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Iron Maiden -- Kansas City, MO -- September 7th, 2013

The legendary Iron Maiden returned to Kansas City after 13 long years to a crowd of over 15,000 on a sweltering Saturday night. The anticipation of the legendary British heavy metal band was too much for most of the fans in attendance, resulting in multiple impromptu sing-alongs while waiting in line for the doors to open. The rabid fanbase is legendary for their devotion to the band - in Kansas City alone there were attendees from Canada, Brazil and England.

After the usual pre-show ritual of playing UFO's "Doctor Doctor" over the PA, Maden exploded onto stage with "Moonchild" from their 1988 album "Seventh Son Of A Seventh Son," which was the basis for most of the setlist that night. "Seventh Son" isn't the most recognizable album for casual Iron Maiden fans, resulting in a less-than responsive crowd for deep cuts such as "The Clairvoyant" and the title track, but there was a huge crowd response for the heavy metal anthems "The Number Of The Beast" and "Run To The Hills," but that's to be expected. The crowd, overall, was one of the most engaging crowds that the Sprint Center has ever seen.

Iron Maiden, first and foremost, are entertainers - and entertain they did. The set was stuffed to the brim with explosions and pyrotechnics and animatronic demons. During one of the band's best known songs "The Trooper," the Iron Maiden mascot Eddie the Head came out on stage dressed in civil war garb complete with a rapier and towered over the musicians and delighted the crowd to no end. Other appearances from Eddie were a giant bespectacled Eddie sculpture for "Seventh Son Of A Seventh Son" and a replica of the Eddie from the "Seventh Son" album art, complete with real fire coming out of the top of his head.

Legendary frontman Bruce Dickinson was all over the stage, bounding from side to side and launching himself off monitors before retreating backstage only to come out on the elevated part of the stage in costume. The 55 year-old with one of the greatest voices in music history has more energy on stage than most frontmen half his age. The rest of the band was just as energetic - founder Steve Harris on bass ran from side-to-side engaging the crowd and emphatically singing and "shooting" the crowd with his guitar. The trio of guitarists in Dave Murray, Adrian Smith and Janick Gers were all mixed beautifully with neither of their guitars drowning out the others, and their guitar solos in songs came through clear. Nicko McBrain on drums was hidden behind his multiple cymbals, but a video camera projecting onto screens flanking the stage showed him drumming away with a permanent smile on his face.

Whether they were playing their hits or some deeper cuts, Iron Maiden never gave less than 100%. It was a memorable concert not just because it's a legendary band, but they put on one of the best performances that the Sprint Center has ever seen.

Opening the show was another legendary band, thrash metal titans Megadeth. Fronted by controversial shredder Dave Mustaine, the band ripped through a short set with little in-between song banter that they're usually known for. They opened with "Hangar 18" from their amazing "Rust In Peace" album and kept most of the set in their classic albums. A rare performance of "In My Darkened Hour" set most of the crowd into one big mosh pit and their political anthem "Peace Sells" incited a huge chant from everyone. It was a quick set, but Megadeth made the most of it and was the perfect opener for Iron Maiden.

Iron Maiden:

1. Moonchild
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
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15. Aces High
16. The Evil That Men Do
17. Running Free

Megadeth:

1. Hangar 18
2. Wake Up Dead
3. In My Darkest Hour
4. Sweating Bullets
5. Kingmaker
6. Tornado Of Souls
7. Peace Sells
8. Symphony Of Destruction
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9. Holy Wars

Iron Maiden: 10/10
Megadeth: 9/10
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