anguyen92 wrote:Wow. I don't know why, but there are bands I feel like people have praised where I'm like "there's no way this band can live up to the hype," and at some point in time, I wrongly thought that was the case for Iron Maiden. But then, I watched Flight 666 around 2012 or so and it changed my perspective on them and I see them as some pretty bloody talented musicians and as well as good hard-working people with quirks and hobbies that one would not expect members of a long-lasting heavy metal band to have. Then they went on to release an amazing double-album where one of the songs is an 18 minute song that talks about a blimp that ended up in a horrendous crash. Their frontman, whose already ultra-talented and has accomplished so many things that not one of us would ever achieve one of those things in a lifetime, survived cancer and still was able to be the great frontman that he is always been heralded as.
That show I saw in LA just further cements them as one of only two "oldie" band that I will always venerated (the only other band is Rush, but sadly, they are done). They just went out there and played a tremendous show and these guys are in their 60s and everything they've done is on point when many other bands at their age would just fall apart with their live performances or have to make adjustments that wouldn't even solve their issues. Iron Maiden delivered quite a show of the year candidate to me and I hope they come back to SoCal again for a few more times before calling it a career. Whether it is for a new album or a history tour, I'll be there (as long as it doesn't take place in Glen Helen Amphitheater in San Bernadino, that place, from what I read the reviews on it, can just suck it).
Glad you did it, Kev.
When you look at the history of rock/metal, no one has done it better for longer than Iron Maiden. Greatest metal band in history, right there, and I can vouch for the fact that the brilliant "Empire of the Clouds" is one of the favorite songs of at least 3 of the mods here at TABN.
btw, the R=101 was not a blimp. Blimps are non-rigid (essentially, a balloon) airships. The R-101, like most of the giant airships of the time, had an enormous duralumin and steel skeleton and the ship weighed well over 100 tons when empty. [/TangentialTrivia]
And safe travels to the LP today to you and Ryan and anyone else on here making the trip. Damn, it's hard looking thru FB tonight.