Ticket stub, IRON MAIDEN @ Grugahalle, Essen, Germany, November 25th 1986. W.A.S.P. opening act!

Iron Maiden toured Europe in late 1986 supporting their magnificent album 'Somewhere in time'. I used to play this album over and over and over and would never get tired of hearing about 'Alexander the great'!

By the end of 1986 I had just turned 11, and was not yet into the metal scene. Had I know even a fraction of all the cool stuff that was going on in the metal world in this period it would probably have been too much for me to take in. I mean……in 1986, Metallica had released ‘Master of Puppets’ only to see bassist and songwriter Cliff Burton die on tour in Sweden, Slayer released the legendary and mindblowing album ‘Reign in Blood’ and Iron Maiden released one of their (in my mind) best albums ever: ‘Somewhere In Time’!

Obviously, to an 11 year old boy living way up north in Scandinavia, the album cover was cooler than ice, and I could sit listening to the album and staring at the cover for hours.

Show info: ‘Somewhere in Time’ was released late September 1986, but the tour for the album had started already on September 10th in what is now known as the former Yugoslavia. 76 days and 38 shows later, ‘Maiden pulled up their tour buses outside the Grugahalle in the city of Essen, West Germany (remember, this was before the Berlin Wall came down). 7800 tickets were sold for the event, which meant the house would be packed to the very maximum. Maiden played a set consisting of 5 songs from their new album, 4 from ‘The Number of the Beast’, 4 from ‘Iron Maiden’ and 2 from ‘Powerslave’.

Fun facts:

1. This was the first and ONLY tour were the song ‘Sea of Madness’ was played live. It was not even played for the whole tour, just between September 10th 1986 and January 8th 1987. After that it was taken out of the setlist FOREVER (as far as I can see).

2. On this album, all of Bruce Dickinsons songs were discarded, and he did not get any credits for songwriting on the album.

Other acts: The opening act this evening was no less than metal mercenaries W.A.S.P, with Blackie Lawless and Randy Piper in front. Not a bad opening to the evening if you ask me! It may seem strange today, but W.A.S.P were at this point in time seen as the devils own messengers sent directly from hell to fuck up humanity for good. When they arrived in Essen, they had just released the album ‘Inside the electric circus’ (just 3 weeks earlier), and the opposition against their violent and sexist lyrcis and stage shows had reached new heights. As an example their show (as opening for Maiden) in Norway the week before Essen had been cancelled because Norwegian authorities feared they would “possibly disturb young minds and promote rape and murder”. See more here

Ticket info: This is a ticket from promotors Shooter and Klein. I love tickets with colorful motifs and this one certainly has that. It’s a small work of art. This is a real, concert used ticket and NOT a reproduction. It shows considerable wear, and has some tape on the sides. It was bought from the concertgoer himself in 2012. The image on the ticket is taken from the album cover of Iron Maidens album ‘Somewhere in Time’ (1986). Size is 5cm x 13 cm.

What is it worth?: This ticket is a really cool gig memory, but it’s used (which reduces the value) and it’s got some wear and is also taped. Despite all this it will look good if framed. I’d say 20-30 USD if sold to a collector.

The ‘Somewhere on tour’ program
Grugahalle, Essen, Germany

Venue info and tour poster: Grugahalle in Essen, Germany, indoor arena, concert capasity 7 800.

Video / links from the gig: I have not found any video for this gig. There are a few booleg CDs for sale however, I haven’t heard any of them, but it might be worth a search. But I can tell you that this TV performance is extremely funny, as it shows the band fucking up a ‘live playback performance’ by Maiden in Germany. They really don’t like pretending to play, thats for sure 🙂

The band: (ref. Wikipedia) Iron Maiden are an English heavy metal band from Leyton in East London that were formed in 1975 by bassist and primary songwriter, Steve Harris. Since their inception, the band’s discography has grown to include a total of thirty-six albums: fifteen studio albums; ten live albums; four EPs; and seven compilations.

Concert poster for the German gigs. This is for Offenbach, a few days earlier

Pioneers of the New Wave of British Heavy Metal, Iron Maiden achieved success during the early 1980s. After several line-up changes, the band went on to release a series of U.S. and UK platinum and gold albums, including 1982’s The Number of the Beast, 1983’s Piece of Mind, 1984’s Powerslave, 1985’s live release Live After Death, 1986’s Somewhere in Time and 1988’s Seventh Son of a Seventh Son. Since the return of lead vocalist Bruce Dickinson and guitarist Adrian Smith in 1999, the band have undergone a resurgence in popularity, with their latest studio offering, The Final Frontier, peaking at No. 1 in 28 different countriesand receiving widespread critical acclaim.

Setlist for the Essen, Germany gig in 1986:

Artist: Iron Maiden
Date: 1986-11-25
Venue: Grugahalle, Essen, Germany
Tour: Somewhere on tour


  1. Blade Runner Intro 
  2. Caught Somewhere in Time 
  3. 2 Minutes to Midnight 
  4. Sea of Madness 
  5. Children of the Damned 
  6. Stranger in a Strange Land 
  7. Wasted Years 
  8. Rime of the Ancient Mariner 
  9. Guitar Solo 
  10. Heaven Can Wait 
  11. Phantom of the Opera 
  12. Hallowed Be Thy Name 
  13. Iron Maiden 
  14. Encore:
  15. The Number of the Beast 
  16. Run to the Hills 
  17. Running Free 
  18. Sanctuary

(product image)

W.A.S.P setlist this evening:

  1. Inside The Electric Circus
  2. I Don’t Need No Doctor
  3. 9.5.-N.A.S.T.Y.
  4. Animal (Fuck Like A Beast)
  5. Widow Maker
  6. Wild Child
  7. Sex Drive
  8. I Wanna Be Somebody
  9. Blind In Texas

Comments/ questions/ want to buy something/ corrections to my posts: As always; if you have any questions – feel free to mail me: LBMikalsen @ gmail . com or leave a comment and I’ll get back to you 🙂


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  1. […] Ticket stub, IRON MAIDEN @ Grugahalle, Essen, Germany, November 25th 1986. W.A.S.P. opening act! (rockmetalmemorabilia.com) […]

  2. […] info: Another Shooter and Klein ticket, I have shown you 2 of those earlier; here and here. This is a big ticket, approx 7 x 14 cm. The stub is removed, since it was actually used […]

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