REVIEW: Iron Maiden June 15, 2017 Tinley Park, Il

27 years ago today, I met my wife at what was then called the World Music Theater in Tinley Park, Il.. Tonight I returned to the venue to see one of my all time favorite bands, Iron Maiden with a byproduct of that meeting, my middle son.

This concert marked my 10th time seeing Maiden and I was quite aware of the abundance of new songs in the set list. While not dreading the inclusion of 6 songs from the Book of Souls album, I was tepid about hearing them. Maiden proved me wrong. Of course I thoroughly enjoyed the classics, including “Children of the Damned” and “Wrathchild” but I was most blown away by the amazing performance of “The Red and the Black” off the new album.

“The man had mouth cancer!” I repeatedly reminded myself as Bruce Dickenson delivered incredibly strong vocals while running around the stage like a man possessed. The temperature at the venue hovered around 90 degrees yet Bruce wore a hooded sweatshirt and cargo pants for most of the show.

The musicianship was stellar as always. One of the guitarists had an incredibly heavy tone that added extra meat to “Powerslave” and “Fear of the Dark.” Steve Harris is man who never seems to age as he took control of the stage while playing amazing bas riffs. He even earned my son’s respect by wearing West Ham gear despite the fact my son is a Tottenham fan.

The stage show was great. It featured fantastic lighting, a lot flames and not one but two kick ass Eddies.

Written by Joe Becht.  Follow him on Twitter @JoeBecht

Setlist:

  1. If Eternity Should Fail
  2. Speed of Light
  3. Wrathchild
  4. Children of the Damned
  5. Death or Glory
  6. The Red and the Black
  7. The Trooper
  8. Powerslave
  9. The Great Unknown
  10. The Book of Souls
  11. Fear of the Dark
  12. Iron Maiden
  13. The Number of the Beast
  14. Blood Brothers
  15. Wasted Years
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1 comment

  1. Gerry June 19, 2017 11:28 am 

    No sleep till Brooklyn eddie

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