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My Maiden Voyage – An Iron Maiden Virgin No More (Part 2)

As my buddy Rob and I were leaving a post workout meal at The Habit two weeks ago, we decided to do a quick Trader Joe’s run before they closed. He asked me if I was going to see America at the Canyon Club on July 1st, and while I LOVE America, I told him I HAD to go see Iron Maiden that night, but as of yet, I had no tickets.

I got in my car for the two-minute drive to Trader Joe’s, and as the radio came on, I kid you not, the DJ on KLOS was literally announcing free Maiden tickets for the 10th caller.

Dial, busy, hang up. Again. Dial, busy, hang up. Again… Ring, ring, ring…
“Who’s this?”
“Marc.”
“Hi, Marc. You just won a pair of tickets to see Iron Maiden.”
“Ummm. Wow! Okay… I have to tell you this story…”
And so I regaled her with what had just happened… and yes she loved it!

Talk about putting something into the universe…WOW!!!

July 1st – Glen Helen Pavillion – San Bernardino, CA… CONCERT DAY!
The build up was a bit crazy… My first buddy bailed. Then my cousin bailed. But that gave me the chance to offer the ticket to my friends Michelle and Casey (He had NEVER seen them either!) Casey’s son Christian (21) also joined us… and yes, unlike his Dad and me, he had seen them about 9 years ago.

The drive out there SUCKED. And because of Waze re-routing my friends, I wound up doing the whole drive solo… and it was a CRAWL… THE. WHOLE. WAY. OUT!

Who the HELL is going to San Bernardino for the 4th weekend???!!!
I pulled into the very first and “UNMARKED” lot, and was told by a kid working it:
a) I was in Lot 6
b) It was a short walk to the venue. Ha!

It took me about 15 minutes before I could even see the venue… And yes, I got horribly lost at the end of the night and might not have found my car if it had not been for my good, visual memory)… BUT… This lot offered a very easy out! I think I was at least 30-45 minutes into my drive home, when my friends called to tell me they were STILL stuck in the lot! So much for the $20 “VIP” lot.

Thanks to KLOS for the tickets and a pre-show BBQ, which kept me fed and hydrated and had me winning a Judas Priest CD (Ironic) and a Cheap Trick download of what I thought was the great new album, We’re All Alright!, but was only three songs… Strange!

After that it was back to the grassy parking lot, where we found some shade and drank some beers in the parking lot… Another irony since the venue information says no tailgating, but EVERYONE was doing it. Yes, I am a rule follower… Ha! Thanks to Michelle for bringing a nice selection of booze and making everyone sandwiches! Mahalo!

And what is with you Millennials???  You claim to be so high and mighty on the environment, and then leave ALL your trash on the ground, when a trash can is five feet away. Lazy, entitled you know whats! Another Wow right there!

We missed Exodus, because we thought they were on second. Bummer… though apparently they had some sound issues. We walked in when Kamelot was playing and they were not bad… but not quite my thing.

This was most definitely not my usual concert crowd, and I think many folks thought I was a NARC. Literally! I was NOT wearing black, nor an Iron Maiden shirt… I had no tattoos, and probably looked a bit… well… conservative in my grey and black camo shorts, my Under Armor shirt, my black Nike Big Ten baseball cap and my Ray Bans.

One guy selling bootlegged t-shirts LITERALLY stopped hawking them when he saw me walking towards him, and immediately shoved them under his own shirt and walked quickly away. Doh!

So back to the shirts for a second… I know, I know… I seem obsessed… but there is a method to my MADNESS!

This is an actual picture of Jason’s “A” Maiden Shirt. Look at the care he takes! That is a perfect Gap fold right there, folks! Did you use a board, Jason???
Now I want this one, too… and the Best Of The Beast shirt. Hint, hint… Bday in August… Wink, wink, nudge, nudge… What? Maiden shirts are HIP! But here is my bigger point on all the Maiden shirts.

I was always led to believe that unless it was a really unique shirt, and there were some of those, too… that it was UNCOOL to wear a band’s shirt to see THAT band. Clearly that is NOT the case for a Maiden show!

ALMOST EVERYONE had a Maiden shirt on, which is a HUGE TESTAMENT to their marketing prowess and skill at selling EVERYTHING MAIDEN. There were multiple times when we stopped and told people what a cool shirt they had on. So there you go!

Maiden is one of the few bands that continues to sell out shows around the world… and may also move the most Merch of any band! And believe me…the lines at the Merch tables were deep and wide. Should have snapped a photo of that… and of the selection of probably at least 12 different shirts.

And then there was this…

Genius. Expensive genius!

My buddy Jason did not think I would like Ghost, as they all wear masks, which can be a bit creepy… but they were great musicians and this Swedish Metal band really played to the crowd. Again, the Lucifer references made this nice Jewish boy a bit uncomfortable, but today was about the head banging.

And being with family and friends, of course. I don’t know who these people are, and what you can’t see is that the kid’s jacket also had an Elmo patch on it! And yes, he was wearing ear plugs.

Long live Rock N’ Roll! And yes, I am flashing the Metal Horns!

Come back Friday for the final Part 3, and the actual review of my first Maiden show!!!

 

 

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My Maiden Voyage – An Iron Maiden Virgin No More (Part 1)


Iron Maiden, Metallica, Black Sabbath, Judas Priest, Korn, Slayer, Motorhead, Slipknot, Five Finger Death Punch, Anthrax, Dream Theatre, Queensryche, Twisted Sister, Exodus, Motley Crue, Dio, Tool, Megadeath, Pantera…

This is part of the list of the top 50 Metal bands of All-Time. Just to get us all on the same page.

With that said… I am so NOT a Metal guy. Judas Priest was as deep as my Metal musical tastes went for many years… And yes, my love and knowledge of them came from my friend Jason’s Boom Box. Readers of this blog will know I have spoken often and lovingly of this magical, music-making box.  They will know exactly just HOW much of my musical loves and Rock N’ Roll education came out of that boom box on a summer teen tour across this amazing country of ours. Sitting in the back of the bus, in the year ____, listening to incredible Rock N’ Roll changed my life… Truly!

(Yes, I purposely avoided mentioning the specific year…mostly because I have to remember which year it was!)

British Steel was on regular Boom Box rotation back then, but that was as far as it went for me… Until a few years ago.

Well, okay… Twisted Sister, Zeppelin (if you include them in Metal) and Motley Crue were always on my playlists, but still.

My buddy Jason LOVES Iron Maiden. And yes, this is the Maiden shirt I want (Hint, hint) Best Of The Beast. But not one with those horrid and thick iron-on, screen prints that stick to your chest when it gets hot! You know what I’m talking about!

I love how Jason was telling me yesterday that he has an “A” Maiden shirt… One from the Piece Of Mind tour, that features “The Trooper” on it. Apparently the whole family knows how to treat this shirt when it makes its way into the wash. And when he wears it out…well…that must mean something special!

We’ll talk more about Maiden shirts in Part 2… And yes, it is a thing!

Jason kept giving me a Money-Back Guarantee… That if I bought tickets for Maiden and did not absolutely LOVE the show, he would give me my money back. Winning tickets from local, Classic Rock radio station KLOS let him off the hook, but I loved his iron clad deal.

So…a few years back I really started listening to Maiden…and… I fell in love with them. Does that even make sense to say in the Metal world? See! I mean, yo Dudes… I really like that kick-ass Maiden shit.

It’s funny how many friend and peers think I’m nuts. I mean who comes to Metal in their… Oops! I almost gave my age away, so let’s just say mid-life years? I sold it as me having a Metal Mid-Life Crisis!

Metal is good. It releases so much. And it makes me happy! In fact, in a 2015 study from Australia’s University of Queensland that was published in the journal Frontiers in Human Neuroscience, it noted:

“Instead of increasing listeners’ anger, the extreme music calmed them, producing a result similar to sitting in silence. Student Leah Sharman said: “We found the music regulated sadness and enhanced positive emotions… The music helped them explore the full gamut of emotion they felt, but also left them feeling more active and inspired.”

Metal!

When I was back in NYC last year with my daughter, Iron Maiden was playing the Garden (Madison Square Garden for you non-New Yorkers!) I so wanted to go, especially with Jason’s passionate demand that we MUST go and how I MUST introduce my then 16-year-old to Maiden. But the night before I had taken my daughter to her first Springsteen show there, and while she loved it, I knew I kind of owed her the Rihanna concert my very generous friend Snod (college nickname) offered us. And yes, I really do owe you another one now, my friend! So Maiden was out… and Rihanna was in.

Then through a misunderstanding and not realizing I had a friend who wanted to go… AND could have gotten us free tickets…DOH!… I missed Maiden again when they were in LA a few weeks later and playing at the Forum. Not a fan of this venue (See my review of U2 at the Forum) but I would have loved to have been there.

So when they announced their July 1st show at the San Manuel Amphitheatre, formerly the Blockbuster Pavillion at Glen Helen… or Glen Helen Pavillion or whatever the heck it’s called, I KNEW I would be there.

Come back tomorrow for the continuation and review and My Maiden Voyage – An Iron Maiden Virgin No More (Part 2)

 

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