How did you feel when the reunion was announced in 1999?

Discussion in 'Maiden Chat' started by chaosapiant, Aug 16, 2018.

  1. srfc

    srfc Ancient Mariner

    It wouldn't play on windows 98 or whatever was the current version at the time, always crashed at level 3
     
  2. srfc

    srfc Ancient Mariner

    100% the only reason Bruce had for going back to Maiden.
     
  3. Ruflux

    Ruflux Educated Fool

    This is what I've always believed as well. If you look at Bruce's solo discography, he's really not one to keep doing the same thing forever if it's not working out commercially or critically. Hell, it took him until 1997 and AoB to fully return to heavy metal even. Considering this and the general lack of career success, there's no way he was going to keep at it for much longer. One more album and a best of collection would've likely been it for him.
     
  4. Black Bart

    Black Bart Ancient Mariner

    I think that in retrospect, I foresaw what was going to happen: the output would be a bit less good, but much more succesful. I really hope that Bruce will tour solo again at some point and, above all, put much more care into his next solo album than in Tyranny of Souls.
     
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  5. Black Abyss Babe

    Black Abyss Babe Ocean soul

    My boyfriend sums it up thus: "they discovered they didn't quite work without him, he discovered he didn't quite work without them."

    I think that basically covers it :).
     
  6. Diesel 11

    Diesel 11 As you scream into the web of silence...

    And somehow both released masterpieces in the time they were split. :innocent:

    But no, I agree. As good as their material was during that time, they stand stronger together than apart.
     
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  7. Black Abyss Babe

    Black Abyss Babe Ocean soul

    The boyfriend doesn't agree with us regarding VXI though - he describes it as "an absolute travesty" :grumble:

    My take on the whole is that what they did in the '80s was good, and what they did in the '90s (all of them!) was as good, but different. What they're doing now is better than everything that went before. For a number of reasons :).
     
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  8. Black Bart

    Black Bart Ancient Mariner

    As much as I like Maiden now too, nothing that has been released since the reunion is as good as The Chemical Wedding, IMO.
     
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  9. Wogmidget

    Wogmidget I rather like the restless nights

    I dunno, he may have a fifth of a point

    Not as bad as TXF though
     
  10. Diesel 11

    Diesel 11 As you scream into the web of silence...

    No u.
     
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  11. Wogmidget

    Wogmidget I rather like the restless nights

    Ur album gay hurr durr
     
  12. Diesel 11

    Diesel 11 As you scream into the web of silence...

    If you rather like the restless nights, why shit on the album that came from them? :innocent: :ok:
     
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  13. Wogmidget

    Wogmidget I rather like the restless nights

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  14. chaosapiant

    chaosapiant Ancient Marinade

    This is almost my exact opinion on Maiden. I didn't get into them until I was 8 years old, which was the year Seventh Son came out. So I was too young to have opinions like "this production sucks" or to be able to tell the difference in Janick or H. It was just more metal I enjoyed. I was 15 when The X Factor dropped and that was already a bad/tragic year for me so that album has always stuck with me. I'm only 38 now, and was never really old enough during their hey day to feel really strongly about their 80s material. Granted Seventh Son and Powerslave are some of my favorite albums by them. But their newest albums, post re-union? Taken as a whole era, their 80s work doesn't touch what they're doing now, imo.
     
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  15. soundwave

    soundwave Educated Fool

    That's interesting. It's cool to hear that someone else got into Maiden as a kid. I also got into them when I was 8 - in 1986. My experience with that has been a little different - getting into them that young completely clouds my opinion about the 80s era because I do tie it in with my childhood (which was a happy one for me) so I'm honest and say that I can't ever look at them objectively. The 80s albums will always rank high for me because of the nostalgic 'memory triggering' moments that they provide (and of course, I did, and still do, enjoy the music). It's tough for me to evaluate those albums on musical merit alone.

    I was really apprehensive about the reunion announcement though because I thought if they screwed up the next album, they were done. You can only ride the wave of excitement for so long - you have to have an album to back up the hype. Fortunately, BNW delivered. I'd even go on to say that BNW is one of the most, if not the most, important album of their career because of that.
     
  16. THESEVENTHMARINER

    THESEVENTHMARINER Ancient Mariner

    Infant TheSeventhMariner shat his nappy.
     
  17. ErichZann

    ErichZann Invader

    I think the exact opposite :)
     
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  18. Black Abyss Babe

    Black Abyss Babe Ocean soul

    I only discovered Maiden around 2010, when TFF was already out (read my back story here, if you're interested). But something very strange has happened with all the information I've accumulated about them since: my mind has filed it all in chronological order, so it seems like I remember it from the time. Like for example, I was remembering recently a last day of term at school, when the music teacher had invited us all to bring in records. So the girls were bringing in stuff like Wham. I thought "Why on earth didn't you think to take Powerslave?" Then I remembered: "Oh of course, because it was 1986 and you hadn't heard it then!"
     
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  19. GhostofCain

    GhostofCain Ancient Mariner

    True, although AMOLAD comes close.
     
  20. GhostofCain

    GhostofCain Ancient Mariner

    I was incredibly excited, ecstatic and over the moon about it, as it was not just Bruce who was coming back, but also Adrian. Both are key ingredients to the Iron Maiden that I love. The outcomes of the reunion have been beyond my wildest dreams, both in terms of new material and live shows. Long may it remain son.

    The downside was not getting enough Bruce solo material since then, but you can't always get what you want.
     

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