Photo by John McMurtrie
Finally available on DVD for the first time, EMI Records are proud to announce the eagerly awaited release of the Double Disc DVD of LIVE AFTER DEATH, the legendary recording of Maidenâ€™s four night stand at Long Beach Arena, California, in 1984. In the shops 4th February 2008, the release will coincide with the start of the bandâ€™s â€œSomewhere Back In Time World Tourâ€ on which they will recreate many of the aspects of this original and spectacular show.
Disc one contains the recording of this full 90 minute concert. Originally filmed on 35mm, the footage comes alive on DVD resulting in a visually stunning film that far outstrips the usual live video of the â€˜80â€™s. The disc carries two sound options – the original concert audio specially mixed into 5.1 Surround Sound by Kevin Shirley, Maidenâ€™s producer since 1999, plus the original stereo sound track by Martin Birch, the bandâ€™s producer from 1981 to 1993. Originally released on video in 1985, this has been largely unavailable for the past 20 years
Disc two has Part 2 of the â€˜History of Iron Maidenâ€™, continuing on the Maiden story from â€œThe Early Daysâ€ DVD, along with rare and unseen bonus footage in the form of BEHIND THE IRON CURTAIN, ROCK IN RIO â€™85, and â€˜ELLO TEXAS, all in all giving a total running time of well over three hours. Plus of course the photo galleries, relevant promo videos, artwork galleries, tour dates, tour programme and other features which all combine to make Maiden DVDs a very special and utterly comprehensive treat for their fans.
Manager Rod Smallwood explained, â€œThe original video of Live After Death has not been readily available for a long time so it’s good that we finally got around to this. lt was one of the first full concerts to be filmed after the advent of video and of course the live album, recorded on a different night to the video, has long been considered to be one of the seminal Metal live albums and has sold millions since. Fans have been begging us to do this DVD for some time now but we wanted to wait until we were able to recreate that whole tour to go with it and also to make it part of a series of DVDs that we are putting together around the bandâ€™s history. And of course we are making sure that now we have got to it we will be giving the fans everything we can find from that period!!â€