Tourname: Dance Of Death World Tour 2003 - 2004
Special guest: Funeral For A Friend
Date: 15 Nov. 2003
Headline setlength: 110 min.
Funeral For A Friend
Arrived perfectly to see only the last and a half song from this Welch
band, but I didn't pay them very much attention. I don't like the stuff
that I have heard earlier from this kind of nu-metal band (I can be wrong
about the nu-metal though since I haven't heard that much from them) so
didn't prior their performance and chose to arrive in time for Iron Maiden
instead. And looking at the response from the crowd it looked like I really
didn't miss anything.
Finally the moment had arrived, Doctor Doctor from UFO faded out from
the speakers as the lights went down, the tension was thick in the air
as us in the crowd waited for Iron Maiden to enter the stage. And no wonder
that there was tension, when the tickets went on sale it was just a matter
of a few hours before this show was sold out, so people had longed for
this moment to arrive.
The concert started with Wildest Dreams from their new album Dance Of
Death and that song is something of the worst they have ever written,
there is just a few bad songs Maiden has done and this one is the worst,
but who cares when it is Iron Maiden that has just started to play, not
It fast got better when Wrathchild was delivered as the second song, that
is one of those old classics its always a pleasure to witness live, and
many besides me seemed to like it as the atmosphere was almost electric
at this point. I Was afraid that Bruce Dickinson would have problems with
his voice according to that they had cancelled two concerts earlier on
the tour, but was eased to hear that the "air-raid siren" was
loud and clear just like it is supposed to be.
the third song it was time for a little speech to the audience but Dickinson
had to try several times to be able to start talking, the crowd constantly
chanted Maiden and the band seemed to be overwhelmed by the welcoming
they received. MTV was the focus for Dickinson this time and the anger
he felt since the channel refuse to play their new video for Rainmaker.
MTV states that the Iron Maiden fan is to old for them and therefore the
video wont get played, to old? Most in the crowd might be between 20-30
years of age and some are older as well, but likewise there are also lots
of kids at these concerts and if they are considered to be to old MTV
should consider to throw in some Teletubbies between the videos from now
on. But then, who cares about MTV anyway?, they are not exactly known
to be the network that supports metal.
The stage was large and made to look like a castle with a wall behind
Nicko McBrain's drumset for Dickinson to run on, and with backdrops being
changed at times to suit the song played it looked really well. With Paschendale
I got a new live favourite from Iron Maiden, a great track on the new
album that turned out to be amazing live and the impression got improved
by the stage-decorations with barb-wire fences on the castle wall, a battle-field
backdrop and Dickinson dressed in a military-coat complete with an oversized
And the costuming for Dickinson didn't end with Paschendale, with a theatrical
mask and a black robe he was sneaking around the stage in yet another
new live favourite to me, the title track from Dance Of Death went straight
to my heart when the melodic folk-music inspired guitarpart started, that
was pure magic.
How great it ever was with these songs as well as with the old classics
like Hallowed Be Thy Name, Fear Of The Dark and Run To The Hills, at these
moments the crowd was wild and it felt like it couldn't get much better,
but the feeling I got was that the show was running on air at some points
as well. Honestly I must say that I expected a bit more from the guys,
don't get me wrong now, I'm perfectly happy with what I got and it was
worth every penny spent on the ticket, could gladly have paid much more
for my ticket, it really was that good. But it didn't really take off
and explode as I would have want it to, the concert slowed down in the
middle besides Paschendale with Brave New World, Lord Of The Flies and
No More Lies, no bad songs but there is so much more and better to bring
out from the vaults of Iron Maiden.
Maybe it is time to dust of some other less played old classics, imagine
a Skeletons in the closet tour that Gamma Ray did but with Maiden instead,
how great wouldn't that be?
Three songs was given after they had been called back and the first was
the ballad Journeyman, not what I expected but turned out great, especially
when the as always magnificent light-rig was lowered down over the band
that was sitting down to play this one. The last two songs was The Number
Of The Beast and Run To The Hills and that is a splendid way to end a
concert that was a bit slow around the middle but really great most of
the time and absolutely magic at some points. The band promised to return
and that I really long for, but then I'm sure that is what they say everywhere.
Bruce Dickinson is the one in the band that grabs the most attention
constantly running around on the stage and working the crowd, while the
others doesn't make to much fuzz about themselves, they are doing their
job smilingly and perfectly while Steve Harris is constantly singing along.
Well, beside Janick Gers that is, he poses in every way that is possible
for a metal guitarist without looking stupid, it comes out natural for
this guy and it is great to see his style of guitar-playing when he is
strutting around on stage
And in case you wondered, yes of course Eddie was there this time around
as well, a Maiden concert isn't fulfilled without Eddie. Actually there
was two of them, one big behind the wall that was decorated with a Swedish
flag on his waiving arm that had been thrown upon the stage and one that
joined the band on stage, both in a grim-reaper outfit perfectly in order
according to the album cover of Dance Of Death.
UP THE IRONS!!!
01. Wildest dreams
03. Can I play with madness
04. The Trooper
05. Dance of death
07. Brave new world
09. Lord of the flies
10. No more lies
11. Hallowed be thy name
12. Fear of the dark
13. Iron Maiden
15. The Number of the beast
16. Run to the hills