The day has finally come!!!

Yeah that’s right, it’s the day that I get to see Iron Maiden live in Cardiff again, it’s been a long wait, but it has finally arrived, Maiden only tour every three or sometimes more years, so it’s always something special when they do. Not only Iron Maiden, but Trivium, another band that I like, and also Steve Harris’ daughter Lauren will be a second support for Maiden, which should be interesting to see what direction she has taken musically, although I believe it’s more pop rock than anything, it’ll be interesting to see how she goes down!

The weekend that has just passed has been pretty uneventful generally, spent a lot of time at home, apart from a trip to Voodoo Lounge on Saturday to see the bands and also keep on eye on the guest engineer making sure no damage was done to the PA system. Apart from having a brief word with the engineer about keeping an eye of the clip indicators as the system was clipping hard with every “kick” beat, the sound was good all night apart from being unnecessarily loud in my opinion, but the system could handle it, so I was happy enough, even if my ears weren’t so happy with the volume levels, so I took refuge in the DJ box and played with the lighting rig, shame the lighting controller is so convoluted, it would be good to have a proper lighting desk to control the lights to suit the stage action!

Finally football stuff, Plymouth Argyle managed to grind out a 1- 0 win against league strugglers Hull, who doggedly resisted the Argyle pressure until 20 minutes before the end of the game. Plymouth ran rampant over the Yorkshire team during the first half, but the second half was a more even affair, but Plymouth edged out Hull overall and claimed the rewards in the 71st minute. Sylvan Ebanks-Blake was the difference maker drilling a shot in from the edge of the 18 yard box to defeat Boaz Myhill. Hull’s Stephen McPhee did give Plymouth a scare late on forcing Luke McCormick into action to deny Hull a point. This game moves Plymouth up one place in the league to 10th still four points off Stoke City, who also won over the weekend and 10 points off league leaders Birmingham City who beat the Pilgrims 3 – 0 last weekend; if the Greens can get their act together, a play-off place is still possible, but that was dealt a blow against Hull as skipper Paul Wotton was stretchered off with suspected knee ligament damage which could leave Wotton out for some time, which is a disaster as he is such an influential player; the team will certainly miss his leadership!

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