Who had what it took to produce a documentary film about a band that has been celebrated by fans across the globe for over 30 years? Sam Dunn and Scot McFadyen of Banger Films did. The two Canadian film makers who brought us "Metal: A Headbanger's Journey" and "Global Metal" have managed to successfully expose the life of IRON MAIDEN like no others have done before. "Flight 666" by far is the most insightful, exciting, entertaining, and technically sound rock documentary ever created. But don't take my word for it. The best solution is to experience "Flight 666" for yourself, and if you're any kind of IRON MAIDEN fan, and rest assured you will not be disappointed.
"Flight 666" takes a comprehensive look into the first leg of MAIDEN's "Somewhere Back In Time" World Tour 2008, which took the band 50,000 miles around the globe performing 23 live concerts on five continents in 45 days. For the first time ever in their illustrious career, the band opened up their lives to the directors and their film crew to document what it's like to tour with them. Moving from Mumbai, India to Australia to Japan to the United States, and down to South America, MAIDEN's journey is captured using high-definition cameras and with 5.1 digital surround sound. The disc includes both the feature film and a full setlist of 16 classic MAIDEN songs, each performed in 16 different countries.
The band's very own jet, Ed Force One, manned by Captain Bruce Dickinson (vocals), is a sight for sore eyes. A fully custom-built Boeing 757, Ed Force One hold the band, their entire crew and their gear. The aerial shots of the beast gliding across the sky are amazing. Onboard there is footage of the band and crew relaxing, goofing off, singing, and even manager Rod Smallwood snoozing it up. On the ground, cameras follow around band members for soundchecks, after-gig feasting, various interviews, downtime in hotels, press conferences, and day-off trips to places such as the old pyramids in Mexico. There is even some segments of guitarist Adrian Smith playing tennis, a soccer game in Brazil and drummer Nicko McBrain teeing off on different golf courses.
While it's interesting to see the behind-the-scenes footage, the realism of IRON MAIDEN comes to life through the eyes of their loyal fans. Seeing the flowing passion of their fans in places like Australia, Japan, Chile, Brazil and Colombia affirms that MAIDEN fever is alive and well, and reiterates the fact that the band is even more popular now than in their "glory days" in the '80s. The Los Angeles gig at The Forum brings out several "celebrities" and you'll even catch a glimpse of HEAVEN & HELL members Ronnie James Dio and Vinny Appice, Lars Ulrich (METALLICA) and Kerry King (SLAYER).
After watching "Flight 666", not only will you gain knowledge of what it's like to travel around the world on a high-profile tour, you'll see a different side to IRON MAIDEN and experience them in a way you never have before. IRON MAIDEN is the greatest Heavy Metal band in the world, and "Flight 666" is THE definitive documentary that portrays them in the way they were meant to be. It is a huge, spectacular visual accomplishment for the producers/directors and an absolute must-have for every single person who lives, eats and breathes IRON MAIDEN.