I didn't even notice the reply to my post so long ago.
Eh, I'm not all that old - only 25 yrs. I was probably 10 years old when a lot of thos bands were at their height. I just like the old stuff.
'Course I do listen to newer things, I just tend to be more skeptical of things which haven't been subject to the test of time, you might say.
Modest Mouse has piqued my interest
And yes, I did follow Bruce Dickinson's solo career. You might say Maiden is my favorite band, I suppose. I have followed the careers of many of the band member's other work, e.g.:
Blaze Bailey has a band now called "Blaze" - really good stuffhttp://www.planetblaze.com
Adrian Smith used to have a band called "Psycho Motel" - I've got their stuff
Bruce used to be in a band called "Samson" I've got most of their stuff. I've also got this great version of the song "Elected" with Bruce Dickinson and Mr. Bean. Quite funny.
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In addition to their summer Europe tour, Maiden are playing several of the shows of the US Ozzfest tour this summer - so I'm looking forward to seeing Maiden, Ozzy and Black Sabbath all in the same concert.http://www.ironmaiden.com
I'm considering going to the San Francisco, Los Angeles, and Phoenix shows myself - so if there are any Maiden fans here in those cities that are planning on going to any of those concerts, send me an IM, and we'll hookup.