APRIL 111th 2016 

Review by Richard Steven Hensey
Photos by Peter Ruttan

Photo Gallery: http://www.metaltitans.com/concertpics/the-book-of-souls-world-tour-tacoma/

Scream for Me Seattle!! Scream for Me U.S.A!!! Those were the words from Iron Maiden front man Bruce Dickinson who played to a nearly sold out crowd at the Tacoma Dome just south of Seattle WA. I had the chance to drive down and was able to catch Bruce taxiing at Seattle’s Sea-tac airport to witness Ed Force One in all its glory. Love it!

Iron Maiden are currently on the Book of Souls World Tour which celebrates there sixteenth studio record to date including eleven live albums, four EPs, and seven compilations.

Along for the ride is London formed The Raven Age, which includes Iron Maiden bassist Steve Harris’ son George on guitar, served as the opening act. The group's performance proved a welcoming introduction to the heavy metal legends that have consistently sold out stadiums and festivals around the world. People no doubt came to see Iron Maiden, but The Raven Age had a solid presence onstage, offering a heavier, but somewhat alternative sound. I cant wait to see more from this band in the coming years! 

It’s 9pm and UFO’s Doctor, Doctor starts play over the speakers. You knew in a matter of minutes the place would explode as fans started singing. The lights dimmed and we see the beginning with a video of ancient Mayan ruins, seeing Ed Force One crash landed, wrapped in vines trying to escape. Eddie to the rescue who push-starts Ed Force One to soar to the sky once again!

The theme for this tour is an ancient Mayan temple stage set up to reflect Eddie’s new look. With fires burning Bruce began high above the drum kit conjuring things up in a brewing pot to summon the first vocals “If Eternity Should Fail,” an intro like no one has ever seen yet in a maiden show. Adrian Smith, Dave Murray and Janick Gers continue to show off their extraordinary talents by playing off of one another and with drummer Nicko McBrain, bassist Steve Harris playing into the frenzy crowd with rolling bass gallops and blasting rhythms.

A few months back Bruce was under chemotherapy which many people ponder would it silence the Air Raid Siren?? Hell No!! He beat it and I was more than happy that Bruce was amazing both on vocals and his pure energy on stage. He sounded in fine form throughout the band's fifteen-song performance, especially his vocals carrying “The Trooper” and "Children Of The Damned" and his powerful scream providing endless cheers to the encore with "The Number Of The Beast", “Blood Brothers” and “Wasted Years”. I wish they could have performed “Run to the Hills” or “2 Minutes to Midnight” but this left room for 6 new songs off the new album like crowd favorites “Tears of a Clown” and “Death or Glory”. The crowd responded with cheers and yells as the album has done well worldwide topping the album charts in 24 countries.

The show lasted a little under two hours and it was incredibly energetic and powerful as Dickinson ran the stage from end to end to guitarist Janick Gers effortlessly flipping his guitar around like a toy. The show effects were fantastic and the performance was energetic for a band that’s been around for 30 plus years. Last but not least is The Book of Souls themed 12-foot tall Eddie chasing the band members. I always love this part of the show and so do countless millions who see them live.They clearly are passionate about what they do, and they love their fans. Don't miss out on what could be the final chance to see them! I truly hope not! Maiden is still the best live band around. Do not miss!

IRON MAIDEN's setlist:

01. If Eternity Should Fail
02. Speed Of Light

03. Children Of The Damned

04. Tears Of A Clown

05. The Red And The Black

06. The Trooper
07. Powerslave

08. Death Or Glory
09. The Book Of Souls

10. Hallowed Be Thy Name
11. Fear Of The Dark

12. Iron Maiden


13. The Number Of The Beast
14. Blood Brothers

15. Wasted Years