Iron Maiden Slowing Down With Age

Iron Maiden drummer Nicko McBrain admits the band aren't playing their old songs the way they used to because they're not able to.

Iron Maiden Slowing Down With Age
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Iron Maiden drummer Nicko McBrain admits the band aren't playing their old songs the way they used to because they're not able to. But he's enjoying the fact that his band are big enough to put on whatever kind of tour they want, rather than simply supporting their most recent album. The NWOBHM giants are currently in the US with their Maiden England tour, which concentrates on material around their "Seventh Son Of A Seventh Son" record. It follows a previous retrospective trek, "Somewhere Back In Time". McBrain tells AZ Central: "The primary reason is there were these new generations of fans. We thought, 'These kids weren't even thought about when we went out with this tour and that tour.' "It works out well for us. When you're doing a new record you've got to see how the sales go on that you've got to go on tour and promote it, which we've always done a great job of in the past. But it's nice not to have to take that side of the industry with you every time you go on tour. We're enjoying it better than ever. It's like riding a bike; you never forget, but you get a little wobbly and the joints go rusty." Maiden's current set includes songs they wrote 25 years ago, many of which they haven't played in nearly as long, including the "Seventh Son" title track. That involved a bit of homework for the band and a stark realisation for McBrain. He says: "I'd listen and go, 'Gosh, I can't believe we played that song that fast.' We still have a lot of energy, but as a player I've realised we couldn't play at that speed today and make it work. We were younger and it was a lot more crazy. We're a bit more refined with where we go with tempos now. There are still nights when I go a bit quick and the rest of the band moan." McBrain namechecks 2006 album "A Matter Of Life And Death" and his 1983 Maiden debut "Peace Of Mind" as his two stand-out records. He adds: "It was really nice listening back to the old stuff because I rarely revisit the older material when I'm listening in my car to music." Thanks to Classicrockmagazine for the report.

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    Agent 00Awesome
    I saw them last Wednesday and they were ****ing incredible. Best concert I've EVER been to. Keep it up Maiden. And UP THE IRONS!
    metallica_102
    I saw Maiden last year in February and it was one of the most intense and energetic shows i've seen. I can't imagine what their shows would have been like a few decades ago.
    captainperoxide
    Maybe the old songs don't gallop quite as hard as they used to, but now they ****ing GROOVE. It's amazing. Saw them a month back or so, and once again, they redefined my ideas about what a good show should be. Amazing. They will always be one of my favorites.
    1916
    Shit I'd be more concerned if Bruce didn't have the energy. I've seen Steven Tyler stop a show because he was trying to get a phone number and Vince Neil, being a fat, drunk, forgetful **** on stage. As long as they put on a good show, who cares?
    Randomrings
    It's PIECE of mind. Not Peace of Mind, silly goose of an article... eh I don't really care I love Maiden. I love The Final Frontier album. If this is truly their peak tempo and it can still produce songs like Starblind and When the Wild Wind Blows, I see no problem
    Maiden95
    Agent 00Awesome wrote: I saw them last Wednesday and they were ****ing incredible. Best concert I've EVER been to. Keep it up Maiden. And UP THE IRONS!
    Took the words right out of my mouth. Although I saw the show on a different date. I believe that Maiden is in their performing prime right now! Some bands go out and charge double of what Maiden charges and puts on half the show with half the energy and musical talent that Maiden has. *cough Kiss cough* I did notice some slowed down songs like Phantom and Run to the Hills, but I liked it that way. To me that show proved why Iron Maiden is the greatest Heavy Metal band of all time.
    eatfresh1736
    I saw them a couple weeks ago in New York, and I gotta say, their age doesn't show at all. They came out of a huge explosion for their first song "Moonchild" and just went nuts for the next two hours!
    GenerationKILL
    Saw Maiden 4 years ago on the "somewhere back in time" tour. It was awesome, and they even played "ryhme of the ancient mariner" along with "aces high" They're not the Rolling Stones, they play metal.
    Ita3rd
    I noticed when I saw them in Charlotte that a few songs were being played at a slower tempo ("The Prisoner," "Wasted Years," and "Run to the Hills" if I remember correctly), but they still sounded awesome.
    1916
    The really don't play that fast. Sure a couple of them are, like Aces High, but usually they have that brilliant Maiden gallop.
    Braykah
    Just the fact that Nicko is 60 with the others approaching 60, and that all of them are still being able to put on great live shows with massive energy and stage presence (Saw them on the Final Frontier tour last year in Gothenburg) goes to show that they play in a higher league than most other heavy metal bands today. Well done, up the Irons!
    RKOStyles
    Could of fooled me, just saw them Saturday and they were pretty fast and furious.
    nnb
    saw them in toronto a few weeks ago, only one you can really tell is bruce, he dosen't run around and jump like a madman as much and his voice is clearly stating to show his age BUT he still put on one hell of a show and still was able to hit a lot of the high notes, not to mention he held one for about 20 fing seconds! most singers in their 20's can't do that!! Overall tho it was still and great show! Best band i've seen live and i think thats something that can't be denied.
    DaniArrow wrote: I'm not really a fan of those old-album-tours, nevertheless Maiden still rock and I'll be there when they tour their next record.
    to each their own, but I like this new, old, new, old tour...its a great mix, plus it means with each tour your getting 90% different songs. How many bands can afford not to play, hallow be thy name, wasting love, Flight of Icuras, No more lies, Revelations ect (to name a few) and still have an awesome set list? but I really wish I had seen them when they did the dance of death tour, would of loved to have seen bruce perform journeymen live.
    lucas_eddie
    It's true they cant do some songs as well as they used to, but they are amazing in a different way.
    TheGroundZero
    I just saw them in Indianapolis a few weeks ago and they were INCREDIBLE! These guys will never get old!
    Virtuoddity
    They can't play like they used to because they're more experienced and locked in. This article implies that they can't play fast anymore, which is a pile of ass shit
    DaniArrow
    I'm not really a fan of those old-album-tours, nevertheless Maiden still rock and I'll be there when they tour their next record.
    wylde1994
    but that doesn't stop them being one of the best live acts, and also don't punish urself cuz ur getting old. I mean Maiden have been doing this for a long time touring all around the world playing hundreds of gigs no wonder they're starting to slow down a bit.
    Gabriel75
    Saw them back in June in Georgia...I see absolutely no signs of them slowing down!!