Flight 666 [DVD] review by Iron Maiden

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  • Released: Jul 7, 2009
  • Sound: 10
  • Content: 9
  • Production Quality: 10
  • Overall Impression: 10
  • Reviewer's score: 9.8 Superb
  • Users' score: 9.7 (123 votes)
Iron Maiden: Flight 666 [DVD]
10

Sound — 10
Logistically, the setup of Iron Maiden's 2008 Somewhere Back In Time World Tour was not going to be easy. After all, the legendary metal band opted to tour 21 cities in about 45 days, racking up 50,000 miles along the way. But thanks to vocalist Bruce Dickinson's skills as an airline pilot, the lofty goal became accessible via a Boeing 757 (Ed Force One), plenty of stamina, and a full airline crew (often donning Iron Maiden t-shirts as their uniforms). The new DVD Flight 666 follows Iron Maiden as the band hit everywhere from India and Australia to Japan and Brazil, and this is one documentary that has a very distinct feel about it. Had the film crew followed a long list of other metal bands that shall remain unnamed, there might have been drama from minute one and onward. But chronicling the day-to-day lives of Dickinson and bandmates, it's obvious that you don't need conflict to make for a historic, memorable event. Featuring 2 DVDs (the documentary film on disk one and 17 live performances on disk two), Flight 666 delivers Maiden at its best. The Somewhere Back In Time World Tour essentially revisited the band's 1984-1985 World Slavery Tour, which featured such key songs as The Trooper, The Number of the Beast, Wasted Time, and Fear of the Dark. During the DVD, Dickinson points out that this was not a tour put on for the sake of nostalgia, but rather, a gift to younger fans who had not yet had a chance to experience the older material live. Yes, the band might be a little older, but it soon becomes obvious that neither energy nor top-notch performances are an issue. This is one band that could still teach a lesson in live performance to today's younger metal musicians. Because the band is able to hit so many countries/cities in a short period of time, Flight 666 provides an in-depth and often emotional glimpse at the band's effect on the world. Each country has its own unique way of welcoming Maiden into their home, but there is one constant: Overall hysteria. Some are crazier (in a good way) than others, but the film relays just how essential one metal band has become in their fans' lives. The most extreme examples come in areas like Colombia, where tears of joy are shed before and after the concert. Another example comes in the form of a Brazilian priest dubbed Father Iron Maiden, who not only has 50-plus Maiden tattoos, he also delivers sermons relating to the lyrics of his favorite band. The chemistry within Iron Maiden has never been more cohesive and powerful, with every single member being on the same page musically. The second disk delivers full performances of 17 tracks from various cities, and the band doesn't disappoint on any of them. In terms of backstage antics, the grueling tour could have made for conflicts galore, but Iron Maiden is a band that consists of pretty easy-going guys. The biggest issue along the way? When drummer Nicko McBrain is hit in the arm with a golf ball (and there is plenty of golfing footage, by the way), there is a slight worry that the big Costa Rica date will be canceled. Luckily tragedy was averted and the show goes on, but no real feathers are ruffled through it all. It's an exhausting tour, but the guys in Maiden rarely let it show.

Content — 9
The documentary portion of Flight 666 gives you the figurative backstage pass, and you see the members in every aspect of life. Vignettes include Adrian Smith in his own personal pre-performance rehearsal, Dickinson tackling his piloting duties, lots and lots of golf with Nicko McBrain, and a variety of interviews with fans throughout the world. The members of Maiden are pretty low-key for the most part, but that mellow energy is balanced quite well with the passionate, super-fans in areas like Japan and Latin America. The performance footage is amazing, and it's astounding that the band sounds so solid after 30-plus years.

Production Quality — 10
Some viewers who saw the film in theaters have commented that the editing is slightly frantic, but in comparison with some other DVDs/music videos, Flight 666's live performances are quite thorough in terms of the camera time they gives to each member. Full attention is given to the guitar team of Dave Murray and Adrian Smith at all the appropriate times (Hallowed Be Thy Name is a big highlight), and every other member has plenty of time in the spotlight as well. In terms of the documentary, you get a well-rounded cultural glimpse of each city, whether you are viewing the general concert shots or the in-the-streets interviews. And not to be outdone, Iron Maiden's Flight 666 was filmed in the always beautiful Hi-Def, making for awe-inspiring shots of places like Brazil and Mexico.

Overall Impression — 10
If you're an Iron Maiden fan, you will be far from disappointed with Flight 666. Not only do you have an opportunity to relive songs like Run to the Hills and Can I Play With Madness (with Dickinson still sounding like the monster vocalist he was in his 20's), you also can't help but feel a connection with some of the fans interviewed throughout the film. In one of the last moments of the DVD, Dickinson looks back on Maiden's effect on the world and the possibility of truly having achieved something with his life. For anybody that doubts the power of metal, you just have to see Flight 666 to be full cognizant that Dickinson's quote is likely an understatement. Just ask Father Iron Maiden I'm sure he could churn out a sermon or two on that very topic.

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    Skuzzmo
    Stevie.D_BCRich wrote: "Guitar team of Dave Murray and Adrian Smith" Incase you didn't notice, Maiden have 3 guitarists... Janick Gers gets hardly any mention for his guitar work yet when i saw them at twickenham, his performance was better than Adrian's. Adrian is actually quite a boring performer imho. Not saying he's a bad guitarist, just a boring person to watch
    I may be a puritan but Gers isn't maiden...the same way bayley isn't maiden. No disrespect to Gers in the slightest but at the Twickers gig I hardly noticed him and when I did he was just twating around with his cable... I'm not even sure they'd plugged his guiatr in.....
    Fender6
    Jesstaa wrote: This DVD was great, I was so excited when I went to see them 2 ****ing nights in a row in Melbourne, to hear the legendary Bruce Dickinson shouting SCREAM FOR ME MELBOURNE just as he had for Longbeach California in 1983 was my dream come true, and to then see it again with 2 minutes to midnight on this DVD was surreal, bloody brilliant, I'd like to see a top 20's "artist" do this kinda shit.
    I liked how you put quotes around the word "artist". Funny.
    RAH7747
    2mins2midnite wrote: maiden is the best metal band out there end. of metallica got nothing compared to them
    Now where the **** did this come out of nowhere?? Who's comparing anything them with metallica here? We ALL know what maiden has done and where they stand in the metal world.. So why the **** even compare?? Anyway, awesome film! The way they've captured every song is brilliant! A must watch for every metalhead and others too..
    Skuzzmo
    raisingfear101 wrote: Skuzzmo wrote: Stevie.D_BCRich wrote: "Guitar team of Dave Murray and Adrian Smith" Incase you didn't notice, Maiden have 3 guitarists... Janick Gers gets hardly any mention for his guitar work yet when i saw them at twickenham, his performance was better than Adrian's. Adrian is actually quite a boring performer imho. Not saying he's a bad guitarist, just a boring person to watch I may be a puritan but Gers isn't maiden...the same way bayley isn't maiden. No disrespect to Gers in the slightest but at the Twickers gig I hardly noticed him and when I did he was just twating around with his cable... I'm not even sure they'd plugged his guiatr in..... Jannick isn't maiden? really now? You do realize that he's been in the band just as long as adrian right????
    Darling, this isn't a question of length of service, this is a question of impact on the output of the band... Think of all the maiden classics , wasted years, flight of icarus, 22 acacia etc, etc and tell me how many Adrian smith wrote/co wrote and the do the same for gers... Getting the idea now?
    CustomCustom
    Im an old **** now who saw them live on the Powerslave tour in 85 or 86 I think. So many good songs and i can accept yanik, I mean things change some people consider Fred Durst a rock star for Gods sake!? Im running free yeah, im running free EDDIE LIVES IRON MAIDEN FOREVER!
    FearOfTheDuck
    I think Rod Smallwood was in our cinema in Brighton when we saw this! It would've been cool if they included Twickenham too, don't you think? : )
    robnkel
    UP THE IRONS!!!!! Ive been a fan as long as i can remember, i saw them at the Filmore in San Fransisco in 98 UNFUKNBELIEVABLE!! Mindblowing,Earspliting Awesomeness! i have the Maiden in Rio vid from the Brave new World tour and if the new vid is anywhere near the calibur of that one, well... ive never seen a tighter band
    Flibo
    Skuzzmo wrote: raisingfear101 wrote: Skuzzmo wrote: Stevie.D_BCRich wrote: "Guitar team of Dave Murray and Adrian Smith" Incase you didn't notice, Maiden have 3 guitarists... Janick Gers gets hardly any mention for his guitar work yet when i saw them at twickenham, his performance was better than Adrian's. Adrian is actually quite a boring performer imho. Not saying he's a bad guitarist, just a boring person to watch I may be a puritan but Gers isn't maiden...the same way bayley isn't maiden. No disrespect to Gers in the slightest but at the Twickers gig I hardly noticed him and when I did he was just twating around with his cable... I'm not even sure they'd plugged his guiatr in..... Jannick isn't maiden? really now? You do realize that he's been in the band just as long as adrian right???? Darling, this isn't a question of length of service, this is a question of impact on the output of the band... Think of all the maiden classics, wasted years, flight of icarus, 22 acacia etc, etc and tell me how many Adrian smith wrote/co wrote and the do the same for gers... Getting the idea now?
    Fear of the Dark?
    raisingfear101
    Disturbed.One wrote: raisingfear101 wrote: Skuzzmo wrote: Stevie.D_BCRich wrote: So you are trying to tell me now that jannick has been around as log as Adrian? I believe you to be wrong. I'm pretty sure Adrian has been in the band since killers, and that jannick took his place after he left after somewhere in time. And when he came back for brave new world, jannick stayed, but that still leaves him with more time in the band than jannick. And some people feel like he is more a part of maiden because he was in most of their most popular albums. So what I'm really trying to say is... UP THE IRONS!!! "Guitar team of Dave Murray and Adrian Smith" Incase you didn't notice, Maiden have 3 guitarists... Janick Gers gets hardly any mention for his guitar work yet when i saw them at twickenham, his performance was better than Adrian's. Adrian is actually quite a boring performer imho. Not saying he's a bad guitarist, just a boring person to watch I may be a puritan but Gers isn't maiden...the same way bayley isn't maiden. No disrespect to Gers in the slightest but at the Twickers gig I hardly noticed him and when I did he was just twating around with his cable... I'm not even sure they'd plugged his guiatr in..... Jannick isn't maiden? really now? You do realize that he's been in the band just as long as adrian right????
    I'm saying do the math.
    Jesstaa
    I feel I should also add; Iron Maiden have created a cult following with their live stuff, I mean, how many bands out there have a live album that is like the bible to metal fans, every real Iron Maiden fan sings the Live After Death version of the songs on that album, truely brilliant.
    Big Spender
    Just throwing my support out there with the rest. I was at the saturday night Acer show where Revelations was filmed and it was an inredible night which had me (and I'm sure everyone else who was there) raving for ages. Looking back, it's nice to see that we weren't all just star struck, Maiden really are one of the premier live bands on the world circuit (and Indeed, have been for the better part of their careers) as evidenced on these disks.
    TSmitty6
    i saw it on VH1 classic. Bruce looks more and more like Steve Irwin everyime i see him. i saw em bout a year ago and took 2 friends to their 1st concert. im like, u guys r spoiled, most bands dont put on this good of stage show, and no one else has eddie! now ur gonna have too high of expectations for the next band u see!
    Jujiman
    Maiden freakin rocks. Murray, Smith and Gers are fantastic players who make todays young hot rod shredders look like shit.
    SiKh22
    Why do people hate on Janick? He's been in the band just as long, and has written tons of music for the band. Don't disrespect him, he even asked Adrian Smith if he should leave when Adrian rejoined, kind enough he was asked to stay, the band is perfect!
    Ironpriest
    Jesstaa : This DVD was great, I was so excited when I went to see them 2 ****ing nights in a row in Melbourne, to hear the legendary Bruce Dickinson shouting SCREAM FOR ME MELBOURNE just as he had for Longbeach California in 1983 was my dream come true, and to then see it again with 2 minutes to midnight on this DVD was surreal, bloody brilliant, I'd like to see a top 20's "artist" do this kinda shit.
    THIS THIS THIS THIS THIS THIS THIS THIS!!!! I was at the second melbourne gig!!! SCREAM FOR ME MELBOURNE really was a dream come true, best thing is bruce said they will be back.
    Disturbed.One
    raisingfear101 wrote: Skuzzmo wrote: Stevie.D_BCRich wrote: So you are trying to tell me now that jannick has been around as log as Adrian? I believe you to be wrong. I'm pretty sure Adrian has been in the band since killers, and that jannick took his place after he left after somewhere in time. And when he came back for brave new world, jannick stayed, but that still leaves him with more time in the band than jannick. And some people feel like he is more a part of maiden because he was in most of their most popular albums. So what I'm really trying to say is... UP THE IRONS!!! "Guitar team of Dave Murray and Adrian Smith" Incase you didn't notice, Maiden have 3 guitarists... Janick Gers gets hardly any mention for his guitar work yet when i saw them at twickenham, his performance was better than Adrian's. Adrian is actually quite a boring performer imho. Not saying he's a bad guitarist, just a boring person to watch I may be a puritan but Gers isn't maiden...the same way bayley isn't maiden. No disrespect to Gers in the slightest but at the Twickers gig I hardly noticed him and when I did he was just twating around with his cable... I'm not even sure they'd plugged his guiatr in..... Jannick isn't maiden? really now? You do realize that he's been in the band just as long as adrian right????
    raisingfear101
    @skuzzmo - so what??? that doesn't give you the authority to proclaim that he isn't maiden and then try to dis his live performance. If he really "wasn't maiden", he would of been kicked out 10 years ago when Adrian came back.
    huevos
    de-fexxx666 wrote: littleleo88 wrote: josbroek wrote: tom1thomas1 wrote: lol at the Priest, I wonder if he went into priesthood just to be the guy that preaches Iron Maiden. And it's Wasted Years not Wasted Time. I'm a bit suspicious of reviews that give almost a perfect 10, I can think of a handful of things that could possibly deserve close to that. AC/DC (no not my favourite band) Stratocaster Frank Sinatra (not my thing but he's damn good) Rock in general I don't think this DVD really fits in there does it? Still i haven't seen it so maybe it is a mind blowing thing but, I reckon it's got to live up to Metal: A Headbanger's Journey and that was Iron Maiden + every other legendary metal band as well u are so stupid if u say this before u saw the movie, i saw it in theatres and it was MIND BLOWING!!!!! no he's realistic - a DVD about iron maiden cannot be mind blowing. it can be boring, however. who wants to see a film about middle-aged men still trying to be cool? Have you seen the movie? First off, it's hardly boring, and second, Maiden ARE still cool. The movie is a great look into the lives of a band whose music has touched countless fans all over the world. Some of the movie is truly moving, like seeing Columbian police beating people in line for the show and taking all their food. It's amazing to see people enduring this kind of stuff just to see a band play. Whether or not you like Maiden, you can't deny the movie is one of the best damn documentaries ever.
    That's actually scary that people are that devoted, Dethklok style. I love my favorite bands, when go to the ends of the earth to see them, but as so as police start some shit, **** the show. It's time to riot! Then again, Burque is filled with unruly characters.
    thiagosilva
    i have no doubt that this is the best tour of 08 and this DVD let this very clear.
    MotörHeadFan22
    I absolutely loved this video, it was funny, awesome and entertaining. Plus i love the directors earlier work, metal: A Head bangers Journey it was great, and so is this! it's an essential for any Iron Maiden fan! UP THE IRONS! \m/
    Joe310707
    One of the best Band movies ive ever seen,funny ,insightful and entertaining. Iron Maiden are still performing as good as they were 20 years ago
    de-fexxx666
    I don't see why people dislike Janick. Sure, he's a lot more active on stage than Dave or Adrian, but it's doesn't make him any less of a player. Someone argued that he doesn't contribute anything good to the songwriting, and that's just bollocks. He had a hand in Be Quick Or Be Dead and Wasting Love, possibly the strongest songs off of FOTD besides the title track. He also wrote a lot of the X Factor, which is one of Maiden's most underrated albums. The Whole VXI album is a throw away, so we'll skip that. He helped write some of the best songs on Brave New World, including Ghost Of The Navigator, Dream Of Mirrors and Out Of The Silent Planet. He wrote a majority of the title track on Dance Of Death, which is among the best Maiden epics. Finally, he wrote most of The Legacy, which is hands down the best song on AMOLAD. Janick is a big part of the songwriting, and just because he came into the picture too late to add to some of the classic albums doesn't make him any worse of a guitarist or songwriter.
    flakeoff101
    My favorite moment of this awesome movie was when the Indian guy got his guitar signed by the band.... "Does that make you happy, sir?" "HOHOHO! It's not even funny, man!" I would probably say the exact same thing. XD
    Stratcat70
    I bought both the soundtrack, DVD and Blu-Ray (BestBuy is selling it now.. and I don't even have a blu-ray yet). It really is a great addition to the collection. The picture quality is really good. The fast editing kinda sucks, but compared to 'Death On The Road' it is much better. 'Death' editing was so bad, it is almost unbearable. I wish they would use the multi-angle feature of DVD's.. the only place I've seen that feature used is, umm, adult videos. Janick is no doubt a good guitar player, but he is a third wheel (or guitarist..). He doesn't really fit in so well. Maybe he adds some song writing inspiration. Personally, I kinda think he is a goof. Watching the video, they don't even show him much. My friends and I debate whether his guitar is even plugged in, and if it is, is it amped?!?! Even in the video, they call him the jester. Heck, the last tour, his guitar spent more time in the air, then around his shoulder : Anyway, the video is great. They don't make music like they used to, and I'm happy that Maiden is still kickin ass around the world. Maiden is still my favorite band, and Steve Harris is, my friend the bass player, favorite bassist. Most of the songs we jam are Maiden songs.
    trendkill-
    why don't don't you guys stop arguing and just go watch the damn thing and enjoy it.
    dynasty7401
    UP THE IRONS!!!!! I have been a Maiden Fan since 82 and have seen live about 8 times throughout the years. This DVD and tour, which I was able to see 2 times including the last show in Sunrise Fla, simply justifies why I have enjoyed their albums and live shows for over the past 25 plus yrs!! Whether your a Maiden fan or not, you can't deny their impact on the metal scene. If you have seen the DVD then you will understand when you see so many other musicians paying tribute to Maiden prior to the LA show. If you haven't, well then atleast check out that 1 scene and you'll understand too.
    Joe310707
    This DVD is great ,so funny and interesting to watch the insights into one of the best metal bands to come from the UK. All the band memebers put on amazing perfomances just like they did 20 years ago.
    zalant
    I am a huge Maiden fan, but there are a couple of things about the above article (and other articles) which bug the piss out of me. 1st, everyone writes that it's only because Bruce is a pilot that they were able to go to so many gigs in such little time. Like they would not have been able to get another pilot to fly the plane. I think the Maiden plane is absolutely badass, but to act as if Bruce is the only person in the world who could fly it seems a bit silly. 2nd, the article mentions that the song "Fear of the Dark" was among those featured on the 84-85 World Slavery tour. We all know how true that is. I've been dying to see this movie and I missed it when VH1 Classic ran it, so I guess I'll be buying it. Maiden rules!! After we went to see them last summer, a buddy of mine declared, "I'm married with two kids, but now I can finally say that I am a MAN!!" Up the irons!!!
    rhyme2zone
    whoever's fighting about Janick not being "maiden" are ****heads cuz Janick really helps the sound of maiden become heavier. Plus, have you heard their new albums with Janick? brilliant. Flight 666 was amazing, really cool.
    RockInPeaceDime
    I find it VERY hard to believe anybody could dislike Maiden if they've seen Flight 666. I mean seriously, for the amount that they have accomplished with such little help from radio and other mainstream media that have popularized so many other bands, you'd think the fellas of Maiden would be at least a little egotistical. And they're not in the least. It's so ****ing clear that they are the epitome of what metal is supposed to be and have no other goals in the music business besides making fan's lives better by putting on ridiculously amazing shows. If you watch Flight 666 and pay attention specifically to the footage shown in the South American concerts, I honestly can't see a legitimate reason for disliking Maiden.
    vash_08
    Skuzzmo wrote: raisingfear101 wrote: Skuzzmo wrote: Stevie.D_BCRich wrote: "Guitar team of Dave Murray and Adrian Smith" Incase you didn't notice, Maiden have 3 guitarists... Janick Gers gets hardly any mention for his guitar work yet when i saw them at twickenham, his performance was better than Adrian's. Adrian is actually quite a boring performer imho. Not saying he's a bad guitarist, just a boring person to watch I may be a puritan but Gers isn't maiden...the same way bayley isn't maiden. No disrespect to Gers in the slightest but at the Twickers gig I hardly noticed him and when I did he was just twating around with his cable... I'm not even sure they'd plugged his guiatr in..... Jannick isn't maiden? really now? You do realize that he's been in the band just as long as adrian right???? Darling, this isn't a question of length of service, this is a question of impact on the output of the band... Think of all the maiden classics, wasted years, flight of icarus, 22 acacia etc, etc and tell me how many Adrian smith wrote/co wrote and the do the same for gers... Getting the idea now?
    and how many of those classics sound 10 times more badass with the three guitar parts, thanks to janick? just about all of them.
    Skuzzmo
    raisingfear101 wrote: @skuzzmo - so what??? that doesn't give you the authority to proclaim that he isn't maiden and then try to dis his live performance. If he really "wasn't maiden", he would of been kicked out 10 years ago when Adrian came back.
    Fuck me some of you wankers are hard work. I wasn't saying I hate Gers, neither am I saying he shouldn't be in maiden and neither am I saying he's shit on stage what I am saying is that Iron Maiden to me is the Iron Maiden I grew up with ie Dickinson,Harris, Murray,Smith and McBrain and even though Gers has been with them since 90 he still doesn't 'feel' like Maiden to me.....and that is my opinion. If ya don't like it ya can suck my cock.....
    BLUEkerl
    Jon_J wrote: Lordi71uk wrote: thedefrockednun wrote: I saw them twice on a week, I went to Prague and when I was home I went to the "Sziget Festival" Thanks to Iron Maiden the festival managed a record attendance (for one performer) of over 85 000 people. It was so amazing. I think you will find that in 1988 Iron Maiden played the Montsers Of Rock festival at Donnington Park to an audience of....100000 people. I think he means the record for the venue/festival.
    Glad you caught that