Addicted To Vinyl Musical thoughts from the open road, with headphones on

10Jun/0923

Flight 666 now departing….

I wore out Piece of Mind, I mean I WORE THAT OUT! I listened to it all day, and then when it got to be night time, I put the headphones on...

Tom Morello
Rage Against The Machine

"Flight 666 is now taking off," "F*ckin' Maiden," and "Up The Irons" were just a few of the many status updates I saw this past weekend on Facebook and Twitter. The metal community has been buzzing for some time about Flight 666, the new documentary from Iron Maiden that documents last year's epic Somewhere Back In Time tour that crisscrossed across multiple countries and continents including Australia for the first time in 15 years.

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And you knew Flight 666 was going to be awesome. Iron Maiden is one of those bands that you can still believe the hype. More than 30 years after their initial formation, the band is still just as relevant to metal fans as they were in the 80's. Their legendary stage show and visuals are just as over the top as they were back in the day, and while that lingering arena rock spirit might feel cliched to some, it's completely METAL to the rest of us.

When the tour touched down at Blossom Music Center last summer, I had no idea that I was in for one of the best shows I'd see in 2008. I should have known because, how can you miss with a setlist from Maiden that is nearly 100 percent focused on their classic 80's material featuring the Powerslave-era stage? Within moments of Maiden taking the stage, I figured out very quickly from my choice 5th row seats that it was going to be the best night with Maiden since the initial reunion gig with lead singer Bruce Dickinson at Nautica Stage in 1999.

Flight 666 premiered this past weekend on VH-1 Classic and the high def channel Palladia. Maiden and longtime manager Rod Smallwood pulled off a great promotional ploy scheduling the documentary and concert to air on the channels on the eve of the retail release of Flight 666, which was released yesterday. I haven't even watched the concert portion of Flight 666 yet, but I can tell you that I will be heading out to the stores shortly to pick up a DVD copy of Flight 666 based on the documentary alone.

I recommend this documentary to all metal, music, and Iron Maiden fans as one of the best music documentaries I've seen in a while. Dickinson, also a commercial airline pilot, pilots the band crew, and stage equipment in a customized Boeing 757, "Ed Force One" for a journey that logged 50,000 miles with 23 concerts in 45 days. Shot in hi-def by Banger Productions (Metal: A Headbanger's Journey) with 5.1 audio mixed by longtime Maiden associate Kevin Shirley (Aerosmith, Journey, The Black Crowes, etc,) Flight 666 earns a platinum set of wings and two metal thumbs way up.

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And how about those Maiden guys? How do they sound? Just like 1983, although you might have a little bit less hair and a few less brain cells. If you're a Maiden fan, chances are good that you've already got a few of the previous live DVD releases, and if you don't - Flight 666 is a great starting point for your collection. Drummer Nicko McBrain is worth the purchase price of Flight 666 for the constant string of one-liners that he provides throughout the film. Absolutely classic.

Up The Irons!

Flight 666 is available on DVD,Blu-Ray, CD, and picture disc VINYL!

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