Iron Maiden
Rock in Rio (DVD)


5.0
classic

Review

by temporary USER (14 Reviews)
January 26th, 2006 | 33 replies


Release Date: 2002 | Tracklist


The crowd's anticipation is at a breaking point, only Nicko McBrain stands behind his drumset. Enter Adrian Smith, pumping out the opening riff of The Wicker Man and its off to the races with one of the greatest DVDs I've had the pleasure of watching.

The year was 2001, metal legends Iron Maiden headlined the Rock in Rio festival, playing before an audience of 250,000. The show was superbly filmed and recorded, allowing the band to make their DVD debut forever capturing an incredible show.

From the get-go, its obvious that Bruce Dickinson and Adrian Smith are glad to be back with their band after their departure in the early 90s. The reunited classic lineup, now with the added skills of Janick Gers put on one helluva show. From the powerful opener they cover every inch of the stage, never slowing down or letting up for a moment.

Bruce Dickinson's frontsman antics are in top form, as he screams out his trademark vocals, and getting the crowd to sing, clap, and chant along with him at every turn. Guitarists Adrian Smith, Dave Murray, and Janick Gers add solos into many of the songs, showing off talent never before dreamt of in their studio work. Bassist Steve Harris plays his signature gallop perfectly and Drummer Nicko McBrain's insane single bass speeds have never been this great.

Rocker's like Wrathchild or The Mercanary which, while infused with energy, never quite did it for me in the studio come alive here. The band truly feeds off the crowd like few bands can.

Almost every song is performed immaculately. From the fast as lighting performance of The Trooper to the melodic and introspective Blood Brothers they give every song their complete effort.

They also resurrect two songs from the band's Blaze Bailey era: Sign of the Cross and The Clansman. Both are some of the bands biggest epics, but I was skeptical as to how Bruce would approach singing Blaze's material. Fortunately, he works wonders on both songs, the former of which also features Dave and Janick shredding in ways that would impress Eddie Van Halen.

And of course, there's something utterly majestic about two hundred thousand people singing along word for word to Fear of the Dark. That song is easily the highlight of the DVD, with Bruce's chilling vocals, and wonderful playing from all the members of the band.

At first glance, I must admit that the setlist seemed to be a bit lacking, but the utter strengthe of the material garnered their reunion album Brave New World makes up for the lack of oldies. Still though, despite classic's like Hallowed Be Thy Name and 2 Minutes to Midnight being present and wonderfully performed, I wouldn't mind seeing songs like Ghost of the Navigator replaced with something along the lines of Flight of Icarus, Aces High, or Powerslave. Fortunetly, having seering live performances of newer classic such as Brave New World, Blood Brothers, or Dream of Mirrors is certainly a plus

So honestly, I can't say enough about how great this DVD is. Many peope have complained about the rapid editing, but I didn't feel it was hyperactive at all. And as far as the extras go the 'documentary' A Day in the Life seems pretty surperlative, but the interviews, conducted while the band was having time off (Bruce is seen fencing, Steve playing soccer, Adrian fishing, Nicko and Dave golfing, and Janick hanging with the fans) are actually pretty interesting. Overall, this is a superb testiment to the power of Maiden's live show.



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Shattered_Future
January 26th 2006


1556 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

This is honestly one of the best live DVDs I've ever gotten. The energy throughout it is immense, considering the band members are all nearly 50 years old, the setlist, aside from a few minor flaws, is excellent, and the band is in top form. Truly a DVD everyone should own.



Good review as well.

Orgasmatron2005
January 26th 2006


4 Comments


Nice review. Iron Maiden kicks so much a**. Do you have the first few live albums they released in the Eighties? Those are just as good as Rock In Rio.

ToWhatEnd
January 26th 2006


3172 Comments


Fantastic review. I own the CD which is great and have seen a few of the songs from the DVD, Wicker Man, The Trooper, Hallowed Be Thy Name, Fear of the Dark and Run to the Hills all of which were superb. So I'd recommend this as well.

temporary
January 27th 2006


207 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Nice review. Iron Maiden kicks so much a**. Do you have the first few live albums they released in the Eighties? Those are just as good as Rock In Rio.




Unfortunatly I only have Rock in Rio, I really want to get Live After Death.



Shattered Future, you pretty much sumed up my exact opinions of the dsic.

Electric City
Emeritus
February 26th 2006


15762 Comments


I havent really heard any Iron Maiden, in fact the only reason I know who they are is because of Wheatus's song Teenage Dirtbag, which includes the line Listen to Iron Maiden Baby with me.

tom79
February 26th 2006


3592 Comments


^wow. you should definatly check them out.

as for this, i seen it and its one amazing live showThis Message Edited On 02.26.06

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namaan
April 4th 2006


10 Comments


I also own the DVD...and it absolutely rocks....the set list is almost exactly how id have done it.... i have already watched it three times in as many days,,it's that good.

plus the fact that i am a drummer and the single bass pedal on the wicker man still amazes me...how the hell did he do that

Saxon Priest
May 10th 2006


110 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

It annoyed me when I watched this to discover Janick plays a sizeable chunk of Adrian's solos considering Adrian is a better guitarist and more stylish it's beyond me.



And another thing, why does Janick play a right handed guiar when he's left handed, surely he'd prove himself a better guitarist.





As for the show it's immense, despite what people say I prefer this to Death on the Road DVD, it has more of their 80's stuff although I'm dying to see Aces High and Phantom of the Opera played live.

Mikesn
Emeritus
May 10th 2006


3708 Comments


Death on the Road has Paschendale and that recording thing which I'd like to see, so I'd probably prefer that I guess. I dunno. Have the errors been fixed yet?

I'd like to see a Live after Death dvd, since I wasn't even born in 1984. The World Slavery Tour has my favourte setlist. This Message Edited On 05.10.06

SabianStinkfist
June 28th 2006


14 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

awesome review. way to keep it crisp.

this concert has SO much energy. your right. fear of the dark is definately the highlight of the album. they sing along just the way they do with YYZ in rush in rio. those guys in Brazil rock.

temporary
June 30th 2006


207 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

this concert has SO much energy. your right. fear of the dark is definately the highlight of the album. they sing along just the way they do with YYZ in rush in rio. those guys in Brazil rock.




Yeah, after seeing those two DVDs, I'm in awe of the Brazilian audiances.

Spamwise
September 5th 2006


87 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Am I the only one that can't find this anywhere?





And another thing, why does Janick play a right handed guiar when he's left handed, surely he'd prove himself a better guitarist.





I'm a lefty and play a righty. I find it easier to pick with my right hand than fret with my right hand.

Spamwise
September 28th 2006


87 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I ordered this online a few days ago, it should come in tomorrow. can't wait!

Spamwise
October 8th 2006


87 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Wow, this is an amazing concert. I really wish I could have been there. Such great energy. They have amazing stage prescence.

FR33L0RD
September 20th 2007


1472 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

I will buy this DVD soon

Geedrummer
September 20th 2007


607 Comments


"Steve playing soccer"

sorry but its fuking "football", u use your feet, unlike ur american football. sorry if im wrong but im sure you mainly use ur hands

the best music concert dvd ever by the way

yas666eer
May 5th 2008


281 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Best iron maiden ... live.....



Murray and smith are gods

sba4life
November 30th 2008


363 Comments


I actually belive Maiden's newer material (esp from Brave New World and Dance of Death) could top any of the albums in the 80's muscianship wise and songwriting wise.

PunkItUp
November 30th 2008


207 Comments


wow a CLASSIC DVD. i'll have to check it it must be REALLY super!

Waior
April 8th 2009


11630 Comments


Who came first -- Rush in Rio, or Rock in Rio?



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