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Iron Maiden concert - Renzo and Joe

Aug. 7th, 2011

09:31 am - Iron Maiden concert

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Yesterday I took son 2 to the Iron Maiden Concert at the O2 Arena.

Interesting in a number of ways:

1. While I admire some heavy metal, it is not my music of choice, especially after a stressful week at work.
2. Last time I was at the O2 it was called the 'Millennium Dome', and I have to admit that, in contrast to the majority of the British press, I enjoyed my previous visit there, though it was more than a bit surreal.

Getting to the O2 from Cambridge is a doddle by car, and took a little over 1.5 hours including the mandatory detour caused by my inability to read signs, talk, listen to music, muse about the day, and drive at the same time. getting back was equally easy once out of the car park.

Thoughts on the concert.

Trivium is crap live. The music was not interesting, the singing (growling) was unintelligible, and the unnecessary and incessant use of the word "fuck" (fucking.. fucked..) added nothing to the act, and made one realise the band has little to say. (The drummer was fantastic, and there were some excellent guitar riffs in places)

Iron Maiden, on the other hand, was superb theatre, with excellent musicianship, with songs with lyrics and white space in places. Excellent showmanship, and superb musicianship. The set was interesting and the use of props good, including two Eddys and the devil. Son two and I were up in the Gods in vertigo territory overlooking the side of the stage.

Great experience. I plan to visit the O2 again soon.