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June 18, 2008

{     Iron Maiden at Madison Square Garden 6/15/08     }    


If you had told me 20 years ago when I was in the midst of drawing one of many, many drawings of Iron Maiden's ubiquitous mascot Eddie in the back of Mrs. Overby's 8th grade English class, that I would go to Madison Square Garden in New York Fucking City and see Iron Maiden play a show to 19,000 some people in 2008 I would have thrown a spit wad at you. That I actually did just see them is still sinking in.

It was a completely pants pissing experience.

They played a greatest hits set that lasted 2 plus hours and left nothing out. Aces High, The Trooper, Hallowed Be Thy Name, Wasted Years, Seventh Son of a Seventh Son, The Number of the Beast, Powerslave, Fear of the Dark... and on and on. God are they still as tight and energetic as ever.

And, oh yes, there were sparks, flames, fog, outfits, masks, waving of the Union Jack, great filming that was projected on the 2 huge screens on either side of the stage, 2 different appearances of Eddie (one as a mummy looming over the stage, another as the giant "Somewhere in Time" Blade Runner-esque space fighter) and an appearance by Satan himself during "Number of the Beast."

The only flaw in the whole show came when (during Powerslave ironically enough) the power went out. The guys took it in stride though. They just got out a soccer ball and kicked it around the stage for a while until things got straightened out. It killed the momentum but it didn't take long to shake off and get back on track.

I'm jealous of Bruce Dickinson. It must be totally amazing to stand on a stage in New York City with 19-some-thousand people obeying your commands for cheers, and fist pumps and sing-a-longs. That was so awesome to look around and see. Bruce you couldn't have said it better when you said, "You may have noticed when you looked around outside the arena tonight that there weren't any huge banners or signs for us. There were ice skating ones and ones for the local sports teams and all that but nothing for us. Well, my friends, that's because Iron Maiden is not, nor have we ever been, nor shall we ever be part of any fucking establishment!" Of course, MSG nearly got it's roof cheered off after that.

And, hey "Totally-drunk-Dude" next to me: You were fucking great. I don't know what you were on (other than metal and booze) but the way you got everyone of the deadass motherfuckers around us to rock harder and headbang and play air guitar without getting socked in the mouth was truly metal. I don't blame you for taking your energy to the aisle. You definitely expanded your audience by taking your shenanigans out there.

Please! If you have even an outside chance of going to see these guys on this tour DO NOT hesitate to make a serious effort to get your ass there. Get out your old Maiden jeans jacket like my buddy Matt did too if you can. It will be completely worth it. I guarantee. If you don't believe me just take a look at the Youtube clips people who were there posted (linked below).

Up the Irons!

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