Iron Maiden: Flight 666

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Iron Maiden: Flight 666
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Directed by Scot McFadyen
Sam Dunn
Produced by Scot McFadyen
Sam Dunn
Written by Scot McFadyen
Sam Dunn
Starring Iron Maiden
Music by Iron Maiden
Cinematography Martin Hawkes
Edited by Lisa Grootenboer
Wendy Hallam Martin
Mike Munn
Production
company
Banger Films, Inc[1]
Phantom Music Management[1]
EMI[1]
Distributed by Arts Alliance Media, EMI
D&E Entertainment (US)
Release dates
  • 21 April 2009 (2009-04-21)
Running time
113 minutes[2]
Country United Kingdom
Canada
Language English
Box office £84,276 (UK)[3]
US$74,134 (Australia)[4]
US$35,173 (Russia CIS)[4]

Iron Maiden: Flight 666 is a concert documentary film featuring the British heavy metal band Iron Maiden. The film follows the band on the first leg of their Somewhere Back in Time World Tour between February and March 2008, during which they travelled on their own customised Boeing 757, Ed Force One, which used the call-sign "666".

Flight 666 is co-produced by Toronto-based Banger Films, Inc, known for their documentaries Metal: A Headbanger's Journey, Global Metal and Rush: Beyond the Lighted Stage. The film was shot in high-definition video with accompanying 5.1 surround sound produced by Kevin Shirley (who has worked with the band since their 2000 album Brave New World). It was distributed by Arts Alliance Media and EMI (except in the US, where it was sub-distributed by D&E Entertainment) in select digital theatres on 21 April 2009.

Synopsis and background[edit]

Ed Force One, Iron Maiden's personalised Boeing 757, was used as transport for their tour and features prominently in the film

Iron Maiden: Flight 666 documents the opening leg of the band's Somewhere Back in Time World Tour, which took place between February and March 2008.[5] During this leg of the tour, the group travelled 50,000 miles (encompassing India, Australia and North and South America) in just 45 days, performing 23 shows in 13 countries to half a million fans.[5][6] To achieve this, the band travelled in their own Boeing 757, nicknamed "Ed Force One" after the band's mascot, Eddie, which was specially converted to carry the band, their crew and twelve tonnes of equipment.[6]

The aeroplane was largely piloted by the band's lead singer, Bruce Dickinson, who was then employed by Astraeus Airlines.[7][8] According to Dickinson, who came up with the idea, Ed Force One meant they could visit countries where "The bean counters said it's just not worth going" and allowed them to "do an almost European-type itinerary, but an on inter-continental basis".[8] As a result, the band were able to perform in Costa Rica and Colombia for the first time.[9] The aircraft was flown under the call-sign "666", a reference to their 1982 single "The Number of the Beast", which provided the film's title.[5]

Despite the technical aspects behind the tour, the documentary is predominantly about the group's fans, with Dickinson commenting that "Two-thirds of the film is not about us".[8] Scenes shot in South America are particularly focussed on the audiences, where Reuters report that they are "venerated like football stars",[9] while The Daily Telegraph state that the film makers "elicit tearful eulogies" from those in Costa Rica and Colombia, then seeing the band for the first time.[5] Dickinson asserts that the band's relationship with their fans is "the real story of Maiden",[10] and the fact that this is the film's primary theme "is the way it should be".[8]

The documentary was written, directed and produced by Scot McFadyen and Sam Dunn, using their production company, Banger Films, Inc.[1][2][9] McFadyen and Dunn requested permission to shoot the film as soon as the tour was announced, which they received with just two months left to prepare.[5] Despite the fact that the film makers had been acquainted with Iron Maiden while working on their first two documentaries, 2005's Metal: A Headbanger's Journey and 2007's Global Metal, some band members were initially mistrustful of the venture and were wary of having their privacy invaded.[5] Although Dickinson and drummer Nicko McBrain were the most comfortable with the filming, bassist Steve Harris and guitarist Adrian Smith took longer to adapt, while guitarist Janick Gers largely ignored the crew until the final week.[9] Following Iron Maiden: Flight 666, the band worked with Banger Films, Inc once again on their 2012 live video, En Vivo!.[11]

Theatrical showings[edit]

The film's world première took place at the Cine Odeon in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil on 14 March 2009, during the final leg of the band's Somewhere Back in Time World Tour.[12] The UK première took place on 20 April 2009 at the Kensington Odeon in London.[13] The following night, the film was screened simultaneously on over 450 screens in 41 countries globally.[14] Distributed by Arts Alliance Media and EMI, with D&E Entertainment sub-distributing in the US,[15] Flight 666 was shown in a 2K digital format, with 5.1 surround sound mixed by the band's producer, Kevin Shirley.[16]

The screenings on 21 April were very successful, with Arts Alliance Media reporting that it was the largest simultaneous worldwide release of a documentary film.[15] This led to additional showings in some territories,[15] such as in India, where it was released on 8 May by PVR Pictures,[17] and Australia, where it was screened from 30 April to 6 May.[18][19] At the UK box office, the film grossed £84,276 (US$123,886),[3] while making $74,134 in Australia and $35,173 in Russia CIS, totalling $233,193 from the three territories tallied.[4]

Reception[edit]

Flight 666 was welcomed by overwhelmingly positive reviews from the music press and general media. Rock and metal magazines Kerrang! and Metal Hammer each gave the movie full marks, with Kerrang! referring to it as a "unique peek behind the Iron Curtain" that was "not to be missed" and Metal Hammer calling it a "continent-jumping, fire-breathing monster of a film".[20][21] Outside the music media, The Sun gave it 4.5 out of 5, calling it an "outstanding Access All Areas documentary" and going on to say that "if you're not a fan, you will be after this".[22] Empire gave it 4 stars and felt that the behind the scenes antics were interesting, despite lacking in drama when compared to Metallica's Some Kind of Monster and Anvil! The Story of Anvil, and that the concert footage is "magnificent".[23]

Flight 666 won the "24 Beats Per Second" award for best music documentary at the SXSW Film Festival in Austin, Texas,[24] Music DVD of the Year at 2010's Juno Awards,[25] and Best DVD at the 2009 Metal Storm awards.[26]

Home media[edit]

Iron Maiden: Flight 666
Video & live album by Iron Maiden
Released 22 May 2009
9 June 2009 (North America)
Recorded 1 February - 16 March 2008 during the first leg of the Somewhere Back in Time World Tour across various cities in India, Japan, Australia, North and South America
Genre Heavy metal
Length 113 approx. (film)[2]
101:28 (concert)[27]
Label EMI
UMe (United States)
Producer

Kevin Shirley (audio)

Iron Maiden video chronology
Live After Death
(2008)
Iron Maiden: Flight 666
(2009)
En Vivo!
(2012)
Iron Maiden live albums chronology
Death on the Road
(2005)
Flight 666 - The Original Soundtrack
(2009)
En Vivo!
(2012)

Iron Maiden: Flight 666 was released on DVD and Blu-ray on 25 May 2009 by EMI.[28] In North America, it was issued on 9 June and by Universal Music Enterprises in the US.[29] In addition to the documentary film, the video contains the full sixteen song setlist from the Somewhere Back in Time World Tour, with each track recorded at a different venue.[30] Alongside the DVD and Blu-ray, a double CD soundtrack album was released simultaneously, featuring the same track listing as the video concert footage.[31] The DVD and Blu-ray release was particularly successful, peaking at No. 1 in 22 countries including the UK and US.[32]

Soundtrack and concert footage track listing[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 3.5/5 stars[33]
Disc One
No. Title Writer(s) City Length
1. "Churchill's Speech"     Mumbai, India; 1 February 2008 0:43
2. "Aces High" (from Powerslave, 1984) Steve Harris Mumbai, India; 1 February 2008 4:49
3. "2 Minutes to Midnight" (from Powerslave, 1984) Adrian Smith, Bruce Dickinson Melbourne, Australia; 7 February 2008 5:57
4. "Revelations" (from Piece of Mind, 1983) Dickinson Sydney, Australia; 9 February 2008 6:28
5. "The Trooper" (from Piece of Mind, 1983) Harris Tokyo, Japan; 16 February 2008 4:01
6. "Wasted Years" (from Somewhere in Time, 1986) Smith Monterrey, Mexico; 22 February 2008 5:07
7. "The Number of the Beast" (from The Number of the Beast, 1982) Harris Los Angeles, USA; 19 February 2008 5:07
8. "Can I Play with Madness" (from Seventh Son of a Seventh Son, 1988) Dickinson, Smith, Harris Mexico City, Mexico; 24 February 2008 3:36
9. "Rime of the Ancient Mariner" (from Powerslave, 1984) Harris New Jersey, USA; 14 March 2008 13:41
Disc Two
No. Title Writer(s) Concert Length
1. "Powerslave" (from Powerslave, 1984) Dickinson San José, Costa Rica; 26 February 2008 7:28
2. "Heaven Can Wait" (from Somewhere in Time, 1986) Harris São Paulo, Brazil; 2 March 2008 7:35
3. "Run to the Hills" (from The Number of the Beast, 1982) Harris Bogotá, Colombia; 28 February 2008 3:59
4. "Fear of the Dark" (from Fear of the Dark, 1992) Harris Buenos Aires, Argentina; 7 March 2008 7:32
5. "Iron Maiden" (from Iron Maiden, 1980) Harris Santiago, Chile; 9 March 2008 5:26
6. "Moonchild" (from Seventh Son of a Seventh Son, 1988) Smith, Dickinson San Juan, Puerto Rico; 12 March 2008 7:29
7. "The Clairvoyant" (from Seventh Son of a Seventh Son, 1988) Harris Curitiba, Brazil; 4 March 2008 4:38
8. "Hallowed Be Thy Name" (from The Number of the Beast, 1982) Harris Toronto, Canada; 16 March 2008 7:52
Total length:
101:28

Charts[edit]

Certifications[edit]

Album
Region Certification Sales/shipments
Canada (Music Canada)[65] Gold 40,000^

^shipments figures based on certification alone

Video
Region Certification Sales/shipments
Argentina (CAPIF)[66] Platinum 8,000x
Australia (ARIA)[67] Platinum 15,000^
Canada (Music Canada)[68] 5× Platinum 50,000^
Finland (Musiikkituottajat)[69] Gold 6,046[69]
France (SNEP)[70] Platinum 15,000*
Germany (BVMI)[71] Platinum 50,000^
New Zealand (RMNZ)[72] Gold 2,500x
United Kingdom (BPI)[73] Gold 25,000^
United States (RIAA)[74] Platinum 100,000^

^shipments figures based on certification alone

Credits[edit]

Production and performance credits are adapted from the Blu-ray, DVD and soundtrack album liner notes.[75][2][27]

Iron Maiden
Additional musicians
Film production
Concert audio production
  • Kevin Shirley – producer, mixing
  • Jared Kvitka – assistant
  • Ryan Smith – mastering
  • Dave Pattenden – live audio recording
  • Ian Walsh – assistant
  • Johnny Burke – assistant
  • Tony Newton – assistant
Additional personnel

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