The mix of nostalgia and new material tours has been a great idea.
I agree. The best decision. Although we could have more new albums if it wasn't for these tours.
The hybrid tour next year is also a great idea in that department, although you are required to play 4/5 songs from the classic album along with songs from the new album and other old classics. And you have to choose which stage set to use (for the new album or for the classic album... it's for the new album in 99% of the cases) - btw, if Maiden didn't reveal the Senjutsu stage this year (this was a consequence of the recent events and because LOTB tour included ''interlocking worlds
''), maybe the futuristic stage wouldn't be used.
Yes big time, though not on new albums sales,
Their new albums sales are pretty good, especially compared with most of their peers.
I believe POTO was referring to the 2010 leg which had 6 classics. Given the popularity of the classic era and having 3 classics in the encores seems pretty fair for a reunion era dedicated tour for a legacy tour. Especially with 10/13 main set songs being new songs, and 1 of those 3 is the bands eponymous track.
Yes. It was a strange choice of time period for this kind of a tour (for me TFF album has only 1 proper leg of a tour) and especially because it was at the expense of more new songs from TFF album. They could have done the 2010 tour in 2014 (the 3rd leg of ME tour was pointless, since there weren't many changes and surprises in the setlist), for example. And why the tour was still called ''The Final Frontier'' is strange too, since it was clearly a celebration of the Reunion era? I wish they had used a different and unique stage set too.
It would be great if they do a proper Reunion era tour in the future (with 6 albums so far, with its own name and stage set and only playing ''Iron Maiden''). Such a tour have a better chance than a 90's era tour.