Iron Maiden’s Book Of Souls Rocks Nashville

Thursday, June 15, 2017 - by Patrick O'Hagan

Legends of heavy metal Iron Maiden brought their Book of Souls tour to Bridgestone Arena Tuesday night before a packed house of headbangers. The stop was one of 26 shows on the second leg of the North American tour.

Swedish metal band Ghost served as the opening act. Known for their masked appearances and satanic-themed costumes and sets, the band Ghost swept into Bridgestone Arena with an eerie desire to rock the house in preparation of Iron Maiden's headlining set.


The five nameless ghouls (as they’re called on stage) and their leader, Papa Emeritus, delivered a hard-hitting set to the Nashville crowd. Whether it was the stage presence or the music, or both, they got a lot of attention for an opening band.

Following UFO’s song “Doctor Doctor” blaring over the PA system at the start, the fans knew it was finally time to welcome back Iron Maiden to Tennessee. Bruce Dickinson made the first appearance at the back of center stage behind a smoking cauldron. The Mayan ruin backdrop set the stage as the rest of the band broke into “If Eternity Should Fail.”


Iron Maiden’s sixteenth studio album, Book of Souls, served as the touring banner for the group and the catalyst for the band’s return to world domination. Originally planned to begin in 2015, the tour was postponed due to frontman Bruce Dickinson’s battle with oral cancer. He’s now back at it in front of the band and touring the globe. He’s also back in the pilot’s chair; Dickinson is a licensed pilot and personally flies the group’s jumbo jet that carries the band, equipment, and crew for their tours.


Despite the band’s age, there was a noticeable energy and excitement emanating from the stage. The 15-song set was a non-stop juggernaut of screaming vocals, shredding guitars, and thumping bass and percussions. The rockers also brought along their fair share of pyro to heat up the night.


The night was full of both the classics and the newer stuff. Heavy on rotation, of course were several tracks off the 2015 Book of Souls album. Classics such as “Powerslave,” “Iron Maiden,” and “Wrathchild” were also crowd favorites that got all of Bridgestone Arena on its feet. The iconic performance of “The Trooper” really brought down the house as Dickinson brought out his classic redcoat uniform and the Union Jack as he took control of the stage.


The setlist for the night was as follows:


  • If Eternity Should Fail

  • Speed of Light

  • Wrathchild

Sam Bush Plays At Walker Theatre Sept. 15

Sam Bush will perform at Walker Theatre on Sept. 15. Doors open at 7 p.m. and the concert begins at 8 p.m. Tickets go on sale Friday for $35 and $27 and will be available here .  Review for Sam Bush: If joy were a person, he’d bring both peace and frenzy. He’d be full of music, light, and energy that soothes even as it stirs us up. Eyes closed, wire-rim glasses in place, ... (click for more)

Eric Johnson Ah Via Musicom Tour Is Here Oct. 11

The Eric Johnson Ah Via Musicom Tour will be at Walker Theatre on Oct. 11.  Doors open at 7 p.m. and the concert starts at 8 p.m.  Tickets are $29 and $39 and available here on Friday.  Review for Eric Johnson: The guitar has been very good to Eric Johnson, earning him international renown as a player, composer, recording artist and live entertainer as ... (click for more)

Rhonda Thurman "Astounded" At Low Performance By Hamilton County Schools On TNReady; Dr. Johnson Says Some Gaps "Closing" Between County And State

County School Board member Rhonda Thurman said Thursday she was "astounded" by low performance on TNReady scores that were just released.   Noting that the county schools are below state levels in many areas, she said, "I am blown away. I am just astounded. We spend millions and ten millions and this is what we get."   She said, "If people want to know why ... (click for more)

Senator Corker Calls Judge Kavanaugh "A Superb Nominee"

 Senator Bob Corker on Thursday called Judge Brett Kavanaugh "a superb nominee" for the U.S. Supreme Court.   He made the statement after meeting with President Donald Trump’s nominee for the U.S. Supreme Court.   Senator Corker said, “I had a great meeting today with Judge Kavanaugh and think he is a superb nominee. It is inspiring to me to see ... (click for more)

Employee Who Stole From East Ridge Should Be Prosecuted

Why has the East Ridge employee who was fired for theft not been charged with theft?    City Manager Scott Miller made the statement that the employee had problems and that the stolen items were returned.  What does that have to do with the employee stealing ?   He has had a history of abuse of city resources. Why is he not being prosecuted? ... (click for more)

Am I Alone? - And Response (6)

Am I alone seems to be quite apt as I begin to form sentences, thoughts and concerns regarding the state of this country. I feel like I am alone trying, somehow, to justify Trump and understand why he is constantly in the middle of chaos.  Now coined as the Liar-in-Chief, Chief Foreign Affairs Coordinator acting for his pal Russian Dictator, Putin.  The silence ... (click for more)