Iron Maiden headlined the second day of Sonisphere festival last night (July 5), finishing off an almost three-year-long world tour, NME reports.
Frontman Bruce Dickinson - who had earlier in the day flown a 1917 Fokker triplane as part of a First World War memorial - and the rest of the band took to the stage around 8.50pm and began their nearly two-hour set with "Moonchild" from 1988 album "Seventh Son of a Seventh Son."
"You're a loud and rowdy and thirsty bunch aren't you?" said Dickinson a few songs into the set. "Tonight is the last night of a three-year tour, its all been building to this. If we don't get it right tonight then we never will."
He then explained how they were going to change the set from their appearance at "the other place," meaning Sonisphere rival Download, in 2013, and began "Revelations." Dickinson said the last time he'd performed the song was at a charity event for Canterbury Cathedral, where he was accompanied by Jethro Tull. "That was much more sedate, but tonight we're giving it the full bollocks," he said. "That's a technical term."
"The Trooper," "Number of the Beast" and "Run to the Hills" appeared relatively early in the set, closing with "Fear of the Dark" and "Iron Maiden." After a short break, a short Winston Churchill speech played over images of World War II, before the band returned to play an encore of "Aces High," "The Evil That Men Do" and "Sanctuary." Dickinson also took time to thank the crew and team around the band as well as the fans for "making it real", adding: "But what's coming in the next few years is going to make it more real for you guys, believe me," perhaps hinting at a new album.
Bruce Dickinson also flew in the World War I memorial he'd organised for the occasion. Flying a Fokker Dr1 triplane, he was joined by members of the Great War Display Team, who together staged an eight-plane dogfight above a wooded area next to the festival site. With commentary and machine-gun fire playing throughout the display, Dickinson appeared to come out on top, "shooting down" two rivals before a final fly-by soundtracked by a live military brass band on stage.
Iron Maiden played:
02. Can I Play With Madness
03. The Prisoner
04. 2 Minutes to Midnight
06. The Trooper
07. Number of the Beast
08. Phantom of the Opera
09. Run to the Hills
10. Wasted Years
11. Seventh Son of a Seventh Son12. Fear of the Dark13. Iron Maiden
14. Aces High15. The Evil That Men Do16. Sanctuary