Picking up where part 3 left off, Birdman, Jason, and myself keep rambling about our favorite shows of 2017 with the second-heaviest shows we saw all year!
Birdman – #2: Iron Maiden and Ghost at the Prudential Center
Birdman: Second for me was Iron Maiden and Ghost In Newark.
Jason: Dude, you stole my two!
Anthony: That was my number one.
Jason: I caught ’em at night one at Barclays. Your thoughts on Ghost?
Birdman: Ghost sounded really good in that stadium. Especially with an opener like Square Hammer.
Anthony: Ghost put on a great opening set even if Papa looked like a Tim Burton reject this time around.
Jason: They were okay. I at least heard a wrestling theme live for the first time. Square Hammer was done for one of the NXT Takeover events.
Birdman: That’s basically every ghost show, right? Papa Emeritus and then the other guy as a singer.
Anthony: It’s crazy how ‘Maiden still sound so spot-on live.
Jason: This was also a first time for something show. First time I caught ‘Maiden.
Birdman: Yeah. So you know how the trooper is an overplayed song? It Sounded so fresh live.
Anthony: My second time. And still blown away.
Anthony: “The Trooper” and “Number of the Beast” kind of need to be played.
Jason: Those two are definite staples.
Birdman: Didn’t like how most of the set was from Book of Souls. But I got to hear “Children of the Damned.”
Jason: “Fear of the Dark” I was happy with. It was the only ‘Maiden song I moshed to, which happens to be my all-time fave.
Anthony: Another stellar track. I liked Book of Souls, actually.
Jason: Yeah, I still like that album.
Birdman: And of course, I filmed my favorite metal song “Number of the Beast” being played live.
Anthony: Glad to hear “Blood Brothers” love too.
Jason: “Blood Brothers” was epic live at Barclays.
Anthony: I hope I get to hear “Flash of the Blade” live one day.
Jason: “Rainmaker” for me. Especially given I’m a Kazuchika Okada fan (Japanese rasslin’ related).
Birdman: Hopefully one day I’ll hear more Paul Dianno era songs sung by Bruce.
Jason: But overall the setlist was a good mix between the classics and newer stuff. War epics, namely “Paschendale” and “Longest Day” need to be played one day.
Anthony: So It’s time for my number two, and I have the cliche of including this every time, but whatever.
Anthony: #2 – Maryland Death Fest (Saturday)
Jason: Two words: Insect Warfare
Birdman: Oh, people would not shut up about that set.
Jason: That was my number one. That set was fucking violent.
Birdman: So were they the most violent band you’ve ever seen?
Jason: Not exactly. At the fest, yes, plus they sounded so good live. That day had a lot of treats in general, though.
Jason: It featured a pretty strong back to back with ANB (Agoraphobic Nosebleed) and IW.
Anthony – I skipped ANB for Root, who were just magic at that fest.
Jason: Thanks to return to the pit, I was pretty well documented for ANB.
Anthony: Let’s not forget Grave and Exhumed’s sets. Uada did great too
Jason: Exhumed were great.
Birdman: This fest is becoming a world phenomenon now. Did you hear Quebec Death Fest will debut next year?
Jason: Yeah I heard
Anthony: What also made the day so good happened before the bands. We ate at this place called “Dick’s Last Resort.”
Jason: Oh yeah, I heard of that place.
Birdman: Does it feature ice cream and hookers?
Anthony: It has great crab cakes and the employees insult you as they serve you and act trashy and obnoxious. It was hilarious.
Anthony: We said we were there for the fest so he kept making jokes like “should I say it in tongues?”
Anthony: I’d say the best non-Saturday shows though we’re Gost, Sargiest and Autopsy.
Jason: Gost were great. They got me into synthwave for the latter half of 2017. Chepang and Organ Dealer who played on Friday were pretty violent.
Anthony: Best was seeing people moshing and awkwardly dancing.
Jason: Can’t handle the synth?
Birdman: Do Autopsy have a mostly old-school set? They have so much output since reuniting.
Anthony: Yes. They played a bit of everything, though. It’s always cool to see a drummer sing too.
Jason: They played a lot of stuff after the first two albums, I believe.
Anthony: As for Sunday, Terrorizer were great. They played all of World Downfall and it was intense.
Jason – PLF was some fun violence. Wish there was more of that in Iron Lung.