When Pink Floyd was in their prime, one of the highlights of their live show was the model plane crash at the end of “On the Run” from Dark Side of the Moon.
Pfft. Bruce Dickinson help recreate an actual WWI battle above the skies of the Sonisphere Festival in Europe. With real f**kin’ planes.
Before Maiden’s set, the PA began pumping out the band’s epic track, “Paschendale” (about the famous WWI battle, of course) while the video screens showed war footage of the era. Then the narrator asked people to look up.
Above their heads was an aerial display of vintage aircraft engaged in a mock dogfight. Flying a biplane that looked just the Red Baron was Bruce. The whole thing lasted about ten minutes.
The planes then landed and Maiden took to the stage. THAT’S how you make an entrance!