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Dwell overview: Iron Maiden, Glasgow OVO Hydro

Dwell overview: Iron Maiden, Glasgow OVO Hydro


Ever puzzled what it’d be like if a laser gun-toting time-traveller threw down with a sword-wielding Samurai on a Monday night time in Glasgow? Fucking superior, that’s what!

Having conquered Donington (once more) with final yr’s breathtaking, hit-laden Legacy Of The Beast showcase, London legends Iron Maiden are again on residence turf with a host of deeper cuts as they kick off the UK leg of their globe-trotting Future Previous tour. Swapping the hallowed grounds for extra intimate confines this outing – sure, 13,000-cap hangars just like the OVO Hydro rely as intimate’ if you’re Iron Fucking Maiden – there’s a feeling of better theatrical element and management, from the extra technically testing moments of their setlist to the clever-clever Easter eggs hidden away of their old-school cloth backdrops. When Bruce Dickinson steps up with that immortal demand, SCREAM FOR ME, GLASGOW!” on the outset of Caught Someplace In Time, nonetheless, the outpouring of sheer adulation from this utterly sold-out crowd threatens to tear off the roof.

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First up, shadowy Hamburg crew Lord Of The Misplaced are not any strangers to the doubtless thankless process of supporting one of many biggest metallic acts in historical past. They’re far sharper this night than they had been opening 17 dates of final yr’s Legacy Of The Beast European run, although – a run in entrance of the brilliant lights and TV cameras of the Eurovision Music Contest actually helped with that, as do the battery of bangers from final December’s Blood & Glitter like Destruction Handbook and weirdly on-brand spotlight The Future Of A Previous Life. There stays a host of naysayers claiming they’re merely a pale imitation of larger, badder Teutonic countrymen, however LOTL nearly maintain their personal.

From the second the quantity cranks, the curtain drops and the disavowed orchestral model of Vangelis’ iconic Blade Runner rating begins to blare, thoughts, Maiden are working a number of ranges above. Flashing strip-lights hanging over and (gasp!) flickering video-screens to both facet bolster the timelessly wobbly manufacturing. And if the Future Previous’ idea – concurrently celebrating 1986’s underrated Someplace In Time and 2021’s Senjutsu – appeared odd on paper, the transition between Stranger In A Unusual Land and The Writing On The Wall confirms the genius of bringing collectively an outdated report concerning the unknown future and a new one fixated on the distant previous.

Bass gallops. Guitars wail. Drums pound. On the centre of all of it, Bruce is a ringleader on mischievous kind, whether or not carrying off some absurd sun shades, riling up the seating sections one letter at a time, pondering the precise electrical energy it’d take to ship a DeLorean the improper method by the space-time continuum, explaining the which means of a Dystopian future” or just taking the piss: I don’t wish to put on you out tonight, with an excessive amount of cheering and having a good time…”

The songs are good. In fact they’re. The Time Machine. The Prisoner. Can I Play With Insanity. Heaven Can Wait. An epic Demise Of The Celts even comes with an ungainly assurance that it’s meant to be fantasy fairly than wishful considering. There’s a lot in the event you on the market,” Bruce tells the military of Scots piled in entrance of him. You’re not extinct in any respect!” Then an astonishing Alexander The Nice, nonetheless on its first handful of performs, ever, bowls the entire room over.

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And the insanity simply retains ramping up. You need silliness? How about 4 completely different Eddies, together with one who leads to a pyro-loaded firefight with the ever-game frontman? Mega hits? Concern Of The Darkish and Iron Maiden by no means fail – although we get neither Run To The Hills nor Hallowed Be Thy Title this night. Then an encore for the ages? How a few flame-drenched Hell On Earth, The Trooper’s heart-hammering cavalry cost and dizzyingly euphoric nearer Wasted Years.

Two hours flash previous within the blink of an eye fixed. It’s proof that, for all its retro-futurist themes, Future Previous is the sort of present that makes individuals glad to exist within the right here and now, holding each soul on this thousands-strong viewers within the magic of the second. Up the Irons, endlessly.

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Posted on June twenty seventh 2023, 11:25a.m.



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