Interesting scenario : Bruce and Adrian come back for ‘99 Ed Huntour but the egos clash and Bruce bails after one tour. What do they do then? Bring Blaze back?
the funny thing is, all those fans who say “blaze, wasn’t a good fit” “his voice wasn’t the right sound for Maiden” etc makes me think it didn’t matter who replaced Bruce. No one would ever have been fully accepted.
Search for a completely new singer. That's what Steve thought they would do at first, when Blaze struggled on tour, according to the Run to the Hills biography. Originally he didn't think that Bruce would return.
Maybe for a lot of fans who say "he just didn't fit Maiden" they were politely saying "he sucked"...
For what it's worth, I think two things need to be distinguished here: Blaze's musical fit with Maiden as they were at the time, and his fit with the band as an established recording and touring entity. In the former department, Blaze was a better fit than Team Bruce likes to admit. Music-wise, Fear of the Dark isn't all that different from TXF in many places, and most of the songs required Bruce to sing very differently from what he had done previously. We like to associate the vocals with a "raspy" style Bruce was doing at the time, but in truth, it's especially the many slow, quiet sections on which Bruce really sounds nothing like he ever did before (for better or worse), i.e. the start of FOTD, ATSS, Childhood's End, and this is where Bruce sounds pretty similar to Blaze on TXF. So Blaze was a good fit for the musical direction Maiden were taking at the time.
Just keeping up with the trends of the time. I liked the way he sang on FOTD tbh. Also better than the spandex of a the 80'sBruce channelling the young thrash bands vocally on NP and FOTD makes them almost unlistenable for me. What’s that b side where he’s calling a mock horse race and he’s saying something like “Metallica is coming up the rear” etc … it reminds me of that. Desperation to try to appear hip and relevant. Also how they started wearing leathers and looking mean in band photos, it’s cringe.
Warrant did a reunion tour with Jane Lane in 2008 but quickly replaced him with a new singer instead of going back to Jamie St James. Something along those lines, if anything. Just like with Blaze, James didnt work anyway.
It was confirmed by Rod Smallwood in 1999. Bruce was not the first choice for Steve and the band after Blaze has been fired. They thought about other singers like Edu Falaschi, Andre Matos or Michael Kiske before Bruce came back in the top of the list.Originally he didn't think that Bruce would return.
Where is this coming from? To my knowledge, Steve never once considered anyone outside of England as a potential singer for Maiden.It was confirmed by Rod Smallwood in 1999. Bruce was not the first choice for Steve and the band after Blaze has been fired. They thought about other singers like Edu Falaschi, Andre Matos or Michael Kiske before Bruce came back in the top of the list.
Where is this coming from? To my knowledge, Steve never once considered anyone outside of England as a potential singer for Maiden.
Like Bruce and Nicko replacing Paul and Clive...?Once a band achieves a bit of fame and builds a fan base and has that classic line up phase then nothing that band ever does in regards to a change up of members will ever be fully accepted by a large section of the fan base.
...because there was a long wait, and the new albums kinda sucked and didn't play to Ripper's strengths. If they'd released something similar in quality to Painkiller in 1992-1993 with Ripper at the helm, I think it would have been a very different story.I mean look at Judas Priest. Rob halford ups and leaves so what do they do, go out and get someone who is basically a clone only 20 years younger and arguably has even more range and power in his voice than Rob ever did yet most of the fans just wanted Rob back.
Some, sure. But the last two Toddsrÿche albums are the best things they've done since Promised Land, so the people who are still paying attention to the band probably aren't so keen on that idea. I sure as shit don't want "Wot We Do II"...Same with Queensryche at the moment. Geoff Tate is an obvious knob head and needed to be kicked and Todd sounds like prime Tate 35 years ago yet still fans ask for Tate back.
Part of the problem is the braindead music press. Literally every interview with a band that's had a lineup change since their "classic" line-up includes the question of when they're going to get back together with their ex-members. Can you imagine how divorced people would react if every time you talked to them you asked when they're getting back together with their ex-spouse? You would be seen as idiotic and inconceivably rude for doing so, and yet it's standard practice with these interviews, and that always keeps the question open in the readers' minds. It's pathetic, IMO.You’ll never win as a band.
To my knowledge the reunion was basically a done deal by mid november 1998 while Maiden was playing Japan. At this point Janick and Nico was also told. Dave probably knew early on. After that Steve went home, met with Bruce in late november and then went to South America to finish off VXI tour. Steve didn't even meet with other singers, so Bruce was definitely the first alternative. When it became clear that Adrian would rejoin too, Janick apparently offered to leave the band, but told he was going to stay as part of a three guitar lineup. From Maiden Revelations:It was confirmed by Rod Smallwood in 1999. Bruce was not the first choice for Steve and the band after Blaze has been fired. They thought about other singers like Edu Falaschi, Andre Matos or Michael Kiske before Bruce came back in the top of the list.
Yepp. Right place right time. Blaze first declined the offer, he probably thought Wolfsbane had a change. With Maiden he made a wise carrier decision at the time.Essentially I believe that Blaze was always in the frame to be the likely candidate to replace Bruce.