Beto O’Rourke + Son See Iron Maiden Together – ‘One of the best concerts I’ve been to’

With 47 years in the music business, Iron Maiden is one of those generational acts passed down from parents to their children, with new fans consistently marveling at the energy and power of Bruce Dickinson and the band and dedication to theater often through the band’s mascot “Eddie.” One of those father-son moments happened this week when Texas gubernatorial candidate Beto O’Rourke took his son Henry to see the legendary Iron Maiden at the El Paso stop of the “Legacy of the Beast” tour.

Word of O’Rourke’s participation in the show began to spread when he was seen queuing to enter the venue and the photo was shared on social media. “Politics aside, respect,” offered the person who originally shared the shot.

O’Rourke later acknowledged his participation in the show, revealing that he shared the experience with his son Henry, calling it “one of the best concerts I’ve been to.”

The show at the Don Haskins Center in El Paso saw the metal legends play a 15-song set with two encores, featuring hits like “Hallowed Be Thy Name,” “The Number of the Beast,” “The Trooper,” “Run.” to the Hills” and “Aces High” as well as newer material such as “Senjutsu”, “Writing on the Wall” and “Stratego”.

While O’Rourke appeared to be just enjoying a night out and watching Maiden with his son, there were some cool points earned among those eligible to vote. “Well you definitely got my vote now. Up with the irons!,” one poster commented on the photo with his son, while another added: “I don’t know if there’s anything cooler than seeing the next governor of Texas waiting in line with his son to see Iron Maiden.” Others, meanwhile, just recognized the awesomeness of having another metal-loving politician by sending Beavis & Butt-head headbanging and Bill and Ted playing air guitar. See some of the comments below.

O’Rourke’s musical tastes shouldn’t come as too much of a surprise. In his youth he was once part of a band with At the Drive In and Mars Volta singer Cedric Bixler-Zavala.

Back in 2017, O’Rourke told Washington Post of his earlier music career: “I wasn’t very good at it. [My father] won’t say it, but the expectation is: We didn’t take out loans for you to go to Columbia and so [play] in a punk band your whole life.”

O’Rourke began making his name nationally when he entered the Senate race in Texas, narrowly losing to another recent presidential candidate, Ted Cruz. The politician is currently running for governor of Texas, with The hill reported this week that he trails incumbent Texas Gov. Greg Abbott by five points in a poll released by the Texas Politics Project.

Iron Maiden’s “Legacy of the Beast” run is currently making its way across the US. Make sure you get your tickets here.

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