Missed Coheed, oh well.
Setlist: Same as all the others, reproduced here so you don't have to search elsewhere.
2. Can I Play With Madness
3. The Prisoner
4. 2 Minutes to Midnight
5. Afraid to Shoot Strangers
6. The Trooper
7. The Number of the Beast
8. Phantom of the Opera
9. Run to the Hills
10. Wasted Years
11. Seventh Son of a Seventh Son
12. The Clairvoyant
13. Fear of the Dark
14. Iron Maiden
15. Aces High
16. The Evil That Men Do
17. Running Free
First off, if anyone can point me at a lucid explanation from any Maiden members why they can't change up their setlist each night, I'd love to read it
Even Megadeth are starting to do that (though sadly, not Anthrax it seems) and of course Metallica are great at it.
Bruce even alluded to this in the intro for "surprise" Phantom of the Opera.
Show was very good, Bruce's voice was pretty on for the most part. Lots of pyro which is always welcome! I was seated exactly in line with the stage front/security pit. I couldn't see Nicko except a tiny bit of the top of his head
Got too much Janick, no Dave or Adrian. Those guys still play with wired guitars!
In my original go-round with Maiden in the 80's, I was a Beast/Piece/Powerslave guy, I checked out when they soiled their music with the cheesy whine of the synthesizer. So, I missed Time and 7th Son and onwards, until the awesome Brave New World came along. Now that I'm older and can tolerate (but still never really like) synth stuff, I've grown to like some of 7th Son, Time, etc.
Ironically, I saw Maiden in 88, also at the PNE, on the original 7th Son tour. I looked back on that on setlist.fm, since I couldn't remember the setlist at all, and it's pretty similar. I think the 88 setlist is marginally better (Heaven Can Wait and Hallowed) but they did one more song last night. I have to say, I sat and rested during the actual song 7th son, not a favourite of mine, nor is Moonchild, but overall a good show.
I saw them previously on the "first leg" of Final Frontier, which meant it had way too much Matter of Life and Death (an unlistenable album, IMO) and only El Dorado from FF (which I quite like).
I had tickets to Somewhere Back in Time in 2008, but (long story) I had to fly to Singapore on an emergency flight to attend my 2nd daughter's birth and I don't love Maiden (or any band) enough to miss my kid's birth
Still bummed severely about missing that show though.
Anyway, I'll always go see Maiden but my God, I hope they drop Running Free and Fear of the Dark. They dropped Hallowed this time and Run to the Hills in 2010, why not those two fairly lame entries?