While the tour definitely overstayed its welcome, I think this will go down as one of the top 3 Maiden shows in terms of setlist and stage show. The lighting and design was absolutely gorgeous, and it was cool to see them experiment with a non-static stage set. The setlist was pretty much perfect, at least for the 2018/19 legs. Really broad selection of material and several songs I never expected Maiden to play live again. The 2021 leg didn’t quite have the same magic for me, but was still quite enjoyable. I don’t think Senjutsu worked very well as an opener and Aces High was an awkward closer, but I’m also glad both Blaze songs survived and Writing on the Wall was immense live.
I think we’ll look back on The Book of Souls, Legacy of the Beast, and soon the Future Past tour as being a bit of a renaissance for Maiden’s stage shows and tours. The Maiden England and Final Frontier tours by comparison come off as really uninspired compared to what we’ve been getting over the last few years. Lots of cool set surprises like Blaze era tracks, Flight of Icarus, a whopping 7 songs off TBOS, and coming soon a bunch of SIT deep cuts. Not to mention stage shows that even by Maiden standards are really visually incredible. It’s a great time to be a fan.