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Iron Maiden

Live at Ozzfest, 2005, Alpine Valley, WI

Review by Arnold Hablewitz

Let's just cut to the chase…Iron Maiden Killed! They owned Ozzfest tonight! Upon learning quite some time ago that they'd only do songs from the first few albums, it was a heartbreaker for myself as my favorite album has always been "Seventh Son of a Seventh Son." Still though, the band ran through early material ranging from the opener "Murders in the Rue Morgue" to closer "Running Free." They had the stage props ranging from a sitting devil to a red-coated Bruce Dickinson with a British Flag (for "The Trooper"), to of course…a walking Eddie that resident dumba** guitarist Janick Gers just had to try and fight off. With Janick, the best part of the night was when Bruce told him to keep practicing after he did a post song guitar noodle. The awesome set culminated with some stock crowd participation and the closing notes, and then the band left after just one encore, causing those of us in the crowd to beg the question, "Where the hell was 'Wrathchild'?"

This review is available in book format (hardcover and paperback) in Music Street Journal: 2005 Year Book Volume 4 at lulu.com/strangesound.
 
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