Iron Maiden opening night setlist in Hartford, CT

Iron Maiden opened their North American tour for A MATTER OF LIFE AND DEATH in Hartford, CT at the New England Dodge Music Center on Wednesday. The setlist included the following:

‘Different World’, ‘These Colours Don’t Run’, ‘Brighter Than A Thousand Suns’, ‘The Pilgrim’, ‘The Longest Day’, ‘Out Of The Shadows’, ‘The Reincarnation Of Benjamin Breeg’, ‘Greater Good Of God’, ‘Lord Of Light’, ‘The Legacy’, ‘Fear Of The Dark’, ‘Iron Maiden’. Encore: ‘2 Minutes To Midnight’, ‘The Evil That Men Do’ and ‘Hallowed Be Thy Name’

The band played the whole new album! That must have been amazing and boring at the same time. Amazing because the new album is really good and the songs probably come off well in the live arena. Boring because I’ll bet that most people in attendance haven’t picked up A MATTER OF LIFE AND DEATH. If I was there I probably would have expected 4 or 5 new songs and the rest of the set being more well-known. Give Maiden credit, they are willing to promote their new album. Many similar bands today don’t even bother with a new album.

Random thoughts

Today is the best day of the week… release Tuesday. Unfortunately, there is nothing coming out that really excites me. Sorry, let me rephrase that. There is nothing coming out at the local shop that excites me. I just got the weekly e-newsletter and there is no sighting of the new albums by Quiet Riot or Wolf. Looks like I’ll be ordering online tomorrow!

There is a big advertisement for the new Evanescence disc but they are old news and they weren’t that good anyway. I’ve heard better bands do the same type of female-fronted Metal: The Gathering, Within Temptation, Epica, Leaves’ Eyes, Lacuna Coil, Trail Of Tears, and Nightwish. I have the first Evanescence CD, it’s still wrapped in the cellophane, it was a gift.

The new UFO album, The Monkey Puzzle, has a slight “glitch”. During song #9, ‘Good Bye You’, there is a quick skip or cut-out. It lasts half a second so it’s annoying but tolerable. Just a little problem at the pressing plant. The band and their label, SPV, have been alerted and they are trying to solve the problem. The email I received this morning from the UFO website stated that if I returned the CD (sans inserts) and my sales receipt to the given address in Germany, a new “glitch-free” CD will be sent right away. The UFO album came out a couple of weeks ago, my receipt is long gone, looks like I’m out of luck.

My wife and I just bought a house. It’s a nice house, plenty of room for us and the two kids to grow into. Right now we are packing as our closing is at the end of the month and we have to be out of our apartment by November 1st. The biggest problem: How do we pack up all the CDs? After living here for seven years, my collection has easily doubled and it’s a pain to move them. You should see me try and move them when we rearrange furniture, it’s a major project. The CDs are the last thing to be moved and I won’t let anyone pack them or transfer them to the new house. Second problem: How do I store them at the new house? I have three natural wood cases that all stand over 6 ft. tall. They cost about $125 from a custom shop in Boston, MA. Very nice and economical. The underlying problem is that the master bedroom has slanted ceilings so nothing over 5’5″ will fit against the walls making my cases obsolete. The alternative is put them in our new living room but the wife has a problem with that. I have marital approval for new cases and I am looking hard at my dream storage units: Can-Am Cabinets. Extremely pricey though.

I listened to one of my favorite albums the other night, W.A.S.P. The Last Command. They were a good band back in the day but I find that their new material is boring. The Last Command was just straight up Hard Rock: sex, booze, Rock’n’Roll. The concept albums (The Crimson Idol, Neon God Pt. 1 & 2) bore me. Give me the straight up stuff like The Last Command and stop trying to be “intellectual”.

I read online somewhere that Great White is thinking of making a comeback with a new studio album and tour. With all that has happened since the Station Nightclub Fire in 2003, does anyone think the band should try and resurrect their career? I had some personal experiences with the fire, I wasn’t there but I was supposed to go. I have followed the story, the court cases, and supported the charities for the victims/families. As a regular at The Station, it was a truly horrifying tragedy, I haven’t really listened to Great White since. I think they SHOULD try and jump start their music career…..but I think that a decent portion of any profits from a new album oe tour should go to the victims and families.

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