Growing up in a country where Bollywood music is blasted on you from all directions, metal and rock become something that we’ve all hung on to with our dear lives. It was a symbol of rebellion (that definitely died down later) . Bruce, Steve and the rest of the gang were our initiation into the big bad world of metal. The solid riffs and meaningful lyrics have been taking us somewhere back in time since the first time we heard it. I still feel the same way every time I hear them.
The date was Feb 1st 2008, just more than a year back. It was a day most of us will never forget or would never want to. That was the day Iron Maiden performed on Mumbai’s soil. It was a dream for many finally coming true. Personally for me it was a 12-year dream that finally got fulfilled when the intro of Aces High echoed through the venue.
More than a year later I felt the same rush seeing them perform live again in Bangalore.
Today in an air-conditioned multiplex hall I was briefly transported, if only for a small moment, to the time I first heard Iron Maiden live. It honestly felt like a concert, with fellow Maiden fans shouting out “Maiden, Maiden”. The movie Iron Maiden Flight 666 is about the “Somewhere Back in Time Tour”. In this tour Maiden traveled all across the world to places like Columbia, Chile, Yokohama. A total of 27 Cities, 11 Countries and 23 concerts all in 45 days.
This was a feat that was not accomplished by any band before. It was possible for Iron Maiden to do it due to “Ed Force 1”. Ed Force 1 is the modified Boeing 757 tour plane that transported the crew, the band and their motherload equipment. To top the coolness quotient the plane is flown around by the in-house pilot / vocalist Bruce Dickinson.
But to be honest, the documentary was a tad disappointing. Don’t get me wrong here. It was a couple of hours well spent, but it didn’t give me too much insight about the band. It didn’t give me too much of ‘behind the scenes’. I really really wanted to know how these guys jammed together, how they prepared before a big gig, how even after 33 years they manage to send the whole country in a tizzy every time they perform live, etc. Didn’t get any of those.
Even though, it was nice to relive the experience of the Maiden concert. Also it was very heartening to see the crowd reaction in different parts of the world. It is almost like the entire world is united to their music. And anything to watch Gods on the big screen in high definition with good quality audio. Totally worth it.
To put it in Steve Harris’ words
Night was black
was no use holding back
‘Cause I just had to see
was someone watching me
In the mist
dark figures move and twist
was all this for real