Last week I was visiting Maastricht, Holland, and together with a couple of friends we decided to do what we had not done at age 15 and now the occasion was offered.
Iron Maiden, the legendary heavy group led by Bruce Dickinson and Steve Harris, were going through their revival tour of Assen and we didn't want to miss the opportunity.
We get in the car and cross Holland almost entirely. Maastricht is separated by about 300 kilometers of monotonous country green and flat with Assen. The towns and the green fields follow each other through a comfortable highway as well as a multitude of McDonalds with their drive thru, as if they were Medas restaurants in Spain, every few kilometers.
We arrived in Assen. A town in the north of Holland that is once again a charming town with little houses competing to see who has the most careful garden in the neighborhood. Sometimes that perfection makes me nervous.
The concert took place in the famous motorcycle circuit of Assen and after leaving things in the only hotel we found through search engines, we headed there.
Among those attending the concert, we expected to find an average age of forty, most of them with their long hair as big sideburns, that is, something like a congregation of imitators to the Scorpions singer. Nothing is further from reality, we find many heavies of yesteryear swarming around and wearing their jeans with their Eddie patches as a treasure. The average age was effectively in his forties and it was curious to see couples with their children starting them in the heavy metal of the eighties.
The concert deserved the sixty euros we paid and much more. The group has recently reunited and played to have fun and have fun. The newest song in the repertoire was Fear of the Dark and from the year 92 backwards delighted all the nostalgic metal of the eighties for three good hours.
After the concert, we took a bus that left us in Assen. In the same center there are a whole series of bars with rock music that guitar lovers will not leave dissatisfied. Although the center of Assen is relatively small, there is a good variety of bars and venues where you can listen to good music and have drinks. As a snack, there is a place where they prepare hamburgers and also offer a fast food vending box with sausages and other plethoric cholesterol elements available to the hungry drinker.
At three o'clock a little more we found open and with the taxi we headed to the hotel dead for throwing ourselves on the bed.