviewer knows nothing about iron maiden and metal. Sorry man but you should apologize to those searching for a blog with posts about Iron Maiden. I am so disappointed about what i just read...so, are you kidding me when you wrote "iron maiden have no best seller album"? How could u say that? Are you dumbass or what? Do u know the  reason why Iron Maiden started this tour? This tour is all about the classics...old songs, you know? Talking about some kind of  music should be important if you know what are you talking about....next time, what about being silent or write an article  about miley cyrus? That should be great for a dumbass like you...

NickLucchesi
NickLucchesi moderator communitymanager

Agreed regarding Megadeth's preaching

"Is that something anyone here really wants to be beaten over the head with while trying to let loose at an Iron Maiden concert before they've got to get back to work in the morning?" 

WarCry
WarCry

I would recommend sending someone to review concerts that knows a little bit more about the acts. Iron Maiden played all old music because their LAST tour was in support of the new album. They've been doing it for years, and it's not surprising they weren't pushing new music.

Here's the way it works: They put out an album, then do a supporting tour. After that, they do a tour that recreates a tour in the past. This year, it was the "Maiden England" show from 1989 being recreated. A couple years ago, it was a recreation of the "Somewhere Back In Time" tour.

It was a great show, and this review had some good stuff in it, but it really reads as though it's someone that's just discovered Maiden and studied their Wiki entry to make it sound knowledgeable. 

rudagar13
rudagar13

Um who is Shawn Colver? Get your names right poseur! You invent that member? His name is Chris Broderick!

rudagar13
rudagar13

Next time you rag on Megadeth, you'd come off as less of a poseur if you at least got the band members names right. Great fact checking RFT...

mikehager94
mikehager94

Megadeth's lead guitar players name is Chris Broderick. I doubt that Mega had control of lighting or sound. You could tell by the spotlights never hitting the right person and the audio mix was screwed up.

Once you committed me
Now you've acquitted me
Claiming validity
For your stupidity

BeaPants
BeaPants

I believe that was a U.S. Cavalry Eddie and he came out for Run to the Hills.  I am equal parts metal head and history nerd.
  

I agree that Megadeth's set seemed half-hearted at best.  We were unfortunately late and missed all but the encore.  The girl next to us complained that she'd never seen an opening band finish their set in less time than she could finish a beer.

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