I bought these tickets with the understanding that we were not going to have a repeat of the Judas Priest concert of two years ago-where I ended up being the person he chose to take. While I like some of this genre of music, I don't LOVE it and 1) I am not a headbanger, 2) I don't dress like one and 3) I only recognize a couple songs from the group playing-and that is because my husband plays their CD's in the shower. But, guess what-my husband couldn't get one of his 2 friends to go (one of whom really wanted to, but 4 kids, a 4:30 am job and wife studying for exams = no go) -and wouldn't take my offer of introducing him to my friends fiance-a metal head---I got to be the proud holder of the second ticket again.
It was the typical scene-lots of black clothing...lots of hair...many more men than women (I walked right up to the body-pat search while my husband had to wait in a long line). Many of the women wore very little-some should have worn much, much more. There was a mix of ages-from 4/5~ish up to a couple I am pretty sure are retired/near retirement since Iron Maiden has been around forever...I saw fathers (and maybe one mother) passing on the Iron Maiden musical experience to their kids. I saw a few young kids (too young IMHO) on their own And (major kudos to these men) some fathers obviously there to chaperone their rocker pre-teens/eraly teens. These Dads were so NOT wanting to be there..obviously not even a little bit-but they were there because their sons wanted to go. (How to spot them? They are dressed in khaki's and dress shirts/golf shirts and have a uncomfortable looking young boy next to them).
So-all of this I noted prior to the opening act (Dream Theater-and in between acts. But in reality, these groups put on a good show-great voices, lots of movement and good set designs. I actually had a good time even if I recognized only 2 or 3 songs total. I took lots of pictures (but we were too far back for them to be great, even with a zoom) for my husband. He told me the basic pictures he wanted and I tried to accomodate him (I say try because the guy with the huge cast on one arm, a big head and a large uncasted arm holding an equally large cell phone kept getting in my shots. I took 3 videos and 120 pictures...so he will be very happy-I guess this means I have to edit them and scrapbook them or something.
My only complaint, other than the guy 3 rows ahead that blocked all my shots, is that the people on our left took over one of our seats when we stood-I literally had to stand in front of my husband the entire time-and he would reel me back in when I drifted in front of the boy on my right (sorry about that) trying to get a shot around the bighead/arm/cast guy. The couple next to us refused to move back to their seat area. Oh well.
In the end-my husband had a good time--which was the point of it being his birthday present... and don't tell him-given the choice- I would go to a metal concert any given day over a country concert.