IRON MAIDEN – Flight 666: The Film

With Bruce Dickinson, Steve Harris, Nico McBrain, Dave Murray, Adrian Smith, Janick Gers

When Iron Maiden started in the mid-‘70s, no-one would’ve thought that this Metal band playing pubs in the East end of London would rise to become on of the biggest ever well past the year 2000. Iron Maiden broke barriers and without mainstream assistance or radio backing, armed only with an arsenal of killer songs, a fantastic live performance and a dedicated global army of fans, reached their pinnacle on their recent Somewhere Back In Time tour, covering 125,000 miles, 38 countries and playing to around 2 million fans! This was made possible by them taking charge of their own Boeing 757 (dubbed Ed Force One), piloted by the multi-talented vocalist Bruce Dickinson. The energy and magnitude of this enormous tour was captured in this amazing documentary, covered by the team that made the popular documentary Metal: A Headbanger’s Journey. You get into the thick of things, from the planning and the team behind the scenes keeping this monster rolling, to the personal views and perspectives of all involved, and of course, the music and the fans.
If you were a bit slow on the uptake and missed out on this documentary’s special cinema screening (in 500 theatres globally), you can now pick it up on DVD or Blu-ray – but even if you did catch it in the theatre, if you’re a true fan, you’ll get it for your collection regardless. Especially since besides the invigorating on- and off-stage coverage (including live performances form the earlier part of their career), you also get an extra DVD with 16 full live cuts shot in as many countries (these songs are also available on a double CD).
I must add that I feel had vocalist Bruce Dickinson not returned (around the brave New World Maiden phase), I doubt whether they would’ve reached these heights with interim vocalist during the mid-'90s Blaze Bayley...

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- Paul Blom

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