Review: IRON MAIDEN's Selfish Decision Was Bound To Disappoint Sold-Out Crowd

Gavin Allen of the South Wales Echo reports:

IRON MAIDEN came close to vindicating their selfish decision last night but dropped the ball at the last.

In playing their 14th album "A Matter Of Life and Death" in its entirety — and each track one after the other at that — they were bound to disappoint swathes of the sold-out crowd, with even the hardcore fans tolerating rather than worshipping.

The thirst for them pre-gig saw thousands of devil horns silhouetted against the CIA's soulless white walls as the crowd chanted "MAIDEN! MAIDEN! MAIDEN!"

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Vocalist Bruce Dickinson bouncy-balled magnificently onto the stage but when five tracks in he confirmed they would play the whole album there was a negative reaction; largely silence, even the odd boo.

It's a shame because the war-obsessed album — the stage set was designed like a World War Two bunker with broken masonry and sandbags — is among their strongest material.

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