The traffic along the way to the Amalie Arena was congested and it appeared everyone in Tampa, Florida was on their way to see Iron Maiden‘s return after a five year absence. The weather was mild so there was no excuse to miss the “Legacy of The Beast Tour” that happened on Thursday night October 27, 2022.
On the way to the photograph pit for the opening band Within Temptation, the arena with a capacity of 21,500 was half empty at 7:30pm which seen weird. Within Temptation is a Dutch symphonic metal band formed in April 1996. Sharon den Adel , the lead vocalist, definitely was the focal point of the band. Within Temptation has released seven albums with Resist, their newest, being released in 2019. They played three songs from Resist, “The Reckoning,” “Raise Your Banner,” and “Supernova.” The set was eight songs long and Within Temptation got the crowd warmed up as the fans filed into the venue.
Sharon den Adel – Lead Vocals
Jeroen van Veen – Bass
Martijn Spierenburg – Keyboards
Ruud Jolie – Lead Guitar
Mike Coolen – Drums
Stefan Helleblad – Rhythm Guitar
1.) The Reckoning
2.) Paradise (What About Us?)
3.) Raise Your Banner
4.) Stand My Ground
5.) In the Middle of the Night
7.) Don’t Pray for Me
8.) Mother Earth
When the photographers returned to the floor of the arena to make their way to the pit for Iron Maiden, the atmosphere in the venue had transformed into a mad house. The floor was full with general admission fans, and every seat with a view of the stage was occupied. 21,500 is capacity, but I’m willing to bet that number was far exceeded.
This was the night of the return of Iron Maiden, the mega metal band from East London. Iron maiden has performed over 2500 live shows, they have released over 40 albums, and their catalog has sold over 200 million copies worldwide! This was a huge night, and the audience was ready to let it all hang out.
From the opening song, “Transylvania,” is off the first album Iron Maiden which was released 42 years ago. Iron Maiden was pulling out all the stops and immediately introduced the bands mascot “Eddie.” Eddie has appeared on almost every album and singles covers, videos and merchandise. “Eddie” is a samurai giant that stands easily nine feet tall with glowing red eyes, who walks around the stage with ease. After a solo buy the dynamic lead guitar player Janick Gers, lead singer Bruce Dickinson went right into “Doctor Doctor” (UFO song) before even taking a breath. The show was impeccably produced as only a band with as many shows under their belt as Iron Maiden.
All of the bands top hits were played, and nobody present left disappointed. The stage show included indoor fireworks, pyrotechnics, large incredible figures on the backdrop, and Bruce Dickinson even welding a flame thrower from the upper deck at the back of the stage during “Flight of Icarus.” During “Fear of the Dark,” Janick Gers and Steve Harris started jumping in unison and the audience took the key and the whole floor started to jump with them. The crowd was game to take any cue from the stage and take it to the limit. At the beginning of “Blood Brothers” off the 2000 release Brave New World, Dickinson told the fans to raise their hands and everyone in the arena obeyed. They then told them to wave them back and forth and the crowd did it in unison, it was one of the most incredible things I have witnessed at an indoor concert. Over 21,500 people with their hands in the air waving them back and forth as the band played. It was truly a spectacle.
The rock show covered 18 songs which included two encores. If you were present, and came to the show not a huge fan of Iron Maiden, you absolutely left a huge fan of the band at the end. This was one of the best and entertaining shows I have ever attended. I look forward to seeing Iron maiden again if they decide to keep the show on the road. Rumor has it, Nicko McBrain is the drummer in the band. He was visable as he took his position behind the kit, then disappeared never to be seen again to the end of the show. He appeared in front of the crowd to share a drumhead, two drum sticks, and his sweat bands with the lucky fans.
Steve Harris – Bass, Backing Vocals, Keyboards
Dave Murray – Guitars
Adrian Smith – Guitars – Backing Vocals – Keyboards
Bruce Dickinson – Lead Vocals – Piano
Nicko McBrain – Drums
Janick Gers – Guitars
Michael Kenney – Keyboards
2.) Doctor Doctor (UFO song)
5.) The Writing on the Wall
7.) Blood Brothers
8.) Sign of the Cross
9.) Flight of Icarus
10.) Fear of the Dark
11.) Hallowed Be Thy Name
12.) The Number of the Beast
13.) Iron Maiden
14.) The Trooper
15.) The Clansman
16.) Run to the Hills
17.) Churchill’s Speech
18.) Aces High
19.) Always Look on the Bright Side of Life (Monty Python song)
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