The godfather’s of metal brought the second leg of The Book of Souls tour to Tinley Park, proving once again that their iconic status is well earned.

UFO’s “Doctor, Doctor” starts playing, and as every Iron Maiden fan knows, that’s just the beginning. Tinley Park is filled with passionate fans, ready for the band to take to the stage. After the customary introduction video, the extravaganza begins, with Bruce Dickinson’s powerful voice filling the amphitheatre before the rest of the band burst onto the stage. 

This is everything a rock show should be. Exceptionally talented musicians playing their hearts out for the adoring crowd. Whilst some bands add theatrics to make up for something else that is lacking, it is far from the case here. This is a full stage show production with a two-tier stage and flames blasting up from cauldrons. It is everything fans know to expect from an Iron Maiden show and they got that and more. 

The stage at Tinley Park is smaller than those in the arenas these guys are used to performing on. With the insatiable energy of this band, it is a wonder they could be contained on this stage. Mind you it was only just. It is incredible to hear the intricate guitar riffs being played as they run around the stage, especially with Janick Gers’obligatorty kicking and twirling of his guitar.  

The energy from the stage is equally matched by the enthusiastic, passionate fans who have come out in force to support the British icons. It is difficult to say who enjoyed the show the most, the crowd or the guys leaping around the stage. As a fan, there is often nothing more rewarding than seeing the band grinning from ear to ear throughout the show, clearly enjoying every minute. 

Iron Maiden are made up of some the strongest performers in rock history.  Bruce Dickinson’s voice is almost impossible to equal. The power of his voice is extraordinary, especially given the running around both levels of the stage and jumping over the monitors, all the while hitting incredibly high notes. Steve Harris is the founding member and backbone of Iron Maiden both musically on stage and creatively off. He has chartered the course of the band from inception to now with incredible success. 

It wouldn’t be an Iron Maiden show without the seventh member of the band – Eddie. Eddie is an integral part of the show and has the crowd roaring whenever he makes an appearance.

Exhausted, exhilarated and beaming, the Tinley Park crowd filters out, knowing they have just witnessed one of the best metal shows touring the world today.

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Event Date: 15-JUN-2017

About The Author

Kirstine moved from the UK to Chicago in 2011, and has fallen in love with the city and its music scene. She enjoys combining her two biggest passions – music and photography. If there is a band with a guitar playing, chances are she’ll be there…camera in hand. Kirstine went to her first live concert at 7 years old, and hasn’t looked back since!

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