Part of the Bay Area News Group


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 …

Picture of Iron Maiden bassist Steve Harris taken by Flickr user Frenkieb under Creative Commons license

[Both comments and pings are currently closed.]

4 Responses to “Maiden!”

  1. Todd Says:

    Your conversation with your buddy sounded very similar to ones I had with mine prior to the Maiden show last night.
    My friends and I, all huge Maiden fans and who are also about your age, have gone to many great Maiden shows over the years: NOTB 1982- Day on the Green, Piece of Mind 1983 & Powerslave- Cow Palace 1985. I’ve also recently seen them twice on Ozzfest 2005 and at the LA Forum in Feb. The feeling was mutual amongst us that last night’s show in Concord also belongs in that Maiden Hall of Fame category. Between the historic setlist to the incredible stage show not to mention that the band sounded as tight and good as ever, it was truly a night to remember. So, I’m curious to get your opinion and haven’t seen a review from you yet.

    By the way, my friends and I are also going to the Metal Masters show in August which was also discussed at great length last night!! I’m sure that will be another classic show but for now, it’s all about Maiden! Up the Irons!


  2. HeyJoe Says:

    So…how was it…Dude?

  3. Nick Says:


    Eighth time seeing Maiden, and they sure look like they’ve done it before…..pros. Great show !!! The Rhime was a treat, and the crowd loved it all.

    UP THE IRONS !!!

  4. Tony Hicks Says:

    Like Todd, I was also at most of those Maiden shows in the 80s. Saw them at Day on the Green in ’82 and again when they returned with the Scorpions a couple months later. That was the absolute pinnacle of Euro-metal, at least the second wave of Euro-metal. Def Leppard hadn’t even started sucking by then.
    Wednesday was a great show – maybe the best I’ve seen them – and I was especially watching to see if they’d slowed down as they pull into their 50s. I wanted to do a set list and post it, but sadly I lost my pen. It must’ve been all the banging.