Maiden Buffalo: Iron Maiden brings diabolical stage show to Darien Lake
blog by Ben Kirst • July 15, 2012 @ 11:24am
Iron Maiden is back on the road, and they’re not messing around. The Maiden England Tour—which comes to Western New York with a 7:30 p.m. show on Monday at the Darien Lake Performing Arts Center (9993 Alleghany Road, Darien Center)—is a two-hour visual and audio climax for metal fans who like dueling guitars, occult-infused lyrics and a stage show that borders on the insane.
“It’s rocking along, it’s an unrelenting set,” lead singer Bruce Dickinson notes. “Two hours just goes like that.”
Iron Maiden played Toronto on Saturday night, and fans who came of age in the late 1980s will feel right at home. “The sold-out crowd of 16,000 flocked to the lakeside shed to get their fill of over-the-top theatrical rock and couldn’t have left disappointed considering the number of props, demons in various shapes and sizes and plenty of pyro,” wrote Jane Stevenson on TorontoSun.com. “Their so-called Maiden England World Tour setlist and stage show was largely based on the original 1989 concert video of the same name, shot during the 7th Tour of a 7th Tour in 1988.”
The set list for the Toronto show included a bounty of Iron Maiden standards from the past three decades, including “Moonchild,” “Can I Play With Madness,” “Run for the Hills,” “Fear of the Dark,” “Aces High,” “The Prisoner,” “Two Minutes to Midnight,” “The Trooper,” “The Number of the Beast” and, of course, “Seventh Son of a Seventh Son.” If you’re a true Maiden fan, that bunch of songs alone is probably worth the minimum ticket price of $35.
Oh, and Alice Cooper will be there, too! Granted, Alice’s last hit is now well over 20 years old, but the guy puts on quite a stage show. If you enjoy beheadings, snakes and fake science experiments gone awry—all to a pounding classic rock soundtrack—you will enjoy Alice Cooper live.
Photo from IronMaiden.com.