Twenty-nine years later, the frontman of the iconic British heavy metal band Iron Maiden, Bruce Dickinson, once again stood in front of the Sarajevo audience and, accompanied by an orchestra, performed songs for all the lovers of classical music and rock.
With thunderous applause and ovations, the world-famous musician stood in front of the audience in the crowded “Mirza Delibasic” hall in Sarajevo and with the words “Scream for me Sarajevo” greeted everyone present, introducing the performers and announcing the two-part concert.
In the first part, the audience enjoyed the light melodies of the orchestra's classical music mixed with fierce rock elements, after which the star of the evening – Bruce Dickinson – took the stage.
Dickinson’s musicians, accompanied by the Zagreb Philharmonic Orchestra, flawlessly performed the greatest hits of Deep Purple, parts of “Sarabande” (Lord's second solo album) and orchestral premieres of hits from Bruce Dickinson's solo career “Jerusalem” and “Tears Of The Dragon”.
The Bosnian capital is on the list of planned performances and cities as part of the “Jon Lord's Concerto For Group And Orchestra” tour, dedicated to the music of the founder of the legendary group Deep Purple and the British keyboardist and composer Jon Lord.
Great interest in the concert
Before the concert, visitors from all over the country, as well as the region and the rest of Europe, stood in long queues in front of the hall. They were waiting for the start of the concert with great expectations, and for some this event is a very emotional moment because of Bruce Dickinson's sentimental ties with Sarajevo.
This was the second performance of the legendary Dickinson, after the historic performance during the siege of Sarajevo 29 years ago. The legendary musician was declared an Honorary Citizen of Sarajevo in 2018 due to his support for the people of the BiH capital during the 1992-1995 war.
After the performance in Bucharest, two concerts in Sofia and tonight's show in Sarajevo, the tour will continue on March 24 in Zagreb, Croatia and a day later in Ljubljana, Slovenia.