Let’s Talk About Maiden England

Nothing but tail­gating in a muddy parking lot, hun­dreds of Harleys lined up by the entrance, $11 beers, ALICE COOPER:

I got a grand total of 0 in-focus pictures of Alice.

I got a grand total of 0 in-​focus pic­tures of Alice.

The set was short but stuffed with songs that everyone wanted to hear, obvi­ously Alice’s war­dobe is impec­cable, and the touring band was pretty great, Orianthi gives a hell of a solo:

Chuck Garric, Ryan Roxie, Tommy Henriksen, Orianthi

Chuck Garric, Ryan Roxie, Tommy Henriksen, Orianthi




Not pic­tured: custom Cooper New England Patriots jacket, cov­ering Pink Floyd during School’s Out (here’s a video of him per­forming it ear­lier this year in Montréal), bil­lions of Cooper bucks. One thirty-​minute line for the one bath­room in the venue later and it was time for MAIDEN ENGLAND 2012

These were my seats:

Can you see me? I'm in the back.

Can you see me? I’m in the back.

No, just kid­ding, I spent my entire shoe budget on these tickets, because I def­i­nitely didn’t want to stand in the rain and watch the whole show on the Jumbotron.

(Even though the lawns have the best and muddiest pits.)

(Even though the lawns have the best and mud­diest pits.)

Bruce is like a little ninja, sprinting and vamping all over the huge stage dress­ings without missing a high note:

Vamp for us Bruce!

Vamp for us Bruce!

Nicko thun­dered away from his hidden spot in the set dressing (an ice wall with classic album covers, like a more-​metal Castle Black), Dave and Adrian par­tied all over the stage, while Janick hung out off to one side, showing up again to throw us a great solo with Fear of the Dark. He was also kind enough to turn over his instru­ment to our dearly beloved Eddie:



Speaking of Edward, he just showed up again

Don't you want to wallpaper your house in this?

Don’t you want to wall­paper your house in this?

…and again…

Number of the Beast

Number of the Beast

Seventh Son of a Seventh Son

Seventh Son of a Seventh Son

Iron Maiden

Iron Maiden

The Trooper

The Trooper

…of course it’s best of all when he shows up on stage in a big explo­sion, and the on-​stage pyro makes you fear for your eyebrows:



This was my first Iron Maiden show ever, so I have no words beyond FJSKDLFNKD over-​excited key­board mashing and gushing about how great it was, how much fun I had, how every­body should get a chance to sing along to Can I Play With Madness with both Bruce Dickinson and that wasted biker that’s puking all over the seats a few rows down, et cetera et cetera. I will say that my heart grew three sizes that day, when I was in line at the merch booth behind a bunch of little kids and their dad, all excited and talking about how awe­some it was. They were right.

Here are the setlists for Alice and Maiden, if you’re inter­ested. Stick around for the Monty Python singalong!

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  1. \m/​>.< \m/​Amazing!

    Missed you, Mz. Bleak!

  2. Its always a reli­gious expe­ri­ence seeing Maiden live.

  3. Wait, did you go to the show in Detroit?! I went to that show and it was my first time going to a big show! I still remember Alice playing Dead Babies when I rolled up in my Dodge Intrepid, my grandmother’s favorite song…sarcasm included. Maiden was amazing and I could finally scratch seeing them off the list, but I know for a fact I’ll try and see them again when they tour! Though, I don’t remember seeing ‘The Clairvoyant’ during Seventh Son, I thought they just had the poster up. Still, was a kick ass show.

  4. I saw Maiden in June 2010 when the Final Frontier tour started. It was an amazing show — the energy these guys have is incred­ible, and it really gets the crowd going. Without a doubt, best gig of that size I’ve been to.

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