Can anything stop Iron Maiden?
Whether it’s lead singer, Bruce Dickinson, being diagnosed with throat cancer (for which he has fully recovered), or their airplane, Ed Force One, getting struck on the ground in Chile, or the multiple changes in band members, the band must have made one serious deal with the devil to make it to their Book Of Souls World Tour. Ed Force One touched down, in the middle of a snowstorm, in Toronto, for Iron Maiden’s tour stop at the Air Canada Center, on Sunday April 3rd.
For a band that has released 16 studio albums, not including the live or compilation albums, Iron Maiden doesn’t seem to be slowing down. The band is known for its power driving solos, galloping bass-lines, and theatrical show, and they did not disappoint. The tour’s theme, The Book of Souls, takes from ancient Aztec mythology.
The stage was set up like a giant Aztec temple, complete with torches, a sacrificial pedestal, and the occasional appearance from the undead. The set was constantly changing to fit the theme of the song, and even featured a giant demon, by the name of Eddie, on more than a one occasion. During the album’s titular song, “The Book of Souls”, Bruce and Eddie had an epic battle, which lead to Eddie’s heart being sacrificed to the gods.
The night was a mix of songs off of their new album, The Book of Souls, as well as many fan favourites. From “The Trooper”, to “Fear of the Dark”, and, the Guitar Hero favourite, “The Number of the Beast”, the band knew how to please the audience’s ears. The sold-out crowd at the ACC was enthralled by the stage madness, and were singing and clapping along to every song.
Even the band seemed to be enjoying themselves. Bruce Dickinson took the time to remark, “It’s amazing to be here in front of you people. We’re loving every moment of it. …What can I say? It’s good to be back in Toronto!” The atmosphere in the ACC that night was electric, and everyone was blown away by the performance of these legendary metalheads.
Now over 40 years in, it may take another deal with the Beast for them to keep going, but here’s one fan that hopes that they have a few souls left to give!
April 3rd, 2016
Photos by Mike Fowler – https://www.flickr.com/photos/msfowlerarts/sets/