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MAIDEN!!!! INDIA!!! 2008!!! SCREAM FOR ME ‘M’BAI! February 2, 2008

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I’m baaaack!!! Time for a review, and this time, since the hysteria of seeing Iron Maiden for the first time isn’t applicable, it will be a more mature account. *cough*

I SAW THE PLANE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I SAW THE PLANE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I SAW THE PLANE TWICE!!!!!!!!!!! I saw it parked in a bay when I landed (distant view, but oh, most faintworthy!!!!) AND TODAY WHEN I WAS ON THE WAY TO THE AIRPORT I saw it taking off. I mean, this is sweet justice, for short people like me. We may not get to see much of the stage (Sob. Boo hoo.) BUT WE SEE THE PLANE!!!!!!! Or I did, at any rate smilie

In case you’re wondering why I go on so about the plane, here’s why.

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Custom made piece of genius smiliesmilie Flown by Captain Bruce Dickinson.

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(Photo courtesy Melville Sequeira)

In case I haven’t mentioned already…Ed Force One (Flight no. 666; seriously, and always) carried some 20 tonnage of equipment (Every song had a different back drop), all the band members and all the crew!

Okay, back to the gig. I was quite apprehensive about the Mumbai crowd because I had heard bad, baaad things about them. I was supposed to meet two lots of friends at the grounds and funnily enough it turned out that they knew each other and were meeting up anyway 😀 I ended up seeing a lot of familiar faces, 3 people from school.

However, back to outside, at 3:PM when I reached the MMRDA grounds, Bandra-Kurla Complex, I was astounded to see a line a few 100 people deep. Gates opened at 4, so I was fretting and expecting to see a mile long line by the time I reached, as is what happened in B’lore.

Not Mumbai, it seemed. There were ticket counters outside the venue, as was an official merchandise outlet. The infrastructure was waay better this time; not only was there no shortage of drinkable fluids, vendors were actually bringing them up to you throughout the concert.

I was very surprised at the size of the venue. I had imagined it to be bigger or atleast the same size as the Palace Grounds. It seemed tiny and till just before Maiden, there didn’t seem to be too many people around. We had decided to stand centre middle; ie. close to the mixer board where the sound is generally the best, and where, we imagined, we would get the best view, all things considered. The other option was go right up front and risk being caught in a mosh pit. Well, the sound was good, way better than Bangalore, and even though we were so far back, I got to see more of the band on stage than last time, although I missed the energy that comes with standing closer to the stage. As far as I could make out, the stage was built higher this time, and there was a ramp at the back for Bruce to do his stuff. And ofcourse he climbs the steel supports on the sides again smilie

There was some serious pushing once Maiden began, but thankfully it subsided before it got crazy. There were, apparently 3-4 mosh pits somewhere about, however and I REALLY wonder how people can mosh to Maiden…Maiden is headbanging stuff, not let-me-hurt-you-you-hurt-me-stuff…

The opening acts finished their stuff quite quickly this time, which was strange. There was a good half hour-forty five minute gap before Maiden came on. Nervereck, the CRI winners, were quite good; I liked them although the crowd was impatient to get Maiden on-stage. They did not get half as horrible a reception as fTn last year, and deservedly. Lauren Harris came next (good on you, Steve 🙂 ) and she was waay better(than last time). Her USP was more than simply her looks (all the men and some women couldn’t take their eyes off her…as usual) or, as Akriti put it, ” I have to admit she has great hair”, and she didn’t repeat her annoying HOW YA DOIN BANGALORRE this time. She has a powerful voice, and I don’t think I’ll mind seeing her opening for Maiden once again. It’s not my type of music but I dig her vocals 🙂 Her drummer is one cool cat, hehe. She looks to be oldish and has a platinum blonde almost mohawk, and the guitarists are pretty good too. Parikrama was the last and final opening act, this was their fourth time opening for Maiden in a year, and they were naturally ver grateful to Maiden and management. They also made us thank DNA, and for once I agree, and say again THANK YOU DNA (bring ’em again 😉 ) Their set seemed really short this time, they did the new stuff, which I like, but I wish they had played Open Skies again. The mad violinist has got even madder, Imran Khan smilie

The crowd was steadily growing by now, as I mentioned, and once Maiden came on, whoa, it was difficult to move. Blore, however, was more crowded, and the crowd at dear old Bengaluru had more energy!! From where I was standing, I could barely see people jumping and when I began jumping, two people gave me weird looks and said to each other ‘yeh to/isse to char gai hai’. Those two weren’t Maiden fans anyway, they just came coz they wanted to see a live concert. So whatever, I knew I looked mad, but this was about getting mad, anyway. I just hope my hair didn’t whip into too many people. I asked Akriti, who was directly behind me, but either she was too nice or she was so busy having the time of her life that she didn’t even notice smiliesmilie

I felt sorry for the people I was standing next to; I sing horribly and I was, well, singing along, singing wrong a lot of times, because I suck with lyrics in the ordinary way anyway, and in the middle of a gig how can I be expected to keep my wits about smilie

The setlist was mostly predictable but what the hell, we all loved it smilie

  1. Aces High (AMAZING live!! Churchill’s speech included)
  2. Two Minutes to Midnight
  3. Revelations (YAYAYAYAYAYAY smilie)
  4. Run to the Hills
  5. Fear of the Dark
  6. WASTED YEARS!!! smiliesmiliesmilie The crowd went MAD!
  7. Rime of the Ancient Mariner (Bone chilling, out of the planet, beyond words. Met up to expectation and more. He introduced it like he did on LAD, and I knew it was coming, so I went on like a broken record, saying ‘This is what NOT to do when a bird shits on you’ and then laughed like a maniac when he finally said it. ‘kin AWESOME!!!)
  8. Hallowed Be Thy Name (the classics and by now run of the mill, got the greatest crowd response. I’ve got to admit, the Mumbai crowd is more tuneful than Bangalore! smilie Bruce noticed too, you guys are good singers, he said smilie. )
  9. POWERSLAVE! (Bruce did many costume changes, more than I expectedsmilie He began with those BNW and DoD trousers, an armour like triangular jacket and a funny cap (beanie some called it…) on his head. He lost the cap soon, had a brilliant mask on for powerslave, an AMAZING cape for some, and ofcourse, he donned the red costume for Trooper again!!)
  10. The Number of the Beast (It was amazing when the crowd screamed out the intro words with Bruce… Woe to You Oh Earth and Sea… The 666 bit reverberated a fair bit, I can tell you!!)
  11. Can I Play with Madness (Another massive favourite)
  12. The Clairvoyant (I love this song, get goosebumps everytime I hear it)
  13. Iron Maiden ( always, ALWAYS a killer! The most simple song lyrically but BOY oh boy what madness it evokes and invokes in you!!smilie)
  14. MOONCHILD (A surprise; as Bruce himsef said, they haven’t done this in a while)
  15. Heaven Can Wait (AWESOME!!! Especially the chorus bit. I caught a passing glimpse of the fanclub members who got to go ‘whoa-o-o-o’ with the band..lucky bums!)

Bruce was quite chatty and funny. The Bombay/Mumbai confusion got a little time. “Good EVENING Bombay, Mumbai, whatever”. “When we were growing up we read about a place called Bombay,” he said. “And now, we’re told, it’s called Mumbai…We were told, no matter what you do, do NOT call it *pause* *pause* MUMBAI!” We all loved it, ofcourse smilie “So what we’re going to do is compromise and call it ‘M’ Bai!!” That had the crowd roaring with laughter again.

He indicated that India was now firmly on their touring map, so all of us basically get to see Maiden again…and again…and again…smiliesmiliesmilie He was in top form, his vocals are better than they have ever been, and his amazing stage presence is getting un-representable in the mere words of a mortal! He had fun with the crowd, asking us to “SCREAM FOR ME LONG BEACH haha” “I guess that only works in Long Beach”. He did many manic laughs and BOY do his manic laughs sound great! smilie While introducing the band, he introduced Nicko as the most sartorically challenged one, to an appreciative roar. I think Steve must have got the loudest cheer (YAY, hehe :D), and we were all chanting Bruce’s name as he paused theatrically before announcing himself. Actually, I dont remember if he did finally introduce himself smilie

There were a fair few foreigners again, with a Bangladeshi contingent this time ,who got themselves clicked with their flag. Sky News, Sam Dunn and several news channels were covering the gig. The press conference before the gig too can be found on the net. I shall link to them later.

There was an official merch store, and they had some cool stuff, including three tour shirts and an eye of Horus cap. I wish I had bought a tee, in hindsight. Shall hopefully see them around in stores like last timesmilie

Maiden began with a recording of Doctor Doctor and ended with Python’s Always Look on the Bright Side of Life as usual. I love them both, they are so typically maiden and appropriately indicative of what is to follow. Always Look on the Bright Side of Life especially seems to me to sum up all that is maiden- British, humour and british humour smilie amongst other things
I am SO glad I went!! I might have enjoyed the B’lore gig much more ( I would still rate that gig higher, for whatever reasons-mostly because of the crowd), but this was royal!!! I am sure I have left out many other amazing (there goes that word again! 😀 ) things, but I am still wallowing in the after-effects of the SECOND MAIDEN GIG OF MY LIFE!!!smiliesmilie

So begins the world tour of 2008…Somewhere Back in Time indeed!

SCREAAAM FOR ME MUMBAAIII!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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1. Ish - February 2, 2008

OMFG the damned plane looks absofuckinglutely wonderful! Though I’m not really a big Maiden fan and haven’t seen a live concert ever..this post is totally infectious and making me wanna see one as soon as it comes. All the fun you had is evident..man I wish I get to see one concert before I die even if it means I have to get bankrupt for the tickets. 😛

Great thing you had a rocking time! 😀

2. Ish - February 2, 2008

Oh, and welcome back to us lesser mortals. 😛

3. aa - February 3, 2008

yeah was okay. if you saw someone waving fists + white plastic bag frantically during “rime”, that was me. not happy with the setlist. why “fear of the dark”? “heaven can wait” is crap. how about “stranger in a strange land” instead or “somewhere in time” (how do you call a tour “somewhere back in time” and not play this?) and seriously, “run to the hills” is a crap song. “can I play with madness” is crap. clairvoyant is crap. and “trooper” and “hallowed” need to be put away for a while. 2 minutes is a really eh song, same with aces high to some extent. dammit I’m listening to “Somewhere” right now, how the hell can you leave out “deja vu”? “iron maiden” is their signature thing but quite possibly the weakest one on that album. how about freakin RUNNING FREE? assholes.

plus this lacked the pre and post show buzz bangalore had, at least for me. wandering the streets of bangalore after the show was actually more fun than the show itself.

4. Hanedin - February 3, 2008

Listen, whenever you talk about Maiden…I see Zeppelin performing in my head. :S

5. aa - February 3, 2008

zeppelin have a grand total of about three good songs…

6. Abhi - February 3, 2008

who r u to say tht zeppelin has only 3 good songs MF!…
they’r legendry and all of their songs are great..nd i dont have to prove that.
neways…maiden was soo awesome.i was there too !best time of my life
UP the IRONs! \m/\m/!!!

7. sporadicblogger - February 3, 2008

Ish- Thanks 🙂

aa- You like being disgruntled, don’t you? 🙂 It was more than ‘okay’. I don’t think I saw any white bag being waved, I was too dazed anyway! You seem to think a lot of songs are crap…
And Running Free was from the earlier era- Give me Ed Till Im Dead tour covered it. This was the SIT, Powerslave and SSOASS tour, with the old favourites being in as always.

I do agree the pre-show and post-show buzz was ‘buzzier’ at B’lore.

Hanedin- Lolol 😀 Why is that?

Abhi- Hello thanks for dropping by 🙂 Was this your first Maiden gig?

8. aa - February 3, 2008

didn’t stop them from playing FOTD did it? and does anyone seriously think “can I play with madness” and “the clairvoyant” are better than say “the evil that men do”, the title track or anything else on that album?

9. Jnarin - February 3, 2008

Awesome!! They played all their classics.. 🙂 Good for us. Loved the photographs. The aircraft looks cool.

The Rime of the Ancient Mariner, Moonchild?? Whoa! I’m actually starting to think why the heck I wasn’t there..

Sam Dunn was there? Wish I’d got the chance to meet him.. 🙂

10. sporadicblogger - February 3, 2008

aa- Yeah, FOTD fits in the ‘old favourites’ category I mentioned, if you read my comment 🙂 FOTD receives a massive crowd response…they can’t leave it out!!!

And yeah, I do think the two songs are comparable to The Evil That Men Do…

jnarin- yeah, you should have come!!! 😀 But never mind…next time 🙂 Sam Dunn must have been there except this time I didn’t see him.

11. sahil - February 3, 2008

Actually, I was rather surprised that The Evil That Men Do wasn’t part of the setlist … if anyone had asked me before the concert, i’d have been willing to bet pretty much anything that it would be there …. good thing too, that i didn’t 😉

…….
oohh, i know what you mean….plane spotting is fun!!! btw, where is bruce in that picture?

yeah i saw MMRDA when i went to mumbai last time….it ain’t that big……

is that setlist in order? because i read somewhere that hallowed was the last song……how were bruce’s vocals on hallowed this time?

12. sporadicblogger - February 3, 2008

sahil- Bruce in the fuzzy pic you mean? He’s in the centre signing autographs 😀

They played TETMD in the AMOLAD tour in India. They play that very often, so I guess they gave it a rest.

And no, setlist is not in order, I just put down what came to memory 🙂
Bruce’s vocals are always superlative! Its just that I like the studio version of Hallowed better…

Incidentally, Maiden was mindblowing this time- TOP form, all the guitars, Nicko and especially Bruce!!

13. Akshay N R - February 4, 2008

Man i need to commit suicide!
I missed the concert at bangalore and the one at mumbai!
ANd the only way i plan to make amends is by going to the MEgadeth concert at all costs…..
Still doesnt change the fact that I missed Maiden!
Godddamnit!

14. sahil - February 4, 2008

high five, akshay … join the i-missed-iron-maiden-for-the-second-time club 😐

15. kanishka - February 5, 2008

YOU LUCKY BUM!

here i am on the other side of the world. urghghhh

16. amatjaih - February 5, 2008

i’ve saw on youtube that janick took the H’s guitar solo section on Moonchild, phewww!!! .. and i can’t help to be more suspicious that he also taken H’s part on Rime Of The Ancient Mariner .. oh nooooooo!!! .. anybody can confirm on this matter?

p/s: sorry for my stinking english!!!

17. sporadicblogger - February 5, 2008

Akshay NR- Never mind 😛 You can catch them next time!

Sahil- *points at you and laughs* 😀

amatjaih- Hi! Sorry, I was too short and too far away from the stage to see who was playing what 😛 And poor Janick…if he doesn’t take a few solos what will he have to play on the pre-Janick-days songs?? 😛

PS- Your ‘stinking’ english is perfectly fine 🙂

18. sporadicblogger - February 5, 2008

Kanishka- They soon fly to that side of the world too…you must go, it’s totally worth it!!

19. kanishka - February 6, 2008

heh

the tickets were up for sale over the internet on the 11th of November, 2007.

somehow i dont think i’ll be able to get any now…

in any case they’re flying to LA and New Jersey and I cant really spare the time, exams and things are taking place…

20. sporadicblogger - February 6, 2008

kanishka- I sympathize, in that case 😉

21. wild iris - February 6, 2008

heeh….my brother is SO jealous 😀

22. Nishant - February 6, 2008

wow…nice nice.

23. Juan Jose - February 8, 2008

hey dudes maiden realy rules im from Costa Rica so i very thanksfully if u send me photos for te concer in India please send me somthing

24. sporadicblogger - February 8, 2008

Juan Jose- Hullo 🙂 Thanks for commenting. I’ll give you a link where photos are available-http://www.orkut.com/CommMsgs.aspx?cmm=38373166&tid=2581307299473474922&start=1

Hope that helps 🙂

25. Alejandra - February 9, 2008

I know that this concert is going to be one of the best of the history of music in my country costa rica… I cant wait to be there singing wasted years!!!!!!!!! Yeahhhh!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

26. sporadicblogger - February 9, 2008

Alejandra- I’m envious-you are yet to see Maiden! 😀 I don’t need to say have fun, ROCK your guts out, do I? 😀

27. Maiden_Chickx2 - May 17, 2008

OMG I CANT WAIT TO ROCK IN TWICKENHAM!!!!!

WOOT!!!!

FEAR OF THE DARK 😀

28. sporadicblogger - May 17, 2008

Maiden_Chickx2- Hello! And lucky you, you still have the show to look forward to 🙂

29. ian - February 10, 2009

done the respray on plane and still never got chance to meet bruce spent 5days putting all the decals on. eddie on the fin was fun to put on

30. sporadicblogger - February 22, 2009

ian- You worked on the plane?!!! 0_0!!!!!!

31. kishore - March 10, 2009

You really do know your maiden, don’t you.

32. sporadicblogger - March 11, 2009

A bit 🙂 I’ve been a fan since I was 14.

33. kishore - March 14, 2009

Nice. So i suppose you started out with bnw? Me started listening to them in 2005, Wicker man and ghost of the navigator blew me away. Frankly i don’t listen to any other metal. And there’s no turning back since:)

34. sporadicblogger - March 14, 2009

Yup, I began with BNW 😀 I know what you mean about not listening to other stuff, because for nearly a year and a half after I was accidentally gifted BNW, I heard NOTHING else 😀 I then bought TNOTB and slowly the collection grew 😛

I initially only listened to Maiden, but I’ve been experimenting with other bands for the past few years. I’m still partial to 80s metal, especially NWOBHM. Actually, I’m partial to British Rock 😛

35. kishore - March 14, 2009

Yeah i know. NW movement had a few bands that couldn’t sustain. Maiden did pretty well, i think they’re at their peak now, i mean take for example rime, it sounds so much louder now with janick in the lineup, than what we had in live after death. So you can imagine what seventh son could do with a sexy backdrop. Plus i think amolad is their best work lyrically. The fact that Bruce says different world is their weakest song in the album, yet one couln’t help screaming their lungs out when they opened with it. Even the period when Blaze took over( he did pretty well, it’s another thing that the fans didn’t like them), Virtual 11 is definitely not a weak album. Perhaps their only ‘not so good’ album was no prayer, but yet, it did pretty ok too:P. I could go on and on, but on another note, maiden buddies?:)

36. sporadicblogger - March 15, 2009

Kishore- Yeah, I would agree with you. Bruce’s vocals are getting better and better, and the Maiden sound is evolving to newer levels of awesomeness 🙂

Lyrically…hm, for me, I like SSOASS and BNW the best. AMOLAD, I prefer the music to the lyrics, except for some songs. DoD lyrics rock too 😀 I loved the Blaze albums, especially VXI which everybody hates 😛 But I guess if I had heard those albums when they had released, a part of my dislike would have stemmed from the fact that Blaze had taken Bruce’s place and that Maiden and Bruce had parted ways.

Yeah, sure 🙂

37. kishore - March 16, 2009

yeah that’s understandable, considering that Bruce felt DT did better than no prayer, and their follow up was not that good. Then Blaze came along, x factor couldn’t even hit the 1 million mark. He didn’t have the stage presence. PERIOD:)

38. sporadicblogger - March 18, 2009

Kishore- Yeah, true. His live singing SUCKS, I cringe everytime I hear ATSS live 🙂

39. kishore - March 18, 2009

Afraid to shoot strangers? Yeah it’s a pity they still don’t play that. I mean it could replace fear of the dark. And i’m fed up of number of the beast. Why can’t Bruce strike a deal and sing tears of the dragon or alchemist. Lol i know high hopes:P

40. kishore - March 18, 2009

P:S i hope Flight 666 plays in b’lore or something. And i wish someone would put it up a.s.a.p in torrentz

41. teddy1984 - March 2, 2012

His array was: the inharmony in relation with a dubitable oversized barrier. http://codaxe.com


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