Iron Maiden - Rock In Rio

Year of Release: 2002
Label: Columbia Records
Catalog Number: n/a
Format: DVD
Total Time: 175:00:00

You do not really come to know a band until you see them perform live. Bands like Iron Maiden have a bond with fans of their music long before they are engaging those very same fans in a live setting. When that does happens, the band becomes one with their audience. It truly is a miraculous event to witness.

Rock In Rio was a spectacular concert with a throng of 250,000 music fans on hand to rock out all night long with their heroes. It was quite a sight to witness the fantastical light show and pyrotechnics, which gave their music an added impact, then to look into the massive crowd from the viewpoint of the stage and see the thousands of heads bobbing up and down to all the classic Iron Maidentunes, it was absolutely impressive. It is no wonder they have such a heavy-duty sound, as they are a literal guitar army of three, made up of Dave Murray, Adrian Smith and Janick Gers, supported by the killer rhythm section of Steve Harris (bass) and Nicko McBain (drums). Then to add to all of that excitement, lead singer Bruce Dickinson has more energy than a mouse pumped up with caffeine. He compliments all of the musicians fully with his voice and onstage acrobatics.

Out of the 18 great songs offered on this footage, my favorite was "The Clansman." I liked the Celtic feel to the song and the way bass player Steve Harris leads the group into the fray with his acoustic bass. I could appreciate the musicianship of each band member as I watched the show unfold. The guitar playing is immense, and flexible enough to play gently enough at the beginning of some songs to guide you into a climax of savagely powerful riffs. This band is a very authoritative unit when they are in accord with each other.

Not only is there more than enough music to consume, you also get a bonus disc with features like "A Day In The Life," which gives the real hardcore fans out there a glimpse of what these guys do on their off days. For instance, Bruce Dickinson enjoys fencing and flight simulation to unwind. An interview with each band member along with a photo diary of the tour in South America with commentary provided by photographer Steve Halfin adds even more to the complete package of goodies.

Besides this being an awesome performance captured live and documented for your collection you will have an opportunity to look inside the band and answer some of the questions you may have had lingering in your mind for so many years. DVDs do not get much better than this for the real music fan that wants something more than just an auditory experience. Even if you have been a casual fan of the band, you will find extreme enjoyment with this concert footage. They are certainly an incredible band with a voracious following.

Live out your fantasies and dreams and watch "Eddie" come to life for a night in Rio. If you were there this is a great memento, if not, this DVD will give you the fix you need until the next time they roll into your town.

The Wicker Man / Ghost Of The Navigator / Brave New World / Wrathchild / 2 Minutes To Midnight / Blood Brothers / Sign Of The Cross / The Mercenary / The Trooper / Dream Of Mirrors / The Clansman / The Evil That Men Do / Fear Of The Dark / Iron Maiden / The Number Of The Beast / Hallowed Be Thy Name / Sanctuary / Run To The Hills

DVD Features: Candid interviews with Steve Harris, Bruce Dickinson, Janick Gers, Dave Murray, Nicko McBrain, and Adrian Smith / A Day in the Life / Ross Halfin photo diary: 56 exclusive photos from Iron Maiden's South American tour with commentary from official photographer Ross Halfin / Full-screen format

Bruce Dickinson - vocals
Dave Murray - lead & rhythm guitars
Adrian Smith - lead & rhythm guitars
Janick Gers - lead & rhythm guitars
Steve Harris - bass
Nicko McBain - drums

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Genre: Traditional Metal

Origin UK

Added: April 6th 2003
Reviewer: Keith "Muzikman" Hannaleck
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