On the Saturday we travelled out on the tube to Twickenham stadium for the main reason for our trip to London: to see Iron Maiden (see my previous blog posting ‘Maiden Scotland and Geal-charn Mor‘).
This was Iron Maiden’s first UK stadium concert (and mine too), and the only UK venue in their current world tour. The concert wasn’t quite a sell-out, but almost. The whole day out to Twickenham was a real event, well-organised with a lively crowd, and the stadium itself had loads of bars and places to get food.
Iron Maiden put on a great show, with pyrotechnics and stage props galore, and Bruce Dickinson delivered a typically operatic performance with costume changes, plenty of crowd banter and running around the stage like a madman and of course, trademark screaming vocals.
The only thing that spoiled the day for me a bit was the the quality of the sound in the stadium – you can never expect fantastic sound quality at a stadium concert but this was so poor I couldn’t get into the beat of the music (no headbanging for me) and sometimes the sound was such a mush of noise that I couldn’t even tell what song was being played. Despite this it was a great event, and an action-packed trip to London (we also managed to fit in visits to the British Museum and National Gallery).
You can see some photos from the day on my website here.