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Iron Maiden and Alice Cooper

Target Audience: Alice Cooper puts on an incredible show, but the vast majority of this crowd would show up if Raffi were the opener. Iron Maiden are a genre onto themselves. They have zero hit songs and zero casual fans, but they can fill any arena in America – and any stadium outside of America. Promoters need to do nothing but let Iron Maiden announce the gig, and then watch it sell out.  

Missing Member: Alice Cooper has been a solo artist since the mid-1970s, and Maiden has been playing with the classic line-up ever since vocalist Bruce Dickinson came back to the band in 1999. 

Highlight: The crowd will go equally insane for every song "Iron Maiden" plays, but they might amp it up a little more for "The Number Of The Beast" and "Iron Maiden." 

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