28 Jul 2008 - Rod's Diary - Gothenburg Part 1

ROD'S DIARY - GOTHENBURG PART 1

Just back at hotel for a bit so trying to get this off.

Last night our co promoter Tor and his colleague Anna invited me, Ian and Gaddsy out for dinner at a famous and excellent restaurant, and of course we made full use of the offer with a terrific sea food meal and more fine wine. After we joined the action in the centre of town at one of the many pubs and bars now filling with the fans. Fantastic atmosphere and Maiden blaring out everywhere.
Still.


Excellent restaurant by the water


Arty shot of old crane for dry dock

Today up early to meet up with steve to go to another Maiden football match -- a few pictures for you included. They played the Paddington Pub, who we have played before and its usually a good match and we are made most welcome at the pub. Incredibly hot day again here and l was glad l was only watching. Plenty of fans along and of course the media!! Out matches here often merit a full page in the national press!! We won 4-2 and Steve got the last two winning goals, though I reckon he was a bit knackered from the game 2 days ago in Oslo. Glutton for punishment but he loves it and its always fun to have the team along with us for a few days.


Those Brazilians will go anywhere to see a match!


Media...


...and the rest


Steve & Jeff


In celebration of the birth of his daughter - congratulations. A boy would have been Eddie, of course.


Our Danish FC friends


We're watching you

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Poor old Johnny, so hot and all that gear.


Action


Opposition need a lie down

Then on to the stadium to have a look. Set up was nearing completion. This is a majestic stadium for a concert with an astounding 26,000 on the floor and the other 31,000 seated. But the seats are mainly at the side with just a low rise at the back so by far the majority of fans get a great view of the stage as they are not as far back as in most stadiums. This is really becoming a Mecca for Maiden fans who come in from all over. I have commented before on the atmosphere in the city and will go out again soon into the centre to meet up with some fans over with Laz and the FC hopefully. As you know this sold out when put on sale last November in a little over 2 hours, fractionally less time than it took to sell out in 2005. And we did Stockholm Stadium as well this time, the first time anyone has ever played both stadiums on the same tour so quite an honour. They only have 2 or 3 concerts here a year and the only other one this year was Bruce Springsteen on July 4!! (of course it would and should be that date!!) sadly we cannot compete with his attendance record of about 62,000 due to our stage configuration reducing the number of seats at the side that can be sold. So we only get to about 57,000, with a few final extra tickets sold on the day when all the gear is in and sight lines can be checked. As you will have fathomed by now I love playing here and so here are some details I have stolen from Wikipedia (so hope they are correct) in case you are interested -- I also took a load of pics there earlier so hope it gives you some idea of the place. You should join us here next time!!!!

So off to the bar area and looking forward to a great night. we go on a bit later tonight, about 9.30, so will get more of the show in darkness and Rob may get paid in full. Its such a bright hot day though that we may have to argue on that. More about the show later.


Ullevi
Ullevi or Ullevi Stadium, formerly named Nya Ullevi, meaning New Ullevi, to distinguish it from Gamla Ullevi, is a stadium in Gothenburg, Sweden. The stadium is also the biggest in Scandinavia. It was opened in 1958, its original use was as a venue for the 1958 World Cup. Since then, it has hosted numerous sports events, notably football, athletics, speedway and speed skating. It has an all-seated capacity of 43,000 and a total capacity of 60,000 for concerts.

The record attendance for football is 52,194 and was set on 3 June 1959, when IFK Göteborg played Örgryte IS. The record for any event is 64,312 (including field-level seating) for a Bruce Springsteen concert on 8 June 1985. The 1985 concert became legendary because Springsteen - with the help of a very enthusiastic audience - almost rocked the stadium to pieces, literally. As the city rests on a layer of clay, the rhythmic movement of tens of thousands of people was close to causing a structural collapse. Even though Bruce Springsteen has made several more visits since, it is unlikely he will manage to repeat his feat as the concrete pillars supporting the stadium have since been extended down to solid bedrock. The record for the stadium after being partially rebuilt was set by Swedish rock band Gyllene Tider on 7 August 2004, with an attendance of 58,977. Also, British band Iron Maiden filmed their concert here in 2005. During the 1980's, the stadium played host to the 1983 Uefa Cup Winners Cup final which saw Aberdeen beat Real Madrid 2-1 after extra time.

Ullevi was used for several matches in EURO 92, including the final. It also hosted the 1995 World Championships in Athletics, the UEFA Cup Winners' Cup finals in 1983 and 1990, and the UEFA Cup final in 2004. It is also the host for the opening ceremony and final games in the Gothia Cup, the world's largest soccer tournament. Ullevi was also the venue for the 2006 European Championships in Athletics.

Less known, it was also the venue for the first game between NFL teams ever played on the European continent, as Minnesota Vikings faced Chicago Bears, in a pre-season game, 14 August 1988.

In April 2007 Ullevi will have Sweden's largest solar power plant. The plant will consist of 600 m² of solar photovoltaic panels.

Onwards for loads of pictures!
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Preparing the screen cameras.


Spot the rigger


Can we turn the sun down a bit?


Michael checks Steve's bass


An ancient mariner at the ready


Gonzo perplexed


Testing, testing...

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