I was surprised at the reaction of the crowd to Airbourne, most starting acts I've seen have been welcomed with either boredom or contempt, but they managed to get the whole place rocking, and managed a few major cheers just for them (although bigging up the main act is always going to be a cheer-generator).
They played two of my favorites, Diamond in the Rough and No Way But The Hard Way,and were excellent, full of energy. See a couple of clips further down. I was having camera issues, so excuse the first set of images, they do get better!
See the setlist here: http://www.setlist.fm/setlist/airbourne/2011/manchester-evening-news-arena-manchester-england-3bd0a4bc.html
Iron Maiden were amazing. I don't actually know their material very well, so I only recognized a few like Coming Home, Dance of Death, Blood Brothers, but it has left me wanting to know it all better!
Bruce Dickinson was an amazing sight, so much energy, and his voice is just incredible.
Eddie made an appearance of course, in two guises, both of which are shown in the clips further down. I didn't get the first Eddie as an image, he was too quick! But the big Eddie was just fantastic. And I loved it when the devil made a big appearance. They were theatrical touches without ruining the performance.
Bruce also address the arena a lot, and talked to those up in the nose-bleed seats. At the end he also got some glasses and a hat from some of the audience and clowned around with them a little.
The set was amazing, a mix of Alien and The Thing, brilliant! You could certainly imagine they were on a distant planet terraforming.
The whole band appeared to be on top form, and made it a very entertaining evening. And despite the 'satanic' badge, like Judas Priest, there was no swearing, no 'off' gestures, and lots of kids in the audience. Go 'Maiden!
See the set list here: http://www.setlist.fm/setlist/iron-maiden/2011/manchester-evening-news-arena-manchester-england-33d0a4bd.html
Iron Maiden (in no particular order, clips are near the bottom!)
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