Heavy metal rockers Iron Maiden, Dio and Motorhead blaze into California
August 29, 2003
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Three bands that were at the top of the ’80s heavy metal scene joined together Sunday in Irvine and performed to a full house filled with rock fans of all ages.
The show kicked off with more than a half-hour set of the hard-rocking band Motorhead featuring vocalists and bass master Lemmy Kilmister. Motorhead played music from albums that spanned more than 20 years of their band’s existence which included hits like “Ace of Spades” and “Overkill.”
The crowd was then treated to Dio, led by one of heavy metal’s greatest rock pioneers, Ronnie James Dio. Besides the band Dio, Ronnie James Dio has sung for other great bands like Black Sabbath and Rainbow. Their hourlong set thrilled the audience with chart topping hits like “The Last in Line” and “Holy Diver.” Just like their concerts from the ’80s, Dio included a laser show during most of the songs.
Rounding out the show was an hour and a half of scorching metal from rock legends Iron Maiden, who took the stage and performed the title track from the 1982 album “The Number Of The Beast.” The band blazed through song after song from their 20 albums, as well as songs from their upcoming release “Dance of Death” which is due out next month.