Thursday, October 26, 2006

A Matter of Drinking and Moron

My buddy Seth went to see Iron Maiden at the Nassau Coliseum on Long Island (a show that someone very kindly recorded and posted on YouTube for all to enjoy) the night before I did, so (of course) we compared notes about the shows and thoughts on the tour as a whole. Although we focused mainly on Maiden’s choice to play A Matter of Life and Death in its entirety for the first 2/3rds of the show, Seth mentioned that there was one really drunk guy who spent most of the show yelling for Maiden to play “Phantom of the Opera.” Unfortunately for him, “Phantom of the Opera” wasn’t in the cards that night and he went home disappointed…but the reason why I remark on Mr. Drunk Guy at all was that there was someone behind me at the Continental Airlines Arena (northern New Jersey) show who was clearly very drunk and spent the whole show yelling for Maiden to play, you guessed it: “Phantom of the Opera.”

Now, for those of you unfamiliar with the geography, Long Island and northern New Jersey aren’t that far apart, so the same guy could have gone to both shows (it’s certainly something I’ve done before). What hilarious about this situation, of course, is that Maiden is playing the same set list for the whole tour…and anyone who follows the band closely (which would definitely include anyone who knows the Iron Maiden back catalog enough to yell for “Phantom of the freakin Opera”) would know that before going to the shows. If it was the same guy (and we’ll assume for the sake of amusement that it was), he went to the Long Island show, got so wasted that he forgot the next day that Maiden only played five “classic” tunes and then went to the NJ show that night, drunk off his ass, expecting them to play “Phantom.” People amuse the hell out of me sometimes.

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