It’s a voice that’s invaded dozens of countries and enlisted millions of devotees: operatic, loaded with drama, wailing about epic historical battles or (fine) Satan. Bruce Dickinson has fronted Iron Maiden with his mighty set of pipes since 1981, leading a charge that’s unmatched in the whole of heavy metal. Fans were understandably wrecked when news broke in 2015 of Dickinson being treated for tongue cancer, but the man rebounded fully; today, the band soars on a humble vibe of gratitude.
There is no better time to catch up with Maiden than right now. The current tour supplies pyrotechnics, pounding volume, evil mascot “Eddie” and a set list that dips heavily into their excellent 2015 comeback album, The Book of Souls. Still performing at scary technical levels, Iron Maiden is the fleet-fingered standard against which artistic longevity should be measured. Here’s your chance to make that retro T-shirt count for something.
Iron Maiden plays Barclays Center Fri 21 and Sat 22 at 7:30pm; $69–$250. Buy tickets here.