British heavy metal legends IRON MAIDEN played at the 30th international motorcycle convention — Faro 2011. This gathering, which is the biggest motorcycle convention in Europe and is hosted by the Moto Clube De Faro, took place between July 14 and July 17, with IRON MAIDENheadlining the first night.
MAIDEN‘s presence in Faro honored a great mutual friendship of many years of both of the band and the Moto Clube De Faro — the late Manu Da Silva. Manu was MAIDEN‘s former roadie and bassist Steve Harris‘ personal friend and the manager of Eddie’s Bar in Santa Barbara de Nexe-Faro.
“We want to pay respect to Manu, who was a friend of the band for many years,” Harris said during the performance.
IRON MAIDEN‘s setlist was as follows:
01. Satellite 15… The Final Frontier
02. El Dorado
03. 2 Minutes to Midnight
04. The Talisman
05. Coming Home
06. Dance of Death
07. The Trooper
08. The Wicker Man
09. Blood Brothers
10. When the Wild Wind Blows
11. The Evil That Men Do
12. Fear of the Dark
13. Iron Maiden
14. The Number of the Beast
15. Hallowed Be Thy Name
16. Running Free
In a February 2011 statement, Steve stated about performing at the festival: “We have been trying to schedule to play at this incredible event for many years and it’s fantastic that we have finally got the opportunity.
“l first met and became friends with the guys from Moto Clube De Faro a long time ago through mutual friend and Eddie’s Bar manager Manu Da Silva, who tragically died five years ago. Manu was for many years a very good friend of myself and the band so you could say that our playing there is a tribute to his memory.”
The last time MAIDEN played in The Algarve was back in March 1993 during the “Real Live Tour”, so a return visit was well overdue.
1995 Portuguese TV report on Eddie’s Bar: