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Por Priscila Roque
O Iron Maiden fez sua estreia por aqui durante a primeira edição do Rock in Rio, em 1985. Nos anos seguintes, somam-se 29 apresentações em oito turnês diferentes – e uma repetida – agendadas pelo Brasil. Agora, a banda volta para mais três shows, sendo um deles no Rock in Rio V, completando sua décima vez no País.
O SaraivaConteúdo conversou com o jornalista Benjamin Back, que esteve em todas as turnês brasileiras da banda, e com o fã Gustavo Scuderi Vieira, que assistiu a 14 shows do Iron Maiden, metade deles em terras brasileiras, para relembrar momentos de cada uma dessas passagens.
1. WORLD SLAVERY TOUR (1985)
Rock in Rio I
Mais de 300 mil pessoas no primeiro dia de Rock in Rio, com Iron Maiden.
Benjamin. Lembro que o Bruce pegou uma guitarra e começou a girar. Ela, então, escapou e abriu o supercílio dele. Todo mundo achava que era efeito especial, e ele continuou o show assim mesmo.
2. FEAR OF THE DARK TOUR (1992)
Rio de Janeiro, São Paulo e Porto Alegre
A banda trouxe a penúltima série de shows antes da saída de Bruce Dickinson. É nesse disco que está o clássico “Fear of the Dark”.
Benjamin. Somente vou cantar o que tenho na memória: “Ô oooooô… I am a man who walks alone/And when I’m walking a dark road…”. Comemoro essa música até hoje como se fosse um gol.
3. THE X FACTOUR (1996)
São Paulo, Curitiba e Rio de Janeiro
Pela primeira vez, o Iron Maiden mostrava ao Brasil seu novo vocalista: Blaze Bayley.
Benjamin. Substituir um dos cinco maiores vocalistas da história, com muito carisma e presença de palco, é complicado.
Gustavo. Apesar de a maioria dos fãs não gostarem da fase com o Blaze, tenho ótimas recordações. Ninguém pode reclamar que o cara não ajudou o Maiden a permanecer vivo após a saída do Bruce.
4. VIRTUAL XI TOUR (1998)
Rio de Janeiro, São Paulo e Curitiba
Blaze Bayley dividia opiniões sobre as performances do Iron Maiden.
Gustavo. Apesar de ele ser considerado um dos álbuns mais fracos da banda, tem, sim, bons momentos, principalmente “The Clansman” – que, para mim, foi o ponto alto da noite em São Paulo.
5. BRAVE NEW WORLD TOUR (2001)
Rock in Rio III
A turnê marcou a volta de Bruce Dickinson à banda.
Benjamin. Foi uma coisa surreal. Mais de 200 mil pessoas pulando… Parecia uma banda de moleques fazendo seu primeiro show, com muito gás. Histórico.
6. DANCE OF DEATH TOUR (2004)
Rio de Janeiro e São Paulo
Com quase 30 anos de estrada, os ingleses lotaram o Claro Hall e Estádio do Pacaembu.
Gustavo. O ponto alto foi quando eles tocaram uma de suas únicas baladas, a maravilhosa “Journeyman”. Não é sempre que se pode vê-los tocando algo acústico, o que tornou tudo ainda mais bonito.
Gustavo minutos antes de subir ao palco do Iron Maiden, durante a Somewhere Back in Time Tour
7. SOMEWHERE BACK IN TIME TOUR (2008)
São Paulo, Curitiba e Porto Alegre
Benjamin. Quando vi o palco, um filme passou na minha cabeça. Com 15 anos, a minha mãe estava desesperada com a minha ida ao Rock in Rio. Agora, [sou] casado, pai de dois moleques e indo novamente como se tivesse os mesmos 15 anos.
Gustavo. Eu já estava ansioso porque veria muitos dos meus clássicos favoritos. Porém, o meu melhor amigo ganhou uma promoção para duas pessoas subirem no palco durante “Heaven Can Wait”! Quando chegou o momento, eu não acreditava que estava ali, junto com meus ídolos e meu melhor amigo, em frente aos fãs alucinados aplaudindo a gente!
8. SOMEWHERE BACK IN TIME TOUR (2009)
Manaus, Rio de Janeiro, São Paulo, Belo Horizonte, Brasília e Recife
Com o sucesso, os ingleses retornaram com a Somewhere Back in Time Tour.
Gustavo. Foi lindo ver headbangers cruzando o Sambódromo, como se fosse um desfile de Metal. Em Interlagos, o ponto alto foi o profissionalismo e o respeito da banda pelos fãs, essencial para evitar uma catástrofe. A organização foi péssima.
Benjamin com Steve Harris no backstage da The Final Frontier Tour
9. THE FINAL FRONTIER TOUR (2011)
São Paulo, Rio de Janeiro, Brasília, Belém, Recife e Curitiba
Esse álbum levou o grupo para 36 países, com 98 apresentações – sete delas no Brasil.
Benjamin. Um amigo me deu uma credencial. Como eu também tinha tido o prazer de jogar futebol com eles na ocasião, o Steve Harris não aguentava mais me ver. Aonde ele ia, eu ia atrás. No show de SP, tirei foto com o cara de novo. Durante o show, quando tocou “The Trooper”, achei que ia morrer.
10. MAIDEN ENGLAND TOUR (2013)
Rock in Rio V, São Paulo e Curitiba
Mais um retorno ao passado, com músicas baseadas em um show de 1988.
Gustavo. Eu vi shows dessa turnê no Canadá e na Alemanha. Espero que no Brasil seja o mesmo setlist, principalmente com “The Prisoner” e “Seventh Son of a Seventh Son”, e que a banda leve a pirotecnia, pois oferece um toque todo especial ao show. E, claro, o Eddie, que aparece segurando um feto que solta fogo pela cabeça!
Nota: Não sei se alguém percebeu, mas a foto é do show de Toronto da Maiden England 2012, e não da Somewhere Back In Time Tour em São Paulo em 2008. Eu pensei em corrigir a foto, mas achei melhor deixar assim mesmo, afinal, não se pode sair assim alterando as notícias, não é? A foto que deveria estar ali é essa aqui, só pra constar… Na foto de Toronto não tem aquele monte de prédios “bonitos” no fundo e nem a sensacional placa da Suvinil, hahaha!
De qualquer forma, gostei bastante de ser entrevistado pra essa matéria. Ficou um resumo bem legal de todas as tours da Donzela de Ferro pelo Brasil, e principalmente dos shows que eu fui!
UP THE IRONS!
E três anos de Canadá! (Agora sim o post completo!)
Foi no dia 1 de Setembro de 2010, mesmo dia em que meu Todo-Poderoso Timão completava 100 anos de história, que pisei pela primeira vez em terras canadenses… Tanta coisa já aconteceu desde então, muitas das quais devidamente registradas nesse blog! E para celebrar esses três anos tão agradáveis, celebramos da melhor forma que podíamos nas últimas semanas…
Barrie, Wasaga Beach & Scenic Caves
Passamos um fim de semana bem legal na região dos “cottages” de Ontario. Ficamos hospedados em Barrie, uma cidade relativamente grande e cheia de bons restaurantes como o Moose Winooski’s, onde saboreamos um dos melhores hamburgers que já comi aqui no Canadá; e o Houston Avenue Bar & Grill.
No sábado, aproveitamos o dia todo na maior praia de água doce do mundo, chamada Wasaga Beach. O tempo estava perfeito, com muito sol, mas nada daquele calor que incomoda… E a água muito limpinha, na temperature ideal. Pena que foi só por um dia, mas que eu volto lá em outro verão é certeza!
E no domingo, passamos o dia nas Scenic Caves em Collingwood. O passeio é recomendado pra quem já está pela região… Não vale a pena fazer um bate-volta só pra isso! E se você for pra lá, é OBRIGATÓRIO fazer a Thunderbird Twin Zip Line, como podem ver no video que fiz na nossa vez!
FanExpo Toronto 2013
Não sou nerd de virar a noite no computador ou ficar jogando RPG até explodir a cabeça de sono e cansaço, longe disso… Mas que eu curto muita coisa do universo Sci-Fi, séries, filmes de terror e Heavy Metal desde pequeno, isso nem preciso dizer! E não existe lugar melhor pra quem gosta de tudo isso e é nerd de verdade do que a FanExpo de Toronto. Foi o primeiro evento desse tipo na minha vida, e gostei bastante apesar do preço meio salgado pra entrar. De qualquer forma, valeu a pena por várias coisas:
1- Participar do painel de perguntas e respostas com boat parte do cast da melhor série de todoso os tempos, The Walking Dead! Estavam lá Steven Yeun (Glenn), Laurie Holden (Andrea), Norman Reedus (Daryl), e o mestre Michael Rooker (Merle). O cara entra, e a primeira coisa que fala é “Where’s the whiskey?” Sensacional!
2- Todas as miniaturas, bonecos, fantasias, action figures, estátuas etc. dos mais variados temas, principalmente zumbis, heróis da Marvel e Star Wars.
3- Meu mais novo action figure do Eddie! Dessa vez achei um especial do Killers lançado pela McFarlane Toys em Maio de 2002. Quero ver se alguém tem esse!
4- Minha camiseta especial The Walking Dixons. Essa também é coisa fina!
Rock Allegiance Tour 2013
E numa 2a feira à noite, um festival sensacional com Airbourne, All That Remains, HIM e Volbeat! O Airbourne me surpreendeu, tenho escutado bastante essa banda australiana, mas ao vivo foram ainda melhores, principalmente o vocal que deve tomar uns 20 litros de cachaça antes de cada show, só pode ser… Destaque pro solo que ele fez em cima do balcão do bar! Pra quem não conhece, sugiro ESSE som e ESSE aqui. O All That Remains nem vi direito… O HIM foi bom pra quem curte, mas fuderam com o horário do Volbeat, que mesmo assim foi animal pra variar só um pouco! O show terminou depois da uma da manhã, but who cares?
Pra encerrar as comemorações, um passeio pelas Toronto Islands! Até praia de nudismo tem lá, mas aí pra participar da festa do cabide lá é outra história…
E quanto aos 103 anos do meu Corinthians, acho que as melhores palavras pra descrever essa história tão linda são aquelas acompanhadas de música, as mesmas que a Fiel canta toda vez que o Timão entra em campo… Essas palavras AQUI!
This is the last post of a trip that happened over 2 months ago… I know it took me a while to write about all the cities and countries we visited, but it’s summertime here and I have no time to stay home in front of the computer! So let’s start with Prague and then go to the German cities… Just a quick summary of each city, as I have other things to do!
PRAGUE (CZECH REPUBLIC)
Lots of rain, floods, no boat rides, no sun at all… Seeing such a pleasant city as Prague in those conditions was really sad. The Vltava River was too high, muddy, many restaurants by the river were closed due to the water levels, and there was nothing left for the average tourist to do but walk around the city to visit some other main attractions like the Charles Bridge, the Old Town, the St. Vitus Cathedral or the Castle District. However, if you’re not an average tourist and the weather is a piece of sh*t in Prague, here are some suggestions: visiting the Lennon Wall, having a beer by “train” at the Výtopna Restaurant, and especially visiting the insane KGB Muzeum. There are lots of cool things at this museum, for example the pack of cigarettes that is actually a gun and the metal beetle used to snort cocaine by its antennas!
I’ll be honest with you: we were not in Frankfurt because of its attractions… It’s kind of a boring city compared to the other places we visited… We were there for a much better reason: SCREAM FOR ME, FRANKFURT! SCREEEEAAAAAAAM FOR MEEEEEE, FRANKFUUUUUURT! This was my fourth Maiden England concert, and it might not have been the best one (Toronto was a billion times better!) but it was amazing anyway! The best part of this concert was having such a good old friend by our side. I can’t remember how many Maiden gigs we’ve been together so far… And check out the video from my favorite song from this tour: THE PRISONER! “I’m not a number, I’m a free man!”
Another day/night with good friends, and a visit to the awesome BMW Museum! Our time was short in Munich, but we tried to enjoy it as much as possible as you can see!
Berlin? Ah, Berlin! NOWHERE-NEAR-BERLIN! (if you have no idea of what this is, click HERE)
Of course we had a good time there! We visited all attractions (Checkpoint Charlie, Reichstag, Soviet War Memorial, Brandenburg Gate etc.), but the best part by far was the East Side Gallery: a 1.3km-long section of the Berlin Wall, the longest remaining piece of it, with around 106 paintings by artists from all over the world that make it so unique and beautiful that you even forget how bad the original purpose of the wall was. Check out some of the pics we took there and you’ll see what I’m talking about.
As Bruce said during the concert in Frankfurt, “Do not waste your time searching for those Trooper Beers!” I’m pretty sure he said that because the Trooper Beer some guys were selling outside of the venue were fake, so I didn’t try it… However, I had the chance to try so many different and good beers during our journey that I’m not sad at all because I couldn’t get a Trooper one! Here are my top picks:
1. BrowArmia Blanche (Warsaw, Poland) – Best beer I’ve ever had! Unfortunately it can only be found at the BrowArmia Restaurant in Warsaw, so I’ll have to wait a while until I can have it again. And I don’t care if the website says it’s popular especially amongst women. It is beer, it can be too feminine. 😉
2. Skands Sjøben (Copenhagen, Denmark) – Another awesome beer that I have absolutely no idea where to find except for the DFDS Seaways cruise from Copenhagen to Oslo. The waiter explained the name of the beer to us, it’s something like “sea legs”, because that’s how your legs feel after a trip through the sea or drinking this beer: they start shaking. Pretty cool name for an excellent beer.
3. Tuborg Classic (Copenhagen, Denmark) – An excellent beer for people like me that don’t enjoy dark beers, but are willing to try something not so light. I had the chance to try it (twice) at the Carlsberg Museum, and can’t wait to have it again. Let’s see if the Beer Store helps me with that.
There were many other good beers on my way, like the Falcon in Sweden, the Tyskie in Poland and the Baltika in Russia. And you might not believe this, but the worst ones were from what people call the land of beer: Germany. They might be the land of A LOT OF beer, but not of the best ones for sure!
And this, my friends, is (finally) the end of our Eurotrip 2013…
Don’t waste your time always searching for
those wasted BEERS
Face up… make your stand
And realise you’re living in the golden years”
Well, I was going to make a post exclusively about Warsaw, but as I haven’t had enough time lately to update this blog properly, I’ll summarize the rest of my trip by talking about Poland on this post, and then Czech Rep and Germany on the next one.
So after 5 years I had another chance to visit the city of Warsaw, and again it was great! What a beautiful and pleasant city… It seems that Poland is getting better and better, and that the problems we can see in any other EU country do not exist in Poland, or at least they are not so visible. And one thing that Poland offers its tourists that you cannot find in almost any other country in Europe is CHEAP and AWESOME food! We ate like a king and a queen there, it was simply amazing, and we spent probably less than half of any meal in Norway or Sweden. A place that I do recommend if you enjoy cheese, cold cuts and beer is a restaurant called BrowArmia: we just loved it, and I had the BEST beer of my entire trip there. They’re a microbrewery, which means instead of having those large-scale commercial beers, they have their own local one, and believe me, it’s amazing, much better than any German beer… But I’ll talk in details about the beers I had on another post…
This time in Warsaw was a little different from 2008 mainly due to our visit to the National Stadium, which was built for the Euro 2012 and is now the home stadium for Poland’s national soccer team. It’s pretty easy to get there, and their World of Great Football exhibition is definitely worth a visit: lots of cool jerseys, scarves, pictures, trophies etc.
Warsaw is great, but Krakow is even better. We spent unforgettable days there, learned a lot about History, had excellent food and had a lot of fun with our Polish “family”. The city centre, called Stare Miasto in Polish (or Old Town), is part of the the UNESCO’s original World Heritage List, and it’s easy to understand why: the architecture is beautiful, there’s culture everywhere there, and the restaurants offer some delicious food for a very good price. Do I need to say that I want to get back there?
We took two amazing tours in Krakow, each to a completely opposite place: the first to one of the most depressing and sad places on Earth, the Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp; and the next day to a very refreshing place, a 700-year old salt mine called Wieliczka.
Before we went to Auschwitz, I think I listened to my favorite song from Slayer (and one of my top songs ever from any band), the neck-breaking Angel Of Death, at least 10 times! It was impossible not to think about this song when I was heading to the concentration camp where around 1.3 million people were killed… A very sad part of our History, that (unfortunately) we must never forget…
“Auschwitz, the meaning of pain
The way that I want you to die
Slow death, immense decay
Showers that cleanse you of your life
Your life’s worth
Human mice, for the Angel of Death
Four hundred thousand more to die”
Then the next day we “refreshed” our minds and souls at the impressive Wieliczka Salt Mine. It’s said that the air inside the mine is excellent for your health, and they even have a health resort/spa inside the mine. Everything there is made of salt, including a huge chapel, many statues, the walls, the floor… We saw some kids literally licking the walls just to confirm everything was pure salt! If you visit Krakow, do not think twice: VISIT THE MINE!
And finally we had a perfect afternoon/evening/night with all our Polish friends! Guys and girls, you were GREAT! We’re here waiting for all of you in Canada for more fun. We felt like you were part of our family, and you made it feel like home for us in Poland. Dziękuję bardzo!
We’re almost there… Two more countries to go! And as you all know… Iron Maiden’s gonna get ya, no matter how far!
“Mother Russia how are you sleeping
Middle winter cold winds blow
From the trees the snowflakes drifting
Swirling round like ghosts in the snow
Mother Russia poetry majestic
Tells the time of a great empire
Turning round the old man ponders
Reminiscing an age gone by
Dance of the Tsars
Hold up your heads
Be proud of what you are
Now it has come
Freedom at last
Turning the tides of history
And your past
Dance of the Tsars
Hold up your heads
Remember who you are
Can you release
The anger the grief
Can you be happy
Now your people are free”
I really didn’t know how to start this post but with the lyrics from this masterpiece from Iron Maiden: the epic song Mother Russia! Of course, this was the song that was stuck in my head on our train from Helsinki to St. Petersburg, except when the Russian immigration officers spent a long time checking our passports, then I was kinda worried. For those of you who don’t know this, Brazilians do not need a visa to get into Russia, as well as most of the South American citizens, but this doesn’t mean you’ll have a welcome party waiting for you at the border! but after that, finally, I was in Russia! 🙂
And for those of you who don’t understand a single word in Russian (well, now I know spasiba and pajalsta) or the Cyrillic alphabet, I suggest you pre-book a taxi to and from the hotel when you arrive and leave the country, otherwise you’ll have some issues during your trip. Also, take only the subway when you’re walking around the citiy… Never take a bus! I tried to ask a bus driver if that bus was going to the Hermitage Museum, and he nodded his has in such a sad way as if he was saying “now I have to kill you!” I don’t blame the citizens there for not speaking English, Spanish, Mandarin or any other language rather than Russian, mainly because there are almost no foreign tourists there (only people from other parts of Russia), but if they are really going to host the 2018 World Cup they better get ready for it starting immediately! Please, do not make the same mistakes as my country is doing now!
So we pre-booked our taxis with our hotel, the Ibis St. Petersburg Centre, which by the way is really well located and its staff is very helpful (and they all speak English). This hotel is a very good option for tourists with a limited budget that don’t want to stay hours from the main attractions, or even worse, in a dangerous neighborhood in the middle of nowhere. As we arrived there on a Sunday afternoon, we had to do the check in and run like crazy to the State Hermitage Museum because it was going to be closed on Monday and we wouldn’t have time to visit it on Tuesday. We had only 3 hours to visit one of the biggest museums in the world, that takes around 3 days to see its more than 3 million works of art… Do the math: 1 hour per day of visit? Yes, we made it! Of course we didn’t stop at every single piece of art there, but we could admire the main attractions such as the mummies from Ancient Egypt, the Siberian collection, pieces of art from China, Japan, Mongolia etc., and what is now my favorite painting of all time: The Angel of Death (1851), by Horace Vernet. I’ m not a big fan of paintings, but this one kicks some serious ass, and of course, the name helps a lot!
After the museum closed, as we had a few hours free before our “special event” that night, we decided to visit the Church of Our Savior on the Spilled Blood with its beautiful architecture, a must-see attraction in the city.
Then it was time for our first Heavy Metal concert of this Eurotrip: one of my top bands of all time, HELLOWEEN! It wasn’t difficult to get to the venue, called Cosmonavt, as we just followed a guy with a Metal T-shirt from the subway station… Oh, the St. Petersburg Subway is another great attraction! One of the deepest in the world (86 meters underground), marble walls, infinite escalators, and those old ladies dressed like soldiers monitoring “something” there… Simply amazing!
I won’t say too much about the Helloween gig… I guess I hadn’t seen them for at least 5 years, and they were better than ever in Russia! The set list was perfect in my opinion (check it out HERE), all the new songs from Straight Out Of Hell (their new album) sounded excellent live, and my favorite moments were the intro with Eagle Fly Free (of course!), I’m Alive, Steel Tormentor (I guess I hadn’t seen this one live since 1996) and the insane medley of Halloween/How Many Tears/Heavy Metal (Is the Law)! I made a video of Eagle Fly Free for you to see how great the band and the fans were that “night”’, check it out:
And I wrote “night” like that because when the gig was over and we left the venue at around 11:30pm, it was still day! That was what people call the White Nights, a unique experience if you travel to St. Petersburg in the beginning of June. Three nights of day for us!
I forgot to mention that during our entire visit to St. Petersburg it was extremely hot: the temperature was over +30oC all the time with lots of sun and no rain at all. The next day we walked so much in the sun, visiting places like the Peter and Paul Fortress, that by the end of the day we had to get into the Galeria, the second biggest mall in the city, just to breathe some air-conditioning air… And did you notice how “easy” it is to eat in Russia? Not even our good old McDonald’s is the same there.
I can’t imagine how the rest of Russia is… Such an enormous country, it might be so full of surprises… I enjoyed St. Petersburg a lot, with its huge streets and buildings, but as I said it’s very hard for foreigners to feel comfortable there because of the language, the different rules and how the society deals with tourists. Anyway, I would go back there for sure! Мы победим это к матушке России!
Now it’s time to fly to Warsaw, Poland!