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Iron Maiden video interviews / shows

Discussion in 'Maiden Chat' started by Forostar, Aug 19, 2007.

  1. GhostofCain

    GhostofCain Ancient Mariner

    Spain was a notable exception of a market where they did well when Blaze was in the band, yet their popularity there increased significantly when Bruce and Adrian rejoined the band.
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  2. TheTalisman

    TheTalisman F├ągel

    You don't need to explain that Bruce's return made the audience increase, I'll write it again: "Yet some people will go on and say that they only played "to hundreds" during this time...", I actually saw this recently in another thread.

    Anyway, I'll guess Sweden was another exception. 8 000 turned up for a sold out show at Johanneshov in Stockholm in 1998. The next year with Bruce they had 13 500 at Globen in the same city.
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  3. Whooten

    Whooten Educated Fool

    In the US it is absolutely true that they played to hundreds rather than thousands. That is, when they didn't just cancel the dates outright due to "allergies."
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  4. GhostofCain

    GhostofCain Ancient Mariner

    They did well in some markets, that is true.
  5. SirRobbins

    SirRobbins Ancient Mariner

    they cancelled a shit load of shows in the states on the Virtual XI tour....
  6. Mosh

    Mosh The years just pass like trains Staff Member

    It's important to remember that Maiden were declining in the US since 1988.
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  7. Forostar

    Forostar Conjure the Death Star again

    More than some. I saw them in the same big venue (thousands) as in 1999. Don't know anymore if both were sold out or not but it was thousands in 1998 and again thousands in 1999. Also thousands in 1995 but that was a different venue with My Dying Bride as opening act (talk about great opening acts).

    Shitty interest in Anglo-Saxon countries (where metal was not faring well at all) and perhaps some others should not be projected on Maiden's popularity elsewhere. Not visiting the UK in 1999, I always saw that as a "fuck you for letting us down, you can wait another year before we'll back". The USA was more lucky.
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  8. GhostofCain

    GhostofCain Ancient Mariner

    They certainly did much better than what Blaze seems to remember nowadays, when he constantly blames EMI for him getting fired rather than his inability to do the old songs justice. ;) On the Virtual XI tour they were playing to bigger audiences than on The X Factor tour; not as big as before, but certainly big enough for Steve not to see it as something worrying.

    On the other hand, not playing in the UK in 1999 had more to do with Steve's tax bill than anything else.
  9. Black Bart

    Black Bart Ancient Mariner

    Well, I envy those who got My Dying Bride, all I got was lousy "plastic metal" bands (namely Murderdolls and Trivium). The third and last time was a festival and I got Sepultura before Maiden.
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  10. Niall Kielt

    Niall Kielt Pulled Her At The Bottle Top

    Whats all this about, then?
  11. GhostofCain

    GhostofCain Ancient Mariner

    I remember someone mentioning that Laz, from the Iron Maiden FC, told him that Steve/Maiden could not play in the UK in 1999 for tax reasons (probably as a result of the deal regarding royalties of the back catalogue).
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  12. srfc

    srfc Educated Fool

    I remember Real Madrid fans had a huge virtual XI flag at the Champions League Semi Final in 1998. I remember being amazed that Maiden were still a big pop culture reference in Spain at that time.
  13. Forostar

    Forostar Conjure the Death Star again

    Long audio interview with Bruce and Adrian. The uploader says: "I think it was recorded in 1988/89", but it sounds more like 1984 or 1985 to me. Around 4.14 they get asked if they think of doing a live album, and I think Bruce says "Yes, all four nights Hammersmith".
    And a bit later it seems the interview was done on the very day the documentary was broadcasted for the first time, on MTV.
    @Perun @Zare

    @GhostofCain (band footage starts around 16th minute)
    1993.04.05, Ostrava, Czech Republic - TV Special

    Do we have Czech member who wants to translate? I am very curious about that press conference. @JudasMyGuide ?

    Not sure if this one was shared yet: H & Dave in Athens, 1999.
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  14. GhostofCain

    GhostofCain Ancient Mariner

    Thanks. I had not watched that for ages (I have it on a VHS tape at home).
  15. soundwave

    soundwave Educated Fool

    I remember that they were scheduled to play a 975 person nightclub (the boardwalk) for TXF in Sacramento in the 90s. That gig fill victim to the 'allergy cancellation', but I had a friend who worked there at the time and he mentioned that initial presales were at only a few hundred so they were hoping that they would get to half-full with door sales (this was before the cancellation). This is one reason why I tend to remember these times as overly dour and depressing from a fan POV.

    Of course now, the last time they played Sacramento, it was before 17,000 during the ME tour. I'm still amazed at the rebound.
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  16. Zare

    Zare Dream of broken citadels

    I guess, from the U.S. audience standpoint, they were looked upon as an arena rock band. Maiden never did pubs and clubs there, the way they did in England and some other parts of Europe. With the new singer onboard, the club bookings might have been seen as a hardcore fanbase thing, which they were. And like that small club, Maiden could've sold half of a 10.000 seater, because then you'd have people that go to 'big concerts'. 1/10 of Maiden attendance are hardcore fans, and 3/10 don't even listen to them.
  17. GhostofCain

    GhostofCain Ancient Mariner

    If Maiden could have sold arenas half full in the States with Blaze they would have booked those venues. Fact is the did not. Perhaps it was just allergies. Who knows? ;)
  18. Zare

    Zare Dream of broken citadels

    I'm telling you that with a big arena show comes big promotion. You're telling me that Maiden with their proper PR wouldn't pick up 5000 people in a city of a million? Bollocks. Why did they play arenas on VXI tour then?
  19. GhostofCain

    GhostofCain Ancient Mariner

    :confused: Maiden played, for the most part, theatres and ballrooms in the US in 1998, didn't they?
  20. Zare

    Zare Dream of broken citadels

    Large theaters and arenas, I've checked about half of the venues.
    P.S. Just to clarify my argument, I have an opinion that's based around Maiden's own decisions being responsible for the lack of U.S. audience in the mid-late 90s. Decisions inside the context of keeping band integrity, I'm not advocating their switch to grunge for general appeal. Besides, grunge bands never said a bad word about Maiden, Kurt liked them, Cornell liked them, they cite them as an influence, and Metallica for that matter too. Grunge seems to have "killed Metal" in the same year Pantera reached #1 in the U.S. A grungy band indeed.
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