Heavy metal with a twist
Bang your head: Iron Maiden set to shock with their other side
What a boon it is to be a heavy metal band so prolific, with a song catalog so vast, that it can simply build world tours based on eras of the past work.
For the better part of the last decade Iron Maiden — a 30-year British heavy metal tour de force that makes the originally British Invasion look about as scary as the Backstreet Boys — has been feeling a bit nostalgic for the early hits when it came to Houston. This Friday show, however, as part of "The Final Frontier World Tour" — just the second date on a North American-European summer trek that began in Dallas on Wednesday — is a departure from the familiar.
Based on the Dallas setlist, lead singer Bruce Dickinson and Iron Maiden have found a renewed love for the less-heralded and often politically-charged songs that anchored albums like Brave New World, A Matter of Life and Death and Dance of Death which were all released in the last 10 years. In addition a new song, "El Dorado," from the band's upcoming 15th studio album, The Final Frontier, (scheduled to be released on August 16) will be heard live for the first time.
This is a massive departure from the familiar ground that Iron Maiden usually cover on stage. For the last two years the band has been circling the globe on the aptly titled "Somewhere Back In Time World Tour" which was an homage to the group's meteoric 80s rise into the mainstream. Sing-along guitar bombs like "2 Minutes To Midnight," "Wasted Years" and "The Number of The Beast" were in ample supply.
This new show is a new adventure that will make some bristle and other bang their craniums with glee.
While many of the obvious Iron Maiden classics have been ignored, this a chance find out about a side of Eddie that most never see and hear some tracks that may never get played live by Iron Maiden again.
(And if you have to ask who Eddie is ... this Iron Maiden show might not be for you.)
I love it when a band is bold enough jump off a cliff and dare their audience to take the leap with them.
Iron Maiden, 7:30 p.m. Friday at Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion