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Monday, July 25, 2011

667 - The Encore Of The Beast

Took my son through to Glasgow on his birthday last week to see Iron Maiden. The support (Airbourne) must have started very promptly and played a very short set, because after a fairly brief delay for an accident on the motorway we arrived to find they'd finished.

Never mind: the Irons were as awesome as ever, with what Ruairidh reckoned was the best stage set he'd ever seen. You'd never think they were in their sixties, or that the band had been playing for 36 years, more than half of it with much the same line-up as now. They never just go through the motions: they put phenomenal energy in to everything they play, they clearly have an absolute blast playing, and they listen to each other. I can't imagine why people are rude about them. OK, it's fair to say their best material is from some time back, but their new songs are very strong too.

No Iron Maiden gig would be complete without the appearance of Eddie the mascot. This time, as well as the guy in the power-assisted suit striding around and treating us to views from EdCam, there was a truly gigantic Eddie whose head and hands appeared over the back of the set. There was also a horned beast (I think it was a guy in a suit but it might have been just a very sophistcated model) at the back of the stage for The Number Of The Beast.

I think this is what they did (not necessarily in order). They also waited patiently while the audience sang a chorus of "Flower of Scotland" after Bruce had said how great it was to be back in Glasgow......

Satellite 15 (The Final Frontier)
Two Minutes to Midnight
Coming Home
Dance of Death
The Trooper
The Wicker Man
Blood Brothers
When The Wild Wind Blows
The Evil That Men Do
Fear of the Dark
Iron Maiden
Running Free
Hallowed Be Thy Name

The Number of the Beast
The Prisoner

And here's one they sadly didn't do:


At 27 July, 2011 14:46, Blogger JoeinVegas said...

Nice that you can see so many groups. They are so expensive when (if) they make it to Vegas

At 27 July, 2011 15:00, Blogger Rob said...

Iron Maiden weren't especially cheap, but I justified it to myself as Ruairidh's birthday present. Dolly Parton is next up and was slightly dearer. These big tours doing arenas tend to cost £40-60: IM were at the bottom end of that. Somebody like the Stones might be more like £75. Gigs like the ones I was booking earlier this week are a lot less, being small-to-medium size venues. So Gomez were about £20. Where I'm definitely lucky is being in easy driving distance from a lot of places domestic tours come to (Perth, Dunfermline, Stirling) as well as Glasgow which gets more of the big events (Edinburgh's arena venues are the Castle Esplanade - in use over the summer for the Tattoo - and Murrayfield, which only really big draws like the Stones or Bon Jovi use because of its hugeness).


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