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Iron Maiden
Rock in Rio
April 2002
Released: 2002, EMI Records
Rating: 5.0/5
Reviewer: Anders Sandvall

Iron Maiden, live at the Rock In Rio Festival in Brazil the 19th of January 2001. Maiden has always been one of my biggest heroes; I have followed the band for twenty years. I have seen them live numerous times.



This concert on these two CDs is magic. Two hundred and fifty thousand crazy Brazilians saw the show. Bruce, Dave, Adrian, Janick, Steve and Nicko are in splendid form and play like hell. This live-record is just as good as the classic record from 1985: “Live After Death”. It is special that Mr. Dickinsson (the best singer in the world) and Mr. Smith are back in Maiden again. as you all know, they have been away for some years.



On the first CD...

The songs from the new record “Brave New World” feel just as fresh as the classic old numbers. The first record has a lot of new stuff like: “Wicker Man”, “ Ghost of the Navigator,” The titletrack and “Bloodbrothers”. They feel just as good as the golden oldies like: “Wrathchild”, “2 Minutes to Midnight” and “ The Trooper”.



On the second CD...

Here is older material like “The Evil That Men Do”, “Iron Maiden”, “The Number of the Beast”, “Run to the Hills” and “ Sanctuary”. Something that impresses me is that they play songs from the Blaze Bailey- era like “Clansman” and “Sign of the Cross”. The audience follows Bruce's every signal and there is a spontanious sing along in almost every song. Bruce seems to be in a very good mood and he talks a lot between the songs. Bruce dedicates the song “Blood Brothers” to all Iron Maiden fans all over the world. It is a mighty and powerful sensation to hear the whole audience sing together in the chorus. It is also so powerful to hear the audience in the beginning of the song “Fear of the Dark”.



As a special bonus CD one and CD two have an enhanced video: ”Brave new world” and “A day in a life” Those two are taken from the upcoming video and DVD with the same name ”Rock in Rio”.



This is a magic and brilliant double-live CD with 19 live tracks. Iron Maiden is back on top again and nobody can beat them live or musicwise. This is a splended introduction to true heavy metal at it’s best. There is only one thing to say !!!!! BUY ! BUY ! BUY !



More info on the band at: http://www.ironmaiden.com

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Iron Maiden
Rock in Rio
April 2002
Released: 2002, Columbia
Rating: 4.5/5
Reviewer: Mosquito

Yet another live offering by Iron Maiden. Rock In Rio once again adds to the catalogue of live albums this band carries and to be honest, it doesn't disappoint. Personally I felt that A REAL LIVE DEAD ONE lacked. Bruce just didn't seem too with it (which I really hate to say considering the fact that I am a HUGE fan). Rock In Rio has a lot of post FEAR IN THE DARK material. Obviously they are supporting BRAVE NEW WORLD on this album so there is more material from that album than any of the others. This is also the first official live offering of Bruce singing the material from X FACTOR and VIRTUAL XI and he is amazing. This album is comparable in quality to LIVE AFTER DEATH. The guys are precise and it sounds like they are having a blast. So much energy for a few guys that have been at this since 1977. My hats are off to everyone involved on this one.



As a bonus for those of us with computers. On the second disc there is a cool short video documenting the preparation and performance of a Maiden concert. I'm really hoping the DVD will have a much more extended version of this as it was great to see them all being normal guys like the rest of us.

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Iron Maiden
Rock in Rio
April 2002
Released: 2002, Portrait/Columbia
Rating: 4.5/5
Reviewer: CrashTest

ROCK IN RIO marks the fourth live album in the legendary history of Iron Maiden. Of those four, two are essential to the collection of every metalhead. LIVE AFTER DEATH (5/5) is one of them, ROCK IN RIO is the other. Honestly, I wasn’t expecting much from this album. I mean come on, four double live albums? Essentially, I bought RIR the day of it’s release because I’m a Maiden fan, and that’s what Maiden fans do. As it turns out, and with all due respect to Megadeth, RIR turned out to be the real “rude awakening”.



While A REAL LIVE DEAD ONE (3.5/5) and LIVE AT DONNINGTON (3.75/5) were adequate, they lacked the intangibles that make a live album worthy of the highest praise. If I had to put my finger on the things that make RIR great, it would be the that Dickinson and Smith have helped to rejuvenate the band, and that the performance took place before 250,000 maniacal Brazilian fans. And oh do those fans make their presence felt, as they can be heard singing along on almost every song. It’s enough to send shivers down your spine.



When I initially saw the tracklist, the six BRAVE NEW WORLD songs raised an eyebrow. Fear not, the BNW songs sound better live, Maiden being one of the few bands that can make a mediocre song like “Blood Brothers” sound better when it’s played live. As for the fact that less than half the songs covered are from the golden era of Maiden, well ... quite frankly we’ve heard enough of the older songs from the Maiden catalogue on the three previous live offerings. The exclusion of some of the older classics is a breath of fresh air. It’s also a special treat to hear Dickinson singing two of the Blaze-era songs.



I was not fortunate enough to catch Maiden on the BNW tour, so it was nice to hear what the three-guitar lineup sounds like. Though it’s hard to pick out on many of the songs, the triple axe lineup does give an extra layer of energetic buzz to the rhythm parts of some songs. The variations that Murray, Smith and Gers take on some of the well-known guitar solos is also very nice. Highlights of the album include performances of “Brave New World”, “2 Minutes to Midnight”, “The Clansman”,“The Evil That Men Do” and “The Number of the Beast”, which is punctuated by what sounds like fireworks exploding in the distance. I’ll have to wait until the DVD comes out to confirm the fireworks. If I had to name one song that steals the show though, it would be the absolutely stellar rendition of “Wrathchild”. Words would fail miserably to describe how amazing it sounds. Just go get the album and find out for yourself.



And, oh yeah, up the irons!



Official website: http://www.ironmaiden.com

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Iron Maiden
Rock in Rio
April 2002
Released: 2002, EMI
Rating: 4.9/5
Reviewer: Cid

Well, Iron Maiden put out another live album and Iron Maiden amaze me again. Personally I think that LIVE AFTER DEAD is one of the very best live recordings EVER, period. But ROCK IN RIO comes in close second as far as Maiden’s live work is concerned.



First of all this is the first live recording with the new Maiden line-up (Save Metal 2000 recorded live at the Dynamo Open Air festival. But that was a bootleg…a GREAT bootleg but a bootleg nonetheless.) which includes 3 guitar players (Smith, Murray, Gers) and the return of the legendary Bruce Dickinson to vocal works. I must say that Iron Maiden put out 2 albums that were in my opinion sub-par compared with the rest of their catalogue, these were VIRTUAL XI and THE X FACTOR. With this off my chest I must also admit that the material from these 2 albums that is included in this live offering is absolutely brilliant! First time Bruce Dickinson delivers a live performance of this material and he turns it into gold. Coincidence? Hell no!



To add up to the absolutely brilliant performance the band puts on for this show, the crowd that showed up to be at this gig totaled something around 250 000 insane Brazilian fans. This shows through the entire album. I have always liked a lot of performances of Iron Maiden like for example A REAL LIVE DEAD ONE’s version of “Fear of the Dark” or that same CD’s version of “The Trooper”, but the intensity of this show kindly blows away all memories from previous live releases by the Iron Maiden!



This is a must get folks! I can’t wait for the DVD to be released!

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