Part 19 of my series of Iron Maiden reviews!
IRON MAIDEN – Raising Hell (1995 BMG VHS)
28 August 1993: Bruce’s final show. And for the occasion, Maiden decided to team up with…a magic act?
I don’t know who this Simon Drake fellow is, but his “horror magic show” or whatever the hell you wanna call it is just plain awful! Simon serves as a guest act during Iron Maiden’s final show, Raising Hell, available on VHS and DVD. He does magic skits at various places during the show, sometimes interacting with the band, but always with this really bad cheesy metal music (not Maiden!) behind him. And the bit where he kidnaps Dave Murray? Awful! D’y’think that the real Dave might actually be still behind the giant curtain they walked behind? You can still hear his guitar even after he has it taken away from him, and has a hand chopped off!
Simon Drake sucked! This is magic? He pretty much ruined Raising Hell, for the most part. Good thing VCR’s used to have “fast-forward” buttons!
Thankfully, Iron Maiden kick ass. With a few Eddie’s and some big backdrops, they’re playing a smaller venue (a TV studio) and it feels really intimate. Bruce is awesome, wailing and running around like a man possessed on opener “Be Quick Or Be Dead”. He does “Hallowed” perfect…really, everybody in Maiden is flawless, on fire, possessed. And by flawless, I don’t mean note perfect — there’s mistakes, but they make it perfect!
But you know who really stands out to me? Janick Gers. I don’t know if I’ve ever seen a more physical guitar player since Ritchie Blackmore! So why the hell is the camera on Steve Harris during Janick’s manic “Afraid To Shoot Strangers” solo!? There are quite a few missed money shots. Why?
Because it wasn’t directed by Harris, that’s why, it was directed by somebody named Declan Lowney, I guess that’s the TV production type deal. So beware: Maiden England this is not!
One thing I find a little strange: It’s Bruce’s final show, but they still played the instrumental, “Transylvania”. Nothing against that song, but why not one more vocal number? I know they were playing it live on that tour, but still.
- “Be Quick or Be Dead”
- “The Trooper”
- “The Evil That Men Do”
- “The Clairvoyant”
- “Hallowed Be Thy Name”
- “From Here to Eternity”
- “Fear of the Dark”
- “The Number of the Beast”
- “Bring Your Daughter… to the Slaughter”
- “2 Minutes to Midnight”
- “Afraid to Shoot Strangers”
- “Heaven Can Wait”
- “Run to the Hills”
- “Iron Maiden”
And of course, it is during “Iron Maiden” that Bruce finally meets his end. One of the few highlights of the magic act is the end of Dickinson…
Rating for just the band, not the magician:
Rating for the magician, not the band:
Rating for the overall video, setlist, stage show, direction, etc:
What happens next? Will the band carry on? What will Bruce do? Stay tuned…