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A Matter Of Touring

A Matter Of Touring

October 2006 – June 2007

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Iron Maiden returned on the road in the autumn of 2006 for the promotion of their 14th studio album, A Matter Of Life And Death. Only this time, they couldn't choose which songs to drop out of the setlist and they eventually decided to play the entire album instead. As expected, the fans were once again quite divided over this decision and, while some loved the concept of playing the full album, others complained that some songs of the new album should have been left out in favour of older classics. Whatever people say, the band's decision was certainly the best one, as all song on A Matter Of Life And Death are coherently dealing with the darkest sides of humanity, and constitute a testament to each composer's song-writing skills. They simply couldn't leave any song from the album out!

Naturally, they also played some classics, like the long-awaited and always requested "Fear Of The Dark", or the inevitable and majestic "Hallowed Be Thy Name". They later made more room for more classics during the second leg of the tour, in early 2007, and during which only half of the new album was played. The first part of 2007 saw Maiden play places they'd never been before, although they'd thought about it in the past:

I've always wanted to play in India, and I've always wanted to play in China, and places like that, just places we've never played before. I know that some of my favorite bands have played India a long time ago, and we've never got around to playing it for one reason or another. I've always wanted to go there, even as a tourist. Janick's been to Goa, but none of us has ever really had a chance to go there. 

Steve Harris – January 1996

Performing in Bangalore or Dubai – brand new territories for Iron Maiden to conquer – like they did on that tour, had obviously been on Steve's mind for quite while and his dream finally came true when they played the Eddfest and the Desert Rock Festival, respectively. The rest of the tour saw the band play Europe once again and end up at the Brixton Academy for the closing gig.

All in all, this tour was a typical Iron Maiden tour, with outstanding performances of the tricky new songs, as well as the old crowd-pleasing classics. Wherever we were, Iron Maiden got all of us, no matter how far.

 

Opening bands for this tour
Bullet For My Valentine – Official Website Lauren Harris – Official Website Trivium – Official Website

The Prodigy – Official Website Stone Sour – Official Website In Flames – Official Website
Mastodon – Official Website Junkyard Groove – Official Website FTN – Facebook Profile
Parikrama – Official Website
 
SETLIST (1st leg – 2006)
  Intro: Gustav Holst – Mars, Bringer Of War    
  Different World Commentary Lyrics
  These Colours Don't Run Commentary Lyrics
  Brighter Than A Thousand Suns Commentary Lyrics
  The Pilgrim Commentary Lyrics
  The Longest Day Commentary Lyrics
  Out Of The Shadows Commentary Lyrics
  The Reincarnation Of Benjamin Breeg Commentary Lyrics
  For The Greater Good Of God Commentary Lyrics
  Lord Of Light Commentary Lyrics
  The Legacy Commentary Lyrics
  Fear Of The Dark Commentary Lyrics
  Iron Maiden Commentary Lyrics
  2 Minutes To Midnight Commentary Lyrics
  The Evil That Men Do Commentary Lyrics
  Hallowed Be Thy Name Commentary Lyrics
 
SETLIST (2nd leg – 2007)
  Intro: Gustav Holst – Mars, Bringer Of War    
  Different World Commentary Lyrics
  These Colours Don't Run Commentary Lyrics
  Brighter Than A Thousand Suns Commentary Lyrics
  Wrathchild Commentary Lyrics
  The Trooper Commentary Lyrics
  The Reincarnation Of Benjamin Breeg Commentary Lyrics
  For The Greater Good Of God Commentary Lyrics
  The Number Of The Beast Commentary Lyrics
  Fear Of The Dark Commentary Lyrics
  Run To The Hills Commentary Lyrics
  Iron Maiden Commentary Lyrics
  2 Minutes To Midnight Commentary Lyrics
  The Evil That Men Do Commentary Lyrics
  Hallowed Be Thy Name Commentary Lyrics

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