on 5 December 2011
Despite my fanaticism about Iron Maiden, the book is one of the best things i've ever get about Maiden. It tells the whole story of the Somewhere Back In Time Tour and the Final Frontier Tour with photos. By the way, excelent job of John McMurtrie.
I'm really enjoying my book!!! Get Yours fast!!!!!
on 20 October 2011
I loved this book on sight. the look, the feel, the whole package. And the content is amazing - the whole tour literally unfolds in pictures in front of you and makes you feel like you're right there with them. I'm a huge fan of the band anyway and got goosebumps looking at the expressions on the faces of all the fans pictured, they jump out at you as much as the photos of the band do. All the offstage photos are so fascinating, the personality of each individual in the band is captured to perfection I think. The captions are both concise and explanatory (and often very witty) and in Bruce Dickinson's foreword it really hits home what a truly mammoth task it was to get the whole project off the ground. Mindblowing stuff! I recommend this book as a self-help manual to anyone interested in seeing how crazy dreams can come true!
Maiden's recent tours aboard "Ed Force One", a converted 757 adapted to carry the band, crew and all their equipment to various far-flung destinations, were epic treks, and a genuine first for a rock band. The story is very interesting, and is told to good effect in the "Flight 666" documentary. This book isn't really a telling of the story - there is just enough text to tell a bit of the background, and an interesting introduction from Bruce Dickinson. The fact that the story is already available in video format frees the space in this book for photographs of the various tours, both on and off stage.
I'm not in general a huge fan of books of photographs - I'd rather have something to read - but I am happy to make an exception in the case of this one. The off-stage photos are fine - seeing the crowds, the off-duty activities and the flying is always interesting, but a lot of this was already covered by the documentary. But the on-stage photographs are superb, and in some cases, utterly stunning - I have seen few examples of rock performance photography that compares with some of the shots in here. John McMurtrie, the band's official photographer, clearly vies with Maiden themselves in terms of talent in their art.
The book probably doesn't stand on its own - for a full record of the Flight 666 tours, you want the DVD as well, but this book is pretty much a compulsory purchase for any Maiden fan.