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Rock in Rio
Released: 2002, EMI
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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