Quantum weather butterfly
With or without the early solo sortie I think he would have left Maiden eventually, because he simply felt stifled. But I don't think that doing Tattooed Millionaire was what gave him the idea, at least not straight away. He said of that time that he "wandered back into Maiden ... a very happy-go-lucky little leprechaun, so there was no intention whatsoever of leaving at that stage. If anything, the joy of doing my own album had made me sure I was happy where I was." But I guess he would have remembered it so that when he became less happy later on he knew it was a possibility. Risking it all ...But if Steve never gave this project to Bruce he probably would have never left to pursue a solo career, because If I'm not mistaken again, the reviews of Tattooed Millionaire were good and that gave Bruce a additional confidence to leave the band and to begin a solo career.