Stop playing "Iron Maiden". Eddie can attack the band during a different song. It's really quite a shitty song.
Sanctuary and Running Free. They rarely fit with any setlist these days, they're thrown in there just because.
We're all bored out of one song or another and I believe we probably saw Maiden more than once. This being said, it would be interesting to know is how many of "us" is there at the concert, that is, out of total attendance number how many people are there for the first time.
Now imagine yourself going to a concert for the first time and not hearing 4-5 of their most popular songs. I, for example, would be pretty disappointed if I went to see Rolling Stones and not hear them play Satisfaction, Sympathy for Devil, Jumping Jack Flash, Paint it Black and so on...
Now, image people seeing Maiden for the first time (who I believe are big majority at most of concerts) not hearing any of the songs listed here. It wouldn't be a full Maiden experience for them, would it?
Sure, but if you advertise something as a deep cuts tour and throw one in there every once in a while, that couldn’t hurt. Or at least do a “very special evening” every once in a while with deep cuts and sell the video.To not cater to this people and only play deep cuts would be financial suicide.