Iron Maiden/Alice Cooper Toronto Review and Spoilers

This was the 1st time I've seen Alice Cooper Live and he was great. I was a little worried that perhaps his voice would be shot as he was never the best of vocalist even in the 70's and he is getting on in age. However his voice was in as fine a shape as it could be and he sang all the songs with the flair and theatrics that one would expect. Having only 45 minutes to play he concentrated on a hits and best of set of songs from the 70's and 90's. I was sitting on the lawn so I was not able to see all the onstage visuals clearly which makes me think that perhaps I'll check out Alice when he's at a smaller venue. I really would like a better view of his guillotine act. Set list below…

The Black Widow
I'm Eighteen 

No More Mr. Nice Guy 

Hey Stoopid 

Guitar Solo 

Billion Dollar Babies 

Feed My Frankenstein 

Poison 

Wicked Young Man 

I Love the Dead 

Encore:
School's Out 
(snippet from Another Brick in the Wall)


This is my 11th time seeing Iron Maiden and I have never been disappointed. Their stage set hasn't changed that much over the years, the band usually run around the stage and Bruce likes to keep to the catwalks for much of the show. Overall, this show was more or less the same, but different and better. 1st off it was a really hot evening and the band are getting on in years which could explain why there seemed to be less running around then on previous tours. But that was OK because the stage set was fantastic. I know it's pretty much the same stage set from the 7th Son tour from 1988, (snow and Icebergs) but this time around it just seemed to be more vibrant and striking. The setlist had quite a few surprises in it. I was under the impression that it would be similar to the set of their UK 1988 tour which was captured for video and titled Maiden England. The set I saw last night had quite a few differences both in order of songs, and songs played. For instance, I was really hoping to hear the song "Killers" which appears on the Maiden England video but wasn't played at the Toronto show back in 88. Well, they didn't play it last night but I got to hear the equally if not better "Phantom of the Opera", a song which wasn't played during the 88 tour. We also got to hear other lesser played songs which weren't on the original 88 tour like Aces High, and Afraid to Shoot Strangers. Of source they played material off of 7th Son of a 7th Son with the highlight being the title track. I think out of the 3 or 4 "best of classic" tours that Maiden has done, this has been my favorite so far.
Set list below….

Moonchild
Can I Play With Madness
The Prisoner
2 Minutes to Midnight
Afraid to Shoot Strangers
The Trooper
The Number of the Beast
Phantom of the Opera
Run to the Hills
Wasted Years
Seventh Son of a Seventh Son
The Clairvoyant
Fear of the Dark
Iron Maiden
Encore:
Churchill's Speech
Aces High
The Evil That Men Do
Running Free

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