This is a continuation of an interview with a group of young adults that traveled from Tampa to Miami to experience Iron Maiden for the first time ever live in concert.
This is what the oldest of the fellows had to say:
“The road to our destination was going to be long and tedious, that much I knew. For this reason, my brother, and friend and I made sure to make way to Miami for the Iron Maiden concert at a reasonably early time, and so we decided to leave at noon. While on our way, we listened to a few Dream Theater albums, to increase our hype levels I suppose. When we got hungry, we stopped at a Taco Bell to fill ourselves. Rather nasty looking for a Taco Bell, though, but enough about that. We soon rolled back on the road, continuing to listen to Dream Theater. The journey to Miami left us abruptly slowing down at times, due to traffic and whatnot, but despite all these obstacles, we eventually made it to BB&T Center, two hours early I might add.
To pass the time, we wandered around a nearby mall, which was part outdoor and part indoor. We passed a bar which blared Iron Maiden music, which wasn’t surprising considering that, well, the band was going to be playing very soon and very nearby. The trip to the mall was quite interesting. Lots of food parlors, and clothing stores, electronic stores, even a small LEGO store, which the three of us explored without question, with LEGO being a very significant milestone in our childhoods.
As time drew nearer and nearer to the concert’s opening, we left the mall and took the walk over to the large building where the band would be playing. The line waiting at the entrance was prolonged, more like a mob than a line. Though our tickets read that Iron Maiden would be playing at 7:50 PM (though they did not start until much later thankfully), it was not until eight that we finally managed to squeeze into the building, after nearly two hours of exhausting waiting. Finding our seats was not particularly easy either, as we found ourselves wandering in circles and into dead ends, and the workers were not exactly helpful either. Eventually, after going through aggravation, we found our section, and after getting some snacks, we sat down and waited for Iron Maiden to play.
Then, they began.
While I am actually not that knowledgeable when it comes to Iron Maiden’s discography, what I DID know is that they brought energy and a lot of it. Everyone was cheering, rising out of the chairs, clapping. While I did not cheer along with them, my brother and my friend both did. Good things come to an end eventually, and the concert was no different. When Iron Maiden finished their set, we walked back to where we parked the car, and began the long way back home, though due to an empty interstate, it took overall less time to get back.
All in all, while I probably wouldn’t choose to travel so far away for a concert, the next time I go to a show, it will be a bit closer to home. The whole experience in my opinion, however, was very fun, and if Iron Maiden comes to Florida again, then I’ll consider attending another of their concerts, especially if they play a lot closer to where I live.”