Tuesday, February 23, 2010 @ 11:44 PM
First US Tour in 17th years!
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The first and last time I saw Paul Di'anno was at the Whisky with his band "Killers" in 1992 as well as a few years prior at the Concrete Foundations Forum. Tonight was a nice treat after a few delays and legal issues in the past thats kept him from performing in the US. Local band Ninth Circle opened up followed by Icarus Witch from Pittsburgh who incidently are also Pauls backing band on this tour. They're pretty solid in their own right and played a full set of melodic metal before the big "part 2" later on.
Once Paul took the stage from the opening song "Wrathchild" (which started out a little rusty) to the encore of "Iron Maiden" the set was fairly solid and smoothed out for the rest of the night.
High marks for the dual leads, the bottom end,etc although at times the tempos were turned up a notch up from the actual original versions. A hardcore Maiden purist would frown on that but all things considered it worked.
Brixton is located in Redondo Beach right on the pier and has had quite a few great rock shows in the past and tonight was no different. A fairly decent turnout on a wed considering the location.
Di'anno may not look like he did during his Maiden tenure, but the voice was there (most of the time) as some of those high notes were a bit trying (which he admits) especially when he delievered some "death metal" style growls every once in a while during parts of those classic Maiden songs...which to me was all wrong coming out of HIM. That needs to stop (my 2 cents)
So...all in all it was totally worth it to see the singer who was on two of the most legendary metal albums of all time live in concert.
3. Marshall Lockjaw
4. Murders In The Rue Morgue
5. The Beast Arises
6. Children Of Madness
7. Faith Healer (A GREAT cover!)
8. A Song For You
9. The Ides Of March
11. Phantom of the Opera
12. Running Free Encore:
14. Iron Maiden
Remaining Di'anno US dates:
Feb 23 2010 Bushwakers Denver, Colorado
Feb 25 2010 Reggies Rock Club Chicago, Illinois
Feb 26 2010 Rock N Roll Tavern Toleno, Illinois
Feb 27 2010 Emerald Theatre Mt. Clemens, Michigan
Feb 28 2010 Station 4 St. Paul, Minnesota