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General fan vibe during the Blaze days

Discussion in 'Maiden Chat' started by nuno_c, Jan 3, 2015.

  1. Zare

    Zare Dream of broken citadels

    @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.
  2. srfc

    srfc Educated Fool

    In an interview with Metal Hammer I think, around about the time of the Ed Hunter tour, Harris explicitly said Blaze was going either way and that in terms of getting Bruce back it was a case of, quote, "better the devil you know" as opposed to getting a different new frontman.
  3. Zare

    Zare Dream of broken citadels

    Two references on the VXI tour wiki article

    "Allergies Postpone Iron Maiden Shows". VH1. 1998-07-17. Retrieved 2012-02-16.
    "Singer Rejoins Iron Maiden". VH1. 1998-02-10. Retrieved 2012-02-16.

    Of course that 20 year old VH1 site is down, archive.org is down due to maintenance currently, these look interesting, especially the date on the singer rejoins Maiden one.
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  4. Ruflux

    Ruflux Nomad

    This is kinda interesting because I've always had this impression Nicko was the "sane man" in the whole Blaze issue, i.e. he agreed with the popular impression that Bruce was awful on his last tour in '93, and was happy to have Blaze as a replacement. But at the same time as the various limitations and problems with Blaze's live performances arose, he was very much willing to push for Steve to replace him.

    Meanwhile Janick was relatively loyal to Bruce, which makes sense considering they're friends and Bruce is the one who got him the Maiden gig, and I somehow get this feeling this is part of the reason why he's cited as pushing for Blaze to get the boot. It was necessary in retrospect, but I think Janick in particular was more personally motivated than anyone else in the band. I just get this feeling Janick (being called the diplomat by other band members) would rather stay out of the whole issue than be caught in the middle, but I think the possibility of Bruce returning motivated him to join the cause.

    Note that this is just my theory based on what I've read and it's kinda off-topicy but I felt like saying my piece, because it was such a strange time for the band overall.
  5. Black Bart

    Black Bart Ancient Mariner

    There is also Wayback Machine (http://web.archive.org/) but I can't seem to find these pages. :(
  6. jazz from hell

    jazz from hell Ancient Mariner

    I don't think Smallwood secretely organized Bruce's return behind Steve's back.
    However, I'm quite convinced that Steve didn't want Bruce back but had to give in to the pressure of the other guys -- and Dave might have had a role there as well.
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  7. soundwave

    soundwave Educated Fool

    Steve and Bruce have always had a bit of a weird 'vibe' between them, but it did look like Steve was dragged kicking and screaming into the reunion. I think business realities and legacy came into play for him.
  8. Black Bart

    Black Bart Ancient Mariner

    I remember reading in a French magazine -in the years 94-96- that Bruce said he would "nod hello to Steve in the street, in remembrance of the good old days, but that he wouldn't cross the streets and shake hands". By 1998, he had grown into a more welcoming attitude ;) .
    Last edited: Aug 5, 2017
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  9. GhostofCain

    GhostofCain Ancient Mariner

    The date of that is incorrect. The return of Bruce and Adrian was announced on 10th February 1999. :)
  10. GhostofCain

    GhostofCain Ancient Mariner

    Agreed! I remember Bruce saying in 2000 that he had no need to rejoin the band as he had received a significant amount of money in 1998 as a result of that deal regarding royalties, but that he wanted to in order to be the best metal band in the world again.
    Last edited: Aug 5, 2017
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  11. Zare

    Zare Dream of broken citadels

    Thx, that clears it out
  12. GhostofCain

    GhostofCain Ancient Mariner

    My pleasure!
  13. TheTalisman

    TheTalisman F├ągel

    It was a new york investment banker named David Pullman that did the deal with Andy Taylor. I can't find anything about Sony. The deal was announced in the media in early 1999 nearly at the same time as Bruce and Adrian'returned.
    Anyway read between the lines:

    I wouldn't be surprised if they were offered more money with Bruce back in the band, presenting a contract to tour and record new music = more sales of the albums the back catalogue at the same time.
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  14. srfc

    srfc Educated Fool

    retrieved on such and such a date just means that the person who put the info on wikipedia did so on that date, i.e. the material was accessible on the web on that date not that it was published on that date.
  15. GhostofCain

    GhostofCain Ancient Mariner

    I know, but the date that the original poster wrote was one from 1998. I was just merely stating the date when the reunion was officially announced: 10th February 1999 (I remember it really well as I had been waiting for this to happen for quite some time!).
  16. bearfan

    bearfan Ancient Mariner

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