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Raising Hell

Raising Hell

September 1994

113 minutes


Vocals: Bruce Dickinson
Bass: Steve Harris
Guitar: Dave Murray
Guitar: Janick Gers
Drums: Nicko McBrain

Raising Hell is an interesting video, combining an Iron Maiden concert with a Simon Drake horror magic show. Rather than having an actual plot, as logic would have dictated, it is mainly just a Maiden show with magical tricks performed between the songs. There were apparently two stages, one for Maiden and one for Simon Drake who portrayed himself as an evil leather-clad magician. Most of his "magic" involved killing his beautiful assistants and even members of the audience in extremely grotesque ways for various trivial offences such as offering a lighter that didn't work or shouting for more Iron Maiden music. However, a couple of the tricks were sort of alright. During the middle of one song, Drake's minions drag Dave Murray from the Maiden stage and proceed to cut off his arms about halfway below the elbows. Drake then takes Murray's guitar, holds Murray's severed hands at the wrists just in time for the hands to play Murray's guitar solo for the song. And for the final "trick" of the show, Bruce Dickinson is dragged off Maiden's stage and forced into – you guessed it – an iron maiden, where he is impaled by hundreds of spikes. Eddie then decapitates Bruce's body and places the severed head on the spike that impales Simon Drake.

Overall, the Iron Maiden show was quite good – even if Bruce Dickinson looks somehow bored – while the Simon Drake show was a bit over-violent and pretty cheesy. It would have been better if they had designed some sort of a plot and turned the show into a story. But if you like both Iron Maiden and macabre horror, you may really enjoy this video anyway.

On August 28, 1993, metal superstars Iron Maiden and horror illusionist Simon Drake combined to create the most macabre event of all time: Raising Hell. In this first and only live rock concert with a horror movie setting, Raising Hell celebrates lead singer Bruce Dickinson's final performance with Iron Maiden. The band's electrifying concert performance, taped live at Pinewood Studios, London, incorporates blood curdling illusions and seventeen classic Iron Maiden songs, four not seen on the original pay-per-view broadcast. In a 100+ minutes, Iron Maiden "raises hell" in a performance that will live on forever.

From the back of the video box


1.  Be Quick Or Be Dead (Dickinson, Gers) Commentary Lyrics
2.  The Trooper (Harris) Commentary Lyrics
3.  The Evil That Men Do (Smith, Dickinson, Harris) Commentary Lyrics
4.  The Clairvoyant (Harris) Commentary Lyrics
5.  Hallowed Be Thy Name (Harris) Commentary Lyrics
6.  Wrathchild (Harris) Commentary Lyrics
7.  Transylvania (Harris) Commentary Lyrics
8.  From Here To Eternity (Harris) Commentary Lyrics
9.  Fear Of The Dark (Harris) Commentary Lyrics
10.  The Number Of The Beast (Harris) Commentary Lyrics
11.  Bring Your Daughter... ...To The Slaughter (Dickinson) Commentary Lyrics
12.  2 Minutes to Midnight (Smith, Dickinson) Commentary Lyrics
13.  Afraid To Shoot Strangers (Harris) Commentary Lyrics
14.  Heaven Can Wait (Harris) Commentary Lyrics
15.  Sanctuary (Harris, Di'Anno, Murray) Commentary Lyrics
16.  Run To The Hills (Harris) Commentary Lyrics
17.  Iron Maiden (Harris) Commentary Lyrics



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Be Quick Or Be Dead

The Trooper

The Evil That Men Do

The Clairvoyant

Hallowed Be Thy Name



From Here To Eternity

Fear Of The Dark

The Number Of The Beast

Bring Your Daughter... ...To The Slaughter

2 Minutes To Midnight

Afraid To Shoot Strangers

Heaven Can Wait (Part 1)

Heaven Can Wait (Part 2)


Run To The Hills

Iron Maiden

The End

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