@Perun, if Blaze didn't have backup in-ears it's his fault. He should have bought 10 pairs. I also call b.s. on that one, because he sounded perfectly on the last show. He says he picked up funny feels, and obviously he was consciously working on bringing his performance up (by getting in-ears on his own), so something 'weird' happens and he loses in-ears, but performance is OK, he has funny feels but keeps on working for BNW like nothing will happen...fishy. 1998 was the year when things were starting to get back on the right track for Maiden, the South America leg of Virtual XI tour was a stadium tour, somewhere where they can show off their return to form. 2/7 of those shows got cancelled. Probably due to Blaze's allergy. Maiden passed on rights to their worldwide royalties for complete back catalogue in 1998, for a fee of 25M$, until 2015, to Sony AFAIR. I don't see what that's got to do with future endeavors and line-up. Like I said, Blaze probably got his golden handshake from this bag of gold. So, it's rather more simple. It was tough to lift off with Blaze to levels where they were with Bruce, and yes due to his performance and cancellations. Harris had a clear-cut alternative with known results in front of him.