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Iron Maiden dropped an energy bomb in Plovdiv

Mihail Georgiev |

Iron Maiden dropped an energy bomb in Plovdiv

Late afternoon Sunday, a sea of people with black t-shirts flooded the Rowing Base in Plovdiv. Men and women of all ages flocked there from all over Bulgaria to listen to and see the concert of the rock giants of Iron Maiden. For many this was their child dream-come-true, for the rest – just a chance to have the live experience with the legends, whose fame never sets.

In the last night of the Hills of Rock festival in Plovdiv (Bulgaria's second largest city) at least 10 busses from Greece, thousands of people from Macedonia, Turkey, Russia, Serbia and the UK were there. There were people with Scottish quilts, too. The people could hardly recognise the presence of National Assembly chairwoman Tsveta Karayancheva and the mayor of Plovdiv Ivan Totev – both also wearing fan-shirts. Totev was the one who met the band at Plovdiv Airport earlier that day, and Karayancheva shared on Facebook photos of her obtaining autographs from band members, especially from vocalist Bruce Dickinson.

The official entrance was not big enough to let the avalanche of fans, so the organisers had to open a second gate. The state of euphoria was so high that nobody even saw the runways that are part of the sports facility. Nor anyone paid attention to the flood rain that poured from the sky for about 15 minutes.

At exactly 9 pm the voice of Winston Churchill started coming out of the loudspeakers, and the audience heard his famous speech from June 18 1940, when he announced the beginning of the Battle of Britain, which sounded a short time before the capitulation of France in World War II.

"Even though large tracts of Europe and many old and famous States have fallen or may fall into the grip of the Gestapo and all the odious apparatus of Nazi rule, we shall not flag or fail. We shall go on to the end. We shall fight in France, we shall fight on the seas and oceans, we shall fight with growing confidence and growing strength in the air, we shall defend our island, whatever the cost may be. We shall fight on the beaches, we shall fight on the landing grounds, we shall fight in the fields and in the streets, we shall fight in the hills; we shall never surrender..."

The eyes of the thousands of people saw the flight of the gun-fire-spewing Spitfire planes and the first guitar riffs of Aces High started thrashing the air. 25 000-strong audience applauded Bruce Dickinson, who jumped to the stage with a pilot hat and shouted: „Scream for me, Plovdiv!" Iron Maiden often start their concerts with Aces High and Dickinson himself is a civil aviation pilot.

The "stories" Steve Harris, Dave Murray, Adrian Smith, Niko McBrain, Yanick Gers and Bruce Dickinson tell, followed one after another. The British musicians, idols of three generations, did not spear themselves to the end, and their energy on the stage was equal to the one of nuclear generator – powering the audience all the time.


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