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Seeing Iron Maiden live is the closest I get to religion.
Was that your first Tool show?It's about time I give out my little review from this past weekend when I went to a two-day festival in Chicago.
I ended up arriving later than I wanted to on Saturday due to the travel taking me a little bit longer than I expected, and also some difficulties I encountered with checking in to my hotel room, so I missed most of the earlier bands. It was raining fairly heavily during the day though, so I really didn't mind too much.
I still got there in time to get a pretty good spot on the floor for Meshuggah, and they really brought it. I'm not all that familiar with them, so I couldn't even tell you what songs they played, but the crowd was really in to it. In fact a mosh pit ended up forming right next to where I was standing! I moshed for a little bit for the hell of it, but got tired out pretty quickly so I just moved to the side of it and remained there for the rest of their set.
Ghost was up next, and they are always a really fun band to see live. They played for exactly 1 hour, which is obviously a lot less than they play for at their own shows, but was still enough time to see just about all of the essentials. It was nice that it was dark out when they went on, so that definitely added to the atmosphere of it all. They also had a bit of pyro and fireworks and stuff with their show, which was pretty cool and not something I recall seeing during any of the two previous times I had seen Ghost.
System of a Down was the headliner for the first night, and now I'm glad to say I can finally cross them off my bucket list. I really don't know what to say other than it was pretty fucking incredible. With how little they tour these days, and the fact that "creative differences" are keeping them from writing or recording new music, it does seem a lot like their time left together as a band is limited. They still sounded great on Saturday, and the energy in the crowd was incredible. And since most of their songs are pretty short in duration, they ended up playing like 30 songs. If I never have the chance to see them again, I'll be forever grateful that I got to experience them this one time.
After the first night me and my
buddyfriend grabbed some White Castle, went back to the hotel room, and pretty much just crashed.
The next day I got to the venue much earlier, and we ended up doing some heavy tailgating in the parking lot with the people parked next to us, so I ended up missing the first few bands again.
The first band that played when I finally staggered into the stadium was In This Moment, who I would describe as a slightly heavier version of Halestorm. They were ok I guess. I really don't remember much of them to be honest.
Gojira was up next, and I was pretty intoxicated when they started. I remember that they seemed to put on a really good show, but overall I just don't think they're my cup of tea. I wouldn't avoid seeing them again, but I'm not going to go out of my way to see them again either.
I somehow ended up in the VIP section, like four rows from the stage, for the next band which was The Cult. They sounded alright, but they were put in the unfortunate spot of being sandwiched between Gojira and Tool, so the crowd wasn't really all that into it. I liked a few of their songs, but overall I gotta say they were pretty unremarkable.
I ended up needing to piss and grab another beer, so unfortunately I wasn't able to keep my amazing spot for Tool. It didn't really matter though, because Tool is amazing no matter where you see them from. They are actually playing some brand new songs from their upcoming album too, so that alone makes seeing them completely worth it. The last 3 songs of the show,, was a closing sequence that's almost untoppable by any band ever.Jambi, Forty Six & 2, and Stinkfist
All in all, it was a pretty great weekend.
Big Raven Age fan I see.Aug 5 - Iron Maiden feat. Raven Age @ Bell Centre, Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Aug 24 - Iron Maiden feat. Raven Age @ Ruoff Home Mortgage Music Centre, Noblesville, Indiana, USA
Aug 31 - Iron Maiden feat. Raven Age @ Scotiabank Saddledome, Calgary, Alberta, Canada