Who needs Download when Maiden Scotland are in town? Certainly not the the army of Metal Maiden’s who came down to witness one hell of a show! They were supported by Vantage Point – a four-piece metal band from Edinburgh – who did an excellent job of warming up the crowd with a very classic [...]
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Who needs Download when Maiden Scotland are in town? Certainly not the the army of Metal Maiden’s who came down to witness one hell of a show!
They were supported by Vantage Point – a four-piece metal band from Edinburgh – who did an excellent job of warming up the crowd with a very classic heavy metal sound. And you could tell there was a huge amount of mutual respect between both bands as Martin (voice of Maiden Scotland) joined them on-stage for their second last song, ’24 Hour breakdown’.
With a lot of tribute bands you can normally hear some obvious discrepancies compared to the real deal – particularly where the vocals are concerned – but if you close your eyes you could almost hear Bruce Dickinson himself. Hardly surprising then that they’re hailed as the UK’s Best Iron Maiden Tribute Band.
This year marks the 30th Anniversary of Iron Maiden’s mammoth album ‘Number Of The Beast’ (released 1982) so of course it was the main topic of the night and Maiden Scotland performed a good few tracks off the album, including the lesser known B-side track of ‘Run to The Hills’ called ‘Total Eclipse’, which to be honest is a damn good song itself. In fact, Steve Harris of Iron Maiden had this to say after they decided to ‘Gangland’ on the album instead of ‘Total Eclipse’:
“We just chose the wrong track as the B-side. I think if ‘Total Eclipse’ had been on the album instead of ‘Gangland’ it would have been far better.”
Clearly the recent warm weather has drained a lot of people as around half the crowd were rather “subdued” for the first half a dozen songs or so, but along came ‘The Trooper’ – featuring guest guitarist Stuart Mitchell – to get them all marching to the Metal Maiden beat. From then on the whole crowd were well into it and the atmosphere went through the roof!
As well as a number of ‘Number Of The Beast’ tracks the guys also performed other favourites such as ‘Fear Of The Dark’, ’2 Minutes To Midnight’ and ‘Wasted Years’. All in all it was an awesome night for everyone who attended.
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Have a look at the pics below and see if you can spot the guitar changes (and the guitarist switch-over)…
Posted June 11, 2012 by LJ