Iron Maiden - The First Show of the Legacy of the Beast World Tour, Saku Arena, Tallinn, Estonia, 26.05.2018


Event: Iron Maiden: Legacy Of The Beast European Tour 2018
Written by: Ivor
Published: 29.05.2018

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Iron Maiden - The First Show of the Legacy of the Beast World Tour, Saku Arena, Tallinn, Estonia, 26.05.2018 by Ivor (30)


The first show of the tour is no small matter for any band, not even for experienced troopers who have been treading the stages of the world for the past four decades. Before the event I was planning on starting this review off along the lines of sucking and blowing, something to the extent of how the first step to a balloon animal is to blow hard, but, frankly, the truth of the matter is that Iron Maiden are on top of their game right off the bat and will simply blow you away with their show.



Adrian Smith and Bruce Dickinson


Over the years I've been immensely sceptical of the old-fart-category bands playing their classic repertoire to the similarly aged old-fart-category audience. Usually it looks like one old man reminiscing about the old days to another over a pint of bitter. However, once every now and then I've had to revise my prejudiced opinion and concede that, while metal is growing old and mouldy day by day, some bands are still delivering on entertainment for one reason or another. I've been surprised by how genuine and honest Twisted Sister were on stage, how excellent Europe were despite being plagued by that song, and even KISS were worth their dime for the stage show alone. Now Iron Maiden get to join that list.

The Legacy of the Beast World Tour is, as the name suggests, a tour of Iron Maiden classics, including songs that haven't been performed live in 10-15, or, in the case of "Flight of Icarus," in even 32 years. While that is usually in and of itself a twofold matter between fans desiring favourites and the band wanting to play fresh material, in this case it seems that either the band have made peace with their legacy or are genuinely enjoying it. It could also be that this was just the first gig of the tour but this joy of performing is noticeable. The songs were delivered with ease and a playful flourish.



Steve Harris and Bruce Dickinson


Whatever your opinion of the classics is, there's no denying that an important part of the show is the presentation, which in Iron Maiden's case takes on more of a meaningful theatrical side-play than just a coolness gimmick. On a horseshoe-shaped stage representing a sort of cathedral, you get to be a witness to stories. From a Spitfire model hanging over the stage to a huge head of the beast, from a sword fight with Eddie to flamethrowers, from a cross to fireworks - all that just to help Bruce Dickinson deliver the message of each song to the eager audience. It is also highly remarkable how well it works as a whole, for, as Bruce remarked, being at war and being in church - the two things are often one and the same.

The reasons why Iron Maiden have earned my respect are numerous and varied but basically it boils down to a simple fact that the band look fresh and vital. Bless any of us to be as full of life and joy as these guys are at their age. The pillar of heavy metal stands strong and isn't showing any signs of cracking just yet. If you've never seen Iron Maiden live before, what you get is high professionalism and a very entertaining show of classics. If you have seen them live before, well, the show will still be entertaining and it may happen that you get to hear that one special favourite you haven't seen before.



Adrian Smith and Dave Murray


Set list:
1. Aces High (Powerslave)
2. Where Eagles Dare (Piece Of Mind)
3. 2 Minutes To Midnight (Powerslave)
4. The Clansman (Virtual XI)
5. The Trooper (Piece Of Mind)
6. Revelations (Piece Of Mind)
7. For The Greater Good Of God (A Matter Of Life And Death)
8. The Wicker Man (Brave New World)
9. Sign Of The Cross (The X Factor)
10. Flight Of Icarus (Piece Of Mind)
11. Fear Of The Dark (Fear Of The Dark)
12. The Number Of The Beast (The Number Of The Beast)
13. Iron Maiden (Iron Maiden)
Encore:
14. The Evil That Men Do (Seventh Son Of A Seventh Son)
15. Hallowed Be Thy Name (The Number Of The Beast)
16. Run To The Hills (The Number Of The Beast)



 



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29.05.2018 - 00:29
nikarg
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This setlist makes me
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29.05.2018 - 01:32
Jamuflaknu
Thanks for the setlist - it doesn't look bad at all and I can't wait for the concert next month. I was hoping that they could Afraid to Shoot Strangers, but I understand that they can't satisfy every single fan out there.
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29.05.2018 - 03:41
Lokasenna
"including songs that haven't been performed live 10-15, or, in case of "Flight of Icarus," even 32 years."

...and then the setlist is all things they play regularly except for that one.

As much as I love Maiden, I'm not paying another dime to see them live unless it's another early days tour covering, say, Somewhere In Time --> Virtual XI. Even No Prayer For The Dying and Fear of the Dark have a ton of good stuff that never gets played.
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29.05.2018 - 10:05
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See you in Prague! I cant wait until 20th June! Up the Irons!!!
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29.05.2018 - 12:07
BloodTears
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The first pic is amazing! Where Eagles Dare and Flight Of Icarus yah! A lot from Piece Of Mind.

I might go to the show in Lisbon. Still not sure.
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29.05.2018 - 12:24
Marcel Hubregtse
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What? What? Nothing off Killers?
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29.05.2018 - 12:45
Rot Teufel
And execpt from Iron Maiden, nothing from first two albums... damn to me when i miss the Eddie Rips Up the World Tour in 2005...
i was expecting a more allround coverage tracklist between all albums like JP Epitaph Tour...
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29.05.2018 - 13:25
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Written by BloodTears on 29.05.2018 at 12:07

The first pic is amazing! Where Eagles Dare and Flight Of Icarus yah! A lot from Piece Of Mind.

I might go to the show in Lisbon. Still not sure.


and those smokes gives me early 80's feeling !
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29.05.2018 - 23:55
Daniell
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Written by Lokasenna on 29.05.2018 at 03:41

"including songs that haven't been performed live 10-15, or, in case of "Flight of Icarus," even 32 years."

...and then the setlist is all things they play regularly except for that one.

Regularly my ass. You don't see Maiden live often, do you?

Where Eagles Dare - (First live performance since September 2, 2005)
The Clansman - (First live performance since August 30, 2003)
For the Greater Good of God - (First live performance since June 24, 2007)
The Wicker Man - (First live performance since August 6, 2011)
Sign of the Cross - (First live performance since January 19, 2001)
Flight of Icarus - (First live performance since September 17, 1986)
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30.05.2018 - 02:11
Marcel Hubregtse
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Written by Daniell on 29.05.2018 at 23:55

Written by Lokasenna on 29.05.2018 at 03:41

"including songs that haven't been performed live 10-15, or, in case of "Flight of Icarus," even 32 years."

...and then the setlist is all things they play regularly except for that one.

Regularly my ass. You don't see Maiden live often, do you?

Where Eagles Dare - (First live performance since September 2, 2005)
The Clansman - (First live performance since August 30, 2003)
For the Greater Good of God - (First live performance since June 24, 2007)
The Wicker Man - (First live performance since August 6, 2011)
Sign of the Cross - (First live performance since January 19, 2001)
Flight of Icarus - (First live performance since September 17, 1986)



Alas, yet, it it is still quite a shitty setlist
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30.05.2018 - 02:26
Lokasenna
Written by Daniell on 29.05.2018 at 23:55

Written by Lokasenna on 29.05.2018 at 03:41

"including songs that haven't been performed live 10-15, or, in case of "Flight of Icarus," even 32 years."

...and then the setlist is all things they play regularly except for that one.

Regularly my ass. You don't see Maiden live often, do you?


Not since the Final Frontier tour. Time may have gotten away from me, I'll admit. I could swear they played Icarus when I saw them on the Early Days tour though. Could be wrong.

Regardless, there are a ton of songs they've either never played, or haven't played since the appropriate album tour. Heaven forbid they omit The Trooper, Iron Maiden, Hallowed Be Thy Name, etc if they're advertising it as a "deep cuts" tour.

Also, having watched a couple of videos from these shows, [insert long-winded complaint about bands playing slower as they age]. The Wicker Man sounded pretty painful.
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30.05.2018 - 09:51
MetalEyez
I cant wait until 30's to see them on Freiburg

I Made the the Setlist on spotify :

https://open.spotify.com/user/nioeu206vxx5zw39nj8nfjqfq/playlist/4FVQ9B5cVZfPblCuxXJuhP?si=ofq8BjFeQkOa6VXZ9R1_WA
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30.05.2018 - 10:05
Daniell
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Written by Lokasenna on 30.05.2018 at 02:26

Not since the Final Frontier tour. Time may have gotten away from me, I'll admit. I could swear they played Icarus when I saw them on the Early Days tour though. Could be wrong.

If you mean their 2005 tour, I saw them then. I still have the ticket and playlist, and it was as follows (at least on May 29th 2005):

Murders in the Rue Morgue
Another Life
Prowler
The Trooper
Remember Tomorrow
Charlotte the Harlot
Run to the Hills
Revelations
Where Eagles Dare
Die With Your Boots On
Phantom of the Opera
The Number of the Beast
Hallowed Be Thy Name
Iron Maiden
Running Free
Drifter
Sanctuary
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30.05.2018 - 11:19
Daniell
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Written by Marcel Hubregtse on 30.05.2018 at 02:11

Alas, yet, it it is still quite a shitty setlist

I'm pretty sure that every Maiden fan has their own favourite list of songs they'd love to hear, so there will always be those who call a particular setlist shitty. Like you here And it's ok, because it's impossible to make one setlist to please everyone. I've seen Maiden live numerous times now, and still there are several songs I'd love to hear:
- Rime of the Ancient Mariner
- To Tame a Land
- Alexander the Great
- The Nomad
- Transylvania
- Genghis Khan
- Infinite Dreams
Just a few off the top of my head.
I'm aware that some of these songs never get to be played live, so I'm not holding my breath for future shows.
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30.05.2018 - 12:19
BloodTears
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Murders in the Rue Morgue, never gonna find me! Ahah

I've actually heard Rime of the Ancient Mariner live before, so that was amazing.
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30.05.2018 - 13:03
Warman
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Written by Daniell on 30.05.2018 at 10:05

Charlotte the Harlot

Aw man, you guys got Charlotte? Sweden got fucking Wrathchild instead. Apparantly it was a last minute change. Worst decision ever.
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30.05.2018 - 21:19
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Masterchief
Good set list from so long running band, trhey could play 2 shows one whit old songs up to Prayer, other day show after prayer
Killers well non of song from that album is good , non has stuck whit a fans, so only 1th album in paul era is a killer one.
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31.05.2018 - 06:50
CobiWan1993
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I'm kind of amazed that they've played some Blaze Bayley era songs and Flight of Icarus hasn't been played for decades! I guess they either finally agreed on a tempo or they put their differences aside for the fans.
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31.05.2018 - 21:02
RolandsSh
As a mid-20s guy from a Baltic state who saw Iron Maiden just the 2nd time as they didn't really come here before, I was quite happy with the setlist. Aces High, Where Eagles Dare, Flight Of Icarus, Clansman and Sign Of The Cross were amazing and I was even very happy for Run To The Hills which they omitted on TBOS tour. In fact, the worst part about the overall experience was that I had to suffer through Killswitch Engage as openers and the lack of public transportation in Tallinn after the show. I'm also not happy that they're still using fruit of the loom t shirts as I find their quality and fit downright abysmal.
But honestly, those are the things that will fade away from my memory. Bruce double-wielding motherfucking flamethrowers however is something that I won't ever forget.
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03.06.2018 - 22:56
JTYoung
Written by Daniell on 30.05.2018 at 10:05

Written by Lokasenna on 30.05.2018 at 02:26

Not since the Final Frontier tour. Time may have gotten away from me, I'll admit. I could swear they played Icarus when I saw them on the Early Days tour though. Could be wrong.

If you mean their 2005 tour, I saw them then. I still have the ticket and playlist, and it was as follows (at least on May 29th 2005):

Murders in the Rue Morgue
Another Life
Prowler
The Trooper
Remember Tomorrow
Charlotte the Harlot
Run to the Hills
Revelations
Where Eagles Dare
Die With Your Boots On
Phantom of the Opera
The Number of the Beast
Hallowed Be Thy Name
Iron Maiden
Running Free
Drifter
Sanctuary

Now that's a set list.
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21.07.2018 - 19:57
nikarg
Old Nick
Written by BloodTears on 29.05.2018 at 12:07

The first pic is amazing! Where Eagles Dare and Flight Of Icarus yah! A lot from Piece Of Mind.

I might go to the show in Lisbon. Still not sure.

Don't miss it Ana! I saw them last night and it was a stunning show. Exactly as Ivor describes it.

And as for old-fart-category bands playing their old repertoire for an old-fart-category audience and the whole thing looking pretty sad and miserable; Saxon are also an exception to this rule.
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25.07.2018 - 16:07
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Saw them at Hellfest and seeing them in London in a couple of weeks; wasn't expecting some of the song choices (the Piece Of Mind focus, For The Greater Good Of God, and more Bayley songs than Di'Anno tracks), but was pleasantly surprised by the variety, especially Flight Of Icarus. Will hopefully be in a crowd more receptive to non-classics than the people around me at Hellfest who only recognised/cared for The Trooper, Fear Of The Dark, and songs from Number of the beast
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25.07.2018 - 17:59
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Written by musclassia on 25.07.2018 at 16:07

Saw them at Hellfest and seeing them in London in a couple of weeks; wasn't expecting some of the song choices (the Piece Of Mind focus, For The Greater Good Of God, and more Bayley songs than Di'Anno tracks), but was pleasantly surprised by the variety, especially Flight Of Icarus. Will hopefully be in a crowd more receptive to non-classics than the people around me at Hellfest who only recognised/cared for The Trooper, Fear Of The Dark, and songs from Number of the beast

PRoblem with mainstream audience. Some friends of mine saw that show, and called it their best Iron Maiden experience ever (I didn't, as I was too busy enjoying At The Gates)
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26.07.2018 - 00:26
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Written by Darkside Momo on 25.07.2018 at 17:59


PRoblem with mainstream audience. Some friends of mine saw that show, and called it their best Iron Maiden experience ever (I didn't, as I was too busy enjoying At The Gates)


It surprised me a bit, cos even at festivals, I've seen Maiden headline Sonisphere twice, and particularly the first time when a majority of their set was material from Brave New World thru to A Matter Of Life And Death, the people in my vicinity were getting into all those album tracks they played, although admittedly I was a bit further forward for both shows than I was for Maiden, heading there from Amorphis. Admittedly, Maiden are British and those were UK shows, so that might play into it somewhat.

It would've been cool to catch a bit of ATG or Exodus, but that Sunday evening was just too stacked with good stuff (that Sunday in general tbh, there was definitely a big imbalance in terms of bands I was interested in on Sunday compared to Saturday)
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26.07.2018 - 01:33
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Written by musclassia on 26.07.2018 at 00:26

Written by Darkside Momo on 25.07.2018 at 17:59


PRoblem with mainstream audience. Some friends of mine saw that show, and called it their best Iron Maiden experience ever (I didn't, as I was too busy enjoying At The Gates)


It surprised me a bit, cos even at festivals, I've seen Maiden headline Sonisphere twice, and particularly the first time when a majority of their set was material from Brave New World thru to A Matter Of Life And Death, the people in my vicinity were getting into all those album tracks they played, although admittedly I was a bit further forward for both shows than I was for Maiden, heading there from Amorphis. Admittedly, Maiden are British and those were UK shows, so that might play into it somewhat.

It would've been cool to catch a bit of ATG or Exodus, but that Sunday evening was just too stacked with good stuff (that Sunday in general tbh, there was definitely a big imbalance in terms of bands I was interested in on Sunday compared to Saturday)

Well...
The biggest debate / ranting on the HF forum this year was about tourists. In HF's case, that's non-metal people coming just to be "part of it" because it seems Hellfest has become kind of a 'place to be' in France, and HF marketing and communication this year seem to have targeted this kind of 'audience' (something that I was blissfully unaware of, focused on the bill as I was). So your experience kind of goes in that direction. Myself, after that fantastic At The Gates show, I wandered a bit on the grounds, and found people headbanging and cheering, just like one would expect. Oh well...
Anyway, while I'll talk about that in the report (btw, PM me if you have stuff to say ), I can already say that ATg were fantastic, Exodus too, even if I left to catch a bit of Amenra (fantastic too)
As for me, thankfully, bands were relatively spread out on the three days
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26.07.2018 - 10:38
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Written by Darkside Momo on 26.07.2018 at 01:33


Well...
The biggest debate / ranting on the HF forum this year was about tourists. In HF's case, that's non-metal people coming just to be "part of it" because it seems Hellfest has become kind of a 'place to be' in France, and HF marketing and communication this year seem to have targeted this kind of 'audience' (something that I was blissfully unaware of, focused on the bill as I was). So your experience kind of goes in that direction. Myself, after that fantastic At The Gates show, I wandered a bit on the grounds, and found people headbanging and cheering, just like one would expect. Oh well...
Anyway, while I'll talk about that in the report (btw, PM me if you have stuff to say ), I can already say that ATg were fantastic, Exodus too, even if I left to catch a bit of Amenra (fantastic too)
As for me, thankfully, bands were relatively spread out on the three days


I hadn't actually heard that about the 'tourists', but I was slightly shocked to hear it was the biggest festival in France, full stop, so it would make sense that some people going there are just going to a festival rather than for the music on display. I didn't notice it too much, but I think most festivals general are at least partially attended by people just wanting a festival experience rather than being set on seeing the bands on display

I can contribute if you want to the article! Otherwise I was just gonna post my own experiences in the comments of the articles. I just went back and looked at the running order, there were 5 bands on Saturday I saw full sets of (Demilich, Oranssi Pazuzu, Ho99o9, Enslaved, and Neurosis), and then a few sets I dipped in and out of. I think there were like 7 on Friday, and then on Sunday it was like 10 or 11 (including the awesome Amenra show). The only real break I had on the Sunday after Tombs started was between Zeal and Ardor and Amorphis, by the end of Nightwish my feet and back were killing me!
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27.07.2018 - 13:33
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Written by musclassia on 26.07.2018 at 10:38

I hadn't actually heard that about the 'tourists', but I was slightly shocked to hear it was the biggest festival in France, full stop, so it would make sense that some people going there are just going to a festival rather than for the music on display. I didn't notice it too much, but I think most festivals general are at least partially attended by people just wanting a festival experience rather than being set on seeing the bands on display

I can contribute if you want to the article! Otherwise I was just gonna post my own experiences in the comments of the articles. I just went back and looked at the running order, there were 5 bands on Saturday I saw full sets of (Demilich, Oranssi Pazuzu, Ho99o9, Enslaved, and Neurosis), and then a few sets I dipped in and out of. I think there were like 7 on Friday, and then on Sunday it was like 10 or 11 (including the awesome Amenra show). The only real break I had on the Sunday after Tombs started was between Zeal and Ardor and Amorphis, by the end of Nightwish my feet and back were killing me!

HF is the biggest metal festival in France, no doubts about it, but as far as I know it's the third one in terms of audience, after Les Vieilles Charrues and les Eurockéennes, which are both mainstream.

And I guess you are right about people who are here "just for the fest". After all even amongst metalheads - you know the type, just bingedrinking from thursday to sunday...
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28.07.2018 - 01:54
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Written by Darkside Momo on 27.07.2018 at 13:33


And I guess you are right about people who are here "just for the fest". After all even amongst metalheads - you know the type, just bingedrinking from thursday to sunday...


Heard enough of those every night at 2-3am in the campsite, just ridiculous. Can't imagine spending hundreds of pounds to go to a festival with all those great bands and just get hammered all the time, seems like a colossal waste of time and opportunity
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