It is March 20th 2015 as our journey to Middelburg Zeeland is about to begin. We are invited to play a gig at Bar American for a charity event for ‘Rock voor de Molukken’.
The last time we’ve played this venue was in 2006, the early days of Somewhere On Stage, we’ve had some good memories about this place.
An email from our drummer Erik concerns us in the early afternoon, he is stocked at the airport of Munich Germany because of the Lufthansa strike and very unsure if he is able to get a flight to Amsterdam Airport. Fortunately, at 15:00 hrs. we’ve got the got the good news that he is on a flight.
In the meanwhile we took off to Middelburg where one of the organizers Wilfred was waiting for us. We met the venue owner Kees Petit and he still remembered us from nine years ago. After unloading our gear to the back stage room of the venue he took us to his place where his wife Karla and some friends offered us a delicious Asian meal. The food was excellent and the atmosphere felt like a birthday visit with family.
After a nice chat with the band members of our support ‘Friends’ it was time to take a walk back to the venue to do some preparations for the gig.
The guys from ‘Friends’ played some high level Rolling Stones classics and the audience was in for a party tonight. We were a bit afraid that the contrast between Rolling Stones and Iron Maiden would be a bit to much for this audience but fortunately we were wrong.
22:45 they cleaned up the stage to make some room for us. Playing a gig without a soundcheck is always risky but it turned out very well, with all the credits to the sound technician that night. As soon as we got dressed we hit the stage starting with The Evil That Men Do followed by Two Minutes To Midnight. From this point on we knew this was going to be a great.
The audience went crazy when we played the Iron Maiden classics like The Trooper, Fear Of The Dark, Hallowed Be Thy Name, The Number Of The Beast and Run To The Hills. This was definitely the loudest crowd we’ve played for in the last couple of years. We left the stage but came back for the encores of this evening, Wasted Years and Iron Maiden. We left the stage with a satisfied feeling and so the audience did.
Back in the car we were enjoying the Asian snacks Karla had put in a doggy bag for us earlier on.
Hopefully our return to Middelburg doesn’t have to take another nine years.
Thanks a lot Middelburg, hope to see you again soon!