Iron Maiden just got off the road at the end of March.
Now it’s coming to the big screen — and then to DVD. “Iron Maiden: Flight 666” is a documentary of the first leg of the group’s 2008-09 Somewhere Back in Time world tour, an excursion that took the British heavy metal sextet to 24 countries on five continents in six weeks. It accomplished the 50,000-mile trek by renting its own Boeing 757, piloted by frontman Bruce Dickinson, and hauling the staging, lights and sound in the cargo hold.
“We thought, ‘Hang on a moment; this is such a historical event in the history of metal. No one’s ever done this before. We need to document this. Why not take a (film) crew out with us?’ ” drummer Nicko McBrain says. “So we had six cameras at each show, and they were with us backstage and on the plane and wherever we went, really.
“It was kind of a love/hate thing with (the filmmakers, Banger Productions). But I think it’s a stunning piece of film ... on what it’s totally like on the road with Iron Maiden — especially with Bruce up front in the 757.”
“Flight 666,” which won the Best Documentary prize at this year’s South By Southwest Film Festival, will screen worldwide on Tuesday (April 21), including a local showing at 8 p.m. at Emagine Canton, 39535 Ford Road. Call (888) 319-3456 or visit www.ironmaiden.com. Tickets are $12.50.
A DVD, Blu-Ray and companion soundtrack album of “Flight 666” will be released on May 26.