|The Setlist :
- Intro : Ides of March
- Murders in the Rue Morgue
- Another Life
- The Trooper
- Remember Tomorrow
- Where Eagles Dare
- Run to the Hills
- Die with your Boots on
- Phantom of the Opera
- The Number of the Beast
- Hallowed be thy Name
- Iron Maiden
- Running Free
Show length : 1 hour 45
Line up :
Bruce Dickinson : Vocals
Steve Harris : Bass
Dave Murray, Janick Gers, Adrian Smith : Guitars
Nico Mc Brain : Drums
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This was my
1st Iron Maiden Open Air show.
The weather forecast were pretty pessimistic, but luckily for the fans,
the thunderstorms decided not to come to Paris before the next day.
I was glad
to see Iron Maiden (my favorite band when I was a teenager) on this tour
because I knew they would only play material from the first 4 albums,
which include my all time faves : The Number of the Beast and Piece of
was scheduled exactly 2 years after my previous Maiden show in Paris'
biggest arena : Bercy.
On with the
The band hit the stage at 9:10 PM, with a great intro, lots of pyros, and
a huge warm welcome from the audience.
The show wasn't sold out, but at least 85% of the tickets were gone, and
the stadium was almost as full as for Metallica last year.
The sound, which was excellent for Within Temptation and Dream Theatre,
was a bit muddy for Iron Maiden, and Bruce's voice was under-mixed
compared to the previous shows I saw.
I am happy that all 3 guitar players are in the band, but remembering the
sound they had during the Fear of The Dark and Real Live Tour, my guess is
that the 3rd guitar is making the sound a bit worse than when they only
Still the sound quality was way better than in Bercy in 2000 and 2003.
was great. Where
Eagles Dare was
in uniform is a nice
Remember Tomorrow was
introduced by Bruce in french, telling the story of his audition with Iron
was really great and
the extended grooving version of
during the encore was
probably the best version of this song I ever heard.
the Rue Morgue, Another
Life and Phantom
of the Opera were songs
I heard live for the very first time, and I am really happy they decided
to play them on this Early Days Tour.
Bruce spoke a lot to the audience. His french is very good and it always
pleases the crowd to hear him in french. Bruce, Mick Jagger and Robert
Plant are the 3 performers who make the most effort for making this
special contact with their french fans, and a lot of bands should take
Bruce took the opportunity to announce that Iron Maiden would be back in
2006, probably with a new album, and that they were planning 2 show at the
Palais Omnisports de Paris Bercy, where they played most of their Parisian
shows since 1986.
design was pretty nice, the light show as impressive as usual.
During the Number of
the Beast, the back of
the stage was decorated with the french flag (Blue, White, Red), but for Phantom
of the Opera, they had
a problem with the flags and did not show up the picture they used for the
live single of the song back in 1985.
Since the Parc
des Princes is pretty large, part of the stage could nbot be seen by the
fans that had bought seats. From where I sat, I could not see muck of
Janick and Nicko.
What to say
as a conclusion ?
Great band, great setlist, even if I missed songs like The
Prisoner, which would
have been a good surprise.
Among the negative points : the stage sould have been more open on the
sides, the sound still ain't as good as it was when they had 2 guitarists,
and Bruce's voice. He obviously did a great job with a voice that wasn't
at 100% and that's probably the reason why he was low in the mix.
Maiden show still is among my favorites and it is by far the best one I
saw from Maiden since 1999 when Bruce and Adrian came back.