What a Night of Heavy/Metal Rock Music, The Iron Maidens finally returns to the Valley

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The Iron Maidens at the Marquee Theatre on February 10th, 2024

Review and Photos by Fred Kuhlman
Promoter: Lucky Man (https://www.luckymanonline.com/ )
Venue: Marquee Theater, Tempe, AZ (https://www.marqueetheatreaz.com/ )
Date: February 10th, 2024

Tonight, we had a 5-band concert.  Each of the lead up bands got about 30 minutes.  A couple of bands went a little long so The Iron Maidens didn’t hit the stage until quarter to Nine.  I was running a little late so I didn’t get there until the first band Doubleblind was already on stage.  I did get to see the entire set, but missed part of the first song.  This is the first date of The Iron Maidens new tour.  If tonight’s performance is any indication, you really need to check out this tour.

Doubleblind at the Marquee Theatre on February 10th, 2024

Doubleblind is a rock band from the Jerome area of Arizona.  For them it was a long drive just to get to the Marquee Theatre.  I have seen Doubleblind a number of times and enjoy each of their performances.  They usually have some new song that they introduce each time I see them.  This time the new song was “Lint & Change”.  I have written about Doubleblind in other reviews so I don’t want to repeat myself.  If you get the chance to see them, I highly recommend it.

Luxia at the Marquee Theatre on February 10th, 2024

Next up was valley favorite Luxia.  Lucia is the lead singer and dynamic lead singer.  This is the first time I got to see her change outfits when she did the “Phantom of the Opera”.  It was also the first time I have seen her bring her snake out on stage.  The snake must be extremely mellow because she had it wrapped it around her neck and it never chocked her when she was belting out the song.  This little lady has one hell of a voice.  She can belt out the songs and still have clarity in her voice.  To check out Luxia, go to their website or social media pages to find out the next time they will be playing here in the valley.  I know you will love seeing them live, I really do.

Stereo Rex at the Marquee Theatre on February 10th, 2024

The third band of the night was Stereo Rex, another rock band from the valley area.  This was only the second time I have seen them.  They remind me a lot of The Marshall Tucker Band.  They are a 4-piece band fronted by lead singer Rex Van Dine, guitarist Bryan “Crunch” Linder, Brian Hoch on bass, and drummer Paul Burch.  I really enjoyed their sound and hard rock music.

The Jack at the Marquee Theatre on February 10th, 2024

Out of Tucson comes The Jack – The Ultimate Tribute to AC/DC.  AC/DC is one of those bands I missed over the years.  Since they don’t tour the US that much anymore, the best I can hope for is seeing a good tribute band.  Well, The Jack is just one of those bands.  They bring all of the power and thunder you would expect when seeing an AC/DC concert.  They perform all of the classic heavy hitters from the massive AC/DC catalog.  Just like the original band, they are a 5-piece band.  Angus Scott has the immense duty of trying to imitate Angus Young energetic lead guitarist.  Angus runs around the stage, jumping and is overly dynamic just like his namesake.  Just like Malcom Young, Milton Cox is the stoic rhythm guitarist that holds the music together.  Brian Bon Scott Johnson is the lead singer for the band trying to combine the styles of the 2-lead singer of AC/DC, Bon Scott and Brian Johnson.  David Baddinger on bass and drummer Sean Mausert round of the group.  They provide the thundering and heart pounding sound that AC/DC is so famous for.  If you get the chance to see them, I would recommend it.  Check out their website and social media pages for where they will be performing next.  So, I hope to see you later riding down “The Highway To Hell”.

The Iron Maidens at the Marquee Theatre on February 10th, 2024

Finally, we get to the main reason most of us were here tonight, The Iron Maidens.  I enjoy seeing them every time they come to the valley.  Their line up consists of 5 members (like the original Iron Maiden).  Over the years they have had really amazing guitarist including Nita “Hurricane” Strauss and Courtney “CCShred” Cox.  Both of these ladies have moved on to other bands.  Nita with Alice Cooper and a solo career.  CCShred is now part of The Burning Witches.

The Iron Maidens are from Los Angeles, California and formed in 2001.  Drummer Linda McDonald was part of the original band with Wanda Ortiz joining the band the next year.  Over the years the other members of the band joined.  The band currently consists of drummer Linda McDonald, bassist Wanda Ortiz, lead vocalist Kirsten Rosenberg and guitarists Nikki Stringfield.  Courtney Cox left the group last year and they have replaced her with Shani Kimelman.

It seems that to be a true heavy metal band, you are required to have at least 2 guitarists.  They trade off doing the rhythm section of the music and then the lead, power riff parts.  That is how Iron Maiden was initially setup. (Today Iron Maiden now has 3 guitarists).  Nikki and Shani do a very good job of this guitar interchange.  Kirsten is the lead singer for the band.  She belts out the songs just like Bruce.  The leader of Iron Maiden is Steve Harris the bass player.  Wanda Ortiz plays the bass and attempts to cover Steve’s performance.  Then we get to the drummer.  Linda McDonald tries to recreate Nicko’s fantastic playing.  So, do the ladies pull it off, HELL YES.  They are extremely good and if you close your eyes, you would believe you are really listening to the original band (except for the female voice).  For this reason, I keep going back to see them over and over.

One thing I really love about their setlist is that they pick a couple of lesser know Iron Maiden songs each tour.  For this tour we got to hear, “Infinite Dreams”, “Phantom of The Opera”, Déjà Vu” and “Long Distance Runner”.  Of course, we got to hear all of the major hits including “The Trooper”, “Hallowed Be Thy Name” and “Run To The Hills”.  You can check out the full setlist below.

So, check out their website and social media pages for locations and dates for this tour.

The Iron Maidens at the Marquee Theatre on February 10th, 2024

BTW: The photo of Linda with her shoe on the drum kit were to show off the shoes with the glowing laces and in response to the next song, “Die With Your Boots On”.

The Iron Maidens Social Media sites:
Website: https://theironmaidens.com/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/theironmaidensofficial/
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/theironmaidensofficial/


The Iron Maidens

Photos by Fred Kuhlman 2024, All Rights Reserved



The Jack – The Ultimate Tribute to AC/DC Social Media sites:
Website: https://thejackaz.wixsite.com/thejackepk
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ACDCtrib/
YouTube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/@thejack1068


The Jack – The Ultimate Tribute to AC/DC

Photos by Fred Kuhlman 2024, All Rights Reserved



Stereo Rex Social Media sites:
Website: https://www.stereorex.com/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/stereorex
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/stereorex/


Stereo Rex

Photos by Fred Kuhlman 2024, All Rights Reserved



Luxia Social Media sites:
Website: https://www.luxiamusic.com/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/LuxiaMusicWW/
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/luxiamusicww/
YouTube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/@luxiamusic4560
TikTok: https://www.tiktok.com/@luxiamusic


Luxia

Photos by Fred Kuhlman 2024, All Rights Reserved



Doubleblind

Doubleblind Social Media sites:
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Jeromeoriginalrock/
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/doubleblind23/


Doubleblind

Photos by Fred Kuhlman 2024, All Rights Reserved



The Iron Maidens Setlist:
Ides of March
Wrathchild
2 Minutes to Midnight
Die With Your Boots On
Wasted Years
Infinite Dreams
Phantom of The Opera
Déjà Vu
Killers
Prisoner
Long Distance Runner
Trooper
Hallowed Be Thy Name
Encore:
Number Of The Beast
Fear Of The Dark
Run To The Hills


The Jack Setlist:
If You Want Blood
Are You Ready / Dirty Deeds
Jailbreak
TNT
Back to Black
Shoot To Thrill
Hells Bells
Shock Me All Night Long
Thunderstruck
Highway To Hell
For Those About To Rock


Doubleblind Setlist:
Mind’s Eye
Swifty Road
Window out of Here
Lint & Change
Hey God
Far Too Far

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