LEGACY OF THE BEAST WORLD TOUR 2022 - **CONTAINS SPOILERS**

Spaldy

Ancient Mariner
I think one song from Senjetsu would be enough, surely no one wants to hear 3 songs from it over Where eagles date/ 2 mins 2 midnight.

Also, slightly off topic but does anyone know how contracts work with guitar/drum techs? When the band isn't touring are they being paid or is it up to them to find alternative employment? Or maybe the work they do for the band is enough that they don't have to work in between tours ect.
Roadies earn a wage unlike the band who earn from ticket/merch sales. When the band aren't touring some roadies will work with the band in the studio or solo gigs (like Smith/Kotzen or BL) and the rest probably either jump on another tour or do something else.

During lockdown some bands did live-streamed fundraisers for their unemployed crew.
 

____no5

Free Man
I really mean Coca Cola :blush: so this was no synonym for anything in my original post. well, it could be water or tea or coffee as well, but I don't do any kinds of drugs or alcohol (any longer). (I'm now completely straight for some years since I was overdoing beer and pot smoke before, and I only found my way out with some professional help. however, giving up drinking was one of the hardest working pieces in my life, if not the hardest at all. so it's gonna be a bit unusual to attend my personal Maiden gig #37 later this summer as my first Maiden gig without a beer in my hand, but I'll keep doing it good and resistant :yes: )

Same here I lead an extremely healthy* life now though it wasn't always the case. Man of the extremes I guess :D

*with a healthy amount of exceptions from time to time :D
**even Coca Cola seems completely unhealthy, I'd drink San Pellegrino water something like this.
 
Hello, I'm new on this forum. I have been visiting this forum since Maiden teased WOTW stuff... I find this forum quite interesting, so I decided to join it and share my personal thoughts. I'm going to Maiden show tonight in Belgrade (this will be my first Maiden show), so I wanted to share with you my experience from there (if there were any changes in setlist, overall band performance...).
And yeah... don't mind my english, I'm not native english speaker.
 

PhantomOfTheOpera

Ancient Mariner
Hello, I'm new on this forum. I have been visiting this forum since Maiden teased WOTW stuff... I find this forum quite interesting, so I decided to join it and share my personal thoughts. I'm going to Maiden show tonight in Belgrade (this will be my first Maiden show), so I wanted to share with you my experience from there (if there were any changes in setlist, overall band performance...).
And yeah... don't mind my english, I'm not native english speaker.
Welcome aboard and Im looking forwards to reading your thoughs and review of the show. And anybody else going Belgrade show tonight or any other show on Legacy Of The Beast World Tour 2022, please share your views, comments and reviews with us here.
 

Ruflux

Ancient Mariner
My guy, “Where Eagles Dare” has been played 285 times. “Stratego” has been played once.
Eh... this is a pretty bad comparison. Stratego will be played throughout this tour and quite likely the next one as well, WED was played in 2018-19 and 2005 by the current lineup. Before that, sporadically in the early 90s, before that a few times in '86 and before that on mostly every date on the World Piece tour. Which was nearly 40 years ago. It's not a exactly an overplayed tune most people would've heard at a gig. In fact I'd argue it was one of the bigger surprises of the original LOTB set along with the Blaze tracks and of course FoI.
 

Meliegree

Sound of distant drums
It was a big surprise, but I think adding Stratego is an excellent idea. Either way - I still don't like the flow of the songs on the first show.

btw. Maiden merch prices are ridiculous.
 
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KDavid92

Trooper
Eh... this is a pretty bad comparison. Stratego will be played throughout this tour and quite likely the next one as well, WED was played in 2018-19 and 2005 by the current lineup. Before that, sporadically in the early 90s, before that a few times in '86 and before that on mostly every date on the World Piece tour. Which was nearly 40 years ago. It's not a exactly an overplayed tune most people would've heard at a gig. In fact I'd argue it was one of the bigger surprises of the original LOTB set along with the Blaze tracks and of course FoI.
Finally, some sense!
 

Austrogoth

Ancient Mariner
I don't think they'll drop Aces High tonight but who knows... they even dare to drop Wrathchild during the tour in 2014 so I guess everything is possible.
 

Azas

It Was a Dark and Stormy Night
I'm thinking Hell On Earth would be awesome show opener. Intro played from the tape and then band storms the stage...
I'm surprised Bruce didn't rant on the first show. Acclimatisation going on, not feeling comfortable?
This t shirt has Ukraine color scheme going on :edmetal:
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Ruflux

Ancient Mariner
Finally, some sense!
Still doesn't change that I'd be perfectly happy seeing Stratego instead of WED. The former has certain appeal from being among their newest songs whereas the latter is a great song but there's also various competent bootlegs and proshots of them doing it live over the years.

Plus when I saw them do it in 2018, Bruce was badly off time for a large portion of the song which kind of derailed the performance, as cool as it was to see such a rarity live. Stratego seems like it has no such issues and Bruce isn't straining on it nearly as much, resulting in a better overall experience.
 

Zvonimir

Trooper
That show in Zagreb just didn't feel right at all and left me a sour aftertaste.

Why open with a dull piece of music (not really a song) that works basically as a background for too many ok-ish but not brilliant guitar solos, and with zero singalong potential? Nothing dramatic about it live. I took a quick glance around the arena - can you remember last time you saw Maiden and people remained in their seats during the opening song? Likewise, Bruce says TWOTW is a great singalong song, but when actually performed live we're talking Journeyman sort of "greatness". Folky mid section with 2 amazing solos is all nice but cannot really save it live. By the time Revelations kicks in, excitement levels are zero, and then straight we go into another slow hand-clapper, Blood brothers. Other than that, classics like TNOTB and FOTD are played at such slow tempos they feel alien and unfamiliar. I instinctively as always started to sing along to those but gave up because I couldn't follow and it just felt wrong. And then the only real fists-in-the-air pumpers in the set (Trooper and Clansman) are played as encores. Whail Oil Beef Hooked, right?

The entire show never really takes off and the ballsier stuff towards the end feels like belated tries of making-up for never really delivering the goods. And on top of all that, when one thinks this mistake has finally come to an end, we get a "surprise" 2nd encore in the form of sped-up ZZ-top boogie tune served as Aces High. People around us in the front, likewise senior lifelong fans, were jokingly bouncing and dancing to it. When Bruce went into "Bandits at 8 o'clock" line, sounding like severely constipated grand-grandmother, after already butchering Hallowed and Icarus and just about every other non-Blaze and non-Di'Anno song played, my wife and I just looked at each other and I think for a moment we felt like that elderly couple from WTWWB. Sadly and unintentionally, never has the Monty Python song at the end felt more appropriate.

Too bad really because not all is wrong. The 3 amigos are each on top of their game. Dave really shines on SOTC, TWOTW (a bit overshadowed by H in that song but still a killer solo) and Blood Brothers is pure Maiden Magic. Jan is on fire, his best performance I've seen, he even did Hallowed solo with class. If they played exactly the same tunes but in a proper running order (even the slowest of the slow can realize Aces High is useless as a show closer without actually having to try and see) it could have been great, and had they played Rainmaker or SITSL or Hell on Earth instead of Icarus or TNOTB or Senjutsu, it could be magical.

One more thing, tempos were dreadfully slow on TBOS tour already, and "hitting the notes" in classic songs has been painful for a looong time, but all was forgiven because it was Maiden, it ain't all too serious and has not to be perfect, and camaraderie was felt between Dickinson and the boys and the relationship with the audience was strong. This time I haven't seen goofing with Janick, removing the mic stand from Adrian, joking with Nicko and the usual Bruce stuff on stage. It was an act and it felt exactly like one, very fake and you could tell straight away that he's not into it. The super-short speech prior to Blood Brothers was just plain dumb and even the trademark scream-for-mes were few and unconvincing. Just drop the ego thing already and sing those classics in the lower octave, stop butchering those songs night after night FFS. I applaud Steve for refusing to tune down for him, those songs are best sounding in their original keys and Bruce is the one who should adapt to HIS age, not the other 4. He might be The Voice of Maiden, but the soul of it is stage right, in the hands of Davey and H.

The writing's really on the wall, sadly. Don't believe me and go witness it yourself.
 
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