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    Bruce Dickinson

    Can't argue that--a far more Maidenish album than Virtual XI and a far better album overall, and I'm one of the apparent few who loves Virtual XI. I still think AoB was Bruce saying, "well, Skunkworks didn't work...let's drum up reunion talk and get back on top," which, of course, is exactly...
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    Legacy Of The Beast Post-Pandemic Leg

    For the two songs getting swapped out to "reflect the current climate," plugging ATSS into one of those spots feels like a shoe-in.
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    what do you expect of a new Bruce Dickinson solo album?

    I'm expecting the same as most here--something in the vein of Tyranny of Souls. Might end up being a bit rushed, since it sounds like he gave himself 3 weeks in LA to finish it up (or just demos for the 2nd half?), but we'll see. It could turn out great, but overall I think we're lucky to be...
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    Senjutsu - 3rd September 2021

    Since we're on a 45 year-old theme, I'll chime in somewhere in the middle, now that we've sat with the album for quite a while. Senjutsu is a great album, but some areas have either never grabbed me or are now starting to wear on me. The title track does make for a good (if over-long)...
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    Your First Maiden Gig

    I interviewed Andrew (Craighairn?...it's been a while) during press for 34.788%...Complete, and asked him about the Maiden tour. He said it was the best opening spot they'd done to that point, despite the sometimes unfriendly Maiden crowd in how they are with opening acts. Apparently, when the...
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    Your First Maiden Gig

    First show was in a club called The Mirage in early '96. Met the band earlier in the day at a signing they did at Sam Goody at the Mall of America. Big turnout for that, and big turnout for the show. The club was packed, pretty sure they ended up turning people away. Fear Factory opened, played...
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    Blaze Bayley

    Ooh, thanks for sharing. Always nice to hear Blaze break out a "motherf**ker" like in the old days on a Maiden stage! And he sounds great on this. My personal fave is Madrid '98--in a perfect (or magical) world, they could go in to the soundboard recording, clean up the sound overall (especially...
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    Blaze Bayley

    Blaze was a fantastic frontman during the Wolfsbane days. After he was announced for Maiden, I deep-dived into the band, bought all the albums I could find, and was genuinely excited with what a sort of "wildman" vocalist and personality could do in Maiden, because that's sort of how he came...
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    Bruce Dickinson

    Also not a Dickinson solo track by any means, but there's also his 10 minute collab track with Ayreon, "Into the Black Hole," that was on his Universal Migrator 2: Flight of the Migrator album. Pretty cool, spacey track that Bruce does all the vocals on.
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    Legacy Of The Beast Post-Pandemic Leg

    I agree. I'd almost rather they use that as a taped intro to replace Doctor Doctor (Nightwish did this on their livestreams with the album opener "Music," then blasted into "Noise"). "Senjutsu" builds a great mood, but it's not the sort of explosive openers Maiden has pretty much always relied...
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    A theory regarding Maiden History part 4

    I've taken that philosophy with self-publishing my fantasy/dark fantasy series of books. I have no interest in writing to market so I can sell more, but writing exactly what I want, which is why I'm hesitant to try out some small publishing houses. And I want in on that trip to the parallel...
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    Blaze Bayley

    Ah, good catch! :D
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    Blaze Bayley

    That recording of The Evil Men Do was also overdubbed in the studio, which is particularly apparent if you own The Eternal Flame bootleg, since both versions are from that show in Gothenburg. In the bootleg, Blaze only goes for the high note of the chorus on the last chorus of the song, whereas...
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    A theory regarding Maiden History part 4

    First...how dare you, sir! :D Second, this guy was always my go-to VXI-era Blaze doppelganger--even had a wee bit of the mutton chops:
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    Blaze Bayley

    I think at this point in the game when it comes to Blaze's career, both he and most of his fans have come to accept this is likely as good as it's going to get from here on out. Yeah, there's nothing revolutionary or even new to Absolva's sound and whatnot, but it's a hell of a lot better than...
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