Maiden UniteD, Live At The Boerderij Zoetermeer, 19 December 2015

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Maiden UniteD are an acoustic tribute to the band Iron Maiden. When I reviewed their latest album Remembrance I was really impressed how this band turned the powerful metal tracks into lovely acoustic songs. This would be the first time I would see this band live. I didn’t know what to expect and how this band would perform live on stage. The back of the stage was nicely decorated with big banners and the stage itself was filled with instruments and amplifiers. When the band entered the stage they started with the track Strange World, a great track. After playing the track Charlotte The Harlot Damian Wilson introduced the band in short to the audience. Jonas Pap and Camilla van der Kooij were only on stage when they had to play.

Damian is such an enthusiastic man, he really loves to perform on stage. He’s interacting and entertaining the audience and also the band members with his humour and stories. He also left the stage from time to time to meet up with some people who attended the venue. Damian asked the audience to sing along with the well-known track Two Minutes To Midnight. The crowd was a bit shy at first but not much later a lot of people sang along with the track. There was a group of young men loudly cheering and clapping continuously. Nothing wrong with cheering and clapping of course, but those guys kept on cheering and clapping during the softer parts of the music, which is very unnecessary and even disturbing. Damian noticed the guys, left the stage and walked towards them. He greeted them, introduced himself to the guys and asked politely if they wanted to be calm during the songs and that they can cheer and clap as loud as they want in between tracks. The guys kept their word and were quiet during the rest of the set.

When the band started to play The Trooper Damian left the stage again and sang the song while he was standing in the middle of the crowd, which was a big surprise for the audience. After The Trooper Damian introduced Marcela Bovio when she entered the stage. She started to sing Sun And Steel along with Damian. After Sun And Steel they started to sing Aces High, one of my favourite Iron Maiden tracks. Before the band started to play The Evil That Men Do Jonas and Camilla came back on stage. Die With Your Boots On was the last track of the set. While the band left the stage Mike Coolen stayed behind his drum kit and gave away a short drum solo. The audience really enjoyed it and gave away a big cheer.

Joey Bruers was the first member who came back on stage before the encore and held a speech. He also told that Leon den Engelsen established a special fundraiser for refugees in Greece and that he will bring the collected money in person. People still had the chance to donate some money after the show. During the encore every band member had their own solo moment. During those moments the members got a more comprehensive introduction from Damian. When the band left the stage the song Always Look On The Bright Side Of Life from Monty Python got played, which made the audience laugh.

It was a fantastic gig. The music was acoustic but the performance of the band members was fantastic and wonderful to watch. These musicians know how to put a lot of good energy in an acoustic setup. They also enjoyed to play on stage, made some jokes and know how to entertain the audience. I hope this band will continue performing as Maiden UniteD, or maybe even consider to do turn other fantastic rock and metal songs into lovely acoustic tracks!

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Maiden UniteD are:

Leon den Engelsen – Hammond

Joey Bruers – Bass Guitar

Marcela Bovio – Vocals

Damian Wilson – Vocals

Ruud Jolie – Guitar

Mike Coolen – Drums & Percussion

Camilla van der Kooij – Violin

Jonas Pap – Cello

Huub van Loon – Keyboards

 

Setlist:

Strange World

Charlotte the Harlot

2 Minutes to Midnight

Remember Tomorrow

Futureal

Children of the Damned

22 Acacia Avenue

Revelations

The Trooper

Sun and Steel

Aces High

The Evil That Men Do

Die With Your Boots On

 

Encore:

To Tame a Land

Wasted Years

http://www.maidenunited.com/

My concert review on Background Magazine:

http://backgroundmagazine.nl/Gigreviews/20151219MaidenUnited.html

All photos by me.

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