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Somewhere Back In Time Tour

Somewhere Back In Time Tour

February 2008 – April 2009

Tour Dates & Venues

 

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Iron Maiden released the Somewhere Back In Time album as an excuse to tour again and show the younger fans what they missed in the 1980s, when the band was scouring the world and conquering crowds everywhere on the planet. This time around, they once again visited places they'd never been before, essentially in South America (even Manaus, in the middle of the Amazonian rain forest!). Like during the previous tour, they flew to some venues in Ed Force One, a specially commissioned and converted Astræus Boeing 757 nicely decorated with the Iron Maiden logo and Eddie designs, and of course with Captain Dickinson as the pilot.

Bruce in Ed Force One

A mention should be made of the choice of the opening bands. Lauren Harris, Steve's daughter, had opened at many venues during the previous tour. This was Steve's way of helping her out start her musical career, and this is what any father would naturally have done. However, having her band open once again on virtually all gigs of this tour was quite unnecessary, as her music is not at all fit to warm up an audience before a Maiden concert. Whereas any other band would have been booed off stage (Murderdolls, anyone?), Lauren Harris's band was playing before crowds that were politely waiting for Maiden to start playing, knowing that Steve wouldn't be pleased at all by a hostile reaction to his daughter's musical outfit. Let's simply hope that this nepotism will stop with this tour, and that Lauren will be able to pursue her career without requiring daddy's band's opening slots.

On a last note, it must be said that, although many older fans accused Maiden of cashing in on their past glory and of becoming a cabaret act, this doesn't seem to be the band's real intention. As Maiden gigs are often a family matter, with two or sometimes even three generations in the audience, this is the perfect opportunity for parents to proudly show their kids what they used to enjoy so much when they were themselves some twenty years younger – arguably the perfect initiation to great music! So, even if the latest compilation album is a totally useless purchase (you're better off getting the original albums instead!), this tour was the occasion for the veterans of Maiden concerts to re-live the hay days of their past, as well as a wonderful introduction for the new fans who were not born at the time of the legendary World Slavery Tour.

 

Opening bands for this tour
Vanishing Point – Official Website Lauren Harris – Official Website Behind Crimson Eyes – Official Website

Parikrama – Official Website Anthrax – Official Website Trivium – Official Website
Within Temptation – Official Website Kamelot – Official Website Avenged Sevenfold – Official Website
Trooper – Official Website Made Of Hate – Official Website Salamandra – Official Website
Slayer – Official Website Tainted – MySpace Site Agora – Official Website
IRA – Official Website Atreyu – Official Website Carcass – MySpace Site
Morbid Angel – Official Website M.A.S.A.C.R.E – Official Website
 
SETLIST 2008
  Intro: Transylvania/Churchill's Speech    
  Aces High Commentary Lyrics
  2 Minutes To Midnight Commentary Lyrics
  Revelations Commentary Lyrics
  The Trooper Commentary Lyrics
  Wasted Years Commentary Lyrics
  The Number Of The Beast Commentary Lyrics
  Can I Play With Madness Commentary Lyrics
  Rime Of The Ancient Mariner Commentary Lyrics
  Powerslave Commentary Lyrics
  Heaven Can Wait Commentary Lyrics
  Run To The Hills Commentary Lyrics
  Fear Of The Dark Commentary Lyrics
  Iron Maiden Commentary Lyrics
  Moonchild Commentary Lyrics
  The Clairvoyant Commentary Lyrics
  Hallowed Be Thy Name Commentary Lyrics
 
SETLIST 2009
  Intro: Transylvania/Churchill's Speech    
  Aces High Commentary Lyrics
  Wrathchild Commentary Lyrics
  2 Minutes To Midnight Commentary Lyrics
  Children Of The Damned Commentary Lyrics
  Phantom Of The Opera Commentary Lyrics
  The Trooper Commentary Lyrics
  Wasted Years Commentary Lyrics
  Rime Of The Ancient Mariner Commentary Lyrics
  Powerslave Commentary Lyrics
  Run To The Hills Commentary Lyrics
  Fear Of The Dark Commentary Lyrics
  Hallowed Be Thy Name Commentary Lyrics
  Iron Maiden Commentary Lyrics
  The Number Of The Beast Commentary Lyrics
  The Evil That Men Do Commentary Lyrics
  Sanctuary Commentary Lyrics

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