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I'm disgusted at the way I've been ignoring this blog lately.

I've seen AC/DC, Motley Crue, Kiss and Iron Maiden all in the last year and I didn't write about any of these shows.

huh?

Oh well, I guess I'll just go over them now, just for myself.

AC/DC – this was my first time seeing AC/DC and they were awesome.
Unfortunately, it was at BC place so I was super far away, but it was still a super-fun show.

Motley Crue – I've seen the Crue once before, but that was a long time ago.
Again, a fun show, not a great turn-out at GM place, but the floor and lower bowl were packed and there was a great vibe in the place.
It was a pretty stripped-down show, no big screens and not a lot of pyro.
Technical difficulties marred "Home Sweet Home" causing Vince Neil to proclaim "Well, sometimes things just don't fuckin' work" so that was pretty funny.

Kiss – 2nd time seeing Kiss, first with Tommy Thayer and Eric Singer.
It was a good show, but Tommy singing "Shock Me" seemed a bit disrespectful to me.
Oh well, a good time was had by all, I had a lot of fun at this show.

Iron Maiden – Awesome, I love Maiden.
2nd time seeing them as well, and they did not disappoint.
I did hear some complaints that there was "not enough old stuff" as they did a lot of new material, from about 2000 onwards, but I didn't mind.
It gave me a chance to rediscover those albums as I usually reach for a "classic" Maiden album instead of a newer one.
Also, not a lot of pyro, but I barely noticed, I was so into the show.

My one problem with the show was how much I hate watching Janick Gers.
If you like Janick, I have no problem with that, please don't post any nasty comments, they will not change my mind about him.
I've heard he's a super nice guy, but watching him live is embarrassing.
He jumps around the stage like some idiot teenager in an airband and he's a 53 year old man in Iron freakin' Maiden!!!!
Every time I looked at his side of the stage I was absolutely filled with a burning rage, and I thought to myself, "is this really how I should feel while watching my all-time favorite band?"
Anyway, Bruce and everyone else were amazing as always, Adrian Smith tripped and fell and if I kept my eyes to the left I enjoyed the crap outta this show.

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the Iron Maiden movie!

Posted: April 22, 2009 in Uncategorized
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I just got back from seeing "Iron Maiden – Flight 666" and it is awesome!

A really well-made movie, with super sweet concert footage that almost seemed like I was at the show.

If you don't know, the movie is a documentary about the first leg of Maiden's "Somewhere Back in Time Tour" in which the band and crew (and all their gear) toured in a 757 with singer Bruce Dickinson piloting the plane.

Best.

Band.

Ever.

The theater was fully sold out and everyone had a Maiden shirt on.

Actually, the spectacle of the crowd was half the fun, and the fact that it was made by Canadians was very appreciated by everyone there.

Hey, we're awesome!

My favorite scenes were definitely the ones shot in South America, people are very serious about metal there, and it's crazy to see kids camping out for 10 days to get a good spot.

One fan who caught a drumstick seemed to be having a religious experience. Some people laughed but I thought it was a real moment.

Anyway, the movie was awesome, Iron Maiden have never let me down!

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Evil Survives

Posted: January 9, 2009 in Uncategorized
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I haven't heard any good metal in a while, so these guys are a welcome surprise.

I first saw the poster for their album and it caught my eye in a "cheesy but awesome" way.

A few days later I saw an ad for them in a magazine and noticed the tagline: "Picks up where Powerslave left off"

Well, being the huge Maiden fan I am I was obviously intrigued, if not a little skeptical. Hey, NOBODY is as good as Iron Maiden, right?

Anyway, the fact that the album was only released on vinyl was a selling point for me too, so I decided to look them up.

Frustratingly, the band's Myspace page has no audio samples, probably a bad idea, but oh well.

Anyway, I did find a clip of one of their songs on YouTube and it sounded pretty good so I decided to pick up the LP.

Wow, it's awesome!

At first I thought it was just OK, but the more I listen to it, the better it gets.

It's crazy, it really does sound like the 'lost' Maiden album… if King Diamond was singing.

Anyway, if you like Maiden or metal just do yourself a favor and go buy this thing.

The album comes with a free mp3 download of the whole disc so you really can't lose.

Apparently an EP is also on the way, I'm really looking forward to hearing more from these guys.

Check out their label's website and buy the album here.

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Maybe it's just me but I always thought these two had very similar intros.

Once again, they both came out in the same year, 1981. Why does that seem to happen so often?

Anyway, here's Iron Maiden with "Prodigal Son" from "Killers"

08 Prodigal Son
Iron Maiden

And Ozzy Osbourne with "You Can't Kill Rock & Roll" from "Diary of A Madman"

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There are now officially 4 types of Iron Maiden Vans.

When the "Killers" one came out, I bought a pair and put them in my closet, never to be worn.

Then they came out with a "the Trooper" version and I was like, "Gee, those are nice, I wonder if it's weird to have two pairs of shoes in your closet that you'll never wear."

Then just the other day I saw the "Piece of Mind" shoe and I figured I'd never be able to justify three pair of Iron Maiden Vans, unfortunately.

Then while searching for pictures for this post I found this beacon of awesomeness:

Nuts, these are the best ones yet!

Damn, I hate seeing stuff like this.

Well, I mean it's awesome but I can't help but wish I could have at least two pair of each, one to wear and one to display on a shelf somewhere. Nerd!

Anyway, I don't think I'll get any more of these, unless they do a "Live After Death" version, that would flat out rule.

Oh well, the picture below is what started this whole post. I found it while searching for images for an unrelated post:

Pretty sweet, I'm glad these didn't come out while I was in grade 7 or I would have spent my entire Christmas and Birthday presents for several years acquiring a full set.

Vans, I both salute and curse you for making me want to own a closet full of shoes that I won't want to wear.

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Hooray for Iron Maiden!

Posted: June 5, 2008 in Uncategorized
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I finally saw Maiden on Tuesday night, and it was the best show I've ever seen.

I got to the Coliseum early and got in right when the doors opened, quickly making my way down to the floor.

Since the show wouldn't start for another hour or so, everyone sat cross-legged on the floor, it was so funny to see, people sitting cross-legged at a Maiden show, like it was story time or something.

When people started to stand up, I managed to get almost all the way to the front, I wasn't holding the barrier, but no one was in front of me, awesome!

Lauren Harris (Steve's daughter) was the opener and she was OK. It was nothing extraordinary, but they put on a good show and didn't overstay their welcome. I noticed Steve off to the side watching, so that was exciting.

After that, things started to get really crowded at the front and I decided I was OK with not being right up front for the whole time. I figured I'd try to get through "Aces High" and "2 Minutes to Midnight" and after that everything would be gravy.

It seemed to take forever for the show to start at that point, I saw Rod Smallwood on the side of the stage and kept fighting to keep my spot.

Once the show started it was insane! I couldn't believe I was only a few feet away from my favorite band of all-time! Bruce was doing huge jumps off the monitor and they sounded perfect, but midway through the third song, "Revelations" I'd had enough of the front row, so I signaled for the guys to pull me out, that was kinda fun. I walked by Steve on the way out of the pit and gave him the horns as people patted my back, it was a cool feeling.

I ended up in a good spot too, not far from the stage, but no squishing, yay!

I could go through the whole set list and say how awesome it all was, but really, that would be lame, the whole show ruled. "The Rime of the Ancient Mariner" was a HUGE highlight for me and "Heaven can Wait" was great too, if only I'd won that contest! oh well.

Also, on the bus ride home I think I was talking to the guy who played "Max" on the X-files, but I didn't realize it until later. Dude, was that you?

Anyway, I'd definitely go see them again, probably 100 times at least, Iron Maiden is one band I never get sick of.

Sometimes at work (when I can get away with it) I play all Maiden CD's all day long and I could probably do that everyday and not get bored.

I know I sound like a dork, but thanks Maiden, you rule!

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Blaze Bayley was the poor bastard who replaced Bruce Dickinson in Iron Maiden in the early 90's.

I'm sure he's an OK guy, but in my mind he was not a good fit. (Though in his defense no one could have expected to do much better)

Thankfully for Maiden and their fans Bruce came back (along with Adrian Smith) and Blaze seemingly disappeared off the face of the earth.

Until now.

I was surprised and a little sad to see this ad in the back of a music magazine. Is this all he's got going on these days? How can you go from being in one of the biggest bands around (internationally Maiden was still huge, even with Blaze!) to plugging (no pun intended) a crappy hair replacement formula?

Blaze Bayley, you have it worse than even Paul Di'Anno himself.

You sir, need a hug.

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