Sunday, February 15, 2009

Up the Irons !

The Crowd.
Imagine peoples who live in those highrise apartments could just watch the concert from their balconies. But nothing beats the atmosphere of the Crowd

The Ambience of peoples who were about to rock !

I just could not describe more how excited I was to see one of the godfathers of heavy metal/rock i.e Iron Maiden. I have been listening to their songs since I was in Form 3 and finally I got to see them performing live ! What a great experience, considering that these rockers are already at their 50-ish and they may not be performing again. Also for the record, that was my first attendance to an international outdoor concert (as oppose to local small concert/gigs in pub/stadium).

The show started at 8.00pm. So at 5.45pm I drove to the Dubai Media City Amphitheater alone from International City. My friend Irwan told me that he will park beside Hard Rock Cafe and walk to the venue. So I drove to Sheikh Zayed Road and was looking for an exit to Hard Rock Cafe from Sheik Zayed Road. But it was not as simple as I thought it should be. To make matter worst I missed the exit to the Cafe and from that point onward began my journey of finding the right turn/ U-turn/exit road for about an hour and ended up passing byHard Rock Cafe 3 times but still in the wrong road. Finally I parked my car at a road side in front of a hotel and to my surprise the entrance gate to the amphitheater was right behind the hotel. Cool # 1!

After I passed the entrance gate, I followed a crowd of people swarming a booth. It was an official Iron Maiden merchandise booth and they got a lot of tour merchandises on sale such as t-shirts, caps, wallets, posters and Belgrade show vcd. Fantastic offer! and I jumped in the queue and bought myself a tour t-shirt for AED80. It was a good price compared to the stock Iron Maiden t-shirts sold in Virgin Music store which are priced AED150 each. Cool # 2 !

The stage that night was opened by Lauren Harris and her band. She is none other than the daughter of my two-fingering idol Mr Steve Harris. She flared up the mood of the chilly night with her 80's styled heavy metal songs of her Calm Before The Storm album. The bassist and the guitarist were already donning tight fit jean and t-shirt with glam rock hair style. They really complement the greater aura of Eddie and did a good job of warming up the crowd who were about to rock that night. Being a young artist she constantly promoted the band's official myspace at I reminded myself that in the future if Lauren Harris become legendary rocker like her father, at least I could tell my son that I have seen her act back in 2009. Cool # 3 !

Lauren Harris and band members

Iron Maiden appeared on stage sharp at 9.15pm. They played on the Winston Churchill's speech and blasted the stage with pyro flare and the song Aces High. I was amazzed with Bruce Dickinson's high pitched vocal and the band's overall sound quality which sounded exactly like in their records. But how can they don't, that was the mighty Iron Maiden I was looking at.

Kaboom ! at the end of Winston Churchill's speech

2 rockers having fun with fingers sign

Irwan and Shajil - thrilled rockers that night

Throughout the show, I just could not leave my eyes from Steve Harris's fingers running on his bass. I listened attentively to the picking, the rest, the tone and I was really flabbergasted with the consistency of it all when compared with the sounds in their album. And about the two fingers gallop technique, I think it was three fingers gallop technique which I saw that night. I liked Steve Harris's classic style of aiming his bass guitar like a gun to the audience and tumm ..tumm... fuhhh I really got shot by him.

Mr Dickinson and his leather scales trousers

It was like a live karaoke session with the audience and singer on stage, when peoples sang together with Bruce throughout the show. There was no sign of complacency or jaded attitude on each of the band members and they really worked hard in giving the best entertainment to their fans. I was thrilled to think that I had karaoke-d Fear of the Dark, Hallowed Be Thy Name and Number of the Beast with Mr Bruce Dickinson himself accompanied with live music by Adrian Smith, Steve Harris, Nicko McBrain, Dave Murray and Janick Gers. Well, thanks for the karaoke session guys ! chehh..hehe. Cool # 3 weiii

Double head guitar playing by Dave Murray

The stage and the crew during the song Rhyme of the Ancient Mariner
(Bruce dedicated the song to the ancient seafarers who came to Dubai for trade)

When the band stopped playing and threw out their drum sticks and guitar picks peoples started to scream for more songs and and chanted "Maiden".."Maiden...I thought it was the end of the show, but my friend who has seen them before, told me it was a standard Iron Maiden gimmick. So after 3 minutes the stage light lit up again with spotlights and pyro and they continued with Number of the Beast and Run to the Hills. The song Number of the Beast reminded me of Jae'i of Sil-Khannaz.

Eddie made a cameo during the Iron Maiden song

The concert ended with the most anticipated cameo of Bro Eddie whilst the Band was playing Iron Maiden. Peoples screamed for his name and some hot chicks fans screamed "I love you Eddie!!". Wow you were so loved Eddie ! I just stared at that group of hot chicks and waited (almost prayed, actually) for their next "move" but they didn't do it. If you know what I meant ..hehehe

In conclusion, it was worth every fils and dirham for the ticket. At last, I had seen The Iron Maiden. yahooooo

Rock music should be gross, that's the fun of it. It gets up and drops its trousers.

Bruce Dickinson


Anonymous said...

caya la long! ...thanx 4 sharing ur experience. we in malaysia will just make do with boyzone, take that, blue & god forbid nkotb concerts. while the arabs!? wtf! have iron maiden, metallica, sepultura ...waaaaaaaaaaa!

Jumper said...

I'm not really a big fan of Iron Maiden; but it's good to see that you & the gang have had such a BIG fun out there...Isn't it just amazing how these old dudes rock like they don't age at all?? And your good writing does justice to the great event. It's worth every fils and dirham spent, ha ha ha ...that's a funny justification.
Have a nice day....

mutakalim said...

Long, teringat pulak lagu hollowed by thy named yg kita slalu jem dan performed kat gig dulu. Terkenang semasa dulu, (bernostalgia pulak)susah gak nak pastikan dpt bawak lagu betul2 sbb smua orang tahu kalau tersilap. Dlm part lead/solo gitar, aku rase lebih mudah main lagu Maze Of Torment (morbid angel) sebab sampai part solo, aku hemtam kromo je... muahahaha.. Anyway, i really apreciate reading this N3.

Dewangga Sakti said...

Cis tak ajak!
ha ha
dulu solo hallowed be thy name tu syah main sebijik mcm Iron Maiden apa! ha ha

Anonymous said...

Hoi! Tak adil! Tak adil!!!! Mana bule tgk Iron Maiden kat Dubai!!! Suruh dorang buat kat Malaysia lagi lah...

HERMZZ said...


Dorang baru ja jamming sama aku di Kuching. Haaa.. aku malas bagi tau kau nanti kau ajak Cohong.

cohong gym said...

Tersangat la untungnya kau ada kat Dubai dan dapat tengok consert Iron Maiden. Kitaorang kat sini sekadar tengok consert Rihanna je, itupun dah cancel hahahaha.

Siut, jamm tak ajak aku.

HERMZZ said...

Aik, konsert Rihanna kena cancel ke? Mesti Cohong tengah frust menonggeng ni.

Sssssh... jangan kasi tau, Konsert tu pindah kat belakang umah aku. best woo.. banyak chix

Lyana Mauseth said...


TQ for visiting my blog...yes i recognised u too..the campus was not that big and I was everywhere those days...muka i bersepah merata2 haha...

i tak pernah pegi concert...lagilah concert mcm ni kalau i pegi dewagga sakti punya show, that will be my first :D

apa u buat kat dubai tu?

Anonymous said...

ye ke man? patut la dia kata ada sorang mamat sarawak tu main gitar siap buli ada chord H minor! Power siot!!! Ko rupanya..aku ingat Toha sorang je yg tau chord H minor!

HERMZZ said...


Bukan setakat H minor. H aug # minor pun aku buli buat. XWYGH Aug# flat pun aku kasi taruk sekali

cohong gym said...

hahahahaahaa tu pasal la cancel. Dia nak nyanyi kat belakang rumah kau rupanya.

Takkan belajar main gitar sorang-sorang je. Aku pun nak belajar gak. errrr macam mana nak main chord H minor?

Syamsulfaiz said...

Aku pun tak sangka kat Dubai ni boleh tengok ramai artis2 antarabangsa dan band2 metal. Kerajaan diorang memang open minded betul. Pasal takde politik kut. Ikut je cakap raja.

We had fun that night. I thought when I moved to Arab country I will never see metal bands again. I was completely mistaken.

Shah & Zoy,
Seriously bila dengar Hallowed Be Thy Name malam tu, aku teringat kat Shah. Those were the days yeah..Cryptic Malediction rules !!

Bulan depan ada lagi Desert Rock Festival. Yahoo..

HERMZZ and cohong,
Cohong tak minat Rihanna, dia minat bodyguard Rihanna tu wahaha

Dewangga sakti sangat mengalukan kedatangan anda ke konsert mereka. Bila nak balik Malaysia? I kerja jadi lawyer kat Dubai ni. Kalau singgah Dubai calling2 la. +971505708084

tamlikha said...

woi, jeles tahap gaban aku ko dpt nengok bruce dgn konco2nye, itu lagu hallowed be thy name mmg very nostalgic, ....... i'm 'waiding' in my cold cell.......hahahhaha...nak nampakkan ke'english'an nye kena la 'waiding' instead of 'waiting'....kenangan cryptic di masa lalu...

cohong gym said...

Bodyguard Rihanna pompuan sexy wooo. korang jangan jeles hahahhaha

Nanti kalau kau pegi the desert rock festival, jangan lupa courierkan unta padang pasir. aku nak buat business jual bulu unta.

aku terasa bahang ke orang putihan kau. tu baru baca tulisan je. kalau dengar kau bercakap, mesti berabok hahahahahha

edi_mini said...


Alif Lam said...

cohong frust sebab konsert inul cancel utk kesekian kalinye..

hmm.. masa sekolah dulu ingatkan iron maiden ni ada kena2 dengan mamak maidin dari penang!!??

Lyana Mauseth said...


i will keep your number as my stepson kata dia nak apply keja di dubai...kalau i pegi blh calling caling :D

i will go back to malaysia on the 3rd mac...tak lama lagi dah...and insyallah i will drag my husband to see Dewangga Sakti :D

TayadihMaysia said...


Nikmatilah hari-hari bertuah dalam hidup anda! Cis!


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