So Iron Maiden are hitting the road for one final hurrah! to the 1980s. Here’s our retro reviews of the band’s oh so glorious 1980s catalog, from where the band will pick their 2014 setlist.
It’s early May, less than four weeks until the tour starts. Rehearsals should be about to begin, and we all know that the 2014 summer tour will probably be the last time Maiden will do a set that celebrates the 1980s records.
Maiden’s immensely popular History cycles started with the DVD release The Early Days in 2004 and the accompanying 2005 tour. The band played an uncompromising set of material only from the first four studio albums, bringing gems like Murders In The Rue Morgue and Where Eagles Dare out of retirement.
The project continued with the DVD release of Live After Death and the massive 2008-09 Somewhere Back In Time world tour, where the band just about recreated their classic Powerslave show. That tour was so popular that Maiden decided to do one more round of 1980s mayhem, the trek which has now become the 2012-14 Maiden England tour.
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Some fans, not too many, still hope for a 1990s History project. At Maiden Revelations we maintain that this has just about zero chance of ever happening, and singer Bruce Dickinson did in fact refer to the Maiden England project as the band’s last History tour in a statement on the Sonisphere UK website.
As the 1980s albums rolled out in the vinyl picture disc format in 2011/12, we took the opportunity to reappraise these albums in retro reviews. You can find them all right here, just scroll down that page to find everything from Iron Maiden in 1980 through Seventh Son Of A Seventh Son in 1988. The body of work from which Maiden will assemble their 2014 setlist.
Now, we could of course say they’re all the bloody best albums ever, period! But it’s more fun to differentiate them somewhat. Feel free to disagree and discuss! At Maiden Revelations we can’t even agree with ourselves half of the time.
Turn it up and get ready for the tour!