The concert was at the TT-circuit in Assen. This is the first time ever a big concert has been held there, and the organisation was great! It’s also a good place to hold a concert; it’s paved, very comfortable, and all 25.000 tickets were sold out, but it didn’t seem like we were in such a huge crowd! Another very good thing about the concert being in Assen is that it is only 20 minutes drive! What luxury! A great concert in our backyard!
Iron Maiden had a great stage, Eddie in different guises, and a good light-show, and lots of pyrotechnics.
the special guests each had their own backdrops.
We were a bit late (my fault entirely) but as it turned out that got us a great parkingspace, and the first band was already playing as we arrived at the actual concert area. The whole thing started at 16.30,there were three guest-bands, more like a miniature festival!
About the photos: As the tickets said, camera’s strictly forbidden. Ridiculous of course, given that you can’t even buy a mobile phone nowadays without a camera. Anyway, I was paranoia enough to be scared of having my trusty digital camera impounded, so I brought some discardable camera’s. Hence the sixties look of the photo’s. And guess what? Of course everybody else was carrying their digital camera’s !
Big ones too.
Now I am a close on six foot (1 meter 78), and you people from the rest of the world might think that’s enough height to get a fairly reasonably good view of the stage? Well, duuhhh, forget it! Éverybody in the Netherlands is six foot or taller! Bugger!!!
This is my view without standing on my toes!
I liked Kamelot better as Within Temptation, I had never heard them before, a pleasant surprise.
After listening to Kamelot, we went to have some dinner at one of the many foodstalls, in the end we opted for a simple bag of french fries and a drink. We then tried to get a nice place for Within Temptation.
We had to wait for nearly an hour until Maiden came on, but decided to stick at our spot because it was getting really crowded. At ten to nine they started! 😀
As it happened we were quite in front, but right next to a mosh-pit, luckily with one row of people in front of us as a buffer. Now I noticed in the last daylight how it may look quite violent, but I could see all the guys smiling and looking happy. And you can forgive them. But why did this dude have to drop his leg on my head????
I have been screaming singing along most of the songs, but my vocal-cords didn’t suffer the next day 🙂 Oh, and yes, I do wear earplugs at concerts.
Eh, to the hardrock concerts, not to the opera.
It is a great relief to get these great quality screens, you go for the music, but it is always good to be seeing a bit of the performance as well 😀
The backdrops changed to the different albums they played. The title of the tour is ”Somewhere back in time”, this tour they only played old songs from their first albums, next year they will tour with their new album. Hopefully at Assen too! Everybody was very pleased with the venue and the organisation!
Eddie himself showed up!
The weather, só reliable to be unreliable in the Netherlands, was perfect! Not too cold, clear skies, and most important: not raining!!! To top a perfect concert off, during the last songs a partial eclipse of the moon took place!
It was behind us, and the singer, Bruce Dickinson, had a good look at the eclipse in progress he was impressed by it, commented on it a few times, and assured us they hadn’t planned it!
At a quarter to eleven the concert was over and we walked back to our parking spot, with a near total eclipse in front of us, and we were so lucky to be parked at a spot from which we were able to get off the grounds very quickly! I heard today that some acquaintance of my friend had been stuck for over two hours! Everybody was mega polite giving each other space, and although we had been prepared spending a long time waiting in line to leave, we were off in under fifteen minutes! I dropped off my friend, and was at home myself at twelve o’clock!
A couple of clips from youtube, really bad quality of course, only for the die-hards!
Mostly for myself really…
”Aces high”: The very beginning of the concert, gives a nice feeling how it was to be part of it! We were standing to the front and left of the person who recorded this
”Powerslave”, reasonable sound, one of my favorite maiden-songs. It still sounds very different from the real thing though, or was that because of the earplugs? 🙂
”Fear of the Dark”: the whole audience sings the chorus of this one! Bruce Dickinson points at the eclipse!
”We must love all things that God made”
A bit from ”the Ancient Mariner”
”Hallowed be thy name” the very last song!