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Old 04-15-2009, 07:25 PM
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Iron Maiden flying to theaters with "Flight 666"

Iron Maiden flying to theaters with "Flight 666"

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) It's an unusual fashion choice for a heavy-metal singer.

Iron Maiden frontman Bruce Dickinson is strolling about an airport, looking a little nerdy in a short-sleeved white dress shirt and a black tie.

If he looks like an airline pilot, that's because he is. The 50-year-old rocker flies large passenger jets for a British charter company when he isn't prowling concert stages bellowing out "2 Minutes to Midnight" or "The Number of the Beast" in his operatic wail.

Dickinson often combines his two passions, as seen on the new tour documentary "Iron Maiden: Flight 666," in which the band and crew fly on a customized Boeing 757 to 11 countries in 45 days.

The film lands in theaters in 45 countries on April 21, and rolls out on DVD one month later. In March, it won best music documentary at the South By Southwest Film Festival in Texas.

Dickinson was one of four pilots on the 2008 trek, and he dressed the part when it was his turn in the cockpit -- to the consternation of his less-stylish bandmates.

"I couldn't get my head around that for a couple of weeks," said drummer Michael "Nicko" McBrain.

Some of the passengers had more pressing concerns: Is Dickinson a good pilot?

"We were nervous the first day when he took off. I was a bit concerned," said Scot McFadyen, who co-directed the film with fellow Canadian Sam Dunn. "After 20,000 miles, you relax a bit. He had the best landings out of the four pilots."

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"Flight 666" follows the band on its "Somewhere Back in Time" world tour through India, Australia, Japan, the United States and Canada. But the real fun on the first leg of the yearlong journey begins in Latin America, where they are venerated like football stars.

Iron Maiden visited Costa Rica and Colombia for the first time, inspiring fans to quit their jobs to catch the shows, and turning macho men into sobbing wrecks. Pandemonium also reigned in Brazil, Argentina and Chile.

Rock bands' tour documentaries have an inevitable sameness: another day, another show, another country. Wacky fans, hungover musicians, and an awful lot of concert footage.

McFadyen and Dunn were aware of that pitfall, and faced another challenge. Iron Maiden is wary of outsiders. Since 1980 the British band has sold 70 million albums, largely without the help of radio airplay or the mainstream media.

"They've always, in general, been leery of any mass-media approach," said Dunn, who became an Iron Maiden fan when he was 12 years-old. "They've always done it their own way. To break that mold, as a successful band, is difficult. Why do they need us?"

Dickinson and McBrain were clearly comfortable with the seven-man camera crew. Their colleagues, including band leader and bassist Steve Harris, took longer to accept the intrusion. The filmmakers bonded with elusive guitarist Adrian Smith because they all played tennis. Another guitarist, Janick Gers, ignored the filmmakers until the last week.

"Now, he's like our buddy," said McFadyen. "I think we are part of their families now. We know them so well."

The filmmakers, who first gained attention with the 2005 documentary "Metal: A Headbanger's Journey," are now focusing on another underappreciated rock band, the Canadian power-trio Rush.

Iron Maiden, meanwhile, wrapped their world tour in April, and will return to the studio in January to record their 15th studio album, McBrain said. A tour is planned for later than year into 2010.

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There's a persistent rumour going around the online community that the next Iron Maiden album will be their last. The belief is based on a statement Steve Harris made on the record regarding his lifelong vision of doing exactly fifteen albums as Iron Maiden.

However, knowing the enduring spirit of this most excellent union of metal players as I do, I can't help but find the concept of Iron Maiden having a linear lifespan to be a trifle unrealistic.
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iron maiden have always evolved as a band, singers, drummers, guitarists...as long as steve harris plays, whatever the name of the band, will be of iron maiden caliber.
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I would love to hear a project of Steve Harris working with different musicians. But I see no reason to end Iron Maiden's production of new albums until they feel unhappy about their songwriting. Their latest album A Matter of Life and Death (2006) was one of the most successful albums (and subsequent tours) of their career. Upon it's debut it dominated the charts worldwide including the US. Here in the states it debuted in the Billboard top ten. Their following two world tours were among the most expensive and ambitious of their career and were also among the most successful. The mentioning by the above posted media article of Iron Maiden as underappreciated should in relief now appear appropriately unfounded.
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well, being able to sell more $125 tickets doesn't hurt either..lol
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