If you would like to read about MORC Day 1 (with Killer Dwarfs and Lynch Mob) click here.
We all slept well after getting back to the hotel and the last of us was up and ready to go by around the crack of noon on Sunday. Two things were on our mind before we started thinking about that night's Monster of Rock Cruise party at the Magic City Casino - food and Iron Maiden.
Iron Maiden's airplane, "Ed Force One", was all over the local news as it had landed at the Fort Lauderdale airport a day or two before as Maiden arrived to kick off their World Tour in Florida. Would it be cool to see the plane in person? Hell yeah..but where to go to eat first?
Well Iron Maiden drummer Nicko McBrain happens to have a restaurant about 40 minutes away in Coconut Creek called Rock n Roll Ribs. We piled in the car and got on our way.
We arrived to find we had just missed Nicko by about 10 minutes, he headed off to play some golf. We also found out that the previous day the whole band stopped in (with the exception of Bruce Dickinson). Man it would have been cool to meet Nicko, but what can you do. Let's head inside.
Rock n Roll Ribs is a small restaurant but jam packed with an amazing array of Iron Maiden memorabilia including one of Nicko's drum kits.
The staff was super friendly and the food...wow! This is a place that could draw every metal head around no matter what the food tastes like, but man...I've had some delicious barbeque around the country and I'm going to say it. These were the best BBQ ribs I've ever had. Just thinking about it now has my mouth watering and the sides were fantastic too. I can't recommend it enough.
Here's some photos of the memorabilia:
Filled up and feeling like continuing the adventure, we headed to the Fort Lauderdale airport. As we approached we wondered how in the hell we were going to put eyes on the plane, but as we approached the exit we saw it far in the distance in a private parking area.
There was no where to stop on the highway and it was all the way on the other side of the airport, so we got off the exit and just started heading around the side of the airport. We suddenly caught another glimpse of it through some trees and we were about as close as we could get without being on the grounds and luckily, the airport has a long narrow park / running path along that side with a small parking lot.
We parked, got out, walked about a half mile down the path back the way we came to our best vantage point and with the help of my zoom lens I got these shots. Pretty damn cool!
Who knew this would probably end up being a relatively rare site on this tour as it was just announced how the plane was badly damaged in South America a couple of days ago. Luckily Maiden said they worked out a contingency plan and the tour will continue with no cancelled shows. I'll be seeing them at Madison Square Garden in about two weeks and yes, I'll have photos and a review of the show.
We had a couple of hours to kill before that night's party was to begin with doors opening at 4:30pm, so we used the Vinyl District app and found a good local used record store. I didn't find anything, but my buddies each got a few things. It was a great day checking out Florida and now it was time to head back to Magic City Casino in time to catch opening act Paradise Kitty.
Paradise Kitty, a Guns n Roses tribute band, was a great way to start the night and they put on a fantastic show. They are made up of vocalist Jenna Syde, guitarist Priscila Barr, guest guitarist Courtney Cox, bassist Nichole McCumsey and drummer Rachael Rine.
They played a kick ass set of GnR (and one Aerosmith) tunes:
- Night Train
- It's So Easy
- Outta Get Me
- Mr. Brownstone
- Welcome to the Jungle
- Mama Kin (although Think About You was on the setlist)
- Rocket Queen
- Paradise City (video below)
Awesome band doing great renditions of these tunes that had everyone singing along throughout the whole set. As you can see in the video, they invited all the female rockers in the audience that wanted to join them up on stage for the finale.
Their humorous setlist:
After a short break where once again beer runs went on, the amazing D-A-D took the stage. You can find that full review, photos and video by clicking here. Part 2 of Day 2 continues by clicking here.
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