Iron Maiden – Flight 666 short review

Posted: 22. f 2009 in movies
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Today I saw the movie Flight 666, a documentary about Iron Maidens Somewhere Back In Time Tour that took place last year. This movie is a tour documentary, telling the story of the band as they set out to play their biggest tour ever, flying from city to city in their own Boing 757 (called Ed Force One) with singer Bruce Dickinson as the pilot. It’s a big project that requiers a lot of planning; even the aircraft needs to be changed to take both the gear and the people.

The documentary only shows the first part of the tour; covering Asia, Australia and North & South America. The movie is full of energy from start to end, and it’s also a very funny movie to watch. Drummer Nicko McBrain is specially worth a mention as he talks continuously all through the movie, and does so in a funny way. There’s a lot of sports here as well; to stay healthy and keep up with the high tempo of the tour, Dave and Nico plays golf, Steve plays football, and Janick mostly hang in the bar. In the movie we meet a lot of Maidens crazy fans, they seem to go nuts in every visited city. There’s even some short interviews with people like Lars Ulrich and Tom Morello telling how much they love Iron Maiden.

My one critic of this movie is the sound quality, which in my opinion is too bad all the way. The sound is too cranked up in the mix, making the whole experience too tiring for most ears. Present nearly all the way is a low frequency hum from the surroundings caused by cheap microphones, making the speach unclear and sometimes impossible to understand. Even the concert footage sounds horrible, with vocals and guitar solos disappearing in the mess of the other instruments. The sounds in the rear surround speakers are often far too loud, manking it hard to hear the speach coming out of the center loudspeaker. By the way, mixing was done by Kevin Shirley, the music producer who has been working with the band since Brave New World (2000).

This movie captures the band at their most energic moments. It’s full of energy all the way, and it’s a good document of yet another successful tour where the band played for over 2 million people. It’s a must see for all maiden fans, and if you miss the screening it will be available on DVD soon. I hope they will fix the sound quality for the DVD version. Up the irons!

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