We're a week in to the UK leg of Iron Maiden's The Book Of Souls World Tour and SWEET EDDIE has it been a riot so far. If you haven't made it along to a show yet, here's a little recap of how they're getting on.
The UK shows kicked off on Thursday last week in Nottingham, and for the first date, a team of journalists hopped on board The, err, Bus Of Souls from London for a trip up north.
Did you spot The Bus Of Souls on the ride up to Nottingham?
As for how the first show of the tour went down? The Nottingham Post had A Lovely Time in the crowd, describing "one of the most iconic scenes in Britain's rock of ages: Worksop's finest heavy metal singer, Bruce Dickinson, racing round a shadowy stage with a battered Union Flag that looks as if it is a lucky survivor of Waterloo as he belts out The Trooper.
The Quietus, meanwhile, praised the most reliable band in metal's reliability. "Iron Maiden have survived for decades and have done so because they offer guarantees, principal among them the guarantee that you will not be surprised. When they rescind that guarantee and try to offer novelty, things go wrong. Maiden realised that after their flirtation with Blaze Bayley (outside the arena, I notice one family in which dad and son, both in denim jackets, have supplemented their huge Maiden patches with rather smaller Bayley patches, displaying the loyal-at-all-costs attitude that characterises the most determined metal fans), and these days they make no pretence at trying to challenge. Iron Maiden are a monolith; they simply exist on terms that have been defined over nearly 40 years by recognising what millions of fans expect and demand of them.
"At this point, they are beyond criticism, they just are."
Manchester was next, so let's check in with the crowd as to how that show went down...
Iron Maiden, The Trooper at Manchester Arena pic.twitter.com/sGromNQh5I— Howard (@Howard993) May 8, 2017
@IronMaiden Fantastic show in Manchester !! Superb tour 👍🏻🎸🎸🎸🎸— GravityGuitarPicksUK (@GravityGuitar) May 10, 2017
So far, so metal, then!
Sheffield was next, with The Star praising Maiden's "Eye-catching pyrotechnics, an amazing stage and the appearance of Eddie the Head ensured the show was a hit to a packed house at Sheffield Arena." As For Leeds? The Yorkshire Evening Post lauded them with praise, confirming "Iron Maiden remain at the top of their game. They will never be fashionable nor trendy, nor should they. I, along with thousands, proudly wear their shirt as a badge of honour. It stands for something, a commitment to the awesome power that well played music can deliver."
With eight more shows to go... we're only just getting started. And while we're at it, let's have a little update from the big bad boys of Iron Maiden themselves...
We're back, boys and girls! pic.twitter.com/sUmYPUz3j7— Iron Maiden (@IronMaiden) May 4, 2017
Iron Maiden still have seven UK dates left on The Book Of Souls World Tour. Get down to one of the following shows if you know what's good for you!
14 - NEWCASTLE Metro Radio Arena
16 - GLASGOW SSE Hydro
17 - ABERDEEN GE Oil & Gas Arena
20 - LIVERPOOL Echo Arena
21 - BIRMINGHAM Barclaycard Arena
24 - CARDIFF Motorpoint Arena
27 - LONDON The O2
28 - LONDON The O2