Can I Play With Madness??

I know I haven’t been posting much lately, but I have been busier than the janitor at a bukake convention. Between work, hockey, and bowling, their just hasn’t been much time for posting. This week was especially busy, because on top of everything else, I had a special event to attend.

On Tuesday, Richard and I made the drive down America’s festering asshole, Camden, NJ, and got our ear pussies fucked by legendary rock gods Iron Maiden.

For a band that has been around for nearly 30 years, they rocked HARD! Yeah they are old, but they played a tight set of classic Maiden tunes, complete with amazing pyrotechnics and stage theatrics. Bruce Dickenson was all over the large stage set, pumping up the crowd with his Spinal Tap-like, “Helllo Philadelphiaaaaaa”‘s.

The show was at The Susquhanna Bank Center (Formally Tweeter Center), and we had lawn seats. While I liked the open air and lack of the claustrophobic feeling that i would have gotten with pit seats, I still didn’t really feel like part of the show. This was my only gripe with the whole experience, and it was my own fault, i could have bought pit seats.

This being my first Iron Maiden show, I didn’t really know what to expect. With the exception of Slayer, most of the other metal bands I have seen live I have seen in smaller, more personal settings, and they definitely didn’t have the loyal following that Iron Maiden has. There was one glaring difference that was immediately noticeable to me. In every other situation that I have ever been in, it has been a rule of mine, and most everyone else, that you don’t wear the tee-shirt of the band that you are going to see to the concert. As we were pulling in, we saw a group of three teenage kids walking from wherever they were dropped off. One was wearing a Slayer tee, one was wearing a System of a Down tee, and the other was wearing an Iron Maiden tee shirt. I cackled at the one in the Maiden tee, and commented to Richard how he must have grown up without a positive male role model to teach him ‘The Rules’. We then parked the car and entered the pavilion, only to walk into an endless sea of ugly people in black Iron Maiden tee shirts. Seriously, 80% of the 8 or 9 thousand people that were there were wearing an Iron Maiden tee shirt. This blew my mind. I must have missed the memo, but apparently it is completely acceptable, when attending an Iron Maiden show, to wear an Iron Maiden tee shirt. Who knew.

Anyways, the show was great. If they are coming to a town near you, I highly recommend you take the time to go get your socks rocked off.

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