Sweden, Stockholm – Friends Arena 2013

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Friends Arena, Stockholm
Rating 8/10

The Stockholm experience was great once again. The Friends Arena was massive. The show itself wasn`t the best Maiden show I`ve seen. The sound in the huge arena was never the best and the show never reached the magic of some other shows. Nevertheless- it was still an epic experience!! It was my last show on this tour, which is a bit sad. Bring on the next album tour in 2014??
Here are photos from the show

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Poland, Gdansk – Ergo Arena 2013

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Concert rating 10/10.
13 000 – Sold out

I arrived in Gdansk the day before the show. I met friends from Norway. We did some sightseing and had beers and food all day.
Next day I went to the arena alone about 6 am. I talked to some nice polish people for some time and then we made our way into the golden circle. We were quite late so  I was standing right in front of the sound desk to the right. During the intro tapes the crowd were really up for it I and already at this stage hoped for something special. When the show blasted into Moonchild, the sound were really good from the start where I was standing. Bruce sounded good and I could hear everything loud and clear. The Hamburg show was a bit shaky from the beginning I thought and the sound was not that great. After some songs it came clear that Bruce had one of those nights too. By that I mean “capable of anything vocalwise”. The difficult parts in The Prisoner, SSOASS and Aces High were amazing. The slow parts in ATST also. Listen to Aces High
But the highlight was once again SSOASS. The midsection was like nothing I`ve witnessed in a concert before.  Only Bercy 2008 was as great as this show. If Stockholm gets anywhere close to this I`m satisfied.

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Germany, Hamburg – O2 World 2013

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Photo from the Iron Maiden facebook profile.

Rating 8/10
11 000 – Sold out

This being my first concert on the Maiden England Tour, I had high expectation. The tour does also feature some of my favorite Maiden tracks from the album Seventh Son Of A Seventh Son.
I was joined on the trip by mate Jørn- thanks for being a great travelling mate!!
We arrived in Hamburg at noon ant it was HOT. About 35 degrees. We had a few cold beers before checking into the Renaissance hotel in Neustad. Nice hotel.
Before we were going to Hard Rock Cafe at the harbour for a preparty we met to englishmen, father and son, from Yorkshire. They joined us on the way and we had a great time right up to the concert. Burgers and beer on the roof of the Hard Rock Cafe building. We had fun and talked about meeting later in Norway next time?
We arrived at the O2 World Arena about 7.30 PM. It was a great atmosphare in the area.

After the intro tapes and some goosebumps..the show kicked off with Moonchild. The sound was a bit poor in the start. But like in all Maiden shows it always get better and so it was here too. The crowd, 12 000 and sold out, was great and added to the experience. We had a lot of fun in the first row in the seated area to the right from the stage. It was like being in the standing area but also being a half meter above the rest at the floor..
Highlight for med was, Afraid To Shoot Strangers, Seventh Son, Phantom Of The Opera, The Prisoner and Aces High. The crowd also was on fire during crowd pleasers such as The Trooper, Wasted Years and Run To The Hills. Adrians new take on the guitarsolos in Wasted Years and The Prisoner is really great. I miss Infinite Dreams though in the setlist. I guess I`ll never get to see this track live..

The next day we visited a biergarten and the St. Pauli area. We had Schwein Knuckle a bit too late in the evening.. Reperbahn is a bit hyped and overrated, isn`t it..Overall Hamburg was a very nice city, and would love to go back next time!