IRON MAIDEN, RUSH Among 'Music DVD' Nominees At Canada's JUNO AWARDS

March 3, 2010

IRON MAIDEN's "Flight 666" and RUSH's "Snakes & Arrows Live" are among the nominees in the "Music DVD Of The Year" category at the 2010 Juno Awards (the Canadian equivalent of the Grammy Awards).

The awards ceremony will be held on April 18 in St. John's, Newfoundland.

A complete list of nominations can be found at www.junoawards.ca.

IRON MAIDEN's award-winning film "Flight 666" was screened in over 500 digital cinemas in 42 countries worldwide in April 2009. The subsequent release of "Flight 666" on DVD secured another global triumph for the band by flying into the music DVD charts at No. 1 in 22 countries, including the U.S. and U.K.

"Iron Maiden: Flight 666" follows the IRON MAIDEN bandmembers on the first leg of their "Somewhere Back In Time World Tour" in February and March of 2008.

For "Iron Maiden: Flight 666", IRON MAIDEN was accompanied everywhere by award-winning documentary makers Banger Productions from Toronto in Canada, who have received international critical acclaim for their previous movies "Metal: A Headbanger's Journey" and recently "Global Metal". Producer/presenter Sam Dunn and his team bring an intimate, behind-the-scenes view of this remarkable journey, with a close look at the logistics involved and following Team Maiden in the cockpit, on the plane and on and offstage, getting to the heart of this global adventure of a band that has very rarely even let cameras backstage before.

Shot in high definition and with superb 5.1 surround sound, mixed by the band's producer Kevin "Caveman" Shirley, "Flight 666" brings to the screen all the drama, excitement and hysteria that followed the band around the world every time Ed Force One (the band's plane) touched down in a new country. The film documents the intensity of the punishing show schedules, the struggle with the time zones, the pressures of ensuring that every performance matched the energy of the many thousands of ecstatic and expectant fans from many cultural backgrounds, unusual angles from the spectacular shows... and, of course, the fun had on the way!

RUSH's "Snakes & Arrows Live" DVD was filmed with 21 high-definition cameras in 16x9 widescreen format over two nights in October 2007 at the Netherlands' Ahoy Rotterdam arena during the renowned rock trio's lengthy world tour. Additional SD footage was filmed in Atlanta this past July. The five-month trek supporting RUSH's critically acclaimed 2007 studio release "Snakes & Arrows", which includes the Grammy Award-nominated track "Malignant Narcissism", topped Pollstar's Top 100 2007 Tours list at #12.

While previous DVD releases showcase different sides of the band, this DVD offers fans a rare and close up look at the prodigious musicianship for which the band is renowned. Cameras follow bassist and vocalist Geddy Lee, guitarist Alex Lifeson and drummer Neil Peart closely, capturing not only their playing note for note, but also the intimacy they share on stage. The diverse track list includes many new songs from "Snakes & Arrows" as well as old favorites like "Tom Sawyer" and "Freewill" plus an explosive rendition of "Between the Wheels". Among the hidden gems and numerous special tour moments included as extras is the fan-coveted "What's That Smell" vignette and outakes, a skit used to intro the second set, which capitalizes on the still emerging comedic talents of both Alex and Geddy who excel (and revel) in their roles as wild characters. Featuring collector's quality packaging and a choice of Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround Sound or PCM Stereo for a superior audio experience, the DVD was mixed by frequent collaborator Richard Chycki (AEROSMITH, MICK JAGGER). Total running time is 221 minutes.

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