Iron Maiden -- Amsterdam, Holland -- June 25th, 2013
Maiden England Tour
Venue: Ziggo Dome
Support: Voodoo Six (19:30-20:05)
Stage times: 20:50-22:40
Can I Play With Madness
2 Minutes To Midnight
Afraid To Shoot Strangers
The Number of The Beast
Phantom of The Opera
Run To The Hills
Seventh Son of A Seventh Son
Fear of The Dark
The Evil That Men Do
No Infinite Dreams?;)
[QUOTE=IrritatedTrout;532029]No Infinite Dreams?;)[/QUOTE]
Yep, I'm just keeping it a secret. Don't want people getting too excited ;)
Right, so, I'm basically awake again now. For just a two day trip, the weekend seems like a fucking long time ago. That'll be the 2am beers...
Anyway, this was probably one of the slickest Maiden shows I've seen. The only problem was the intro to The Prisoner got started too late, so Bruce spoke it instead. It started a couple of lines later, but he was louder so it was OK. The band then waited for the proper intro to finish before starting, prompting "Technology's fucking shit isn't it?" from Bruce.
To be honest, the whole thing was so by-the-book in terms of presentation that it felt like a bit of a phoned-in show - and seemed to take no time at all to get through either - but Bruce made up for everything. He was fantastic all night. Don't know if he's been doing it every night recently, but he challenged Nicko to do a drum solo during the band introductions in Running Free, purely because Nicko hates drum solos. He did a short, basic one, prompting more mockery from Bruce.
It's not often that bands can be really loud, and really clear. Usually one is sacrificed in favour of the other (and usually the wrong way round), but somehow at this show they were. Easily the loudest Maiden show I've ever seen, but great clarity as well. Great venue all round to be honest, apart from their silly tokens for food/drink system, which is a total con.
People did leave it bit disappointed in the short term because there was a massive pause (like, 3-4 minutes) between the end of Running Free and the usual Always Look On The Bright Side of Life outro tape, with the lights down too, so everyone was getting hopeful for an impromptu extra encore, but it didn't happen.
Sounds fun, haven't seen him do a solo before. Yeah, in Frankfurt they took forever to turn the house lights on as well. So long that, while I knew they weren't going to come back out, it made me wonder what was going on backstage.
My buddy went to the show, I warned him about the "token system" and he emailed me today that he is home but has a pocketful of tokens. I told him to use them as "tips" when he goes to restaurants!!
[QUOTE=sc666;532176]My buddy went to the show, I warned him about the "token system" and he emailed me today that he is home but has a pocketful of tokens. I told him to use them as "tips" when he goes to restaurants!![/QUOTE]
How do you end up with spares? Maybe 1 or 2, but not loads. Just buy what you need.
I didn't, because the prices were stupid. And only the stuff inside the venue takes them. The bars outside take regular money.
[QUOTE=ravenheart;532222]How do you end up with spares? Maybe 1 or 2, but not loads. Just buy what you need.
I didn't, because the prices were stupid. And only the stuff inside the venue takes them. The bars outside take regular money.[/QUOTE]
I don't know how he ended up with spares. I was at the Ziggo Dome in early June seeing Rush and I just bought what I needed to get some food and some soda.
It is an interesting system!!
I bought a t shirt at the Rush show and the merch booth took the Ziggo coins as well.
[QUOTE=sc666;532225]I bought a t shirt at the Rush show and the merch booth took the Ziggo coins as well.[/QUOTE]
Now that is weird. I mean, for the venue's own bars and food stalls it's a clever con getting money from people up front, probably for a number of tokens that never quite equates to exact items of food or drink. But I'm surprised the band's people agreed to stick around for what will no doubt have been forever after the show to get piles of worthless plastic converted back into real money, when they could just accept real money from people in the first place.
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