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Old 05-18-2017
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Though, Fear of the Dark never disappoints - goosebumps every time when the crowd starting singing along to the guitar melodies.

Despite this was pretty much the view of the stage that me, my mum, oldest sister and her boyfriend had of the stage.
Except our seats were on the opposite, right-hand side:



But I made the exception cuz it's Maiden, y'know? So, my fear of heights be damned.
Is that normal, that someone who's quite tall - like myself - isn't great when it comes to heights?
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Also, I meet and sat beside Robert and his mum. Robert is this Glasgwegian fella, who, like me, uses a wheelchair. I've seen him at a few of the arena gigs that I've attended in Glasgow. He's a big fan of classic rock and 80s metal, much like I am. Sat next to him, last time I saw Maiden. My mum and sister were having a good laugh at use singing our hearts out together, last time. And I might see him in a few days, as he got tickets to see KISS as well. Just have to wait and see. Though, I'm considering taking singing lessons afore seeing Iron Maiden again. If, for nothing else, to make sure I don't blow my voice out, as I nearly did the other night, there. And I actually did lose my voice the 2 previous occassions I saw Maiden live.

I might just take my crutches, instead of my wheelchair when I see KISS. Since we managed to score tickets for the accessible platform on ground level, which accommidates for wheelchairs and those on crutches as well. As does the area up in the balcony, but it get really warm upstair once the gigs starts. And the lighting rig above the stage is in yer eyeline. But I'll see what my sister says, since she's one who has to load my chair into the boot of her car and push it about.
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Ah must be feeling really depressed, lately.

Ah mean, I'm going to see Iron Maiden tonight. Dinnae feel any excitement aboot it ataw. Third time seeing them in space o' 14 years.
Ah take what I said in my original post... BEST NIGHT O' MA F**KIN' LIFE!!

So glad ah decided to go. As I very nearly didn't upon reading this news:
Heavy metal legends Iron Maiden shelve fans' favourite song over legal dispute - Daily Telegraph

Ah wus slight concerned that this song being take outta the setlist wus gonnae affect the overall atmosphere o' the gig. Or Maiden would be in a shitty moody, since it just happened days into the UK tour. But, naw, it didnae. And the crowd in Glasgow didnae seem tae miss it, tae be honest.

Apologise for these long, rambling posts. But, y'know, that's just me. And ah've got a few memorable moments to share from the gig, in terms of stories. But, in the meantime, here's a photo from gig. A selfie with me, my mum and oldest sister. And the first I've let anybuddy on here see whit ah look like wearing glasses.
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Have you seen any of these
Top 20 Global Concert Tours from Pollstar - Entertainment - NZ Herald News
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Yeah, I have. Of that list, I've seen the following live:
  • Bon Jovi (3 times. Twice in Glasgow, once in Edinburgh)
  • Bryan Adams (2 times)
  • Kings of Leon (4 times)
  • Journey (Once - as part of a triple-bill line-up with Foreigner and Styx)

I can still recall memorable moments from all these gigs, too. And my oldest sister saw Fleetwood Mac in Glasgow 3 years ago, back in 2014, so she's seen Stevie Nicks.
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So, I'm kinda bracing myself to be letdown yet again by my family, as far as them making me agree to go somewhere, then they make excuses for why they failed to keep their word. Typical double standards, really. Just pisses me off that if I voice any criticism of this, my mum and sister use my words against me to imply that I'm ungrateful. When my critique is more me asking them why I should even trust them?

Ironically enough, because I'm the keeping it together - ie, family - I'm the only person in my family who doesnae complain, unless I'm in pain physically or huv a cold. Other than that it's a matter o' "Never complain, rarely explain" fur me, Cuz I've got to hear everybuddy else's f**kin' grievances. My Mum's, more than anyone's.

Ah tell ye, if whinging and complaining where Olympic sporting events, it's close call between Scotland and Ireland. Cuz, by f**k, there's nae shortage o' things to moan about. We're never happy, even when we are, we always find summit that's no right aboot it.
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On a mair positive note... whit date is it - 22nd? For the past 4 days, - with the exception of May 18th - I've been huv a rather prolific time with this music software and my laptop:



In that I've made sixteen - SIXTEEN! - individual and varied drum track compositions with various different kit you get with the above pictured software. And this is my first time using the software again since December 2016. Ah started composing again, the day after seeing Iron Maiden - coincidence?

Though, the beats do varying. From 80s old-school hip-hop, techo/trance and death/thrash metal. Takes me about half an hour, total, from initial idea to full composition. Then I'll spend God knows how many hours tweaking and changing stuff around. The past couple of nights, it's been well after 10pm afore I get to ma bed. Guess ye could say I've got back into the groove. Pardon the pun.
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Not sure if I'll turn the drum tracks into proper songs, or let anyone hear them as they are, currently? Since I'm my own worst enemy when it comes trust my own judgement and being sure of myself.
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Ah wish ah could unclutter ma mind, so ah hud time to reflect upon stuff. Instead o' this constant fear and worry aboot the future.
Cuz it's clear when I'm in a less clouded frame o' mind, ah focus better. So many stories tae tell, and no enough time, it seems.
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Awww, b*llockin' poppy wank! Ma oldest sister has just express to me her interest in learning how to play the bass play. And I've offered to teach her the basics. Lord help me! This only days after seeing Iron Maiden and 5 days short o' seeing KISS live in concert again.

And I'm seriously questioning whether or she's as genuine as she says in wanting to learn it. As it's not an musical instrument ye cun give up on when just starting out. If she doesnae persist with it, in those early stages of painfully fingers until the callus on the fingertips builds up, she'll likely never learn how to play the bass. And this wus the point I reminded her about, saying it at least twice. Especially since she has zero experience playing the guitar, and never learn it during her years in secondary school.

I mean, I've sent her links to some cheap starter basses at just under 200 and an USB powered audio interface. As she'll no need to wasted time with buying an actual bass guitar amplifer. As this software will pretty much cover that side o' thing:


Wish me luck, as I'm gonnae need it. As I know she'll be looking at me like this: when trying to teach her the basics of learning the guitar.
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I'll be getting ma 2nd tattoo this week. It'll be summit akin to this design. Getting it on ma outer right forearm, though. So, it'll be slightly modified:



And this Star Wars logo will be my 3rd tatoo, but I don't know which shoulder to get it done on.
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Ah tell ye, if whinging and complaining where Olympic sporting events, it's close call between Scotland and Ireland. Cuz, by f**k, there's nae shortage o' things to moan about. We're never happy, even when we are, we always find summit that's no right aboot it.
Be happy yer ain't got both Scottish and Irish in ye - like i have!
I'm grumpy most of the time .. it's a right pain in the whatsit!!!
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I'll be getting ma 2nd tattoo this week. It'll be summit akin to this design. Getting it on ma outer right forearm, though. So, it'll be slightly modified:



And this Star Wars logo will be my 3rd tatoo, but I don't know which shoulder to get it done on. : thinking: : idontknow:
I'm sure they'll both be grand!
(just cross yer fingers yer mum will be ok about 'em! )
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Be happy yer ain't got both Scottish and Irish in ye - like i have!
I'm grumpy most of the time .. it's a right pain in the whatsit!!!
Is it? So what's the difference? If ye dinnae mind me askin'? Since ma heritage is Scots-African, so y'know very downbeat but f**kin' brilliant work ethic if ah cun be arsed.

Ah mean, I'm grumpy most o' the time anaw, mind? Though, that's more doon tae the fact ah huv tae listen to ma family whing on aboot their problems aw the time. And my mum is dour-faced mare, always complains tae me aboot summit she's no happy aboot first thing in the morning. Which in turn pits me in a right crabbit mood fur the rest o' the day.

Then it's 80s metal and some blasphemous technical death metal courtesy of the aptly named American metallers, Atheist for much o' the day. At ear-aching, floor board rattling levels, of course. Cannae beat listening to metal through stereo speaker wae a shitloada bass.
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I'm sure they'll both be grand!
(just cross yer fingers yer mum will be ok about 'em! )
She telt me that she's no bother, so long as I'm paying to huv them done. And she's came roon to liking the Aries tatoo on ma inner forearm.
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Really anxious about Saturday now. Hearing, following and reading about this recent tragic news.
Islamic State claims it carried out suicide bombing that killed 22, and injured 59, at Ariana Grande concert in Manchester - The Telegraph
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Now, my mum is wary o' attending this concert on Saturday in the wake of that horrific terrorist attack. I just told if she's that worried the four of us won't go. I'm not bothered. F**k! Were it up to me, and I had to pick between going to a concert or staying at home, I'd stay home. But that getting boring after awhile. At least it does for me.

Then she had never to say I'm more forgetful than her, this from a woman who likes to feign ignorance: "Ah dinnae ken, dae ah?!" Then play the victim, even when asked the simplest question. But she won't hesitate to give a sarcastic joke answer to a serious question, which isn't exactly appropriate.

Ah cun kinda understand why her relationships with the men in her life didnae last. Not I condone domestic abuse beit physical or verbal. I mean I've been on receiving end plenty o' times masel' - even got the scars to prove it, literally!

Though, worries and complaints aside, on this very depressing day. Two positives came outta today for me, my podiatrist assessment went well. Though, the woman doing it was bit annoying that I never said owt about my last bad experience with a trainee and stop my regular appointments. The other positive being that I found my sister a beginner bass guitar kit with a practice amplifier for just over a hundred pounds.
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Breaks my f*cking heart man. Just unbelievable that this sh*t keeps on happening. When I saw that news my brain started to do what it always does when tragedies like these happen. I ask myself "why is it that these people who had something to live for and were probably productive to society had to die and an unproductive no good individual like me gets to live?" I am truly at a loss for words man. WOW
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Breaks my f*cking heart man. Just unbelievable that this sh*t keeps on happening. When I saw that news my brain started to do what it always does when tragedies like these happen. I ask myself "why is it that these people who had something to live for and were probably productive to society had to die and an unproductive no good individual like me gets to live?" I am truly at a loss for words man. WOW
Me too. I'm quite devastated by it. In 2 minds about going to this now:



Not even sure if this tour is still going ahead, as scheduled?

And, not going to lie, I had the exact same thoughts as you when heard about it on the radio, then I turn ma TV on for the first time in about a week and put the news on.
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F**k sake! There's being vigilant, then there's feckin' paranoia. Sorry, ah know what happened the other day is a f**kin' tragedy. But ma oldest sister just spent a whole 10 minutes of a car journey lecturing me about why ah shouldnae bother with the KISS face makeup on Saturday.

"Will they no want to see our faces?"
Really?! So a physical disabled KISS fan with a slight learning disability in full KISS makeup is suddenly a potential threat and/or terrorist?
Jihadi Jock!
Sorry, not making light, just making the point that if yer gonnae be concerned for their safety to the point of paranoia, ye might as well no bother leave yer hoose ataw. Might as well no bother with the remainer of shows we've got tickets for in Glasgow and Edinburgh later this year.
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