by James Werner
I know I just wrote about the first Iron Maiden, but the band that's coming to Tucson next week will not be playing any of their material. Instead, they will be covering material from the NWBHM Iron Maiden. The Iron Maidens, an all-female tribute band, will be coming to Casino del Sol next Thursday, January 17th. I've seen them before at the same venue and they are phenomenal when it comes to capturing the essence of the Maiden show and music, albeit, on a much, much smaller stage.
The funny thing is, every once in a while, I'll give a listen to their recorded material because it's interesting hearing a female vocal scream out Bruce Dickinson's parts (not to be confused with the cowbell Bruce Dickinson). The guitars are nearly dead-on against the original in most instances, and the drums are kept tight, and the very admirable Wanda keeps the Steve Harris bass gallop. They, at times, take a few liberties, but all in all, I would have never thought I would listen to a tribute band as an alternative to the original more than once. The band travels extensively around the world, much like the original Maiden, so I'm pleased to be able to see them once again.
If you made it past the jump, here's Courtney's solo in front of "Women in Uniform:"
And here is another take on Bruce Dickinson, but he needs more cowbell: