Iron Maiden: Flight 666 will be showing in cinemas worldwide from 21 April, and details the most ambitious and adventurous tour in rock history.
The Maiden tour plan was something that had never been attempted before on such a grand scale. Circumnavigating the globe, the band flew in a specially customised Boeing 757 airliner called Ed Force One with their crew and 12 tons of music and stage equipment on board, playing 23 sold out stadium and arena shows in Asia, Australia and North, Central and South America in just 45 days.
They performed to almost half a million fans – and even more remarkable was that lead singer Bruce Dickinson was not only to perform 23 shows, but piloted the plane for much of the way!
The film presents an intimate behind-the-scenes view of the remarkable journey, with a close look at the logistics involved and following Team Maiden in the cockpit, on the plane and on and offstage, getting to the heart of this innovative global adventure of a band that has very rarely even let cameras backstage before.
Shot in High Definition, the movie will be screened in 2K digital cinema, with superb 5.1 surround sound, mixed by the bands producer Kevin 'Caveman' Shirley.
The film documents the intensity of the punishing show schedules, the struggle with the time zones, the pressures of ensuring that every performance matched the energy of the many thousands of ecstatic and expectant fans from many cultural backgrounds, unusual angles from the spectacular shows, and of course the fun had on the way...
For more information and trailers head to www.ironmaiden.com.
Photos by John McMurtrie