Far off….in the distance….do you hear it? What is that? Is that a stampede of majestic buffalo coming our way? The galloping of the four horsemen of teh Apocalypse? A westward roaring ice storm? No. Nope. Just FUCKING IRON MAIDEN.
April 21st, 2009, the documentary titled “IRON MAIDEN: FLIGHT 666,” chronicling their ambitious 2008 tour, will own aging hessian the world over.
They played in 13 countries, also landing in Azerbaijan and Papua New Guinea en route for fuel stops, traveling 70,000km and performing to almost half a million fans â€“ a schedule that was only made possible by having their own â€œmagic carpetâ€ enabling them to go where they wanted with all the key elements of band, crew and equipment on board one plane, which was christened Ed Force One. Even more remarkable was that lead singer and Airline Captain Bruce Dickinson was not only to perform 23 shows, but he was also the pilot flying the plane for much of the way.
Bruce Dickinson: Renaissance man. Full press release and tour dates after the jump. Afterward, call upon the gods and visit www.ironmaiden.com.
IRON MAIDEN: FLIGHT 666 – THE MOVIE PRESS ANNOUNCEMENT 20TH JANUARY 2009
British heavy rock legends, Iron Maiden, in association with Banger Films, EMI Records, UMe and Arts Alliance Media, announce that they will be releasing a feature length documentary film into cinemas worldwide on April 21st 2009. Entitled ‘IRON MAIDEN: FLIGHT 666′, the movie follows the band on the first leg of their â€œSOMEWHERE BACK IN TIME WORLD TOURâ€ in February and March of 2008 as they experienced the most ambitious and adventurous tour in rock history.
The Maiden tour plan was something that had never been attempted before on such a grand scale. Circumnavigating the globe, the band flew in a specially customized Boeing 757 airliner with their crew and 12 tons of music and stage equipment on board, playing 23 sold out stadium and arena shows in Asia, Australia and North, Central and South America in just 45 days. They played in 13 countries, also landing in Azerbaijan and Papua New Guinea en route for fuel stops, travelling 70,000km and performing to almost half a million fans â€“ a schedule that was only made possible by having their own â€œmagic carpetâ€ enabling them to go where they wanted with all the key elements of band, crew and equipment on board one plane, which was christened Ed Force One. Even more remarkable was that lead singer and Airline Captain Bruce Dickinson was not only to perform 23 shows, but he was also the pilot flying the plane for much of the way.
The band were accompanied everywhere by award winning documentary makers Banger Films from Toronto in Canada, who have received international critical acclaim for their previous movies “Metal, A Headbangers Journey” and recently “Global Metal”. Filmmakers Scot McFadyen and Sam Dunn and their team bring an intimate behind the scenes view of this remarkable journey, with a close look at the logistics involved and following Team Maiden in the cockpit, on the plane and on and offstage, getting to the heart of this innovative global adventure of a band that has very rarely even let cameras backstage before.
Shot in High Definition, the movie will be screened in 2K digital cinema, with superb 5.1 surround sound, mixed by the bands producer Kevin ‘Caveman’ Shirley. IRON MAIDEN: FLIGHT 666 brings to the screen all the drama, excitement and hysteria that followed the band around the world every time their Boeing 757 ‘Ed Force One’ touched down in a new country. The film documents the intensity of the punishing show schedules, the struggle with the time zones, the pressures of ensuring that every performance matched the energy of the many thousands of ecstatic and expectant fans from many cultural backgrounds, unusual angles from the spectacular shows……and of course the fun had on the way!
Iron Maiden: Flight 666 is an honest and revealing portrait of one of the worlds most successful rock bands, a must see for their millions of fans around the world and anyone else with an interest in Rock Music and World Tours, giving an inspirational account of the chaotic and often humorous world of a band touring the four corners of the world in the most extraordinary way.
Participating cinemas will be announced shortly.
For information on the release of IRON MAIDEN: FLIGHT 666, teasers, trailers and news from the current tour please visit www.ironmaiden.com
TOUR SCHEDULE – SOMEWHERE BACK IN TIME WORLD TOUR – FEBRUARY/MARCH 2008
Friday 1st Bandra Kurla Complex, Mumbai India
Monday 4th Burswood Dome, Perth Australia
Wednesday 6th Rod Laver Arena, Melbourne Australia
Thursday 7th Rod Laver Arena, Melbourne Australia
Saturday 9th Acer Arena Sydney Australia
Sunday 10th Acer Arena Sydney Australia
Tuesday 12th Entertainment Centre, Brisbane Australia
Friday 15th Pacifico, Yokohama Japan
Saturday 16th Messe, Tokyo, Japan
Tuesday 19th The Forum, Los Angeles, USA
Thursday 21st Auditoria Telmex, Guadalajara, Mexico
Friday 22nd Arena Monterrey, Monterrey, Mexico
Sunday 24th Foro Sol, Mexico City Mexico
Tuesday 26th Saprisa Stadium, San Jose, Costa Rica
Thursday 28th Simon Bolivar Park, Bogota, Colombia
Sunday 2nd Palmieras Stadium, Sao Paulo Brazil
Tuesday 4th Pedreira stadium, Curitiba Brazil
Wednesday 5th Gigantinho, Porto Allegre Brazil
Friday 7th Ferrocarrill Oeste Stadium, Buenos Aires Argentina
Sunday 9th Pista Atletica, Santiago Chile
Wednesday 12th San Jose Coliseo, San Juan Puerto Rico
Friday 14th Izod Centre, New Jersey USA
Sunday 16th Air Canada Centre, Toronto Canada