As you scream into the web of silence...
Man on the Edge I could live without.
I felt their playing was a little too clean. I usually point to it as a prime example of how important the rhythm section is in Maiden.Kiske was asked about it once, and he confirmed it was just a rumour. IIRC the rumour originated because Harris said something positive about Kiske somewhere.
I can‘t really imagine LaBrie wanted to become Maiden‘s singer. Yeah, he was awesome on I&W and Awake. I don’t like the whole band on these cover versions, especially Portnoy‘s drumming is surprisingly boring.
Well, I consider Sign of the Cross and The Clansman as a classics and masterpiecesAlthough in the beginning I didn't like Blaze's songs with Iron Maiden, now I am quite fond of his stuff; Lord Of The Flies, Man On the Edge, Futureal, When Two Worlds Collide and The Clansman I consider to be amazing songs, particularly the last one.
I saw Helloween (and therefore Kiske) live in 1988. His whole stage act was a Bruce Dickinson imitation. He was the first person I thought of as a replacement for Bruce when the job opening arose in '93.Kiske is a very good singer and back in '93 he was 25 years old (at his prime) and maybe he would have done well with the Maiden songs
According to biographical interviews about Gamma Ray (his or Hansen's), he did audition for Judas Priest around 1995-96 (and finished close second apparently) but there has never been any mention of Iron Maiden as far as I know (in 1994, Gamma Ray was touring its third album, Insanity and Genius, a quantum leap in quality compared to the first two.Ralf scheepers of Primal fear?
I can confirm that.Marco Hietala (Tarot, Nightwish...) did send an audition tape; he confirmed this in his his book. Obviously, he wasn't really considered since he wasn't British and all, but I suppose he was one of the strong ones anyway. If I recall correctly, Steve said somewhere that one of those who auditioned was from Scandinavia (strictly speaking, Finland isn't a part of Scandinavia though) and sounded a bit like a mix between Bruce and Dio. It could have been Marco, but of course this cannot be confirmed.