With all due respect, it sounds like more self-pitying from Blaze.
Nails hit and cheered by people not into Maiden with Blaze in the first place.
Music hardly moved on in 1996. Some bands quit but they left an imprint. Metal in the USA did not really have its comeback before 2000.The grunge scene is generally considered to have died with Cobain, with the exception of a handful of bands that transcend it, but that’s because they created memorable music post-grunge and not because the media still liked them. Good article but 1996 is a bit late for the grunge era, music had moved on.
I disagree. I think if Adrian stayed after 7th Son and Bruce after Fear and they continued to release albums that were just as amazing as Number through 7th, they would have stayed just as huge and all of their fans would have continued to support them. Also, Blaze wasn't very well accepted as a replacement for Bruce."When I was in Maiden, we were at war with grunge, man," he said (as transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET). "Grunge was trying to kill us. The U.K. press, they thought the sun shone out of various bands' bottoms, and they wanted Maiden to die. We went into the heartland of death — we played Seattle at the height of grunge, man, and it was one of the most awful gigs I've ever done. There were these people looking at us like we were some kind of dinosaur, and they were going, 'Why aren't they dead yet?' And then you've got a few rows at the front going, 'Maiden! Yes!' It's just unbelievable. And that's the war that we had with [1995's] 'The X Factor' and [1998's] 'Virtual XI'. We were fighting for the very existence of real heavy metal. And where are they now? Metal is forever, 'cause it's in the heart of fans. [..]"
British heavy metal vocalist Blaze Bayley, who fronted IRON MAIDEN more than 20 years ago, spoke to the Crowcast about how the rise of grunge in the early 1990s forced most hard rock bands off the ...www.blabbermouth.net
Hear it from the man who was in the middle of it:
start around 48.50: link
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