Published 1999-02-09.British heavy metal band Iron Maiden has launched its first hit on the bond market, selling securities worth $30m that are backed by the flow of royalties from recordings made during a 20 year career.
The band is effectively taking out a $30m loan and promises to pay back its creditors through future earnings - a financial tool called 'securitisation'.
http://www.daveling.co.uk/doc-ironmaiden.htm#articleIn the corner of a deserted hotel bar, Steve Harris is intrigued to learn of McBrain’s earlier remarks about ’anging it up. “Did Nick really say that?” he frowns, looking puzzled. “Naaah, even if Blaze had stayed in the band we’d still have been touring this summer and making the next album abroad - even looking for a producer because Nigel Green [who worked alongside Steve on both ‘The X Factor’ and ‘Virtual XI’] isn’t available to do it.”
How different the setlist would have been!So I'll guess if the first meetings with Bruce wouldn't have worked out, they would have auditioned singers during the spring of 1999 (or Steve would have kept Blaze in the band a little longer - at least for the summer tour in 1999 promoting the Ed Hunter Game/CD?)
Wouldn't you have to prove it right before we can prove it wrong?European leg of The Chemical Wedding tour happened while Bruce Dickinson and Adrian Smith were in Iron Maiden. Prove me wrong.
This is very much key to this whole conversation. Even without all the bad blood, these kinds of deals are fairly sizeable things to organize so it's very difficult to believe Steve and Bruce met once in 1999 or so and that's that. It would've taken months of planning to resolve all potential sources of difficulty (like preexisting contracts and agreements with parties like record labels and distributors on Bruce's side) and develop a clear communication strategy for once the news comes out. You don't just embark on something like this on a whim.I can't believe people here believe that Dickinson went to talk once with the guys and they left for pub and lived happily after.
The reunion was a victory against Maiden's demise.Even if the date is wrong? Realistically VE is one day off. Victory is pushed upon the loser at the earliest convenient time. Here we have a deal between free peoples, kind of a different situation.
I might be mistaken, but I think Rod reached out to Bruce first.It might have been explained somewhere but who reached out to who first, did Maiden management reach out to Bruce first or did Bruce reach out first?
Thats pretty big in my mind because if Maiden reached out first it goes to show that they were as unsatisfied with Blaze as many of their fans were.