Sunday, August 27, 2006

Maiden Flight

Over the Reading Festival (2006) this afternoon towing a banner for rock group, Iron Maiden for what was planned to be 90 minutes but we noticed a tear in the banner fabric - you can just see it in the pickup photo at the top - so to save their banner from further harm, we cut short the flight to take it home for repairs.

Apologies to a disappointed Iron Maiden but these banners are like the sails on yachts. Made of hi-tech material able to take enormous forces, just occasionally and very rarely, a seam will fail and if that happens, it's best to get them backon the ground quickly to avoid the risk of an unsightly bundle of washing behind the aircraft if a tear expands in flight.

Meanwhile, on the ground below, I can't remember seeing so many thousands of people packed into such a tight but very large space. You could see the stage from miles away!

10 comments:

James Maskell said...

The album coming out tomorrow, looking forward to it. Finally some new music to listen too. Itas been quite a wait.

On an unrelated subject, many thanks to the police for stepping in the other night and breaking up that fight at the Northdown Road end of Warwick Road. It took less than 5 mins for the police to appear, thank God. Good stuff by them.

SkinOfStars said...

the thing i always hated about reading was the sunday riots. same thing happens at download. its not cool.

LoveNotRiots.com

Mr Friday said...

Saw Maiden at Reading last year. Blinding gig. They seem to pick up hoardes of new fans with every generation too. Made me feel old that the last time I saw them before that was Donington in 1988 !!

Unfortunately they will never get the recognition they deserve from the mainstream press after going strong for almost 30 years and still selling out festivals and tours.

Long may they continue !!!!

Anonymous said...

Dr M, did you manage to get any of your wonderful ariel pictures of the festival site??

DrMoores said...

Sadly Ileft the camera on the ground.. a great shame!

Anonymous said...

For shame Dr M! However, as I was away from Planet Thanet for the weekend visiting a well know musical event, I did not forget my camera, and hopefully you will shortly receive the festival eye view of the afore mentioned banner!!
Chaz

Anonymous said...

Chaz, an earlier poster mentioned 'sunday riots'; were there problems on Sunday?

SkinOfStars said...

i did ask people about the sunday. apparently there were the usual riots, burning stuff etc. donington this year had particularily bad riots with emos being caught and caged. its not cool... as are maiden not cool. couple of years ago (when i saw em at donington) they were plastered across all the music press with everyone banging on about how they are the godfathers of british metal. in their day they were cool, but life moves on, as does music. if other people wrote maiden style songs now they would look like simpletons. lets not confuse the music with the brand.

James Maskell said...

Iron Maiden are good, certainly not as good as they used to be at their peak but then seeing as this is their 14th studio album, you cant expect to see them keeping up that pace forever. That said their new albums got some pretty good riffs. Similarly with Metallica. Their new stuff is interesting but I cant see it ever topping the Black Album.

As for emos, being this decade's version of grungers, its the sort of position they put themselves in. As we all know theres a long and storied history of major British rock gigs.

SkinOfStars said...

emo, grunger, whatever. there is not excuse for putting people into make-shift security fencing cages and throwing bottles of piss at them!