For the first time in their history, Iron Maiden played China. They took over Beijing this past Sunday, and fans were not disappointed! However, they had to make a few adjustments to their show, to please the Chinese government. What changed? Well, Blabbermouth.net reports,
* There were no pyrotechnics used during the show.
* During the performance of “The Trooper”, IRON MAIDEN singer Bruce Dickinson did not wave a Union Jack flag, but, as can be seen in the video below, he still sported the red coat uniform worn by troops during the battle which inspired the song and waved an “invisible” flag while singing the track. In addition, the Union Jack flag was still prominently displayed on the backdrop during MAIDEN‘s performance of the song.
* Bruce changed the lyrics to the chorus of the song “Powerslave” from “Tell me why I had to be a Powerslave” to “Tell me why I had to be a Wicker Man.”
* IRON MAIDEN was not allowed to throw stuff (wristbands, drum heads, etc.) into the crowd during the concert.
* Bruce didn’t swear and had to be careful not to use the “F” word.
Those changes were minor. There were barely any changes to their setlist that night (as compared to the Chicago show I saw anyway) either.
While most bands simply refuse to play China due to said anticipated changes, Iron Maiden proves once again that they are indeed a global operation. They celebrate that fact! They embrace other cultures, rather than reject it. This is evidenced in their lyrics, and now, their actions as a band.
What do you think? Was this a cool move on their part?