Vocalists that were auditioned for Bruce Dickinson's replacement in 1993

Kiske would have been the best by far. Amazing singer (soft voice my ass) could hit all the high notes with ease (and actually his English accent was out of this world even when he was 17 and made the first album with Helloween), amazing frontman at that time with a really commanding stage presence and, let’s be honest, a great physical appearance. He could probably rejuvenate Iron Maiden and made Harris make some albums in the epic style of 7th son though Harris had obviously gone to the deep end in the nineties, as most eighties bands and musicians had , from Metallica to Judas Priest, and didn’t know what musical approach Iron Maiden should take in that difficult, for classic metal, decade.

I wouldn’t mind blaze if Harris was 100% committed which means making the x-factor in an expensive studio with a great producer and thus a great sound . That album was buried by its production, the songs sounded 10000000 times better live though Blaze would always face the problem of not being able to sing Dickinson’s songs.
 
I wish Tony Martin (British) of Black Sabbath "Headless Cross" fame would have auditioned. Definitely could hit the high notes, and IMHO, could have given enough of a rough edge to handle Maiden.
 

Forostar

Ancient Mariner
I wish Tony Martin (British) of Black Sabbath "Headless Cross" fame would have auditioned. Definitely could hit the high notes, and IMHO, could have given enough of a rough edge to handle Maiden.
I love the Tony Martin era in Sabbath but already in the early nineties he could not hit the high notes anymore. They even played the vocals in the chorus from Headless Cross from tape, live.

Thanks again @Welsh Phantom. I like the interviews on this channel. So... would you accept a German singer in Maiden? Any opinions on Kiske's opinion that the British are nationalistic and would not accept German singers?
 

GhostofCain

Ancient Mariner
So... would you accept a German singer in Maiden? Any opinions on Kiske's opinion that the British are nationalistic and would not accept German singers?
The main problem is that for a native speaker Kiske (and many other non-native speakers) would sound odd. Some of the non-English speakers singing in English sound like Bruce Dickinson when he sang the Spanish version of Man of Sorrows.
 

Welsh Phantom

Ancient Mariner
I love the Tony Martin era in Sabbath but already in the early nineties he could not hit the high notes anymore. They even played the vocals in the chorus from Headless Cross from tape, live.

Thanks again @Welsh Phantom. I like the interviews on this channel. So... would you accept a German singer in Maiden? Any opinions on Kiske's opinion that the British are nationalistic and would not accept German singers?
If he sounded good singing Maiden I would like it. Simple as that. Whether he would have been a good fit ......who knows? But not being British .... or specifically German ... I couldn't care less! ;)
 

GhostofCain

Ancient Mariner
I see a different tolerance level in your posts, guys. ;)
Nothing to do with tolerance as I could not care less about the nationality. I do care about the accent and many singers sound terrible to a native speaker when singing on a different language than their mother tongue (e.g. Bruce Dickinson singing in Spanish).

Anyway, even with his accent I would have chosen Kiske over Blaze Bayley! :D
 
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Mosh

The years just pass like trains
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Was there an outcry among English fans when Priest replaced Halford with an American?
 

Jer

I’m not a fish, I’m a man
Fair enough. To me it sounds odd, to others it doesn't matter.
Yeah, there's a limit to how much and what kind of accent I can accept on the vocals. Dialectical differences in the British diaspora are fine (and hey, aside from Depeche Mode and Jesus Jones you almost all sound American when you're singing anyway!), and for whatever reason Germans singing in English generally do a good job, but it gets more hit and miss beyond that. If it throws me out of the music, that's too much.
 
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