Iron Maiden opening night setlist in Hartford, CT

Iron Maiden opened their North American tour for A MATTER OF LIFE AND DEATH in Hartford, CT at the New England Dodge Music Center on Wednesday. The setlist included the following:

‘Different World’, ‘These Colours Don’t Run’, ‘Brighter Than A Thousand Suns’, ‘The Pilgrim’, ‘The Longest Day’, ‘Out Of The Shadows’, ‘The Reincarnation Of Benjamin Breeg’, ‘Greater Good Of God’, ‘Lord Of Light’, ‘The Legacy’, ‘Fear Of The Dark’, ‘Iron Maiden’. Encore: ‘2 Minutes To Midnight’, ‘The Evil That Men Do’ and ‘Hallowed Be Thy Name’

The band played the whole new album! That must have been amazing and boring at the same time. Amazing because the new album is really good and the songs probably come off well in the live arena. Boring because I’ll bet that most people in attendance haven’t picked up A MATTER OF LIFE AND DEATH. If I was there I probably would have expected 4 or 5 new songs and the rest of the set being more well-known. Give Maiden credit, they are willing to promote their new album. Many similar bands today don’t even bother with a new album.

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12 comments on “Iron Maiden opening night setlist in Hartford, CT

  1. Maiden has played more new tracks the last couple of tours. On the Brave New World Tour, the band played 6 new songs I believe. My friends were with me for three shows and they were upset because they wanted more familiar fare. For me, I like a different setlist. Nothing is worse than guessing the setlist and being bored (KISS, Motley Crue take notice!).

  2. A lot of people were annoyed in Philly with the setlist…but Maiden still kicked ass. They sounded great. I give them credit for playing the whole new album. I’ve read a few interviews with them and they are really proud of the new album. My main complaint is, if you’re going to play the whole new CD, at lease play more than 5 old songs at the end. The show ended at around 10:30PM. They could have easily squeezed in a few more. Great show, regardless.

  3. A band of Maiden’s caliber should play at least 2 hours. The new album is 72 mins long so there should have been at least 40-45 mins of older classics. This is a short North American tour so I can see the reason to promote the new album so heavily but I can also see the crowd wanting more.

    I was supposed to hit the Boston show with two friends but I missed it. From what I have heard, the Boston show was a clone of Hartford. I saw Def Leppard do High’n’Dry completely and then did a greatest hits set. Maiden could have added 5 more songs and gone till 11pm.

    Not trying to be too critical because Iron Maiden has put out three great albums and have done some awesome tours since 1999. Their track record speaks volumes.

  4. I think thats a load of crap im off to see them in sheffield, england next week and i think that is one of the worst setlists on earth i dont even wanna go i love maiden but booo!

  5. I was at the Toronto show.

    And I was bored. I brought my girlfriend. She was bored. This was her first time seeing them. I told her it would be entertaining. I had to apologize.

    You could tell the crowd wasn’t into it. And tons of people were bitching about the set list after the show.

    Don’t get me wrong, I enjoy their new stuff. However, I don’t go to concerts of one of my favourite bands to hear new material I’m not familiar with. I go to hear the classics and a few new songs.

    That being said, this set list was more entertaining than that shit band opening for them.

  6. Chris and Baby Jebus – I had the chance to see the show in Boston two nights after Hartford, I declined. The setlist wasn’t that good from Hartford, maybe play 5 songs from the new album then play the classics. Or have no opening band and play 3 hours!

  7. I agree that maybe the new album all the way through could grate on a few peoples’ nerves, but still it was pretty damn good. I was pretty disappointed there was nothing from the Blaze era, or from No Prayer… but nevertheless, it was a breathtaking set, not only for the songs, but for the stage set-up.

    Best Eddie I’ve ever seen!!!

  8. Iron Maiden is a great live band, no question. Having seen them many times, I can atest to that fact. The setlist didn’t strike me as great but it must have been refreshing for the band. I can imagine that playing the same old songs every tour must get boring. At least Maiden decided to do something different and their own way.

  9. i went to sheffield and it was awesome. but when i was tere i was i with a friend who is unfamiliar with AMOLAD and i was telling him what song was next!!!
    And wierdly, the next day, i was more psyched saying “I WENT TO MAIDEN!!!” than when i was actually there!!! it was o…k… but more classics. and whats with playing “Evil that men do?” should’ve done summat else, they have way better hits and if we only get five at least make them good ones.

  10. nah, the evil that men do is pretty cool – one of the best if you ask me. and it was an amazing show there at Sheffield mate – i was there with ya!!!

  11. I saw the show in Oslo and Bergen (Norway), two shows in Milan Italy with BrucAir and finally Belgrade Serbia also on the BruceAir flight. I can tell you that the show is getting better every time you experience it!!! Already looking forward to Graspop Belgium and Download festival UK. Be there !!!

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