When Iron Maiden first burst onto the British music scene in the late 1970s, they were part of the "New Wave of British Heavy Metal," a movement of young bands bringing a fresh energy and ferocity to hard rock. But in the 21st Century, Iron Maiden are still on the road; they've grown from young upstarts to one of the most popular, enduring and respected bands in metal, playing around the world to sold-out crowds comprised of new listeners as well as longtime fans. In 2008, Iron Maiden set out on an international tour that saw them playing 23 shows in 45 days, traveling 40,000 miles in their private Boeing 757, with lead singer Bruce Dickenson doing double duty as pilot as they played to crowds from California to India. Filmmakers Scot McFadyen and Sam Dunn, who directed the documentary Metal: A Headbanger's Journey, were invited to join Iron Maiden for their global tour, and Iron Maiden: Flight 666 offers a behind-the-scenes look at life on the road with this iconic metal band along with plenty of highlights from their explosive live show. Iron Maiden: Flight 666 was an official selection at the 2009 South by Southwest Film Festival.
by Mark Deming synopsis