Saturday, April 2, 2016

Iron Maiden - Madison Square Garden, NYC - March 30, 2016

There's something special about Iron Maiden pre-show festivities when they play Madison Sqaure Garden in New York City and this past Wednesday, March 30, 2016 was no different.



Including myself, we had five of our crew coming down, catching the 3:54 out of Poughkeepsie and arriving at Grand Central Station a little before six.  The train was packed by the time it rolled in and it appeared at least half the passengers who got off were headed over to the Garden.  We decided to walk because the weather was perfect.



We usually hit up the Blarney Rock, but thought about checking out Stout right next door as there was going to be a big crew of the M3 gang there, but it was overly packed and the Rock still had a little breathing room at that point and only a two person deep wait at the bar.  I shall have to wait a few more weeks to drink merrily with my M3 friends down in Maryland.



The jukebox was playing non stop Maiden and as the drinks flowed the sing a longs grew louder. Here's a little "Flight of Icarus" for your listening non-pleasure:

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I think there's so few Metal bands left that are big enough to play the Garden (Hell who's left?  Sabbath just did their last two there...other than Maiden, probably just Metallica who hasn't played there since 2009), that when one comes to town, everyone wants to celebrate.  



You share stories of past shows, talk about hopes for that night's set list and raise your pints and sing some more in unison.  Here's a little "Run To The Hills" to make your eardrums bleed (I promise this is the last one...but yes I have a few more).  I apologize as deciding if I want to keep the camera vertical or horizontal during the length of the recording evidently becomes a major challenge after a few Guinness.

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We decided to head in about 8:15 so we had time to hit the merchandise booth and to our dismay, all the shirts made specifically for this particular show were already sold out.  I heard it featured the Statue of Liberty (and of course Eddie) and was super cool.  Oh well, next time perhaps perhaps one less drink/song at the bar.



Maiden came on at about 8:45 or 8:50 and honestly I've seen at least a dozen write-ups of the show already so I'll be brief and just share my photos and video I took of "Iron Maiden" which ended the main set.  



For my tastes it was a little too much new album when so many classics were left off the set, but I knew this going in and honestly that's pretty typical for Maiden when they are promoting a new album - they like to play the new stuff like any band does.  



The classics we did get were great and some cool deep cuts that hadn't been played in decades like "Children of the Damned" and "Powerslave" were excellent additions on this tour.



The stage show was killer.  Multiple different Eddie appearances.  The musicianship was amazing.  Bruce's voice was fantastic.  



The set was basically just about 2 hours and was made up of these songs:

If Eternity Should Fail
Speed of Light
Children of the Damned
Tears of a Clown
The Red and the Black
The Trooper
Powerslave
Death or Glory
The Book of Souls
Hallowed Be Thy Name
Fear of the Dark
Iron Maiden (Video Below)



Encore:
Number of the Beast
Blood Brothers
Wasted Years



















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