Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Road Trip To Dallas For Iron Maiden Concert

Six days ago I took a road trip to Dallas with my best friend Tom and his son Chris to see Iron Maiden on the very first date of their new tour, The Final Frontier. Iron Maiden was one of the groups I have never seen and were at the top of my concert wish list and now I can mark them off of the list. Sadly, it's taken me this long to post about the concert because of work, the World Cup and my three year olds domination of the computer. The first video is on the way to Dallas and unfortunately we suffered from a gas situation.

After arriving in Dallas we got our hotel room and then went out for some barbecue. Since discretion is the better part of valor I won't say anything else about the barbecue place. After eating we went back to the hotel for a little bit and then went to the concert. Video 2 is before the concert so that we can see what the feeling was like in the auditorium.

Video 3 is after opening act Dream Theater played and our reaction to them. I didn't know that they were opening and while they are not a favorite of mine it was interesting to see them.

Video 4 is of the audience a few minutes before Iron Maiden took the stage and even though it's dark you can see how full the place is. According to the band there were 12,000 people in attendance.

Videos 5 & 6 show our thoughts after the concert is over and we went to get something to eat. After playing for quite some time Iron Maiden came out for their encore and finished that despite not having played Aces High, The Trooper, Run To The Hills, 2 Minutes To Midnight and a few other choice fan favorite songs. The lights stayed off for several minutes which made everyone think that we were going to be treated to a rare second encore but suddenly the lights came up and the roadies came out to start breaking down the equipment. It was a disappointing end to a great concert.

The next day we woke up slowly and finally checked out of the hotel and then made our way to a restaurant called Chuys (pronounced Cheweys) to have some good Tex-Mex lunch before driving back to Tulsa. They had a really cool gray t-shirt for the restaurant that featured a skull that I liked and would have bought if it hadn't been for Tom bogarting his way in front of me to take the last XL that they had in that design. But that's okay because he knows someone who is going to Dallas this week and they're going to pick up a shirt for me so it ends well.

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