When 1999 began, Iron Maiden had decided to fire singer Blaze Bayley and reunite with Bruce Dickinson. This was one of the most important turns in the band’s history. The major question is how Steve Harris came to the conclusion, and how the new line-up of Maiden would secure their longevity in the new millennium.
Iron Maiden’s first proper box set is a mixed bag, or box, as it should be. It runs the gamut from throwaway B-sides to essential live recordings, and a long lost concert from 1982 is the most precious jewel in the package. When Maiden opened their vault there was much to enjoy. Continue reading
Bruce Dickinson celebrated the new millennium by being back in Iron Maiden for the long term. This was a natural point for summing up his solo career with an expansive compilation. Continue reading
At a time when his return to Iron Maiden was already confirmed and launched, Bruce Dickinson recorded and released a live album that would effectively represent the end of his solo career on tour. Continue reading
It is one of the all-time greatest Iron Maiden classics, and there has been no less than seven official live versions. To celebrate Maiden’s new live album, here is the best and worst of 2 Minutes To Midnight. Continue reading
The best ever Bruce Dickinson album rivals the best records of Iron Maiden. To add insult to injury, it was released in the same year as Maiden’s worst record: Virtual XI. What was needed to save Maiden became painfully clear in 1998. Continue reading
By the mid-1990s Iron Maiden had clearly become a diminished force, but they would gamely take another crack at rebuilding their house. With this chapter in our study of Maiden History we take a look at the making of Virtual XI and the events that led to the end of the Blaze era.
In trying to build the new Iron Maiden with their second Blaze Bayley album, the band unfortunately reaches the nadir of their recording history. Continue reading
Ex-Iron Maiden guitarist Adrian Smith got busy in the mid-1990s, joining Bruce Dickinson‘s solo band and leading his own Psycho Motel at the same time. Welcome To The World would be the last alternative notes from Adrian before his path led right back to Maiden. Continue reading
“Welcome home”, goes the chorus. “It’s been too long, we’ve missed you”, go the fans. Bruce Dickinson found himself with his fourth solo album. And it was closer to home than he might have imagined. Continue reading