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Iron Maiden survive censorship in China

Posted by on April 27, 2016

Iron Maiden - The Book of Souls 150x150As part of Iron Maiden’s Book of Souls world tour, they’ve played their first-ever show in China. Yeah, you read right. A metal band in China, which may seem odd if you remember that awkward time Metallica wasn’t allowed to play Master of Puppets. While they were allowed to perform at the Beijing LeSports Center, a few changes had to be made to their show. For one, they weren’t allowed to curse. Try to remember the last time you were at a metal show and someone on stage didn’t drop the f-bomb at least once. The lyrics to “Powerslave” even had to be changed to “wicker man.” It’s also worth noting that the band had to can their usual use of fireworks on stage, and Bruce Dickinson wasn’t allowed to wave the Union Jack during “The Trooper.” The band also couldn’t throw anything (like drum heads and picks) into the crowd. This show may hold the title for tamest metal show ever. Despite these challenges, Iron Maiden were able to play some of their best, including “Fear of the Dark” and “Number of the Beast.” Apparently the Chinese government is okay with talking about Satanic cults so long as it’s about running away from them. Regardless, it looks like they put on a kick-ass show as always.

via [Metal Sucks]

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