Guy next to me was mad that they didn't do Run To the Hills. I seriously don't get it, they called it The Book of Souls Tour, what else did they expect??I think he was the only guy there who wanted to see Wrathchild again.
Also was it just me or did the crowd seem a bit dead during Fear of the Dark? I felt like it gets a better reception back in Denver, where the crowds are nowhere near as energetic as what I saw in Vegas.
Anyway, quite possibly the best concert I've ever seen. Highlights were all TBOS songs, Children of the Damned, Powerslave (that was a huge surprise!), and Blood Brothers. Also, The Trooper was actually a lot more fun than usual. Glad they gave Run To the Hills, 2MTM, and Running Free a break. Wasted Years in the spot that Running Free usually goes was a nice change of pace and it works extremely well as a closer. I don't think I would've made any changes, I understand they kinda have to play FOTD/Hallowed/NOTB at every show, even if I'm tired of them. They're always fun anyway.
I still think not playing Empire is a missed opportunity and the only other TBOS I wanted to see live was Man of Sorrows. But every TBOS song that they did play worked amazingly well live and some (particularly Death or Glory) were even more enjoyable live than on the album. I also would've liked to have seen more stuff from the reunion albums, but it was a pretty packed setlist, not sure how they'd fit anything else in. Would be fun to see a more reunion era focused tour next time. But overall the setlist was pretty much perfect, it flowed really well and there were no dull moments (contrary to what a lot of people around me seemed to think).
I think I saw some people earlier complaining that COTD was the "rare" song Bruce alluded to, at first I kind of felt the same way as they did play it not too long ago but the concert totally changed my mind on that. Seeing the crowd reaction when they started it was pretty amazing and sure enough, after the song my dad said something to the effect of "they never play this one!". Neither of us had seen it live, so from that perspective of someone who doesn't actively follow the setlists of every tour, it would seem like a rarity. I think Live After Death is the latest official live recording of it too. It was so awesome live either way.
I still can't wrap my head around how good Bruce sounded, especially after having throat cancer. And to think just a year ago people were arguing whether he would even sing again.