• Iron Maiden have forgotten history, and they’re repeating it

    by  • 6/16/2009 • music • 1 Comment

    I was listening to the “new” live CD soundtrack for Iron Maiden’s Flight 666, and thought “How odd, this sounds so familiar…” I compared the song lineup of this new compilation of live tracks to the listing for 1985’s Live After Death, an album that featured in embarrassingly heavy rotation in my stereo back in high school.

    Nine of the music tracks (10 if you count Churchill’s lead-in to Aces High off the start) on this new 16 track (17 w/ Churchill) live album were released in the years before Live After Death. In fact, those same 9 tracks also appear on Live After Death.

    Of the other seven tracks, the most recent is Hallowed Be Thy Name from 1993. There’s nothing from 2006’s A Matter of Life and Death, nothing from 2003’s Dance of Death… nothing from the most recent five studio albums, actually.

    They sound sound fine, but I have to say it’s a bit disappointing to witness what sounds like little more than a nostalgia machine. The set list is just too… safe…

    The soundtrack offers no surprises, here’s hoping that the film is worth watching.


    One Response to Iron Maiden have forgotten history, and they’re repeating it

    1. 6/23/2009 at 7:58 am

      I think you missed the point of the tour. It was not about doing their new material but doing their most sucessful tour to a new audience. Hence the high lack of newer material in the lineup.

      It was billed as that from the start so it should be no surprise.

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