Up The Irons at HOB
Story by Bonnie Stormcrow
Photos by Frank Rodrick
San Diego (June 17) -San Diego’s House of Blues gets to see a lot of talent, but rarely do they see a band that does such a slap-your-face job of tributing Iron Maiden like Up the Irons did on Friday… And, with a woman lead singer, no less. Shamini is small in stature, big on beauty, and has a vocal range that any Bruce Dickinson fan would approve of, and then some. Add to that, a theatrical show that includes sword fighting with the devil, and the appearance of Eddie himself, you have the best Tribute to the masters themselves. Metal San Diegans rejoice! You know how hard that is to get, if you can get it at all.
The biggest surprise? A large amount of under-30 fans, bringing that “new fan” energy, not to mention they all know the words to every song, even “Run to the Hills” in it’s entirety. Shamini may have started it, but the fans were big on helping her finish it. Their version of “Stage Crush” would make other tributes jealous. “The Trooper” was perfection, period.
Lead/Rhythm guitarist Richie Klarr, Lead/Rhythm Dan Calma, and Jack Wagner on bass bring that trifecta to all of those songs we love so well. This band knows the fans will eat them if they don’t get it right (You know what I mean). Drummer Steve La Bella gives you something to think about with his catches and dead on perfection for Maiden’s sound. No holds barred.
Pay attention SanDiego– these guys are local. Don’t miss the next show.
Catch Up The Irons live at Brick by Brick on July 8 (Metalfest), Second Wind on July 29 or Navajo Live on August 29.