IRON MAIDEN made their first-ever visit to China playing at Beijing LeSports Center on Sunday, April 24
According to the Polish IRON MAIDEN fan club SanktuariuM, the British heavy metal legends modified their performance, presumably at the reqest of China's Ministry of Culture.
Here the changes:
# There were no pyrotechnics used during the show.
# During the performance of "The Trooper", 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.
# 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.
IRON MAIDEN's setlist for the Beijing concert:
01.If Eternity Should Fall
02.Speed Of Light
03.Children Of The Damned
04.Tears Of A Clown
05.The Red And The Black
08.Death Of Glory
09.The Book Of Souls
10.Hallowed Be Thy Name
11.Fear Of The Dark
13.The Number Of The Beast
IRON MAIDEN will play a second show in China tonight (April 26) at the Shanghai Mercedes-Benz Arena.