Iron Maiden have been the undisputed kings of metal since they hit big in the 1980s, and have enjoyed a lengthy and successful career that continues to attract more fans with every turning day, and play to sold out stadiums, arenas, and amphitheaters worldwide- all without the help of mainstream attention. And in 2010, the band embarked in a rehearsal leg for the Final Frontier Tour, only to return to the stage in 2011 for a full scale, cutting edge tour, playing to several countries in several countries worldwide! And En Vivo! is a depiction of one of these spectacular shows, which shows us that even after 36 years, Maiden still rule the music world with an iron fist!
This blu-ray really does showcase Maiden at their best. Even more amazing show is that Maiden play to a sold out crowd of 50,000 (or so Bruce says) in a large stadium setting, with a setlist based on NEW material, with a few classics thrown in there for good measure. The fans go WILD with every tune and the band's energy is just unbelievable, considering how old they are.
The band are in top shape, folks. Bruce brings back the mic stand for the first time since 1999, but even that doesn't stop him from giving it his all here. He still runs around the stage like a hyperactive 12 year old, and, which must have had men in the audience his age reminding themselves to hit the gym. And boy, he can hit the notes better than ever! The Talisman had me wowed, and was an indicator of the amazingness to come. Adrian improvises a bit here, and it sounds damn good. And Steve, Dave and Jan? Well, amazing as aways, I can always expect the best from my favourite band knowing I'm going to get nothing but the best :) and I'm beginning to think Nicko is an alien or something. That must be the only explanation for his being able to drum that inhumanly amazing!
I was taken a bit aback when I found out that it was shot on 22 cameras, but have no worry here, the fast edits found on DOTR and RIR are nowhere to be found. Instead, we get split screens, and that manages to make the show feel more intimate as a result. We get to see Dave play a solo! And we get to see different things at once. None of the split screens are distracting and it feels like you can actually see everything for longer than 3 seconds.
The video quality? Absolutely superb!!! No grain to be seen at all. Shot with 22 RED cameras, the cinematography looks incredible and you can see every pore on Bruce's face, every detail of the guitars, etc. You feel like you're there At the ery front. And the HD mix? Well, it's like you're at the barrier. Just incredible.
The special features are very sparse. There's an 88 minute documentary called Behind The Beast, which I'm saving for the weekend. There's the Satellite 15... The Final Frontier video, there's a making of featurette, and the intro video for the tour.
Simply put, this is a MUST for any Maiden fan. Maiden have never been this amazing, and I cannot wait to see them a third time on July 27th! Ive only 3 more words to say:
UP THE IRONS!!!!!!