Sean Patrick

Iron Maiden - Wells Fargo Center - 6/4/2017

Metal at its finest hit the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia Sunday night with the return of Iron Maiden to Philly indoors for the first time since January 1991.  And in typical Maiden style, they didn't disappoint!

Up first, Swedish melodic metal band Ghost.  You've heard a lot of Ghost on WMGM over the last several years.  A vet of the Orion Festival and Rock Allegiance, their melody and harmonizing along with their visual live show is a must see at least once.  They opened with their latest hit, Square Hammer which led to From the Pinnacle to the Pit, another WMGM staple for months.  Grammy winning Cirice soon followed along with tracks from earlier in their career.  A nice appetizer for the main course... Iron Maiden.

Maiden.  40 years into their career and they are better than ever as they brought The Book of Souls North America tour to Philadelphia.  Another band that is a must see visually, and yes Eddie still makes an appearance during the show!  Maiden hit the stage with If Eternity Should Fall into Speed of Light, the first single from their latest release, 2015's The Book of Souls.  Maiden featured a handful of songs from the new record throughout the night along with classics like The Trooper, Childen of the Damned, Powerslave and a 3 song encore that included The Number of the Beast, Blood Brothers, and Wasted Years.  Maiden does have a habit of leaving out fan favorites from the setlist, but it doesn't keeping people from coming to their shows over the years.  Bruce Dickinson's voice is in top form, which is amazing since he battled tongue cancer just a few years ago.  The band as always was tight and nailed every song, every solo, cause well they're Maiden!  Fire, the British Flag, masks, and yes Eddie all hit the stage throughout the evening.

The Wells Fargo Center was packed to the ceiling hosting another great show.  Kudos to the Wells Fargo and Live Nation for bringing a true old school metal show to the arena!