Blind Guardian -- Springfield, VA -- December 22nd, 2010
This was the last night of the BG North American tour, and goddamn was it worth the trip. Seven Kingdoms was a serviceable opening band. I was not familiar with them at all. Nothing to write home about, but nothing terrible. Crowd gave them a decent response. Their lead singer was TINY.
Holy Grail was good as always. This was the third time I've seen them and they just keep getting better every time.
Blind Guardian came on and destroyed the place. They are such professionals. The setlist was as follows:
Welcome To Dying
Born In A Mourning Hall
Time Stands Still (At the Iron Hill)
Traveler in Time
Punishment Divine (!)
Lord of the Rings
A Voice in the Dark
And Then There Was Silence
Wheel of Time
The Bards Song - In the Forest
I thought it was a nice set. Punishment Divine came out of nowhere, so that was a nice surprise. The crowd was great, one of the best and most enthusiastic I've ever seen at Jaxx. Everyone was totally into it, singing all the words, even had a couple of pits break out. The guys in the band seemed genuinely impressed with how the crowd performed. I hope I don't have to wait another four years to see them again.