Concert Review: Within Temptation and Iron Maiden

October 26th, 2022 by Liz Kosik

by Aaliyah Smith-Bradley ’24

The opener for Iron Maiden was amazing and really energized the audience. Within Temptation is a Dutch metal band founded in 1996. The main vocalist, Sharon den Adel, has the most beautiful voice and an amazing stage presence. Within Temptation performed their most popular songs such as “Faster”, “Don’t Pray for Me” and “Angels”. If you have not heard any songs by Within Temptation and like Iron Maiden, you will for sure love them! With an amazing start to the concert, Within Temptation really hyped up the crowd for Iron Maiden.

At the start of the Iron Maiden concert, they teased the audience with a video of the game “Ed Hunter”. Ed Hunter is a video game with the bands mascot, Eddie, as a character in the game. After that showing, the audience was even more ready to see the amazing Iron Maiden.

Now for me, I love metal and was so excited to see Iron Maiden. After waiting in the pouring rain for an hour, I was so thrilled to see them finally start. Iron Maiden is known for having amazing sets and amazing concerts, but nothing could have prepared me for what I saw. I knew this concert was going to be phenomenal but when I saw a giant Eddie come out and start to battle the lead singer, I knew this was going to be an unforgettable night.

Bruce Dickson, currently 64, was an amazing performer. His voice sounded the same as he did in 1981 (so I was told by some of the fellow concert goers around me). Janick Gers, one of the main guitarists, was absolutely tearing up that guitar. He played so beautifully and even at the end of the show started to swing around his guitar and let some audience members touch it! Nicko McBrain, the drummer, also played a little with the audience by throwing drumsticks and drum covers into the pit! I was unfortunate to not be able to catch one of the projectiles. David Murray, another guitarist, and a founder of the band also gave an amazing performance by playing the most complicated guitar riffs I have ever heard. And finally, Steve Harris, the bassist who looked like he was having the time of his life on stage also gave it his all!

Iron Maiden played their most popular songs such as “Trooper”, “Fear the Dark” and “The Number of the Beast”. Each album that they played a song from, they changed their set to look like the album cover. There was a giant demonic Eddie head, a lifesize airplane and a huge angel that all hung from the ceiling. Bruce Dickson even had a flame thrower and shot off fireworks on the stage! It was a night you just had to be there. I am so grateful to be able to see one of the most influential and biggest metal bands to ever exist! I felt like metal is not as big as it was in the 1980s, but it was amazing to see metalheads of all races, gender, and age to come and enjoy Iron Maiden.

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