Post-Maiden Bruce & Adrian band and setlist


The dotage of a dotard
The year is 202X and Nicko’s old bones finally can’t handle the demands of drumming anymore, so he hangs up his hat. The rest of Iron Maiden decides to call it a day rather than trying to replace him.

Bruce and Adrian take this opportunity to put together their own band and go out and tour both of their catalogs of solo material, with a few Maiden songs thrown in as fan service. Who should be in the band, and what should the setlist look like?

Black Bart

Ancient Mariner
Basically, that would be close to the setlist of the 1998 tour + Gods of War, Back From The Edge, Jerusalem, Wasted Years, Reach Out and a couple from ASAP and Psycho Motel (I'm not very familiar with the titles). It would start with "Road To Hell" and end with "Wasted Years". Maybe, "Tush" as a cover.

Second guitar: Roy Z
Bass: Chris Dale
Drums: Joe Lazarus
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The dotage of a dotard
Let’s try a fair-minded, semi-realistic one first:

Second guitar: Roy Z.
Bass: Chris Dale
Drums: Mike Sturgis

1. The Lion (metalized)
2. Road To Hell
3. No Place Like Home
4. Kill Devil Hill
5. Taking My Chances
6. Power Of The Sun
7. Solar Fire
8. Solar Confinement
9. Underground
10. Tattooed Millionaire
11. Psycho Motel
12. Book Of Thel
13. No Friendly Neighbor
14. The Magician
15. Tortured Tone
16. The Tower
17. The Last Chain
18. Innerspace
19. Excuse Me
20. Tears Of The Dragon

21. Flash Of The Blade
22. Back In The Village
23. Wasted Years

An equal split of songs across their discographies with the Maiden tracks being Bruce & Adrian deep cuts with “Wasted Years” as a crowd pleaser. (Had to throw in a “sun” trilogy, too.)

Bruce sings all the non-Adrian vocal parts in Adrian’s songs, as well as the metalized version of “The Lion”. It would be interesting to hear the Smith/Kotzen stuff with Bruce’s voice in there, and especially hearing what Bruce would choose to do with Mikee Goodman’s parts from the Primal Rock Rebellion songs (I’m guessing a more melodic twist with “Be Quick Or Be Dead” cackling in the rougher parts).


The dotage of a dotard
Sounds like an interesting idea, but wouldn’t it come 24 years too late?
On the one hand yes, since their highest solo output was understandably that long ago; but on the other hand no, because both have continued to put out occasional solo work since rejoining Maiden (Adrian moreso than Bruce), and they’d never be able to pull off more than the tiniest of solo tour schedules while Maiden is still active.

If Maiden throws in the towel while Bruce and Adrian still have some active years left, then that might be their only chance to seriously tour their solo work again, which is what inspired the thread. Doing it as a combined band seemed like an interesting thought experiment.


Ancient Mariner
Lets try one...

1. Accident Of Birth
2. Starchildren
3. Book Of Thel
4. Chemical Wedding
5. 2 Minutes To Midnight
6. Road To Hell
7. Powerslave
8. Tears Of The Dragon
9. King In Crimson
10. Darkside Of Aquarius
11. The Magician
12. The Wicker Man
13. Born in 58
14. Back In The Village
15. Taking The Queen
16. Flight Of Icarus
17. The Prisoner
18. The Writing On The Wall
19. Wasted Years

Vocals: Bruce
Guitar and backing vocals: H
Guitar: Roy Z (If he doesn't want to tour, Janick)
Bass: Chris Dale
Drums: ?


Out of the Silent Planet
1.Accident Of Birth
2.2 Minutes To Midnight
3.The Tower
4.Man Of Sorrows
5.The Wicker Man
6.Hooks In You
8.Back In The Village
9.Chemichal Wedding
10.Tattooed Millionaire
11.Navigate The Seas Of The Sun
12.Return Of The King
13.The Magician
14.Tears Of The Dragon
15.Bring Your Daughter... To The Slaughter
16.Road To Hell
17.Wasted Years

Second guitar: Roy Z
Bass: Chris Dale
Drums: Dave Moreno

Niall Kielt

Ancient Mariner
Now this is a gig Id travel for. I dont know the material well enough to pick a full setlist but it would surely feature Gods of War and Son of a Gun, two of Burces finest performances ever.

Diesel 11

As you scream into the web of silence...
So I'm gonna base the idea around this being a solo Bruce tour, but with a little 'intermission' section for H to play a couple of his songs before Bruce returns.

Intro: Toltec 7 Arrival
1. Accident of Birth
2. King in Crimson
3. Trumpets of Jericho
4. Hell No
5. Tattooed Millionaire
6. Chemical Wedding
7. Soul Intruders
8. Kill Devil Hill

-Bruce leaves, Adrian leads the band -
9. Welcome to the World
10. With You Again

- Bruce returns -
11. Darkside of Aquarius
12. Man of Sorrows
13. The Breeding House
14. Back From the Edge
15. A Tyranny of Souls
16. The Book of Thel
17. The Tower

18. Navigate the Seas of the Sun
19. Tears of the Dragon
20. Road to Hell

The Dissident

Ancient Mariner
I took it as partially Bruce Solo tour, partially Dickinson/Smith Maiden compositions with some other tracks thrown in.

1. If Eternity Should Fail
2. Accident Of Birth
3. The Tower
4. The Writing On The Wall
5. Jerusalem
6. The Alchemist
7. The Prisoner
8. The Book Of Thel
9. Darkest Hour
10. Man Of Sorrows
11. A Tyranny Of Souls
12. Flight Of Icarus
13. Wasted Years
14. Darkside Of Aquarius

Encore 1:
15. Stranger In A Strange Land
16. Running [Smith/Kotzen]
17. Reach Out

Encore 2:
18. Gates Of Urizen
19. Tears Of A Dragon
20. Road To Hell


Ancient Mariner
  1. Trumpets Of Jericho
  2. King In Crimson
  3. The Prisoner
  4. Freak
  5. River Of No Return
  6. Gods Of War
  7. The Chemical Wedding
  8. The Writing On The Wall
  9. The Magician
  10. Powerslave
  11. Flight Of Icarus
  12. Jerusalem
  13. Wasted Years
  14. Gates Of Urizen
  15. Back In The Village
  16. Bring Your Daughter To The Slaughter
  17. Darkside Of Aquarius
  1. The Wicker Man
  2. Tears Of A Dragon
  3. Road To Hell