Iron Maiden: Gothenburg 2016. Nya Ullevi, Gothenburg, Sweden. 17.06.16
This one sounds amazing for an outdoor concert, Bruce had some problems with his microphone really evident at the end of Wasted years where you can hear Adrian Smith doing the vocals by himself and he did an awful job, how is possible he used to be a good singer too, well the rest of the show is great, you can read taper’s notes here and get a better idea of the show.
TAPER’S NOTES: “On the 50th show of ”the Book of souls tour 2016” - Iron Maiden did their 4th visit at Sweden’s biggest outdoor arena, Nya Ullevi in Gothenburg. Even though a crappy Swedish artist hold the record there (70.000) Iron Maiden had over 55.000 people at the show. Not bad for a band with no airplay on normal radio and not bad for a band that has been together for approximately 40 years…
This was a very windy day, and for this show I had tickets to the very front row (like Golden circle). A good decision it seemed, since I had PLENTY of room to the right of the stage, and I positioned to the very right in front of the outer PA (take a look at the picture a friend took from the upper deck seeting!). I had no one around me to disturb the recording, in the front or behind me for the whole show.
The wind obviously took charge of the show, making it sound very bad for the people not being up close in the front, like me, and the show had very bad reviews for this. The band, however, was doing great! But to me you don’t do 40% new songs at a show like this - you should do more classic Maiden in front of 55.000 people that have been drinking beer and other alcohol all day long (friday night). The new songs can be played indoors at smaller shows. Anyhow… Bruce had some trouble with his mic from time to time (or is it his voice?) - other than that - this sounds as good as it possibly can!
I have not removed any clapping or screaming this time (as I had to do from the Sweden Rock recordings) - because there was only me at the taping spot! :) I used the AKG CK63 for this show, which are hyper cardioid microphones - which means that the crowd can’t be heard at all - I only pick up what’s in front of me. I only turned around a few times in between songs, so you could here a little more how great the crowd was.
Remember: 118 minutes of a great show with Iron Maiden, is equal amount of time of total silence for me…
Source: AKG CK63 + tinybox + Sony PCM-M10 (24bit/48kHz)
Location: 20-30 meters, outer right PA (see picture included!)
Notes: Volume raised. Tiny bit of EQ to my own taste. Downsampled to 16bit/44,1kHz.
Audience Recording, Quality -9
IF ETERNITY SHOULD FAIL
SPEED OF LIGHT
CHILDREN OF THE DAMNED
TEARS OF A CLOWN
THE RED AND THE BLACK
DEATH OR GLORY
THE BOOK OF SOULS
HALLOWED BE THY NAME
FEAR OF THE DARK
THE NUMBER OF THE BEAST
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