Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Sound Glitch Isn't Matter of Life and Death

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Sound Glitch Isn't Matter of Life and Death

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Byline: JOHN AIZLEWOOD

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MIND the gap. Iron Maiden may bond like few other bands with their adoring, tribal support, but the gap between how the sextet and their acolytes see themselves is intriguingly huge.

Burning with hubris, the sextet elected to play all their new album, A Matter of Life and Death. In one chunk. In the correct running order. The crowd, you suspect, would have enjoyed a hit or two woven into the set, rather than five examples of their extensive back catalogue tagged onto the end.

That the entire stage set was transformed into a giant tank (unsurprisingly, there were few women present) during the song Iron Maiden didn't wholly obscure the fact that the band were protesting just a little too much

about being relevant. The conceit might have worked - it's a fine record, as singer Bruce Dickinson aptly, if less than poetically enthused, "about war and how shit it is" - but this mighty oak of rock was felled midway through when the sound failed. …

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