Canada (Toronto), March 16, 2008 Review

artist: Iron Maiden date: 03/20/2008 category: live concerts

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Iron Maiden: Canada (Toronto), March 16, 2008
The overall sound excellent, the vocals were balanced well against the instruments and every single element was 100% clear.
 Sound: 10
 Perfomance: 10
 Overall Impression: 10
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Canada (Toronto), March 16, 2008 Reviewed by: xoxbradxox, on march 20, 2008
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Sound: After all these years Iron Maiden still have an amazing sound. Lead singer Bruce Dickinson was at the top of his game, belting out fan favorites such as The Trooper and Run To The Hills. As always guitarists Dave Murry, Adrian Smith and Janick Gers played flawlessly while Steve Harris laid down the bass. The overall sound excellent, the vocals were balanced well against the instruments and every single element was 100% clear. // 10

Perfomance: The band opened with Aces High and the audience went absolutely nuts singing along to every word. Following that came Two Minutes To Midnight and The Trooper, which had Dickinson sporting a Red-Coat uniform and waving the Union Jack. Following that the crowd cheered and screamed for more for what must have been three minutes before Bruce ensured there was 'much more to come'. Number Of The Beast was next which featured intense pyrotechnics. Smoke machines went off as the band played a short interlude which lead into Sea Of Madness, Somewhere In Time and Powerslave. The self-titled Iron Maiden featured a 12-foot tall replica of Eddie Who walked out on stage to do battle with the band members. Last to be played were Run To The Hills and Fear Of The Dark both of which had the audience chanting along and screaming at the top of their lungs. After Fear Of The Dark the band said goodnight and walked of leaving the audience cheering and begging for more for close to 5 minutes straight. Maiden returned to the stage for an Encore, which included The Clairvoyant and Hallowed Be Thy Name for which guitarist Janick Gers showed off by throwing his guitar around by the strap, waving it like a sword and playing the final chords with his foot! In between songs Bruce would speak to the crowd making jokes, telling stories or ensuring the eager crowd that the show was far from over all of which leading to thunderous roars. // 10

Overall Impression: This was the final date of the Somewhere Back In Time tour. The venue was the Air Canada Center in Toronto Canada and the date was Sunday March 16, 2008. Tickets for the show cost roughly $90 total and it was worth ever last penny. The show opened with Harris's daughter's band [a name wasn't announced that I could hear] Who sounded like a bad imitation of a cheap 80's glam metal band although they were a fairly competent group of musicians. After a 5 song set there was a short intermission and Maiden took the stage. The entire performance was an unforgettable experience. A well executed light show, smoke machines, a falling ceiling and the absolutely stellar performance of the band members kept the audience wailing at the top of their lungs and Bruce kept them in the palm of his hand through cheering and 'the wave' the entire time. The most memorable moment would had to have been the opening chants to Fear Of The Dark, which literally sent shivers down my spine. From start to finish Iron Maiden's set was the greatest Live performance I have even seen! And I will defiantly go out of my way to see them the next time they come to Canada! // 10

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