00:00 Futureal; 02:56 The Angel and the Gambler; 12:44 Lightning Strikes Twice; 17:29 The Clansman; 26:29 When Two Worlds Collide; 32:45 The Educated Fool; 39:30 Don't Look to the Eyes of a Stranger; 47:43 Como Estais Amigos;
In 1993, Iron Maiden and their popular vocalist, Bruce Dickinson, parted ways. Not going to be stopped by the loss of their 11 year singer, the band began the search for their new front man. They auditioned hundreds of vocalists including Doogie White, who at the time was in Rainbow, and even James LaBrie, of Dream Theater fame. Finally, in 1994, Iron Maiden decided that Wolfsbane singer, Blaze Bailey would be their next vocalist.
After Blaze was brought on board, the band began writing new material for their next album, and in 1995, they released The X Factor. The album was met with a mixed reaction from fans, but the band soldiered on and entered the studio in 1998 to record their eleventh album, Virtual XI.
Virtual XI met the same fate as The X Factor. It was even more unpopular among fans than its predecessor, and it suffered in sales, and is to this very day, the only Maiden album to not hit the 1 million mark. Despite this, the band still plays two songs off Virtual XI in their shows, Futureal and the 9 minute epic, The Clansmen.
Blaze Bayley - (Vocal)
Steve Harris - (Bass)
Dave Murray - (Guitar)
Janick Gers - (Guitar)
Nicko McBrain - (Drums)