USA (Mansfield), June 20, 2008 Review

artist: Iron Maiden date: 06/28/2008 category: live concerts

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Iron Maiden: USA (Mansfield), June 20, 2008
The sound was, as always well balanced and you didn't have to search to hear a particular instrument.
 Sound: 10
 Perfomance: 10
 Overall Impression: 10
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USA (Mansfield), June 20, 2008 Reviewed by: unregistered, on june 28, 2008
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Sound: Iron Maiden always has a great live sound. They hire the best technicians around to handle the mixing, and it's always a good mix, in which you can equally hear Bruce's vocals, Steve's pounding bass, Nicko's drumming and all 3 guitarists. No one is ever drowned out by one another. And Friday night at the newly renamed Comcast Center (Formerly Tweeter Center) was no exception. I was in the pit, 3rd person back from the stage on Dave's side, and directly below the sound tower on stage right. The sound was, as always well balanced and you didn't have to search to hear a particular instrument. // 10

Perfomance: This was my fifth time seeing Maiden, and it seems that every time I see them they get better. Unfortunately for me, the next time I see them will be a big let down, as it doesn't get much better than this show. had already seen them in Toronto this year, in March and was almost dreading the Mansfield show, thinking the band couldn't play any better than they did in March. I would've never guessed how wrong I was! Nicko blew his snare drum heard during The Trooper for bashing it too hard, but other than that it was a nearly flawless show, and they performed exceptionally well, even by Maiden's standards. Maiden is quite possibly the tightest Live band around, with the exception of maybe Rush. The audience went absolutely wild before the show even started. The 20, 000 strong crowd in the sold out to capacity Comcast Center started chanting along to UFO's Doctor Doctor, traditionally the last song over the PA before Maiden takes the stage, at roughly 8:30. The lights went down and there was a short intro video for this tour showing the band traveling, accompanied by the fan favorite instrumental Transylvania. Another intro video played, the infamous Churchill's Speech, as seen in the video Live After Death. The band cam out to Aces High with pyro going off everywhere, and Bruce "Air Raid Siren" Dickinson launching off his monitors towards the crowd, as has become a Maiden Tradition. The crowd was wild, singing along to every song the band played. Aces High was followed in rapid succession by 2 Minutes To Midnight, Revelations and The Trooper, which was Dickinson don a British war outfit and carry around a massive Union Jack while running from one end of the stage to the other, leaning out over the crowd using the wings elevated above the stage. Another less played gem, Wasted Years, followed, again drving the crowd wild. Number Of The Beast was next, with a giant Satan statue rising in one corner of the stage with mushroom clouds going off throughout the song. Bruce then teased the crowd about his dislike for American football, which led into Can I Play With Madness, the low point of the night. The crowd seemed very out of it, and I must admit there are a dozen songs which should have been played instead. However, the audience became rejuvenated with interest when Bruce asked the crowd if there were any bird watchers present, following with one of his most well known song intros; "This is what not to do if your bird shits on you... ", leading into the Rime Of The Ancient Mariner, a 13 minute epic about a cursed albatross, and a song which hasn't been played since their 1986 tour. A slow narrative section saw massive (more than usual) amounts of smoke and the lighting rig swaying, giving the effect of being at sea.Deffinitely the highlight of the night. Folling this, there was a huge flare, behind which Bruce rose wearing a hawk's mask, cuing the beginning of Powerslave, another gem hardly ever played. Following Poerslave were a couple more fan favorites; Heaven Can Wait (In which there is a chant where contest winner can go on stage), Run To The Hills, and Fear Of The Dark (the only song not from the 80's played all night). Iron Maiden kicked in next, cuing Eddie's appearance, once again as a 30 foot tall mummy whose eyes exploded at the end of the song, exactly as seen in the Live After Death video. After a lengthy Encore wait, the band came out and played Moonchild, a song only played Live once before, which really got the die hard fans going. The Clairvoyant followed, in which the walk on Eddie came on to battle Janick. Finally, Nicko gave a four-tap on the high hat, leading intro the slow, mournful intro to Hallowed Be Thy Name, which as of late has become the band's trademark end of Encore song. The band plowed through this 2 hour set with no flaws, and the energy level was super high. // 10

Overall Impression: USA, Mansfield, MA at the Comcast Center on June 20th, 2008. It was the last show of their North American tour, and the band delivered. Having seen the band 5 times, 3 of which were the last show of a tour, I can safely say this was the best. The band always has a tendancy to have more fun than usual on the last night of a tour, which held true Firday night for sure. Numerous times I'd see Janick walk up behind Adrian or Bruce and throw the horns behind their heads, or Dave and Andrian would fool around with each others guitars. Maiden is very much a band which feeds off the energy of the crowd, and the better the crowd is, the better they play and the more fun they have. I have never seen a crowd as intense or as passionate as there was that night, and the band really reflected it well. My tickets were for section 3, so far over that I couldn't even see the stage, so security bumped us into the pit. Pit tickets were $49.50 before fees. And for the show Maiden put on, they could easily charge $200+ for pit and still sell out the show. I've seen numerous bands which put on a larger than life show, The Rolling Stones, Motley Crue and Alice Cooper, to name a few. But none are as cost efficient as Maiden, which is why I believe a Maiden show is always sold out. I really have no complaints, other than not roping off the sections on either side of the stage. There were roughly 2, 000 seats in which you couldn't see the stage at all, and the band management kindly asked that these people be displaced to the pit or as near as possible. I will continue seeing Maiden as often as I possibly can, though I doubt I will ever encounter another show as special as this one was. // 10

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