|Review: Iron Maiden - Raising Hell|
Year released: 2000
Duration: 113 min.
Review online: September 6, 2003
Reviewed by: Eddiethe'Ead
Rated 4.25/5 (85%) (12 Votes)
Raising Hell is the last performance by Bruce Dickinson in Iron Maiden; that is of course until he rejoined the band in 2000 to record Brave New World. His performance on here is stellar; he runs around like a fucking maniac waving his arms and howling at the crowd. A truly great performance by a legendary performer. Even though he doesn't quite hit the same high notes as he hits in the studio, he sure makes up for it by his energy. Also, the band has a tremendous show, lighting up the crowd's faces with their instruments producing other-wordly sounds. But this DVD live show is flawed; a great performance marred by bad sound production.
Dave Murray's guitar sounds outstanding; perfect notes echo out of his guitar. On the other hand, Janick Gers got the shitty end of the deal. When he solos, you can barely hear it at all. So you crank the volume up, and then Davey starts to solo, and it's like "fuck" because it is so loud. That is just crap, that there is so much of a difference in the volume levels of their guitars. I mean, I could see if Gers was Kirk Hammett, then I would be glad about the sound production. But Gers is certainly no Hammett; he is a young lad that knows how to play well. Another minor quip is that the performance revolves around this gay ass magician doing gory tricks and such; I skipped them every time. It is pointless to interrupt such a great band with useless banter such as this trickster, truly terrible. The audience was sure into the show, good ol' punters getting up in the front row and banging their heads with a fury. And when the band pulled the audience up to sing on "Heaven Can Wait" you can see how enthusiastic the audience is about their Maiden.
The setlist on here is pretty bad. Too much off of Fear of the Dark was played, and not enough off of Piece of Mind and Powerslave. For instance, instead of playing the silly Bring Your Daughter…To the Slaughter, they could have played Where Eagles Dare or The Duellists. Just too many of the songs that everyone has seen them play before, like Two Minutes to Midnight and Run to the Hills. They should have tried something like The Loneliness of the Long-Distance Runner or To Tame a Land. But besides that, they rip through the set with perfection, and I can't really complain because I pretty much like every Maiden song.
It certainly brought a tear to my eye when at the end of the show Bruce says "Well, it's been a great ten years, hasn't it?" That signaled the end of an era, the end of the Bruce Dickinson-Maiden era. Truly a sad moment in the history of metal, especially when one notes the success of his successor, Mr. Blaze Bayley. I would certainly recommend this DVD, though it is not greatly produced or has a great set-list, but it contains a classic Dickinson performance as well as a classic Maiden performance, and it is certainly a historic landmark.
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