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

EresiA

Prowler
Well they were all good voices back then (ones better than others) and IMO better picks than Blaze back in the day. If it was Blaze nowdays (the man is singing 1000 times better) a #D downntune would be enough for things to be perfect.
But there are some issues regarding some of the candidadates:
  • André Matos had an enormous voice but his accent was too strong (descanse em paz).
  • Doogie White and Damian Wilson both have too soft vocal tones for the aggression of almost half of Maiden's catalogue.
  • North and Grimmet are way too falseto Power Metal proned.
  • I confess I had to search for this Glynn Morgan guy since I've never heard about him. And damn the ma has fire on his belly! His voice can go really rough and also hit tenor like tones as well as falsetto. I think it would have been a really interesting choice.
Regarding the other rumours:
  • Falaschi has the same problem than Matos.
  • Scheepers would've create an Iron Priest kind of thing with a bit accent.
  • DiAnno singing Dickinson's material? naaaah....
  • Belladona could work despite the the nasal tone and american accent (the man has an excellent operatic ring)
So, to sum it up, here are the 3 guys I think would fit the job better back in the early 90's (audictioned or not):
  • Michael Kiske - Yeah he uses lots of falseto and has a tad bit of accent... but has an incredible tenor tone (just check A Little Time) and is a one in a lifetime talent.
  • Tony Martin - This is a no brainer.... that Dioesque fire on his attack, tenor like voice and experience would work out really well
  • Glynn Morgan - For the reasons I pointed before... and if Maiden were searching for a more modern edge this would have been a great pick.
Yes it's true, André had a poor English pronunciation...
You're right with Glynn, he had given a lot of play, an interesting voice. Did you plug it with Mindfeed or Threshold?
Doogie was one of the most versatile.
For me, Grimmet was not a good option.
Belladonna despite the accent, having a voice that fit but... being American...

Try listening to Tim Lachman in Gargoyle or Eleventh Hour... or listen to his version in the Slave to the Power tribute.
 

EresiA

Prowler
I beg to differ, but I do not have the intention to turn this into an Adrian versus Janick argument.
Quiet, I'm not thinking of something like that at all. Don't worry.
I just wanted to say that, in any case, everyone does the same... everyone has that kind of resource.
 

karljant

Ancient Mariner
Try listening to Tim Lachman in Gargoyle or Eleventh Hour... or listen to his version in the Slave to the Power tribute.
Seems legit. Lacks a bit of strength and attack but other than that I think he would do a prety decent job.
 

GhostofCain

Ancient Mariner
I also like songs as they appeared on Bruce's albums.
Arc of Space and Tears of the Dragon didn't appear because Steve already seemed too many concessions with Wasting Love. Supposedly a power ballad. What he did make clear is that he didn't want Keith Olsen's mix to appear on the album.
This makes me think that when Bruce was working with Maiden on Fear of the Dark, he was recording his album with Keith Olsen. The dates would match.
I think you are getting your dates wrong. Bruce started working with Keith Olsen in LA in early 1993.
 

GhostofCain

Ancient Mariner
Fallen Heroes of Silver & Gold was presented for the sessions of Somewhere in Time...
May I ask who is the source?

There are also two songs by Adrian that he brought from Urchin that he introduced Steve to Killers and he did not like enough.
May I ask who is the source?

For The Number, Adrian presented the Madman song that looked a lot like the song style like Twilight Zone but, it didn't come in.
May I ask who is the source? Moreover, where can we listen to the song Madman please?

Thanks.
 
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EresiA

Prowler
May I ask who is the source?



May I ask who is the source?



May I ask who is the source? Moreover, where can we listen to the song Madman please?

Thanks.
Well, in all three questions I can answer you identically.
I'm a journalist specialized in this type of musical media and specifically, Rock and Heavy Metal.
On the source, say that both me and fellow professionals, we have several sources among them, fan clubs, management agencies, our questions in interviews and also sometimes, the musicians themselves.
Another thing that helps a lot, is to play songs well and be knowledgeable about them...
Personally, I'm a big fan of Iron Maiden and, as such, when I do an interview I know what to ask what a fan would like to know.
 

EresiA

Prowler
I think you are getting your dates wrong. Bruce started working with Keith Olsen in LA in early 1993.
No my friend... They are not entirely incorrect because, although the recordings began on January-February 1993, previously there was a joint work with session musicians who usually worked as sessionists with Keith.
 

GhostofCain

Ancient Mariner
No my friend... They are not entirely incorrect because, although the recordings began on January-February 1993, previously there was a joint work with session musicians who usually worked as sessionists with Keith.
If I am not mistaken, Fear of the Dark was recorded in early 1992 and released in May. Bruce recorded some solo songs in late 1992 with musicians from Skin on the version of his 2nd solo album produced by Chris Tsangarides. Once this was shelved, Bruce moved to LA in early 1993 and that is when the work with Keith Olsen commenced, including the writing and recording with the session musicians suggested by Keith.
 

karljant

Ancient Mariner
Wasting Love is not particularly good, but next to substandard tracks like Weekend Warrior, The Apparition or From Here To Eternity, it is pure gold! :lol:
Apparition is just utter filler... simply boring but it doesn't annoy me that much.
Weekend Warrior is a cool track but IN NO WAY POSSIBLE does it fit a Maiden album tracklist. Would sound great in something like Tattooed Millionaire (although it wasn't penned by Bruce)
From Here To Eternity is on the same level of garbage as Wasting love and Fear Is The Key is even worst. :p
 
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