Iron Maiden came through Seattle this week on the Book of Souls tour. It was one of the most highly anticipated rock shows for the Seattle area this year along with recent tour stops by AC/DC and Black Sabbath who were here just two months ago at the same venue, the Tacoma Dome.
Tickets sold out almost immediately during the general ticket sales leaving many fans frustrated that they couldn’t get tickets. Presale for the Iron Maiden fan club snapped up many of the tickets before they were available to the public. To my surprise there were a large number of upper level sections/seats there were not open for ticket sales which could have accommodated a few thousand more fans in the Tacoma Dome for the highly sought after show. The day of the show the venue opened the first smaller section of the upper level for ticket sales landing a few lucky fans seats for the show.
On Monday fans started talking about Ed Force One sightings at Seatac International Airport. A few lucky fans spotted the plane and were able to take photos. The tweets starting going around with photographic proof that Iron Maiden was finally in town. I am not going to lie, when Ed Force One was damaged last month in Argentina we were a little concerned they may have to chance their schedule. Saying I was thrilled they didn’t have to reschedule is a complete understatement!
When I arrived at the T-Dome fans were already lining up for the doors to open. There was a merchandise booth set up in front for those waiting to get early access to purchase their Iron Maiden gear along with a KISW 99.9 tent set up to chat with local fans. There was a sea of black clothing in every direction outside the venue. Iron Maiden t-shirts, leather jackets, black pants, boots, etc… No doubt this was going to be a real metal show, you just had to take a look at the fans showing up to know for sure!
Iron Maiden had opening support from the band The Raven Age. They played a set that lasted about 45 minutes. Their sound was more of an alternative rock sound to me than Iron Maiden metal, but none the less still sounded very good. The crowd enjoyed their show, so hell that’s all that really counts, right?
Iron Maiden took the stage around 8:45pm. I’ve never been to a bad Iron Maiden show in my life, happy to say I still have not. I do not know where these guys get their energy from. They are always high energy during their shows and this show was no different. Their stage setting was well thought out and executed. During the show there were many back drop changes which added to the excitement of the show as each back drop seemed to shift the crowds energy and excitement. One thing I do have to mention is that they didn’t go overboard on their lighting. Many bands today put on a half effort show and expect their over the top lighting to make up the difference when it doesn’t. Iron Maiden’s lighting was perfectly done. Add in some stage drama with Eddie and some pyrotechnics with Iron Maiden performing a high energy set and you have the perfect show!
Iron Maiden just keeps going, they can’t seem to fail at anything they set their minds to. Music gods, check, beer makers, check, buy and fly your own Boeing jet, check. They can do what they want and the fans will follow. What a great show. When so many bands today are doing half-assed final tours that make fans wish they’d already retired, Iron Maiden is still kicking ass and taking names! Thank you Iron Maiden for another phenomenal show!
If Eternity Should Fail
Speed of Light
Children of the Damned
Tears of a Clown
The Red and the Black
Death or Glory
The Book of Souls
Hallowed Be Thy Name
Fear of the Dark
The Number of the Beast