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Title - 'En Vivo!' (UMe)
Artist - Iron Maiden

'En Vivo!', recorded on April 10, 2011, in front of over 50,000 ecstatic fans at the Estadio Nacional, Santiago, during the Round The World In 66 Days leg of The Final Frontier World Tour, is a 2-CD set that captures a monumental performance from probably the best live heavy metal band of all time!

Chock full of 17 songs - five from the early 80's (from Iron Maiden, The Number of the Beast, and Piece of Mind), one each from Powerslave and Seventh Son of a Seventh Son (from 1984 and 1988 respectively), one song from the 90's (the title track to Fear of the Dark), three songs from the early 2000's, and six from The Final Frontier (the album behind this tour) - Iron Maiden summon up an incredible Latino passion and energy from their Chilean fans and bring forth what has to be their best live album to date.

To the dual sounds of prolonged drums and guitars, after what seems ages the first song 'Satellite 15' is brought forth. But soon they are back up and running with the ferocious 'The Final Frontier,' which is backed by both 'El Dorado' and the pulsating ("Scream for me, Chile") '2 Minutes To Midnight.'

The more sedate 'The Talisman' is unveiled next, a song that always reminds me of 'Rhyme of The Ancient Mariner') with an inspired 'Coming Home' following close behind. Dickinson's peers' voices have succumbed to age, hard living, or both, but not his. He is spot on vocally throughout the entire recording. After a creepy overtone intro, the wicked storytelling of 'Dance Of Death' is sung, which has everyone singing along to. The first CD is then rounded out by both 'The Trooper' and 'The Wicker Man.'

The inspiring sing-along 'Blood Brothers' is first up on the second disc, with the fearless ten minute tale of 'When The Wild Wind Blows' folowing along close behind. 'The Evil That Men Do' is greeted with a huge roar of approval, before an even bigger roar bays out for the massive sing-along of 'Fear Of The Dark.'

That is followed by the track entitled "Scream for me, Chile" 'Iron Maiden,' with a pulsating, and still excellent to hear 'Number Of The Beast' along next. Being that this was the first of the encore songs, it was the eprect track to come back on stage to perform. Intro'd, of course, by the legendary Vincent Price's audio, it is followed by both 'Hallowed Be They Name' and, after introducing the entire band, an expanded 'Running Free.'