Y’know, whenever I’ve seen Maiden at the ACC in the spring or the fall, I’ve always been able to get floors, but I’ve had no such luck at the Molson Ampitheatre. I was up on the Live Nation website as soon as the clock struck 10 this morning, and as a result of my efforts, I’m stuck up in Section 302, Row L–and it’s still costing me more than I ever paid for floors indoors! ($16.75 convenience charge!? Fuck you!)
Yes, I’m aware that the pit at the Ampitheatre is a lot smaller than the ACC hockey rink. I was also aware of the Live Nation pre-sale yesterday, but unable to access it at work. By the time I got home, the best pre-sale seats available were pretty much the worst seats in the house, so I passed on the hopes that I could do better when tickets became available to the general public. Which I did. In fact, I think I’m closer to centre stage than I was last time, though I don’t remember what row I was in–and I can’t seem to find that ticket stub. Hmm.
Of course, all the good seats don’t sell out in a matter of seconds. For the past few years, Maiden has been offering “First To The Barrier” access to its fanclub members, a privilege that’ll set you back 30 British pounds annually if you live in North America. I guess that also comes with a magazine, some pictures, a merch discount and such. But meh, I haven’t been a big fan of any album they’ve put out since Brave New World, though I believe I’ve bought all its successors. (I really need to stop doing that!) I know I could do without receiving glossy photos of those old geezers every quarter, but hey…
…I suppose I can also do without seeing them from the floor the fourth time around. I’ve never really been much of a mosher, anyways.