Heavy Metal Heaven

Iron Maiden to scorch Oracle with a fiery Book of Souls tour.


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Photo by John McMurtrie

Everyone knows the correct pronunciation of Iron Maiden: You have to shout it while throwing a maloik heavy metal horns gesture. Because Iron Maiden isn’t just any old hair band relic; it’s the ultimate giants of heavy metal, pioneers of the genre back in the heyday of 1980s Satanic Panic, when the band’s hard-rocking beats and over-the-top image frightened parents but thrilled a generation of high school students who took to obsessively doodling the band’s cyborg zombie mascot Eddie in their notebook margins.

There isn’t a metal act active today, from Metallica to Anthrax, that can’t claim inspiration from granddaddy Iron Maiden. The band’s latest album, the 2015 Book of Souls, is in some ways a more introspective collection than previous Iron Maiden releases, reflecting on the fleetingness of life and the persistence of the human soul after death. As bassist Steve Harris said, “As you get older, you start thinking about your own mortality and these things more.”

But that doesn’t mean the band is slowing down; expect the same punk prog-infused rhythms, operatic vocals, and fire-spitting stagecraft that made Iron Maiden an international dark rock sensation when the band drops in on the Oracle Arena during its Book of Souls tour this month.

July 5, 7:30 p.m., $79-$345. Oracle Arena, 7000 Coliseum Way, Oakland, OracleArena.com.

 

Published online on July 3, 2017 at 8:00 AM​

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