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Iron Maiden - Rock In Rio

Label: Columbia Music Video
Format: DVD
Released: 2002
Reviewed By: Rich Catino

As I watch the very first song of this DVD, I am inspired to express how I feel about this band and metal music in general.

Metal is a spirit and a mentality. Its about creativity, dedication, strength passion and longevity. I own many DVD/VHS of metal bands and every time I see something filmed overseas, the crowd numbers are amazing! Just to name a few, festivals like Waken, Bang Your Head, Gods of Metal and Monsters of Rock including this show in Rio bring thousands of people.

This release proves that this musical genre continues to thrive outside the passing trends and fads of American pop culture. How many forms of music have yearly festivals to represent the artists of a particular genre and have it still happening twenty years after the music's inception? Very few, if any. With that in mind, Iron Maiden, as well as metal music itself are in a class of their own.

Maiden have been in existence for over twenty years and play for 250,000 people when the band itself is over twenty years old. My appreciation and respect for the band and other metal acts that continue to still make music on their own terms is great. Some things go beyond opinion, they become fact. Fact is, if you really listen to it, Metal is and can be the most dynamic, creative, powerful, passionate and inspiring form of music when created and arranged by the right band. Iron Maiden and others have continued to inspire and empower me as a person, as well as an artist to this day.

In Rio the band is at the top of their game, blazing through songs like a well-oiled metal machine. Many cameras are used to capture each members performance as well as crowd shots. Wow wait until you see the size of this crowd, its a sea of people. Tracks are played from their latest album "Brave New World" like the hit single with the reunited classic line "Wicker Man" and the title track as well as old classics. Since this was a taped show, all classic songs played were obvious choices like "Number of the Beast", "Run to the Hills", "The Trooper", their namesake, "Two Minutes to Midnight", "The Evil that Men Do", "Hallowed be Thy Name", and "Wrathchild".

Where to go from here? I think they need to change their set list and start playing other songs from their catalogue. Also, after seeing such elaborate productions from the Powerslave and Seventh Son tours, I expected more from their stage set because the "Brave New World Tour" set in rather bland.

When all is said and done, there is no denying Iron Maiden has and continues to be one of the most important metal bands ever, and a personal favorite of mine. IRON MAIDEN'S GONNA GET YOU!
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