Monday, July 12, 2010

Iron Maiden - Madison Square Garden


Monday - July 12, 2010

Madison Square Garden - New York City

The set-list...

* The Wicker Man
* Ghost of the Navigator
* Wrathchild
* El Dorado
* Dance of Death
* The Reincarnation of Benjamin Breeg
* These Colours Don't Run
* Blood Brothers
* Wildest Dreams
* No More Lies
* Brave New World
* Fear of the Dark
* Iron Maiden


* The Number of the Beast
* Hallowed Be Thy Name
* Running Free

Dream Theater was the opening act. Their set list was...

* As I Am
* A Rite of Passage
* Home
* Panic Attack
* Constant Motion
* Pull Me Under

Dream Theater put on a good set... but not nearly as good as I had expected them to be. Their sound was overpowering. We couldn't understand 90% of the vocals... and the guitars and keyboard just blended together in one big wall of noise. Still... the energy was high... and they really got the crowd into things.

Iron Maiden, on the other hand... was freakin' phenomenal! Their set was amazing! Almost as good as the "Somewhere Back In Time Tour" two years ago. It definitely blew away both of the Metallica "Death Magnetic Tour" shows we saw last year.

The sound was incredible and clear... the stage set was awesome... changing backgrounds with every song.

They did a really nice tribute to Ronnie James Dio. He was supposed to be the opening act for part of this tour... but unfortunately he passed away. Bruce Dickinson gave a really nice speech about Ronnie... then got everyone throwing up "The Horns"... and dedicated the song "Blood Brothers" to Ronnie. It was incredible!

The Garden was completely sold out. I didn't see an empty seat anywhere... and, as you can tell from the photo - the Pit was completely full too.

Oh... and did I mention that this was our kids very first concert ever!?!

They had a blast... though my son actually fell asleep during the break between Dream Theater and Iron Maiden... and slept through a good portion of Maiden's set. I'm not sure how the heck he was able to sleep... but much to the amazement of everyone around us... he was completely passed out!

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