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Last Wednesday Simon and I went to see The Stooges at the Royal Festival Hall as part of Meltdown. The support was Scout Niblett, a slightly eccentric female singer songwriter. She walked on wearing dark pink tights, a white skirt, a burgundy top and an orange high-vis vest with silver stripes. Her drummer was wearing a matching tshirt. There was only the two of them, with her on guitar, and for one song he left the stage and she sat at the drum kit, doing a few verses on the guitar and then a few on the drums. She was pretty good but mostly a bit wishy washy for my tastes, although I did like it when she got a bit rockier, reminding me of PJ Harvey.

The Stooges were great. They played loads of old stuff to start with - I Wanna Be Your Dog, 1970, Dirt, TV Eye, Loose, Down on the Street and then moved on to what I think was stuff from the new album, which I didn't enjoy as much but was still pretty good. There was the usual stage invitation invasion during No Fun, and Noel Fielding of the Mighty Boosh joined the invading hordes, slipping on water on his way off the stage. There were several old men on that stage with their shirts off who would have been better keeping them on, especially Iggy who is starting to look leathery and mummified and has a weird little pot belly on his otherwise wiry frame.

They really rocked though, especially ex-Minuteman Mike Watt, and Iggy went stage diving at one point. I did wonder if anyone's ever stage dived at the RFH before.

We also spotted Don Letts in the audience, and it turned out he was djing afterwards but we didn't hang around.

Last night we went to see Iron Maiden at Brixton. Unfortunately we missed the Indian support band Parikrama, but we did catch about half of Steve Harris's daughter's set (Lauren Harris). She seems talented enough but it didn't have enough bite.

Maiden were excellent, I'd definitely see them again. Bruce was running around and jumping all over the set and the show was spectacular. The first backdrop had Eddie in the trenches (the whole set was a WWI theme) and as the lights changed his eyes seemed to pulse red. They brought out a Beast with goat horns and glowing eyes for Number of the Beast and for Iron Maiden a huge tank rose from the back of the set, swiveled round so the gun was pointing into the audience and then Eddie emerged from the hatch. During the encore a ten foot Eddie was walking around the stage.

I didn't know many of the songs played but I still really enjoyed the show. I knew The Evil That Men Do, Iron Maiden and Two Minutes to Midnight, and I even sang along to Run to the Hills and Number of the Beast.

For me, going to a metal gig is a bit like being in church and not knowing which bits to stand up for, but I watched the others and was soon throwing the horns with the best of them. \m/ I'll definitely be going back next time they play a similar venue.
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