Movie – Iron Maiden: Flight 666

I caught the highly entertaining Iron Maiden documentary last night, and realized I’ve been taking this legendary band for granted for a very long time. I first discovered them in high school, when Piece of Mind was released and was a somewhat rabid fan for a few years, then left them behind to follow my sometimes unfortunate changes in musical taste.

Iron Maiden: Flight 666 brought it all back. The reasons I liked Maiden in the first place are all still firmly in place – the music, which blasted through The Neptune (inspiring much head-bobbing) and the men behind the music who are front and center in this film. Maiden’s truly dedicated fans are captured in a way all of us can relate to and I wish I had been at any/all of the shows that were made possible by the band’s ingenuity and awesome customized Boeing 757, Ed Force One.

I knew Bruce Dickinson piloted the band, crew and equipment, and am not sure why, but I loved seeing him in his ‘pilot suit’, complete with tie, in the cockpit or checking the plane pre-flight. Given the distances flown and the tight show schedule, I have no idea how he had the energy to pull it all off. By the end of the film, The Neptune felt a little bit like a venue, as the audience was applauding at the end of songs and broke out in cheers as the credits started to roll.

Pictured is Maiden fan Norm, who has seen the band live several times, first in 2000. He was unable to choose a favorite song, saying it changes day-to-day. Even without the marquee, there would have been no doubt about the subject matter of the film, as Iron Maiden shirts were sported by every third or fourth person in line.

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I’ve never seen Iron Maiden live, and before viewing Flight 666, had no desire to, but I’ll be there, next chance I get.

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The Redwood Plan – Get ready for two shows this weekend!

I adore The Redwood Plan and was already amped to see them this Saturday at High Dive, but it appears we get a 2-fer – they also play this Sunday at The Crocodile with Ida Maria in what is listed on the still-fresh Croc’s calendar as a free show. Nice!

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Show Preview: Ferraby Lionheart @ Chop Suey – Tuesday, April 21

Ferraby Lionheart plays tomorrow, April 21st at Chop Suey. My introduction to Lionheart was seeing him open for Richard Hawley at one of the former Crocodile’s last shows in December 07 and realizing he, along with Hawley, has a voice to die for. His songs are just exquisite and ones I actually listen to, often.

Ferraby Lionheart – photo by Dagmar

Gallery of Lionheart @ the Crocodile

– Show is all-ages & $10 ADV/$12 DOS.

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Slacking off on Record Store Day

My first stop on my favorite holiday was Cellophane Square on the Ave where I plucked a few CDs from the dollar bins.

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After lunch, I headed to Ballard, where Sonic Boom’s sidewalk was full of enterprising young rockers from the School of Rock Music who silk-screened a t-shirt for me with half a heart charm-style. If you visited both Sonic Boom locations, you could complete the image. Check out School of Rock’s schedule of shows.

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Sonic Boom was bustling inside and out. I was completely unsurprised when chronic music devourer Matt Brown suddenly appeared at my side. He made an excellent purchase for a lucky teenager and disappeared into the warm spring day.

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One of the CDs I bought was Say Hi’s Oohs & Aahs. They played a great in-store set – are a treat to see live.

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Last year I caught four in-stores, but this Record Store Day, Say Hi was all I could manage. As much as I wanted to stroll the aisles at Easy Street Records’ Queen Anne store and catch Moondoggies’ set, I needed to rest at home and prepare for the show at the Blue Moon, from which I’m still recovering.

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Blue Moon 75th Anniversary Photos: We Wrote the Book on Connectors, A Gun That Shoots Knives & junkface

We Wrote the Book on Connectors, A Gun That Shoots Knives and junkface played spectacular sets last night at the Blue Moon for the bar’s 75th Anniversary. I had heard of Portland’s junkface but this was my first time seeing them – they’re a band to keep a close eye on.

And the guys from AGTSK proved some people can look good dressed in garbage. Who knew? I’m feeling a little on the woozy side after seeing two bands in a row pump out so much fog from the fog machine but it feels worth it.

Thank you to the Blue Moon & Sound on the Sound for hosting the party.


A Gun That Shoots Knives – photo by Amelia


We Wrote the Book on Connectors – photo by Dagmar


A Gun That Shoots Knives – photo by Amelia


We Wrote the Book on Connectors – photo by Dagmar


We Wrote the Book on Connectors – photo by Dagmar


A Gun That Shoots Knives – photo by Amelia


A Gun That Shoots Knives – photo by Dagmar


We Wrote the Book on Connectors – photo by Amelia


We Wrote the Book on Connectors – photo by Amelia


A Gun That Shoots Knives – photo by Dagmar


We Wrote the Book on Connectors – photo by Amelia


Junkface – photo by Amelia


A Gun That Shoots Knives – photo by Dagmar


A Gun That Shoots Knives – photo by Dagmar


Junkface – photo by Amelia


Junkface – photo by Dagmar


Junkface – photo by Amelia


Junkface – photo by Dagmar


Guess Who? – photo by Amelia


Birthday at the Bar – photo by Dagmar

Amelia has photos up in our flickr pool & her flickr. As always I am still working on mine.

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