Wednesday, March 30, 2016

366 Project - Day 90 - "Iron Maiden"


March 30, 2016 - "Iron Maiden"

Iron Maiden - "The Book of Souls World Tour" - Madison Square Garden, NYC

Tonight was abso-freakin'-lutely incredible!

The concert was abso-freakin'-lutely phenomenal...

Our seats (fourth row center - directly behind the soundboards) were abso-freakin'-lutely amazing...

Yet those were just "parts" of what made the night so wonderful.

What really made the night so incredible was being there with my brother Kenny by my side. Just the two of us... toasting our $11 beers in memory of our brother Peter - who will have been gone for one year this Friday.

Kenny's first ever concert was an Iron Maiden show - and our brother Peter is the one who brought him. Now, here we are - thirty years later - and Kenny and I are at an Iron Maiden show, celebrating Peter's memory. By the time we get home it will be well after midnight, and will officially be March 31st, marking one year since our brother was rushed to the hospital.

Emotions are deep tonight. They'll be deeper tomorrow. They'll be even deeper on Friday. They'll continue getting deeper as we move through Saturday and into Sunday morning's Mass which is being held in Peter's memory.

The truth is, however, that the emotions will be deep for the rest of our days. "I", for one, will NEVER recover from losing my brother Peter. I cannot speak for anyone else - though I'm sure that the rest of our family would say the exact same thing. Time may make some days easier - but it cannot completely heal so deep of a wound.

Tonight, the second-to-last song the band performed was one of my favorites: "Blood Brothers". As we - and the thousands upon thousands of other fans in The Garden - sung out the chorus "We're Blood Brothers!", I stood there with tears in my eyes clenching Peter's ring, which hangs on a chain around my neck and which I never take off... and my brother Kenny and I leaned in to one another and yelled "I love you, Bro!" into each others ears.

We're Blood Brothers!

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THE SETLIST

Intro: "Doctor Doctor" - song by UFO

1) If Eternity Should Fail
2) Speed of Light
3) Children of the Damned
4) Tears of a Clown (dedicated to Robin Williams)
5) The Red and the Black
6) The Trooper
7) Powerslave
8) Death or Glory
9) The Book of Souls
10) Hallowed Be Thy Name
11) Fear of the Dark
12) Iron Maiden

Encore...

13) The Number of the Beast
14) Blood Brothers
15) Wasted Years

Outro: "Always Look on the Bright Side of Life" song by Monty Python

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