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This review is from: Flight 666: The Film [DVD]  (DVD)
I watched this with mild interest on the television as I haven't been an Iron Maiden follower for years. This made for an interesting angle on this, because I have got significantly older and so, it would seem, have Maiden. The feel of the tour in between the concerts reminds me of the drudgery of endlessly travelling overseas for business - the feeling of weary familiarity of ending up in a city you've been to before, the soul sapping tedium of travelling on planes and the impersonality of large chain hotels which are simply `not home'. Maiden exhude this air of travel being a necessary evil (part of the job) and tails of sex drugs and rock no roll are a dim and distant memory. Pre concert the tedium of setting up stage in some flea pit is exposed and the band suffer the interviewer with the air of a bunch of blokes who would rather not have to go through all of this 80's rock star flim flam.
Then they hit the stages with all the air of a home town football team playing for their adoring crowds (who are thankfully bonkers throughout this trip). Dickinson, Harris and McBrain, give it 1000% every night and, thankfully, after all these years everything is reassuringly familiar - Murray plays like a guitar teacher with piles, with that curious simper that I've never understood (there aren't many people less obviously metal than this guy) and Smith and Stratton are around somewhere on the stage playing technical stuff, Dickinson is bounding around like a demented dog and Harris endearingly mouths along to all the songs he's written over the years, with his foot firmly placed on the monitor. Maiden are therefore one of life's certainties and it's heart warming to see the same passion in the crowds that they have maintained for eons. So this is interesting to watch, but having ditched international travel for the comfort of a good fire and a good book I am left watching the concerts in appreciative awe but the travelling sections with less interest - which is ironic as that's what the film is about.