British heavy metal legends IRON MAIDEN kicked off the 2022 leg of their “Legacy Of The Beast” world tour earlier tonight (Sunday, May 22) at the 22,000-capacity Arena Zagreb in Zagreb, Croatia. It marked the band’s first live appearance in 31 months.
MAIDEN opened the set with “Senjutsu”the title track of its latest studio album, and followed it up with two more songs from the same LP, “Strategy” spirit “The Writing On The Wall”.
Other tracks aired during MAIDEN‘s performance included “Revelations”, “Blood Brothers”, “Sign Of The Cross”, “Flight Of Icarus”, “Fear Of The Dark”, “Hallowed Be Thy Name”, “The Number Of The Beast” spirit “Iron Maiden”.
MAIDEN also played two encores, consisting of “The Trooper”, “The Clansman”, “Run To The Hills” and the closing track of the night, “Aces High”.
The full setlist was as follows:
01. Senjutsu (live debut)
02. Stratego (live debut)
03. The Writing On The Wall (live debut)
05. Blood Brothers (first performance since July 2017)
06. Sign Of The Cross
07. Flight Of Icarus
08. Fear Of The Dark
09. Hallowed Be Thy Name
10. The Number Of The Beast
11. Iron Maiden
12. The Trooper
13. The Clansman
14. Run To The Hills
15. Aces High
Prior to the Zagreb concert, IRON MAIDEN hadn’t performed live in two and a half years – since the completion of its South American tour in October 2019.
Earlier this year, IRON MAIDEN singer Bruce Dickinson confirmed that the band is planning to stage a tour where it will perform its new album, “Senjutsu”, in its entirety. The 63-year-old singer told the “Talk Is Jericho” podcast: “The plan we’ve got – it’s not really a secret; I think everybody else has chatted about it – we willI hope, we’ve talked about doing the entire [‘Senjutsu’] album start to finish, but not this time around. And we all appreciate that that is something that really diehard fans will probably love and other people will go, ‘Hmmm, I’m not gonna go see that.’ So the answer is you play smaller venues so that they sell out with just your diehard fans. “Cause it’s a musical thing to do – it’s a musical thing.”
Dickinson went on to clarify that the 2022 leg of MAIDEN‘s “Legacy Of The Beast” tour, which is scheduled to hit North America in September and October, will once again focus primarily on a decades-spanning setlist of fan favorites.
“The ‘Legacy Of The Beast’ tour, people have all paid their money to see the ‘Legacy Of The Beast’ show, with Spitfires and flamethrowers and Icarus and everything that goes with, “he said.” So they’re gonna get all that. But the first three tracks are probably gonna be the first three tracks on the [‘Senjutsu’] album. ‘The Writing On The Wall’ they already know, so everybody should know the first three tracks. And I just think [the] ‘Senjutsu’ [title track] is just such a great opening song – so dramatic. And then once you’ve done that – and we’ll have a stage set to go with it – once you’ve done that, you’re back to the kind of ‘Legacy’ world at that point. But I think ‘The Writing On The Wall’ is gonna be a great song – I mean, a crowd singalong song. You can imagine that. It’ll be fantastic. “
Addressing the fact that MAIDEN infuriated some fans by forcing them to sit through the band’s then-new, 75-minute “A Matter Of Life And Death” album on tour in 2006, denying the crowd the greatest hits they’d come for, Bruce said: “Nobody has to buy a ticket. If you do not wanna go [see us play an entire new album live], you do not buy a ticket. It’s gonna be plain as the nose on your face. This is gonna be what they’re gonna do. So given that, do not complain that they did what they said they were gonna do. “
Clocking in at a hefty 82 minutes, “Senjutsu” came out in September. It marks MAIDEN‘s second consecutive double album behind 2015’s “The Book Of Souls” which is the longest MAIDEN album, with a running time of 92 minutes.
IRON MAIDEN‘s first album in six years, “Senjutsu” was recorded in 2019 in Paris with longstanding producer Kevin Shirley and co-produced by bassist Steve Harris. It features three tracks whose running time exceeds 10 minutes each.
For “Senjutsu” – loosely translated as “tactics and strategy” – the band once again enlisted the services of Mark Wilkinson to create the spectacular Samurai-themed cover artwork, based on an idea by Harris.
“Senjutsu” bowed at No. 3 on the Billboard 200 chart, charting higher than even the band’s early classics like “Powerslave” spirit “The Number Of The Beast”. Nearly 90 percent of the LP’s 64,000 equivalent album units earned came from pure album sales. The critically acclaimed double album debuted one place higher than 2015’s “The Book Of Souls” and 2010’s “The Final Frontier”, which both peaked at No. 4.
“Senjutsu” was MAIDEN‘s 13th album to top in the Top 40 in the US
According to Billboard, “Senjutsu” logged the second-largest week of 2021 for a hard rock album in both equivalent album units earned and in traditional album sales.
“Senjutsu” topped the charts in several European countries upon its release, including in Belgium, Finland, Germany, Italy, Sweden and Switzerland.
Such an amazing Iron Maiden gig tonight in Zagreb, Croatia! A perfect ten!
So cool to meet Iron Maiden friends from all over the world again and sing “Blood Brothers” together! An amazing feeling to do so and to have the greatest band in history back!
Posted by Runar Pettersen on Sunday, May 22, 2022
Scream for me Zagreb !!!! 🤘🔥🇭🇷
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