The Angel Of The Odd
So if any of you spend time on various Maiden social media pages you'll possibly be aware of the ridiculous rumours by Janick haters (RE boomer fans who want Maiden to return to the "classic" line up) who insist, get this, that Janick doesn't plug in his guitar live and that he's basically miming his whole performance. I'm being serious. They actually believe this. It's even been spread by US rock FM radio host Eddie Trunk (who hates Janick). The sad thing is that many so-called fans actually believe this. Personally I love Janick and his wild performances but I'm perplexed as to why a significant portion of the fan base hate him. What gives?
I like him a lot, his playing was more focused during the 90s but his songwriting is absolutely brilliant since the reunion.
Nobody can argue that some of his contributions are among the top Maiden songs.
If I remember correctly there wasn't any hate during the 90s, so my explanation is that fans dislike him because Smith is back and see him as redundant. He used to do a lot of moves during the 90s too but at that time everybody knew he was actually plugged so no complaints.
After the reunion, his moving on stage was exaggerated which enhanced the 'unplugged theory' and made him seem ridiculous to the eyes of many. Add this to the redundant feeling and Play Classics! attitude and you have your explanation.