White River Amphitheatre
June 22, 2010
By Charlene Tupper
You all know Iron Maiden, they are from Layton in East London and were formed on Christmas day in 1975 by bassist Steve Harris. And on June 22, this British heavy metal legend played the White River Amphitheatre in Seattle, Washington, which was filled with enthusiastic fans from the stage, all the way to the very edge of the lawn seating.
Steve Harris and Dave Murray are the longest standing members to this day along with the famous mascot “Eddie the Head” who appears also on almost all of their album covers. Iron Maiden has been around for 35 years now and have played over 2000 concerts in the US, India, Australia, Peru, Ecuador, New Zealand, Brazil, Europe, Japan, and many others. They have released a total of 30 albums as well, and sold over 100 million worldwide with almost no radio and television support. In case you didn’t know the phrase “Up the Irons”, it’s something used by fans as a greeting or a farewell to each other. Its often used in the bands disc liner notes.
It seemed that all ages attended the Maiden show, from young fans about the age of 11, maybe even younger, to the real die-hard 60+ fans. After this North American tour they will be heading over to Europe for some major festivals. Now in all fairness I have never really listened to Iron Maiden to any great extent, so this was my first show and I was excited about listening to these legends. But thankfully there were a couple of songs that even I knew the words for – like “Fear of the Dark” and “Number of the Beast". And I was not the only one; everyone in that audience knew every single word.
Bruce Dickinson(the singer) was non-stop running, full of energy on stage, and the crowds were just as energetic, bouncing up and down as they sang. I was happy to see and hear Iron Maiden for the first time, especially when they dedicated one of the songs to a good friend of theirs, Ronnie James Dio. Lighters were held high in honour of Dio. However, numerous die-hard fans of Iron Maiden, weren‘t pleased with the chosen songs for this tour, not a lot of their classics were played, and some fans even said the performance was of poor quality, and even “sloppy” at times. I talked to a fan that was so excited to see them and was going to get to listen to all his favourites, but he was pretty sad that their music on Tuesday night was not what he had expected. In fact after 4 songs he left to go home, he didn’t want the image of his idols diminished. He definitely wasn’t alone that night, which is too bad, because after all, there are metal fans, and then there are Iron Maiden fans. It was sad to see everyone heading to their vehicles, with disappointment.
Overall, my experience of the show was a pretty good one, for seeing them for the first time. They definitely have stage presence, and the fans still love them unconditionally, just hopefully, this isn’t Iron Maiden’s “Final Frontier.”