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Finally available on DVD for the first time, New Door Records/UMe are proud to announce the eagerly awaited release of the Double Disc DVD of LIVE AFTER DEATH, the legendary recording of Maiden's four night stand at Long Beach Arena, California, in 1984. In the stores February 5th, 2008, the release will coincide with the start of the band's "Somewhere Back In Time World Tour" on which they will recreate many of the aspects of this original and spectacular show. Disc one contains the recording of this full 90 minute concert. Originally filmed on 35mm, the footage comes alive on DVD resulting in a visually stunning film that far outstrips the usual live video of the ‘80's. The disc carries two sound options - the original concert audio specially mixed into 5.1 Surround Sound by Kevin Shirley, Maiden's producer since 1999, plus the original stereo sound track by Martin Birch, the band's producer from 1981 to 1993. Originally released on video in 1985, this has been largely unavailable for the past 20 years Disc two has Part 2 of the ‘History of Iron Maiden', continuing on the Maiden story from "The Early Days" DVD, along with rare and unseen bonus footage in the form of BEHIND THE IRON CURTAIN, ROCK IN RIO '85, and ‘ELLO TEXAS, all in all giving a total running time of well over three hours. Plus of course the photo galleries, relevant promo videos, artwork galleries, tour dates, tour programme and other features which all combine to make Maiden DVDs a very special and utterly comprehensive treat for their fans. Manager Rod Smallwood explained "The original video of Live After Death has not been readily available for a long time so its good that we finally got around to this. lt was one of the first full concerts to be filmed after the advent of video and of course the live album, recorded on a different night to the video, has long been considered to be one of the seminal Metal live albums and has sold millions since. Fans have been begging us to do this DVD for some time now but we wanted to wait until we were able to recreate that whole tour to go with it and also to make it part of a series of DVDs that we are putting together around the band's history. And of course we are making sure that now we have got to it we will be giving the fans everything we can find from that period!!" FULL LIST OF CONTENTS: Disc 1 – LIVE AFTER DEATH Live After Death concert with Stereo and Dolby Digital 5.1 Audio (90 minutes) Set list – Churchill Speech/Aces High 2 Minutes to Midnight The Trooper Revelations Flight of Icarus Rime of the Ancient Mariner Powerslave Number of the Beast Hallowed Be Thy Name Iron Maiden Run to The Hills Running Free Sanctuary Disc 2 DOCUMENTARY / BONUS CONCERT FOOTAGE 1. THE History of Iron Maiden – Part 2 (60 mins) – Documentary. Band members, crew, friends and associates talk about the period in the band's career which saw the writing, recording and release of the Powerslave album, and later Live After Death, and the subsequent massive touring. And not just the serious side!! 2. Behind the Iron Curtain ( 57 mins approx) Documentary and Live – shot during Maiden's historic tour of Poland and other parts to the Eastern Bloc in 1984 featuring interviews, live and offstage footage capturing the atmosphere of this remarkable journey behind the Wall at the height of the Cold War. 3. Live Footage - Rock in Rio '85 (50 mins approx) The full Maiden set supporting Queen on the first day of the first Rock in Rio in front of 300,000 manic metal fans. A bloody and stirring performance!! Songs performed include – Aces High 2 Minutes to Midnight The Trooper Revelations Powerslave Iron Maiden Run To The Hills Running Free 4. Ello Texas – 15 minutes – Interview and live. Caught by a film crew in 1983 at the Alamo and sound checking their show in San Antonio. 5. Artwork Gallery, Tour Programme, Tour dates and photo gallery 6. Promotional clips for Aces High and 2 Minutes to Midnight Subtitles for All documentary footage – PAL version – English HOH / Dutch / French / German / Italian / Swedish / Portuguese / Spanish NTSC Version – English HOH / Brazilian Portguese / Latin Spanish Background historical information : LIVE AFTER DEATH was filmed and recorded towards the tail end of ‘The World Slavery Tour' over a record breaking four sold out nights at Los Angeles' 13,200 capacity Long Beach Arena. Featuring tracks from their first five albums both the album and video topped the international charts around the world. The tour opened in Warsaw in August 1984 and concluded in Los Angeles July 1985. It covered 193 concerts in 21 countries, including an incredible 112 arena shows in just the USA and Canada (both where the album went Platinum), and saw the band playing to over a million fans in North America alone. This was the most ambitious, longest and most gruelling tour Maiden ever experienced. As the second instalment to 2004's international chart topping The Early Days DVD The Second Disc features the highly anticipated ‘THE HISTORY OF IRON MAIDEN PART II' which gives an insight, humorous and otherwise, into the making of the record as well as exploring the creativity and the background pressures created through the sheer hard work and the physical toll that comes with success at this level for a touring band. Also packed in on the second disc are more extras with three more rare and unseen gems from the period :- BEHIND THE IRON CURTAIN, which was first released in April 1985 as a 35 minute video documentary, illustrates the quite remarkable story of how Iron Maiden became the first major band from the West to play large arenas in Poland, Czechoslovakia, Yugoslavia and Hungary at a time when these markets were still very much "Behind the Iron Curtain". This 57 minute DVD version features a lot of extra footage not included on the original retail release. Prior to this DVD the only time it had been seen was on a special MTV airing in 1984. With complete access on the tour, filmmaker and director Kenny Fueurman, gives the viewer a candid insight into the world of Maiden at this groundbreaking time in their career. It also contains interviews with some of the thousands of fans who attended their shows, and their reaction to having Maiden play there for the first time despite their album being out of reach in the old Eastern Bloc countries, where at the time it would cost almost a month's wages! Also included is the infamous incident of the band gate crashing an unsuspecting private wedding party and becoming the evenings ‘entertainment' in return for a Polish vodka or three! Extensive research allowed the producers to retrieve footage of highlights from the band's biggest ever show when they played in Brazil to a sea of rock fans estimated to be somewhere between 250,000 to 350,000 on the first night of the first ROCK IN RIO festival in Feb1985. Maiden went on just prior to headliners QUEEN and cemented their place in the heart of South American fans. Despite best endeavours this 50 minutes clip of extremely rare concert footage is admittedly not in the greatest shape and in parts was beyond repair, but at the request of fans hungry for a record of the historical performance, it has been included in the package as a special bonus. Another small but also previously unavailable 15 minute feature is ‘ELLO TEXAS, which gives a candid glimpse of Iron Maiden performing to the US audiences with further band interview footage at the Alamo. Historically this recording from 1983 should have been included In 2004's EARLY DAYS DVD but it only came to light during research for this Live After Death DVD and is included now for interest. In essence, Live After Death, the double disc DVD gives over five hours of content, giving the most complete and in depth exploration of Iron Maiden during what was considered their most pivotal album and tour of their long and distinguished history. The February 5th DVD release coincides with the start of the recently announced Somewhere Back in Time World Tour 2008 which opens in India at the beginning of February :- Full schedule for the first leg of SOMEWHERE BACK IN TIME World Tour 08 February Fri 1st Mumbai, India Bandra Kurla Complex Mon 4th Perth, Australia Burswood Dome Wed 6th Melbourne, Australia Rod Laver Arena Thu 7th Melbourne, Australia Rod Laver Arena Sat 9th Sydney, Australia Acer Arena Sun 10th Sydney, Australia Acer Arena Tue 12th Brisbane, Australia Entertainment Centre Fri 15th Yokohama, Japan Pacifico Yokohama Sat 16th Tokyo, Japan Messe Tue 19th Los Angeles, USA The Forum Thu 21st Guadalajara, Mexico Auditoria Telmex Fri 22nd Monterrey, Mexico Arena Monterrey Sun 24th Mexico City, Mexico Sports Palace Tue 26th San Jose, Costa Rica Saprisa Stadium Thu 28th Bogota, Columbia Simon Bolivar Park March Sun 2nd Sao Paulo, Brazil Skol Arena Anhembi Wed 5th Porto Allegre, Brazil Gigantinho Fri 7th Buenos Aires, Argentina Ferrofcarril Oeste Stadium Sun 9th Santiago, Chile Pista Atletica Wed 12th Puerto Rico San Juan Coliseo Fri 14th New Jersey, USA Izod Center Sun 16th Toronto, Canada Air Canada Centre Just announced, part of 2nd Leg of tour: July 2008 Wed 16th Stockholm, Sweden Stockholm Stadium Fri 18th Helsinki, Finland Helsinki Olympic Stadium Tue 22nd Trondheim, Norway Lerkendalstadium Thu 24th Oslo, Norway Valle Hovin Sat 26th Gothenburg, Sweden Ullevi Stadium Sun 27th Horsens, Denmark Horsens Gods Bane Pladsen
Its been a couple of days since last entry but thought l'd cover the NY area shows together and just needed a day off yesterday. Still having online problems - l was OK here for first day or so here but now l can open VPN okay and get online but cant get Outlook to connect with VPN so stuck. l will have to load this onto portable drive l carry and get Gaddsy to email in so this may be even later by the time it gets up. It was a day off on Wed 11th. I caught up on email and the only other thing we were to do was a radio interview with ABC national news at 3pm. This was also going to be used on Good Morning America, but GMA advised that morning that it was no longer possible due to extended coverage of the situation in Korea with the nuclear testing. We were about to leave for ABC when we got a call that it was off due to a plane crashing into a building in the lower east side. At the time we had no idea what the implications were and whether it was terrorist related but of course it tragically was an accident involving the New York Yankees pitching star Cory Lidle. We didn't reschedule the interview as the next two days were show days and generally Bruce does nothing at all on show days but concentrate on the show. Shame as it would probably have been an interesting interview from a different viewpoint. That evening l had dinner with Cory Brennan who is with Sanctuary management in NY and manages Slipknot and Stone Sour. Cory really knows his US metal scene and has been helping me with the Maiden album as his knowledge of the US market is much greater than mine now and his help in some areas like retail and marketing has been invaluable. He also does a terrific job managing his acts and Stone Sour are doing really well on the new album. After dinner we met up with Tom and Felix from our merchandisers Bravado and also Justin and Brian who manage Trivium and Monte from Roadrunner. Caught up on latest gossip etc etc and then off to see Trivium play a small fan gig nearby. Just playing covers like Metallica but fun. Look forward to seeing them properly in Tempere on their first Euro show with us. I have known the band and Justin and Brian for some time now and its always good to see them all. Their new album "The Crusade" seems to be starting off well too. Got back to hotel reasonably early, read a bit (The Afghan - Frederick Forsythe - great writer, interesting book. Next is "The Bomb" which Bruce just read and passed on to me) and crashed out. Funny how quickly on the road you lose track of time and what day it is (cos it doesn't really matter on the road - every day is either show day or day off and that's it) ' and what you did a couple of days before. Anyway Thursday was Nassau Colisseum on Long Island and during the day l think l just caught up on emails as l managed to get online fine. Left for the gig with Bruce and we took John McMurtrie with us who is doing pictures for the European tour programme - he was also in Quebec and Montreal though l forget if l mentioned it. He showed me the Canada pics on his laptop while we were waiting for Bruce and they were superb so the tour programme should look fantastic. Traffic going down there was murder, nearly 2 bloody hours in the car - just what you don't need before a show. Partly knock on effect of the plane crash the day before and partly NY is coming to a permanent grid lock like many other cities in the world, the traffic and conditions of the roads being appalling. We put this tour in now as the band finished the album 2 months earlier than planned which gave us chance to tour North America and Japan before Europe. It was booked relatively short notice and we couldn't get a suitable date at Madison Square Gardens so l decided on Meadowlands arena, a 15,000 or so capacity arena just through LincolnTunnel in New Jersey - like a lot of halls over here it is now corporatised with the name Continental Airlines Arena. Our agent came back saying promoter said we should do Nassau too, we would sell it out. Are you sure? Yes. Are you sure we will sell both out?? Yes! are you certain ? Yes. Well they were wrong. Nassau is an old hockey arena and home of the Islanders and hasn't been, as far as l am informed, a popular rock gig for a while although we used to play it a lot in the eighties. We ended up with only a few over 8000 and it wasn't a great gig. The roof has massive iron girders which had a detrimental effect on the sound and the place was bloody cold. The audience were ok but not great but more on that later. We are used to hot, packed arenas and amazing atmospheres with our fans and this just wasn't so a bit of a disappointment and personally l think our most disappointing NY show ever. Not the performance, just the general vibe of the show. Nothing too bad, but just not there if you see what l mean. It didn't help either that the Mets were playing at home that night in the National League play offs - and we hit the traffic from that on the way back. Another almost 2 hours in the van to go about 8 miles, bloody depressing!! Not a great night all round. Disappointing for Val and Dave from my office who have come in for NY and Toronto shows to see label people etc, but also as a bit of a treat from the band for doing such a great job for us. By the time we got back Bruce, Val, Dave and Drew and Nick from the label just headed for a few quiet beers in the hotel bar I mentioned the arena being cold. We always insist on all AC being turned off and all doors closed to stop draughts. Standing around and singing in a cold draught does Bruce's vocals no good whatsoever and is very distracting. I know this from standing on the desk in the same cold draught sending messages back stage to close the bloody doors or turn off AC. Time and time again. You can tell there is a serious issue as band are tearing around under all those lights and aren't even sweating!! This is becoming a perpetual problem with health and safety wankers appearing everywhere to save you poor softies!! Christ - this is metal audience. We don't need these wankers to save us. We want to SWEAT and have it loud and hot. In places - and certainly not just here - it is now becoming so bloody anaesthetised its pathetic. I don't know whether some of the promoters don't really get it, don't have the control, just don't really care or some halls are just old and draughty anyway. Health and Safety is raising its over-protective nannying head everywhere so lets watch out. Anyway on to Friday. Went round to bravado with Val and Dave to go through some US merch stuff then lunch with Bob head of Sanctuary Records here. Then meeting with all main label staff to go thru ongoing album campaign. Went direct from Sanctuary office to EC arena NJ with Kevin our label press officer and Val and Dave. Over the Lincoln bridge and into another traffic jam- this time due to a broken water main. I am really going off staying in NY as l spend all the time sat in jams!!!! Took us some two and a half hours to go about 5 miles!! The traffic around the whole area was dreadful. Ten minutes before we were due to go on stage there were only 7500 people in the building out of just under 13000 with tickets gone. We decided to hold show 15 minutes to allow for more fans to get there - cost us $3000 in overtime so l hope you late arrivals appreciate it (send something to Clive's charity as a thanks!!) We couldn't hold it longer as that wouldn't be fair on all the people there so hope not too many missed much. Some of my friends who came along arrived after Different World so didn't miss much and looking at the hall l think most were in after the first couple of songs. Anyway the gig was SO much better. Promoter John Scher is an old friend. He didn't want us to play Nassau either. He was right. We did just over 12,000 people here and it looked great but without Nassau it would have been sold out days ago and a really great NY play. l am really pissed off with myself about this - should have followed my instincts. But it was still really good. Good audience. New album went really well and of course the rest brought the house down. Sound l thought was very good - it's a good hall to play except it was also draughty on stage and on the desk. Took away some of the pleasure for Bruce but rest of band really enjoyed it. Thanks NJ. Had an interesting chat with Eddie Trunk at the show. Eddie is an old mate of the band and runs shows on Radio Q-104 and has a show on VH1. he said after the Nassau gig he got a load of email and they were split 50-50 between those who were outraged that we played the whole new album and not just the classics and those who thought it was brilliant to play the whole album and that they saw the band in a totally new light as a result of this. Well sorry guys, if you want cabaret and a collection of old songs the same songs every time there are plenty of bands doing this - Maiden just isn't one of them. We will occasionally do tours featuring classic material like we did last year as it can be fun sometimes. But this is not what this band is about and l wont go on as l know any of you in this online club reading this know this perfectly well and why it is!! I really don't think this view of just wanting the old stuff exists anywhere else in the world but here and l think that is not down to the fans being any better or worse its just a simple matter of communication. Most communication here is radio and TV and we don't get any - never have. There are few national magazines and the lead times need to be so long for the distribution that they are hardly current. But the web is gradually changing all this with the speed of info so hopefully things will change and more fans here will be more prepared to hear new materiel and not just Run to the Hills and Trooper!!! After the gig the label threw us a party at Blackstones on 55 between 2 and 3. Great bar - recommend a visit. Very friendly owners and staff. Place was packed with all of us, label, a few media and retail, friends and fans, some other musos, great mixture. There til 3 or 4 - not sure!! I think everyone really enjoyed it. Good job it was a day off next day - Saturday. Spent day doing nothing - had a walk round central park. Late breakfast, picked up English newspapers at a shop l know, watched Tigers get into World Series beating As, saw some of Mets losing to Cards. I really like baseball and am still a Dodgers fan from the time l lived in LA - it's a great game once you get to understand some of the nuances. In the evening went to see a band called VOX who are friends of Nickos. Good gig but didn't hang around as l was knackered - and l just drank water. Showing my age!!! But we have a big night out tonight in Toronto with Dean an old mate who runs EMI Canada and some of his team and all the band. I need to be prepared!!! Anyway about done - its taken well over an hour to do this so l hope someone out there is reading it!!! Anyway time to get some food then pack and head for airport. I do like NY but hope the traffic improves. Of course like major cities all over the planet'..it wont!! - Rod PS. Just found out on plane from Ian that the hall didn't charge us overtime for going past curfew due to going on later waiting for more fans to get in. So thank you to the arena staff. Big thanks to Rod Smallwood and the Iron Maiden Online Club for sharing this! SOURCE: Maiden Norway.com
Norwegian IRON MAIDEN site MaidenNorway.com has posted a batch of updates from IRON MAIDEN Manager.
Iron Maiden's Bruce Dickinson has co-written a horror movie which will premiere at the Cannes Film Festival in France. The "Bring Your Daughter To The Slaughter" singer teamed up with director Julian Doyle to pen the script for Chemical Wedding, which stars Simon Callow as reincarnated occultist Aleister Crowley. Chemical Wedding will debut at Cannes on May 17 and pilot Dickinson is planning to fly guests down to the French event in Iron Maiden's Boeing 757.