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

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

  1. GhostofCain

    GhostofCain Ancient Mariner

    The latest issue of Classic Rock (#257, 20th birthday issue) features interviews with artists that were featured in their very first issue. There is an interview with Nicko McBrain by Henry Yates. Nicko talks about the Legacy of the Beast tour, praises Bruce, Rod and Steve for coming up with the concept of the tour, and then talks about the reunion...

    And on that note, I would like to wish you all a very happy 2019, in which I will be celebrating the 20th anniversary of that reunion that has brought me countless hours of happiness, 5 good-to-fantastic studio albums, and over 30 great live shows. :edmetal:
  2. Zare

    Zare sorry Zed

    So yeah, reunion happened in fall of 1998 actually and that's why Virtual XI VHS/DVD that was shot in Buenos Aires got ditched. They obviously wanted to show they're still a live force with Blaze, shooting one of the biggest gigs in tour and it was the last one so the band is as tight as they'll get. If I recall correctly the performance is actually very good but I remember Janick absolutely slaughtered 2MTM solo in a way that sounds like someone is pumping water into circuits of the amplifier throughout. Blaze pumped out the crowd on Sanctuary very good. But Bruce wanted back so that was redundant.

    We may see ratification of the situation in February 1999 and you may celebrate that date but it seems to me that decision has already been done and presented to Nicko and Janick.
  3. Lego

    Lego Shadows in the stars, we will not return!

    I didn't know they actually shot a DVD... I hope that footage gets remastered and finds its way onto the next history doc (if there is one...)
  4. Zare

    Zare sorry Zed

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  5. CA Bryers

    CA Bryers Nomad

    I was definitely torn. I loved the Blaze era, even if I knew Bruce coming back was the best thing for the band. The biggest downside was that, with Maiden running with Blaze and Bruce running solo, we had double the output if you happened to like both entities. I knew Bruce returning would mean the end to the excellent albums coming from him and Roy Z. Yeah, we got one more in TYRANNY OF SOULS, but that statement remains otherwise true (until he puts out his half-finished new solo album, if that ever happens).

    The other downside was that I was bummed for Blaze. I'd grown to like him a lot, and liked that he was the underdog who wound up in a legendary band. I figured on his own, he'd just disappear. Never could have imagined that he'd wind up putting out solo albums that I consider to be stronger than some of the reunion Maiden stuff. Sure, his career's been a bit of a mess since then and an album or two have certainly missed the mark, but even though his fanbase is pretty small, it's very dedicated. So in the long run, while we're not getting much in the way of stellar Bruce solo stuff, we are getting stellar Blaze stuff.
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  6. Randalf

    Randalf Ancient Mariner

    Yeah, it wouldn't hurt to have official live footage from some of the VXI songs they haven't done with Bruce afterwards and the show seemed to be pretty good anyway, at least in VXI tour standards. VXI tour is, looking backwards and judging by the interviews and bootleg footage, a very mixed bag; you can tell that there are nights where Blaze actually delivers pretty well and the band has a good flow going on. And then there's stuff that just falls flat right from the start and Blaze is as lost as you can get. They played the songs pretty fast back then and while the unrelenting pace might have helped to hide Blaze's troubles to some extent, it definitely didn't make his job any easier. A mixed bag indeed, since slower and heavier approach, not to even mention downtuning, might have benefited the overall performance quite a lot, but at the same time it might have killed some of the brilliant energy the guys had, which definitely makes the performances sound and look pretty energetic, even with all the vocal struggles.
  7. The Flash

    The Flash Dennis Wilcock did 9/11

    Sorry for responding to a 4 month old post, but I do wonder how things would look if we still had that system.
  8. Zare

    Zare sorry Zed

    Well I guess it would be stupid because it doesn't do anything. Negative votes are often used to push those posts down and display them after ones with positive score. That's a bit unusable for the forum...
  9. srfc

    srfc Ancient Mariner

    Did they shoot that for DVD or was it just that it was on telly in South America?
  10. Ruflux

    Ruflux Ancient Mariner

    Listening to the video of it above, I really can't agree with the show being good. Blaze's voice is worn out and he's not even coming close to delivering a consistent, good performance on even the TXF/VXI songs. They're playing too fast and many of those songs have terrible vocal lines to begin with and it's obvious he's just blown his voice at that point from having to sing way out of his natural register every night. If they'd put that out as is the band would've been a laughingstock. All the speed in the world doesn't matter if your vocalist simply can't hit the notes and is clearly struggling to even get the lines out.

    And yeah, I've got no clue what Janick was doing but listening to many of the 90s era live takes (solos, mostly, although I am a little bothered by how out of tune Janick's guitar tends to be), I am definitely glad Adrian came back too, even if they were both rather apprehensive about it at first. The current lineup just works better for both consistency and creativity.
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  11. The Flash

    The Flash Dennis Wilcock did 9/11

    That wasn't the system we had and not what I meant. It worked as a credit score and was displayed under your user name, which was an indicator of your apparent popularity/credibility as a poster. I wonder what the scores for each poster would look like if we still had it.

    IIRC, before we switched to the current forum, my score was a negative one. That was very early on though, I didn't even have the name The Flash and many of my posts were written with broken English.
  12. Zare

    Zare sorry Zed

    I am probably wrong here. But it is also not a simple TV/sat broadcast, and Blaze's crowd shots never got published, which led me off. Seeing this :

    And this

    Slayer performance same shoots as Maiden performance. The above DT video is from Viva Zwei and from Sao Paulo. So I'm going with Monsters Of Rock owned video-on-demand. IM/Slayer bootlegger got the recording while Viva bought the rights to put in in their Virus show (rip :( )
  13. Zare

    Zare sorry Zed

    I actually can't recall that kind of forum.
  14. Zare

    Zare sorry Zed

    Here is a bit from 1998 site

    Due to not selling enough tickets for the sports hall, Maiden is moving show to a small club :|
  15. LooseCannon

    LooseCannon Yorktown-class aircraft carrier Staff Member

    Stupid 14 year old Flash, amirite?
  16. GhostofCain

    GhostofCain Ancient Mariner

    As far as I am aware, it was just a TV broadcast.
  17. chaosapiant

    chaosapiant Ancient Marinade

    I have an audio bootleg of Blaze’s last show at Buenos Aires. I think a DVD would’ve been a good idea. Blaze is on fire and makes for his lack of range with energy and enthusiasm. It’s a really good set and makes me a little sad we didn’t get a third Blaze album before Brave New World.
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  18. Black Bart

    Black Bart Ancient Mariner

    Cold (it was in November-December)! ;)
  19. Black Bart

    Black Bart Ancient Mariner

    Here it is in pro-shot (the sound is not brilliant though).
    (EDIT Oops, Zare already shared it a few posts above)
  20. Formula409

    Formula409 Invader

    I was 16 when Virtual XI came out, and I listened to the album quite a bit. Maybe it's just nostalgia, but those were some really good years in my life, so I always associate Virtual XI with all the good things that happen when you're 16 and life is good. Had no problem with the album and still think it's perfectly OK (though not by any means near their best work).

    So when Bruce came back I was kinda indifferent. I even saw them on the Ed Hunter tour, but to me the band wasn't all that great that night, and there was a weird sense of just going through old stuff, while Bruce didn't really fit the Blaze era songs all that well, in my opinion. I really didn't understand why they were touring at all, since there was no new stuff to play. It was like they were just trying to pretend Bruce never left and Blaze was never there.

    Don't get me wrong, in hindsight the reunion was absolutely the right thing to do. I just didn't see the point at the time. Even Brave New World was very "meh" to me, and I still rank it among their worst albums. There are absolutely no classics on that album, and overall the songwriting is very mediocre. It wasn't until AMOLAD that I really saw them as a band with a future and still relevant in making new, exciting music.
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