Well, this isn’t really a deep dig, but now is the time for a final appraisal of the original Maiden England greatness.
Many of us are going to see Iron Maiden live this summer, in what they say is the last of their History efforts. This has been a tour of several firsts. It’s the first time Maiden have toured a concept for three years, and it’s the first time their set didn’t change at all during a 9-month interval between the 2012 and 2013 legs.
For the 2014 leg there will be setlist changes. According to manager Rod Smallwood this is in order to take advantage of the 1980s in general. Some of us scratch our heads and wonder how the 2012-13 legs didn’t already do that. But anyway, we’ve speculated about what can be expected or not.
We’ve also praised the Maiden England concert feature as one of the best the band ever released. Many fans feel that it could have been utilized much more in creating the current setlist, but it was not to be. So, to hammer it home, let’s remind ourselves of the greatness that was Iron Maiden’s last leg on the Seventh Son Of A Seventh Son tour in 1988, when then-new greats like Infinite Dreams was combined with rarities like Still Life and Killers, in one of the band’s best ever setlists:
The Evil That Men Do
Die With Your Boots On
Can I Play With Madness
Heaven Can Wait
Seventh Son Of A Seventh Son
The Number Of The Beast
Hallowed Be Thy Name
There was also an encore of Run To The Hills, Running Free and Sanctuary, which can be savoured on the new DVD release.