Watch Fan Footage From Iron Maiden’s ‘Book of Souls’ Tour Stop in China
Iron Maiden brought their Book of Souls Tour to Beijing on April 24 — and, as tends to be the case when Western bands visit China, not all elements of the group's set list or stage show made the trip intact.
According to the band's Polish fan club SanktuariuM (via Blabbermouth), Maiden seem to have met less resistance from the country's Ministry of Culture than other bands have encountered. The set list they've been using for the tour remained more or less intact for the Beijing show, with only a handful of minor changes.
As SanktuariuM noted, there weren't any pyrotechnics during the concert, and Maiden were apparently forbidden from throwing any swag into the crowd. As you can see in fan-shot footage from the evening's performance of "The Trooper," singer Bruce Dickinson was also forced to do without his traditional Union Jack flag, and resorted to making waving motions with nothing in his hands.
Ultimately, the biggest problem the government seems have had with Maiden's lyrics was the "Powerslave" line "Tell me why I had to be a Powerslave," which was swapped out for "Tell me why I had to be a Wicker Man." Aside from that — and restrictions on profanity — the show went on pretty much unchanged, which means Maiden might have gotten off easier than the Rolling Stones.
Iron Maiden are scheduled to take the Book of Souls Tour to Shanghai today. Check out footage of the band landing in China and seeing the sights, and take a look at the complete set list — and more fan-shot footage from Beijing — below.
Iron Maiden Set List: Beijing, China, 4/24/16
"If Eternity Should Fall"
"Speed of Light"
"Children of the Damned"
"Tears of a Clown"
"The Red and the Black"
"Death of Glory"
"The Book of Souls"
"Hallowed Be Thy Name"
"Fear of the Dark"
"The Number of the Beast"
Iron Maiden, 'Speed of Light' in Beijing, April 24, 2016
Iron Maiden, 'Hallowed Be Thy Name' in Beijing, April 24, 2016
Iron Maiden, 'Fear of the Dark' in Beijing, April 24, 2016
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