Iron Maiden
Rock in Rio


5.0
classic

Review

by B R A N D O N S C O T T USER (103 Reviews)
May 12th, 2010 | 28 replies | 4,949 views


Release Date: 2002 | Tracklist


3 of 3 thought this review was well written

Iron Maiden, as a collective band have always seemed to perfectly embody the phrase "larger than life". Even from their modest beginnings in Leyton, East London, the band managed to pull together an impressive live performance, relying on shocking stage antics as much as their flawless recreations of studio material. As the band's popularity grew, so did their penchant for elaborate stage shows, incorporating impressive bursts of pyrotechnics, colossal Eddie figurines and meticulously crafted stages the band did everything in their power to make one of their concerts into more of a transcendental experience, than your everyday live show. Whether it be the actual music, or the theatrics that accompany them, Iron Maiden concerts have always been top draw within metal, consistently pulling in thousands of eager fans per concert. Come 2001, following the release of the excellent Brave New World, the first studio album in 10 years to feature the band's classic line-up, it's not surprising in the least to think a whopping 250,000 punters would turn up for that years Rock In Rio, ready to support one of the world's finest bands. Perhaps it was just luck, or maybe even a wee bit of foresight that lead Maiden to record this event for the live album simply entitled Rock In Rio, which as it turned out to be, is one best live albums ever to be released.

While on record, Maiden's brand of classic metal is nearly infallible, the live arena is really where the band peaks and thrives. That is the way it is, has been, and always will be; even in old age, the band plays with more heart and energy then most groups a quarter of their age. Of course, it's this youthful exuberance that prompts the crowd for absolute madness, that at times, can aid the quality of a concert as seen many times on Rock In Rio. Particularly Brave New World based songs, such as "The Wicker Man" and "Blood Brothers" benefit greatly from the backdrop of 250,000 people screaming wildly, giving the songs a certain level of depth that is strangely absent from their studio counterparts. Aside from acting as a conductor of fan madness, Bruce Dickinson, Rock In Rio is yet another example of why the "air raid siren" is one of the best frontmen in music history. His performance is literally flawless, hitting every note perfectly, from the ending wail of old time favorite "Wrathchild" to the elongated opening cry in the classic "Hallowed By Thy Name". Urging fan participation to the fullest, he'll often call for the aid of the audience, such as in "Fear of the Dark", giving the fans a feeling of self importance that could likely last them a lifetime.

Making his triumphant return along with Bruce in 1999, Adrian Smith's re-addition to the guitars is welcome for many reasons; in the studio, he has always proven to be a key songwriter and live, he's adds a level of thickness in the sound that has been absent from the very beginning, due to Maiden solely being a two guitar band in the past. Together with the lovable Dave Murray and excitable Janick Jers, the trio not only immaculately replicate many of the bands classic songs, but also add various little improvisations for additional flavors. During the solo section of "The Trooper", Adrian and Janick simultaneously perform the beginning solo, working off the others playing and each giving it their own individual stamp. Murray even brilliantly extends the solo from Powerslaves "Two Minutes To Midnight[/i], adding brief few moments of appreciated shred. Never quitting the "in your face" approach he has always been known for, Steve Harris's distinct bass technique has the instrument acting as more of a lead instrument than rhythm. Attacking with an unrelenting precision, the quick fingered bassist lays down some serious bottom end such as on tracks like "Number of the Best" or "Sign of the Cross". Keeping everything in time, the curiously named Nicko Mcbrain, isn't without his own tricks, adding an beat every now and then as well as improvising transitions that at times, sound better then the ones presented on the records.

If you're a metal fan, seeing Iron Maiden is an absolute essential. They are the pinnacle of heavy metal performers, with none acting as rivals. From the time they were young lads, to now as seasoned veterans, this six piece has never let the fans down, always performing to their utmost ability, with their utmost determination. Rock In Rio is literally what it sounds like for a quarter million people having their dreams realized, an experience that should be enjoyed by everyone who is smart enough to pick up this record.



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Comments:Add a Comment 
TheSpirit
May 12th 2010



17719 Comments


Up the Irons

Digging: Venus Star - Nigredo Expulsion

Parallels
May 12th 2010



6641 Comments


UP THE IRONS FROM OREGON, USA

pos'd

Ire
May 12th 2010



41754 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

YOUR TIME WILL COOOOOOOOOOOOOOME

Jim
May 12th 2010



5110 Comments


never got around to getting this. track list is great.

iron maiden are the most insane band i've seen live. a fucking thrill.

Ire
May 12th 2010



41754 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

seeing with some gay band next month.

bungy
May 12th 2010



8843 Comments


lol

AnotherBrick
May 12th 2010



9770 Comments


lolol

bungy
May 12th 2010



8843 Comments


Oh The Wicker Man yes

sniper
May 12th 2010



19048 Comments


bunny is spelled with two n's there's no g in it.

Edwin
May 12th 2010



1399 Comments


Yet to see them live. Looking forward to the new album though.

Nagrarok
May 12th 2010



8184 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Tracklist is wonderful, performances are excellent regarding their (and especially Bruce's) age at this point, but I wish the production were better. Sounds way too muddy. Most of the tracks off Brave New World beat the studio originals if not for that flaw.

rasputin
May 12th 2010



14538 Comments


this is a great cd, used to be one of my favourites

i havent spun it in years though, i might do that tomorrow

JWT155
May 12th 2010



9214 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Fear of the Dark on this might be the greatest live song ever.

NeutralThunder12
May 12th 2010



8742 Comments


up the ironnsssss

Crysis
Staff Reviewer
May 12th 2010



16310 Comments


These guys rule live. Saw them a few years ago in Boston, the show rocked.

Digging: Ulver - Bergtatt

ConsiderPhlebas
May 12th 2010



6157 Comments


Up the irons! Hallowed Be Thy Name is so amazing live.

BigHans
May 12th 2010



26455 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Up the fucking Irons from MN. And Fear of the Dark IS the greatest live song ever. forever ever.

Rhino
May 12th 2010



71 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

This is a great record but I think Live After Death is their best concert offering. Performances and production are both better on LAD, but Rock In Rio has a deeper catalog to draw from. So a tradeoff there. Definitely worth having, as most Maiden stuff is.

TheSpirit
May 12th 2010



17719 Comments


I prefer this to LAD. Bruce sounds a lot better IMO

HugCrewLoveRoll
May 12th 2010



612 Comments


"the first studio album in 10 years to feature the band's classic"

line-up?



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