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

Discussion in 'Maiden Chat' started by Kalata, Apr 2, 2018.

  1. Kurika

    Kurika Prowler

    This subject always gets around Kiske, Doogie White, Steve Grimmett and other vocalists rumoured to have auditioned or sent a tape.

    How about Russ North, ex Cloven Hoof? It looks like Russ made the final two, along with Blaze Bayley.

    Check Russ's wikipedia page:

    "North also reached the final two in the auditions to replace Bruce Dickinson in Iron Maiden in 1993, joining Blaze Bayley at bassist Steve Harris's house. Bayley, who was already a friend of the band and a member of Iron Maiden's own football team, won through, while North went to live in Spain."

    Never heard about Russ being so close to replace Bruce before...
  2. Niall Kielt

    Niall Kielt Pulled Her At The Bottle Top

    Never heard this before either. I like Cloven Hoof and Russ' voice but, to me, he has an old school metal voice and I think Steve was looking for something different; more modern, more 90s, so I can see why Blaze won out. And I'm glad, to be fair. I've always seen Maiden as a band apart from all the other 80s metal bands, both in quality and style and production. For them to have gotten a trad metal singer in the operatic 80s vein would have been a step back, in my opinion. Not saying he wouldn't have been good but, well, it would have almost seemed like a cover band.
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  3. Kurika

    Kurika Prowler

    Totally agree with you, Niall
  4. Black Bart

    Black Bart Ancient Mariner

    By the way, the video seems to have been shot where IM took the booklet pictures of Fear of the Dark.
  5. Perun

    Perun Stepping out bravely Staff Member

    Glad to see some appreciation for Cloven Hoof on here.
  6. Night Prowler

    Night Prowler CriedWhenBazzaSued Staff Member

    Nice, I'd take this guy over Blaze easily.
  7. Black Bart

    Black Bart Ancient Mariner

    He also makes Blaze look like Karl Lagerfeld...
  8. John Silver

    John Silver Electric Buddy

    Two cons with the guy:
    1) he looks like Arry
    2) he is another fencing twat.
  9. phantomoftheicarus

    phantomoftheicarus Nobody can ever hear him call

    What's wrong with fencing? :(
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  10. GhostofCain

    GhostofCain Ancient Mariner

    It is not one of Paul DiAnno's hobbies.
  11. phantomoftheicarus

    phantomoftheicarus Nobody can ever hear him call

    I'm sure Chaaaarrrrlllaaaayy doesn't mind
  12. Brigantium

    Brigantium Grim Reaper Staff Member

    He maybe walks into fences.

    That Russ guy is also too much in the vein of 80s Bruce, I thought Steve wanted to get away from that in the 90s.
  13. John Silver

    John Silver Electric Buddy

    Oh and I'll tell you another thing about that Cloven Hoof video.

    That is how a Maiden video would have looked like had Dickinson been in charge of their art direction mid-80's.
    Ultra goofy fencing in ultra kitsch castle ruin.

    The only difference would have been pants bulging with a....

  14. srfc

    srfc Ancient Mariner

  15. GhostofCain

    GhostofCain Ancient Mariner

  16. SixesAlltheway

    SixesAlltheway Ancient Mariner

    It seems Russ North has more in common with Paul Di' Anno than you'd think....:facepalm: :cheers:

    "North was dramatically sacked by Cloven Hoof in 2012, following an appearance in Cyprus where he was too drunk to even stand on stage."
    Last edited: Oct 4, 2018
  17. karljant

    karljant Ancient Mariner

    he WAS... nowdays he's singing 1000 times better than back in 1995.
    Kiske was by far the best pick... I don't care if he's german.(while singing his accent is almost absent).
    DT Number of the Beast live album is a disgrace regarding vocal performance (and LaBrie also ruined the To Tame A Land cover they did)
    Doogie would be a good fit. Tony Martin would have been a nice pick too.
    André Matos accent absolutely tosses him out of discussion

    But hell....... no one beats this dude (still some words with accent though). This is even BRUCIER than BRUCE:
    Last edited: Mar 5, 2019

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