Death on the Road

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Death on the Road
Live album & video by Iron Maiden
Released 29 August 2005 (audio)
6 February 2006 (video)
Recorded Westfallenhalle Arena
Dortmund, Germany
24 November 2003
Genre Heavy metal
Length 94:25
Label EMI
Producer Kevin Shirley / Steve Harris
Iron Maiden live albums chronology
Beast over Hammersmith
(2002)
Death on the Road
(2005)
|Flight 666
(2009)
Iron Maiden video chronology
The Early Days
(2004)
Death on the Road
(2006)
Live After Death
(2008)
Singles from Death on the Road
  1. "The Trooper (live)"
    Released: 15 August 2005

Death on the Road is a live CD, LP, and DVD released by the British heavy metal band Iron Maiden on 29 August 2005 (CD & LP version) and on 6 February 2006 (DVD version). The album was recorded at Westfalenhalle in Dortmund, Germany on 24 November 2003, during the Dance of Death World Tour (2003–2004).

The release performed well in the national charts of several countries; Finland (no. 5), Sweden (no. 7), Norway (no. 12), France (no. 14), Italy (no. 17), Switzerland (no. 17), Spain (no. 18), United Kingdom (no. 22), Ireland (no. 27), the Netherlands (no. 39) and India (no.29).[1]

Background[edit]

The video was released in a 3 DVD set, with the first two representing the concert footage in 5.1 Digital audio and stereo and the final containing special features, including a documentary and the promo videos for Wildest Dreams and Rainmaker.[2][3]

The 70-minute documentary, directed by Matthew Amos, shows the recording of the Dance of Death album at Sarm West Studios, London and the subsequent preparations for the following tour, including interviews with the majority of the band's road crew. Additional and extended interviews with crew and fans (recorded at Earls Court, London) were also included as individual films, entitled "Life On The Road" and "The Fans". The documentary contains the first ever released footage of the band in the recording studio.

Following the original 2006 DVD release, the band noted that several fans had complained about playback issues with the stereo disc, and stated that they would investigate the issue.[4] A week later, the US release date for the DVD was postponed from 21 February 2006 to 30 January 2007, due to "unforeseen production issues".[5][6]

The cover was designed by Melvyn Grant.

The version of "Fear of the Dark" on this release was later included in the Edward the Great 2005 re-release.

Reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 3/5 stars[7]
Classic Rock (DVD) 9/10[8]
Guitarist (DVD) 5/5 stars[9]
Kerrang! 4/5[8]
Kerrang! (DVD) 5/5[8]
Q (DVD) 4/5 stars[10]
Record Collector (DVD) 5/5 stars[11]
Terrorizer 7/10[12]

Reviews for the album were generally positive, with Kerrang! deeming it "very nearly the ultimate Iron Maiden live album," commenting that the release proves that the band "are as exciting, relevant and unique in 2005 as they were two decades ago."[8] AllMusic, however, were more critical of the album, remarking that "longtime fans do not need any more live versions of "Number of the Beast," "Hallowed Be Thy Name," "Run to the Hills," or "The Trooper,"" although also stating that the band lays "waste [to] any notions that they can't hold themselves to the performance standards of their younger days."[7] Guy Strachan praised the band for "capturing...the raw aggression of the band's delivery" but also suggested that "while it does do a very good job at capturing a good Maiden show for posterity, by default it contains six songs that have not been issued in a live context before but many of the other ten have featured on damn near every other live album. As a souvenir of a specific gig/tour it works very well, but in the grander scheme of things can be passed over for an album that has a greater tracklist variance".[12]

The DVD release was met with critical acclaim, receiving full marks from Kerrang! who deemed it "the next best thing to having front row seats at a Maiden show."[8] Record Collector were just as positive, calling the package "a visua-sonic treat."[11] Although criticising the "blink-and-you'll-miss-it editing," Guitarist also awarded it 5 out of 5, stating, "It may seem strange to you that Maiden are bigger than ever these days, but if you're in any doubt as to why, the evidence is right here."[9] Classic Rock praised the video for being more intimate than 2002's Rock in Rio, commenting that "it provides irrefutable proof that Iron Maiden are still the world's greatest living heavy metal band — bar none."[8] Q were somewhat less positive, giving the DVD a lower score of 4 out of 5, but still called it "a lavish tribute to one of the UK's most enduring bands."[10]

Track listing[edit]

CD Track listing[edit]

Disc One
No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Wildest Dreams" (from Dance of Death, 2003) Adrian Smith, Steve Harris 4:52
2. "Wrathchild" (from Killers, 1981) Harris 2:49
3. "Can I Play with Madness" (from Seventh Son of a Seventh Son, 1988) Smith, Bruce Dickinson, Harris 3:30
4. "The Trooper" (from Piece of Mind, 1983) Harris 4:12
5. "Dance of Death" (from Dance of Death, 2003) Janick Gers, Harris 9:23
6. "Rainmaker" (from Dance of Death, 2003) Dave Murray, Harris, Dickinson 4:02
7. "Brave New World" (from Brave New World, 2000) Murray, Harris, Dickinson 6:10
8. "Paschendale" (from Dance of Death, 2003) Smith, Harris 10:18
9. "Lord of the Flies" (from The X Factor, 1995) Harris, Gers 5:04
Disc Two
No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "No More Lies" (from Dance of Death, 2003) Harris 7:50
2. "Hallowed Be Thy Name" (from The Number of the Beast, 1982) Harris 7:32
3. "Fear of the Dark" (from Fear of the Dark, 1992) Harris 7:28
4. "Iron Maiden" (from Iron Maiden, 1980) Harris 4:50
5. "Journeyman" (from Dance of Death, 2003) Smith, Harris, Dickinson 7:03
6. "The Number of the Beast" (from The Number of the Beast, 1982) Harris 4:58
7. "Run to the Hills" (from The Number of the Beast, 1982) Harris 4:24
Total length:
94:25

DVD special features[edit]

  • Death on the Road documentary
  • "Life on the Road" documentary
  • "The Fans" (interviews)
  • Dance of Death EPK
  • "Wildest Dreams" and "Rainmaker" promo videos
  • Photo and artwork galleries

Personnel[edit]

Production and performance credits are adapted from the album liner notes.[13][14]

Iron Maiden
Additional musicians
Production

Chart performance[edit]

Certifications[edit]

Album
Region Certification Sales/shipments
United Kingdom (BPI)[51] Silver 60,000^

^shipments figures based on certification alone

Video
Region Certification Sales/shipments
Australia (ARIA)[52] Gold 17,500^
Finland (Musiikkituottajat)[53] Gold 8,676[53]
France (SNEP)[54] Gold 10,000*

^shipments figures based on certification alone

Notes[edit]

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