But to the Maiden faithful, the band's unwavering style is an asset, not a liability — especially in our modern metal climate where so many bands have painted themselves into a corner of unlistenable harsh sonics, trying to out-extreme and out-brutalize the next band on the bill. Maiden sidesteps that whole pissing contest, allowing them not only to sell out enormodomes as getting-to-be-old men, but to reach out to those who could use the uplift of stadium metal the most. Whilst seen-it-all Westerners bemoan the death of the music industry and see the wagons circling on their beloved idols, Maiden have cast a net so wide that they will be able to bring the power of a gigantor metal spectacle to a global audience for as long as they can hobble onto a stage.

IRON MAIDEN + ALICE COOPER | Comcast Center, 885 South Main St, Mansfield | June 26 @ 7:30 pm | All ages | $35 to $100 | 508.335.2333

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