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Classic Review: Iron Maiden - Live After Death
Iron Maiden
Live After Death

Year released: 2002
Duration: 90 min.

Rating: 5+/5

Review online: September 30, 2002
Reviewed by: Michel Renaud
Readers Rating
Live After Death

Rated 4.9/5 (97.94%) (68 Votes)

This is THE live show that everyone should own, period. This DVD edition was distributed with the "DVD World" magazine in Brazil, so your best bet is to look for it on eBay. The DVD contains the same show as the VHS version, with Dolby 2.0 Surround sound and Dolby Digital 5.1. Also included are the band's biography (in Portuguese) and the discography (titles only - no cover art.) It would be interesting to see this show released in a more full-blown fashion at some point, including the songs that are left out on the video but available on the album versions.

"Live After Death" shows Iron Maiden at the height of their career, during the ambitious "World Slavery Tour" in 1985. This particular show was recorded in Long Beach (where they filled the arena 3 nights in a row.) Sporting a very impressive Egyptian-themed stage, the Maiden guys are not to have the attention diverted from them and play a very energetic set (don't they always?), running everywhere on stage and goofing around a bit as well (like when Bruce runs around with Dave Murray on his back, playing guitar.) The giant Eddy at the back of the stage makes quite an impression toward the end of the show - surely this stage must have cost a fortune. I found the filming slightly better than in "Maiden England" released a few years later.

With one of the best set-lists ever, it's hard to pinpoint some highlights, but there are a few. :) Bruce Dickinson playing the guitar during "Revelations" (!!), or the great rendition of the long epic "Rime of the Ancient Mariner" (too bad they don't play this one anymore). Bruce's rants make for a good laugh, as usual, and he has no problem getting the crowd to participate in various "mass singing" exercises. :)

Let's just hope that this live masterpiece will see a proper DVD re-release with more songs and some interviews and backstage footage from that time period. In the meantime, if you don't have this already, either get the DVD or the VHS version (which is out of print..) and treat yourself to one of the best live shows ever. Go!

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