Today the band has announced a Summer 2012 tour where they will dip back into the classic era and play much of the material they did on the 1988 tour for Seventh Son of a Seventh Son.
On the Maiden website, singer Bruce Dickinson said:
We have great fun playing the History of Maiden Tours because it gives us an opportunity between new albums to go out and play songs from our earlier catalogue. It’s always fantastic seeing the crowd reaction from a new generation of fans who have never experienced some of these tracks performed live before, and of course we know our longstanding fans will enjoy seeing the original Seventh Son Tour re-visited - with many other surprises! Our intention is to play about two thirds of the original track list of Maiden England, including some songs we have not played live in a very, very long time, plus other favourites we just know the fans are going to want to hear.
For the record, the Seventh Son setlist was:
2. The Evil That Men Do
3. The Prisoner
4. Still Life
5. Die With Your Boots On
6. Infinite Dreams
8. Can I Play With Madness
9. Heaven Can Wait
10. Wasted Years
11. The Clairvoyant
12. Seventh Son Of A Seventh Son
13. The Number Of The Beast
14. Hallowed Be Thy Name
15. Iron Maiden
I saw this tour in 1988. It was the last Maiden show for me for many years, as I lost interest in them until about 6 or 7 years ago when they started coming back around and kicking ass again with great new material.
You can read reviews of some of the band's recent shows here, here and here.
In 1988 the opener was Guns and Roses and frankly I thought they sucked. They were all wasted and I just didn't get into it at all. This time around Alice Cooper opens. How cool is that?
They come to the White River in Washington on July 30 - my wife's birthday, so not toooo sure if I will be making this gig. :) But you sure as hell should. Full tour is here: