Iron Maiden and Dream Theater (Spoilers)

Just got back from the Iron Maiden/Dream Theater show in Toronto and thought overall it was great. Unfortunately, DT only played for 45 min which was really really surprising as they were billed as Special Guests, not an opener. Plus, I think that about 10% to 20% were there mainly for DT, so I'm sure there were some that felt a little ripped off.

DT played well with precision as always and although I don't fully remember their setlist, it didn't matter to me as by the time they got to the instrumental sections of their music, I forget what song they were in anyways. Don't get me wrong, I've got all their albums but live they're just not my thing.

Maiden was great. Hard to believe the amount of energy these guys still have. However as with all Maiden shows I've seen, this comes at a cost of precision. Maiden are and have always been one of the loosest bands I've seen, and although I love Dickensons vocals on record, he forgoes much of his range and clear phrasing in exchange for running around the stage. Of course Maiden wouldn't be complete without their great light show. I tell you, these guys don't scrimp on the visuals. Overall they put on a great show and I will be seeing them next time they come through to tour more of the final Frontier.

Setlist spoiler below......











The Wicker Man
Ghost Of The Navigator
Wrathchild
El Dorado
Dance Of Death
The Reincarnation Of Benjamin Breeg
These Colours Don't Run
Blood Brothers (Dedicated to Ronnie James Dio )
Wildest Dreams
No More Lies
Brave New World
Fear Of The Dark
Iron Maiden

Encore:
The Number of the Beast
Hallowed Be Thy Name
Running Free

As you can see, most of the material was taken from the last 3 releases which suited me just fine as I've never seen many of these songs live. I'm sure however that there were some disappointed Maiden fans as there was nothing from Piece of Mind, Powerslave, Somewhere in Time or Seventh Son. Of course to see these songs, one would've had to be at the Somewhere back in Time tour from a year or so ago.

Wilton

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