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Jacked Up on the Irons: top ten reasons NOT to miss the Maiden England 2012 tour!

Posted by Kells, August 4, 2012 03:07pm | Post a Comment

Iron Maiden may be senior classmen in the school of rock but they manage to keep outperforming (while, in most cases, shaming to filth) touring rockers the world 'round with their professionalism and showmanship. Last night's show at the Shoreline Amphitheater (even singer Bruce Dickinson seemed perplexed as to just where the venue was supposed to represent, resorting to, "Scream for me Shoreline!" after asking, "Where the fuck are we supposed to be? San Francisco? Oakland?") was so phenomenally epic, a two hour an epoch in my life. And, according to further Bruce banter between songs, due to the limitations of the venue -- I believe he referred the Shoreline as an "old hippie bandshell" -- the band wasn't able to fully bring their show to life. Nevertheless, they certainly seemed to pack as many pyrotechnics, flames and Eddies on stage as they could in the hopes that, as per Bruce's comments, "burn fucker down to they can build a better one!". Here's hoping they achieve their fully realized set up tonight in Sacramento.

Anyway, find yourself on the fence about hopping the Maiden train this summer? Here's ten good random-order reasons (i.e. every reason could and should be reason number one anyway) to drink the kool-aid!

Reason number one: event tees! The Maiden England 2012 California event tee, pictured above, features Eddie riding an unchained bear, ripping the Golden Gate a new one? Yes please! I'm lucky I got me one of these last night as they were sold out even before the show began. Looking forward to wearing this sweet baby out. 

Reason number one: love that patent twin axe-attack "guitarmony" sound? Man do I ever. And Maiden one-ups the advance with the promise of a triple threat what with Dave Murray, Adrian Smith and Janick Gers on guitar. Add to that the galloping bassmageddon of founding member Steve Harris and there you have the classic recipe for a flaming face-melting of harmonized rifflines.

Reason number one: here comes Eddie!


Reason number one: Christian soldiers and Jesus freaks still congregate outside shows like this. One of them brandished a "Get out of HELL free" coupon. In retrospect I feel should've taken it, just in case.


Reason number one: Dave Murray's facial expressions during guitar solos


Reason number one: the setlist includes "The Prisoner", "Seventh Son of A Seventh Son" (first time played live since Dec. 12, 1988 for both songs) and "Phantom of the Opera" which Bruce calls "une petite histoire française" in this here footage captured during Maiden's most recent pillaging of Motreal.



Reason number one: being more that a bit of an aeronautical nerd myself, I feel Bruce deserves the compulsory mention of his being not only Iron Maiden's vocal frontman but also piloting Ed Force One, the band's personal flying carpet thus allowing them bring their show to fans in far flung locales like Bali. Two paychecks Bruce, good on you.


Reason number one: this!


Reason number one: this!



Reason number one: this...



and this:


UP THE IRONS!!!