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This review is from: Flight 666: The Film [DVD]  (DVD)
REVIEW OF SPECIAL SHOWING OF THE FILM TUESDAY 21st APRIL HATFIELD GALLERIA
When many people see the title of this DVD they could expect 2 hours of non stop head banging to Iron Maiden, and in that respect may be disappointed. There are numerous snippets from their 2008 world tour in venues as diverse as Mumbai and San Jose, but overall the film provides an insight into the workings of a unique piece of rock history.
In Bruce Dickinson Iron Maiden have a leader who is not only a musician, world class fencer, radio presenter, but a fully qualified commercial airline pilot, and it is his flying prowess which laid the basis for the tour. Several documentaries have been filmed about rock tours and generally comprise endless shots of black flight cases with fleets of Edwin Shirley trucks (other trucking companies are readily available) criss-crossing motorways in the UK and Europe.
It was decided that by modifying a Boeing 757 jet the group, management, and road crew together with staging, lights, and sound equipment could fly around the world perform a show, then take off the following day to the next venue. Perhaps this all sounds tedious but from the first sight of their beautifully sign written plane at Stansted, to the final chord struck in Toronto Canada the film keeps your attention without flagging.
There was a very human element to this documentary and what came across to me is the great family atmosphere the whole touring party created between themselves. The production director deciding he was retiring "again", the comment from the roadies that they can party as hard as anyone but at 7am or before if necessary they will all be ready to work without fail, the friendly banter with the air stewards never getting malicious.
In some ways the film is also a travelogue with stunning shots of cities, and the chaos from when their plane touched down until they were safely inside their hotel. The sickness the group encountered in India, perfect organisation of the shows in Melbourne and Sydney contrasting with the disturbing scenes in Bolivia showing fans camped out on the road for 10 days to see their heroes perform only to have their basic possessions stolen by the police.
There is plenty of stage footage to please die hard fans and interviews with band members who I felt gave a well balanced view of life on the road. Many of their entourage have been with the group since the early days of transit vans and motorway service stations so comfort levels have certainly increased. Perhaps the most revealing statement regarding media/fan pressure was the comment that once in the sanctuary of their hotel complete privacy should be given ... you would not think it from the hundreds of fans storming the reception area in Santiago.
There is a very fine line between success and failure in the music business so to remain in the top flight for nearly 30 years is a remarkable achievement. Iron Maiden still attract fans worldwide from ages 7 to 70 and I feel this DVD will appeal to anyone whos interest goes beyond buying their latest CD and attending the odd concert.
(Review by "Frank")
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Initial post: 20 May 2009, 19:19:24 BST
Duncan McDonald says:
Clearly a passionate fan of the geatest rock band on the planet.
Posted on 22 May 2009, 10:25:10 BST
Gumption Brash says:
Great review, thanks, will be buying as soon as I get the pennies!
In reply to an earlier post on 23 May 2009, 12:10:44 BST
Four Violets says:
What a great name you have!!
I can assure you the DVD will be worth every penny when it is released.
Thanks for the comment ... much appreciated.
All the best ..... Keep rocking.
In reply to an earlier post on 23 May 2009, 12:20:41 BST
Four Violets says:
Thanks for comments.
Yes I love all music provided it is played well, and the artists have good reaction with their audience.
I find the quality of many concert DVD's, (especially when I have been to the show), vary variable and apart from one great exception Meat Loaf live with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra artificial and remixed.
You will love this when released.
All the best.
In reply to an earlier post on 29 May 2009, 00:03:48 BST
Duncan McDonald says:
I own all the Maiden albums and video/DVD's. I love them 'live'and have seen them several times. I feel obliged to purchase the CD and the DVD, more so after reading your excellent review. I am sure I will enjoy them in my own way.
Will have to check out Meatloaf.
Posted on 22 Jul 2009, 16:24:33 BST
Great review, but... did they go to Bolivia? I think I missed that!
Colombia and Bolivia are probably as similar (and as close) as England and Iceland!
Well, next time just pay a little attention to details... Hey Frank, are you all Afghans like that?
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