Certain things might suggest a No Prayer for the Dying/Fear of the Dark themed summer tour is in the works.
Apparently a new line of merchandise products has just been advertised in the US market via Hot Topic, including well known 90s motifs such as Hallowed Be Thy Name (Live), A Real Live One, Hooks in You and others. We know that prior to the Maiden England tour the same thing happened with a lot of Seventh Son of a Seventh Son related shirts being sold at the same site.
The band has been touring the world for the past couple of years with the Maiden England package, a concert presentation that revisited their classic Seventh Son of a Seventh Son era in a 1980s throwback. In a recent interview with Vorterix.com singer Bruce Dickinson was asked whether or not Maiden will do a similar thing with their 90s material in the future, and he got a little ambiguous.
– We haven’t got that far yet. Let’s finish this one first and see what happens next year. But yeah, I do not think Maiden fans are going to be too disappointed for too long.
We know that a re-release of Donington Live 1992, a somewhat controversial early 90s concert feature, is imminent and if the plan is to do a short summer tour next year, the simplistic nature of the early 90s might come in handy. Not a lot of theatrical elements, no pyro and the mechanics from The Final Frontier Big Eddie are modeled after the old Fear of the Dark Eddie.
If you trade a few of the Seventh Son of a Seventh Son tunes from the recent tour with Bring Your Daughter to the Slaughter, Tailgunner and Be Quick or Be Dead, throw in a few golden oldies not played in the Maiden England set, such as Wrathchild, Die With Your Boots On, Hallowed Be Thy Name and Sanctuary, you’re pretty much there.
At this point all this is merely speculation, however if a 90s tour of the low key kind comes to fruition, it must be said that the wow-factor is slightly amiss. All the staples in the the No Prayer For the Dying and Fear of the Dark sets have been played in most of the tours post Dickinson and Smith‘s return and it’s highly doubtful that From Here to Eternity and Holy Smoke or Wasting Love are gems the casual Maiden fan is aching to relive. It would be odd for the band to recreate a period in time most people, some of the band members included, regard as a low point in Iron Maiden’s career.
We will of course come back with full fledged analyzes and what not when more info comes this way.
(Hardly Iron Maiden’s proudest moment: Below From Here to Eternity live 1992)