Well, this isn’t really a deep dig, but early 2014 was the time for a final appraisal of the original Maiden England greatness.
Many of us were going to see Iron Maiden live that summer, on what they said would be the last of their period-specific History tours. It had been a tour of several firsts: It was the first time Maiden toured a concept for three years, and it was 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 would be setlist changes. According to manager Rod Smallwood this was in order to take advantage of the 1980s in general. Some of us scratched our heads and wondered how the 2012-13 legs didn’t already do that.
We’ve 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 2012-14 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 brand-new greats like Infinite Dreams were combined with rarities like Still Life and Killers in one of the band’s best ever setlists. Here’s the show as filmed and recorded at the Birmingham NEC on 27 and 28 November 1988:
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 2013 DVD release.