|Review: Iron Maiden - Brave New World Tour|
|Brave New World Tour|
Venue: Colisée Pepsi
City: Quebec City
Show date: August 03, 2000
Guests: Entombed, Halford
Review online: August 5, 2000
Reviewed by: Pierre Bégin
for:Brave New World Tour
This was Iron Maiden's 11th visit to the old capital (not the 10th like the Quebec City media kept pretending), which sets a record for a band's visits to Quebec City.
It was the great return to the Colisée for Iron Maiden, their last performance there dating back to the Fear Of The Dark tour in 1992.
There was a lot of energy in the air and we could feel that the 6500 fans were impatient to see the kings of metal. The show starts with Entombed's set. They played for about 30 minutes (to me it felt like a whole hour! :)). I didn't really like the band, I would have preferred to see Queensrÿche or another good metal band more into the same style as Iron Maiden.
Rob Halford's band is next and they play a lot of songs from their first album, Resurrection. The songs are really excellent, they sound like a mix of Judas Priest and Fight. In the middle of the set, the band plays a lot of Judas Priest songs: The Hellion, Electric Eye, Riding On The Wind, Tyrant and Breaking The Law, and also Fight's Into The Pit. Rob was in excellent form and it was obvious that he was glad to be back! The crowd really appreciated Halford's performance, they even played an encore (one song), something they didn't do in Toronto and Montreal!
Enter Maiden! The lights go out, the crowd is overexcited knowing that they're about to see the gods of metal! A classic intro with great lighting effects and then Adrian Smith enters the stage with the riff from The Wicker Man. A great show opener!
Iron Maiden wanted to prove that they are not a bunch of "has been" and played 6 songs from the new album, proving that they are looking ahead, not behind them. This was a lot of new songs considering the large number of classics that Iron Maiden could have played! They played the same set as on their European tour. My only bad comments is that they often play the same songs. I understand that they are great classics but there are many others that they haven't played very often, such as Aces High, Children Of The Damned and Wasted Years.
I really enjoyed the show. The musicians were in top shape, and Bruce Dickinson gave a flawless performance and was constantly moving. Seriously, I haven't seen him move so much since the Fear Of The Dark tour!
The stage was magnificent and there were numerous special effects. We saw Eddie appear a first time walking behind the musicians, then later during the song Iron Maiden, he appeared behind the stage, he was very large and impressive. There were a lot of great lighting effects, very well done and drapes with cover art from singles such as The Trooper, The Clansman and The Number Of The Beast. During Sign Of The Cross, Bruce Dickinson appeared behind the stage on a large wooden cross with wings, There's still a lot more to say but I'll stop here :). In short, this was Maiden's most visual show since Seventh Son Of a Seventh Son.
Bruce Dickinson spoke to the crowd in a very good French! Two times during the show he mentioned that Quebec City is the heart of metal in Canada, drawing a thunder of applause and screams from the crowd. He's right because this show had the largest attendance of the Canadian tour, and that despite the fact that Quebec City has a much smaller population than Montreal or Toronto. Another proof, the Brave New World album was #1 on the charts in Quebec City. Metal is alive and well in Quebec, which unlike the U.S. and the rest of Canada, hasn't succumbed to the "flavor-of-the-month" music with empty and ridiculous text and melodies. There, now that felt good! :)
It was my 7th Maiden show and this is without a doubt one of my favorite shows by the band. Iron Maiden is a phenomenon, a band that has survived many musical trends with ever compromising its material. I really respect them for this, among other reasons.
UP THE IRONS!
1. Wicker Man
1. The Number Of The Beast
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