For some reason there were two support bands rather than one (and the first one was on before "official" showtime so we only heard some of it while getting coffee and food outside the main hall). Lauren someone? Followed by Trivium, a US-based band who want very, very badly to be Metallica when they grow up.
Maiden themselves were, in this instance, not quite what I was expecting. When a band's been going as long as they have but also have a new album out, you'd usually expect a few tracks off the new album mixed in with some of the old. What Maiden have done on this tour is to showcase the entire _A Matter Of Life And Death_ album, beginning to end, finishing off with a couple of older hits.
While the new album's got some very good stuff on it, I feel that playing the whole damn thing may be crossing the fine line between "not getting bored with playing the same old stuff year after year" and "self-indulgence". I saw at least one couple leaving after six or so tracks... okay, so we got five old tracks in all (including the three that formed the encore) but that was against the ten tracks from the new album.
So, not a bad gig, I don't regret it, but hopefully next time they tour we can have some more of the old hits?