Video Review: Iron Maiden, "En Vivo"

There's something about Latin American metal audiences that makes for great live vids. AC/DC had already used the good people of Buenos Aires to fine effect in 2011's Live at River Plate. For this vid, Maiden had two gigs on their "The Final Frontier World Tour" filmed–Buenos Aires and Santiago–but the Chilean capital won out in the final cut. Just as well, as Maiden's performance of The Trooper–one of the show's highlights–involves quite a bit of Union Jack waving, which might not have gone down so well, considering Argentina's territorial dispute with the UK. Anyway, cue massive stadium filled to the gunnels with an energized crowd and Maiden on full throttle! 

The whole spectacle was captured in HD by what must have been an army of cameramen, but I wouldn't envy the editor's job. To convey the energy and the excitement of what was obviously a great gig, the movie constantly switches between full-screen and split screen shots of the band in full flow, intercut with crowd shots – a difficult job brilliantly done. Highlights are too many to mention, but the "Behind The Beast" feature gives a fascinating insight into the mechanics of running a metal monster as big as Maiden. "Scream for me Santiago!!!" Bruce roared, and scream they most certainly did. Was there ever any doubt they would?

Rock iKon
May 2012
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