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Can you imagine what the result could be if you give a band like Iron Maiden a huge stage and 250,000 people? Well, no need to, because your dream has come true.
This is the greatest concert ever filmed and the most electrifying performance ever given by any band. Period. What the surprising factor is, that the band we’re talking about here was formed back in ’75 and this was done on the 19th of January 2001. If there’s one band that prevents people from saying that all the legends have lost touch and are aging, it’s this one!
When Bruce returned in ’99, within no time they managed to shed out what at least in my opinion is one of the more important albums of the decade, Brave New World. And when the album itself is an unmitigated classic, nothing can stop it from being followed up with an invigorating live performance and a stellar recording/production to go with it.
Here we see a band in its full form, a band with a 40+ vocalist who hasn’t lost an ounce of his talent and has a stage presence that can make our current favourites shit their pants. Today when you look at concerts you see musicians trying so hard not to make a mistake that they don’t move an inch, making the whole point of having live concerts worthless.
From Di’Anno era’s Wrathchild to Bayley’s Sign of The Cross, the bands best to their second best (current), songs from almost all albums have been played here. The improvisations are impressive and air-guitar essentials (as if their songs already weren’t), the bass is audible and most importantly, the crowd is audible. There just isn’t any flaw. Once you start listening you’ll get so caught up in the atmosphere, its almost equal to being there. Instead of taking revitalizing tonics and drinking coffee, you might want to listen to this everyday first thing in the morning. Highlights include Hallowed Be Thy Name, Fear Of The Dark & The Trooper.
If you’re thinking of getting your first (Iron Maiden) DVD, don’t overlook this one due to its date, because with Iron Maiden, there are no recessions and booms, their whole career is their prime.
Whats better than Iron Maiden's live album Rock in Rio? The dvd. This is one of the best live dvds I have seen. The production is great, top notch. The millions of camera angles make it just amazing. This is the best Maiden dvd out there.
The main things that seperate this from other live dvds is the production value and the insane amount of different cameras the band was filmed with. There are so many different angles and the band playing on this dvd it never gets boring. Sometimes on dvds bands have around 5 different angles and it can get kinda boring. Here though all the most of the camera's are moving so you hardly ever see similiar shots of the band played. Also the stage is huge which allows the band to move around so much, this is a plus. Iron Maiden isn't a band that goes crazy and bangs their head while playing guitar or bass (standing in one spot) like Behemoth or Amon Amarth. Thats why the large stage on this dvd makes the band more entertaining. You can watch them run all overthe place, or you can watch Yanick kick stuff, its great. Then there is Bruce running around jumping off stuff like a madman and still singing like a champ.
To talk about the music breifly since I allready did that in my review of the live album. These songs sounda million times better than the studio versions, especially the older ones. Its also great seeing Bruce play the Blaze songs...since I hate Blaze's vocals. The band adds energy to the songs as well as intensity with their stage presence. The best thing is the band isn't affraid to be sloppy. In other words they sacrifice playing the songs perfectly for added energy and enjoyment. There is nothing more boring than a band trying so hard to play so well...and in the process they don't move around a whole lot. Not the case here, the band doesn't care and they songs come out well with something to offer the studio songs don't.
The fans in audience are great too. The all seem so into the music, headbanging, jumping, singing along. Its a sea of crazy brazilian fans having a great time and adding to the energy of this release. Ocaisionally the dvd shows some fans making hilarious faces, its so funny.
This is the Maiden dvd to buy, quality work. I have no problems with this release.
This is an excellent performance from January 19, 2001 at Rock In Rio in Brazil. The band put on an excellent show, and the songs are very well performed, with all of them being on top-form throughout the whole show. Bruce's voice is better than it is on Live After Death IMO!
Although this is an excellent performance, it would have been good to have Out Of The Silent Planet and The Fallen Angel on it, which were also played during the tour. Another minor problem I find is the camera angles change too quickly. Other than this, it's an excellent concert worthy of being in anyone's collection!