By Tony Hicks
Wednesday, May 28th, 2008 at 10:41 am in Uncategorized.
I had an interesting conversation yesterday with a fellow 40-something, father-of-two with a real job and a mortgage and various other adult responsibilities. We went to high school together back in the 1980s and, by extension, several Iron Maiden concerts back when we had no responsibilities but plenty of hair. It went something like this:
Friend: So, dude, we’re all set for Maiden tomorrow night?
Me: &%#@ yeah, dude. We’re $?*$#? there.
Friend: What do you think they’ll open with, dude?
Me: Dude, I was just watching my “Rock in Rio” DVD this morning and they opened with “Wicker Man.” It was ?*&^%$ awesome. Though the last time they were in Concord, they opened with “Number of the Beast.”
Him: But this tour is all 80s stuff, dude …
Me: Right, dude, so they wouldn’t open with “Wicker Man.” Maybe “Aces High”?
Him: Whatever. I can’t wait, dude.
Me: Dude … me neither … dude.
We went on to discuss various arrangements for our meeting at the Sleep Train Pavilion tonight, and speculated on the virtues of various musical-producing corporations consolidating this summer (Judas Priest, Heaven and Hell, Motörhead and Testament) in what, we agreed, may be an ideal follow-up opportunity to tonight’s very important meeting.
I wish I still fit in my 1982 “Number of the Beast” camouflaged-sleeve shirt, or my 1985 “Powerslave” tour shirt, both of which I think I still have. Sadly, I don’t think I could get either around one of my thighs these days.
Tonight’s one of those rare times going to a show isn’t for work. If you spot me, please say hello. I’ll be that one guy flying the two-fisted devil’s horns …
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