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The X Factour, 1995/96

The X Factour

September 1995 – September 1996

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The X Factour was the first tour to feature ex-Wolfsbane vocalist Blaze Bayley. In this tour, Iron Maiden generally played to smaller audiences as their appeal became more selective and as heavy metal disappeared from popularity, mostly in the U.S. Contrary to what many believe, Blaze sang very well in this tour, having good nights and bad nights as any singer does. Sometimes he struggled to hit some of Dickinson's high notes (which Bruce himself, or any other singer would have had trouble with), but he did an excellent job of adjusting older songs to his vocal range and may even have improved on songs that better suited his style of singing such as "Afraid To Shoot Strangers". Of course, the new songs sounded as good as ever. The tour was cut short due to Blaze allegedly having an allergic reaction to pollen during Maiden's swing through the American South-West. I believe this was the first time the band played countries like Israel and South Africa.


Opening bands for this tour
Lithium – MySpace Moby Dick – Official Website Gladiator – Official Website
Hunter – Official Website My Dying Bride – Official Website The Almighty – MySpace
Dirty Deeds – Official Website Psycho Motel – Wikipedia Fear Factory – Official Website
Helloween – Official Website Skin – Official Website Motörhead – Official Website
Skid Row – Official Website Malon – Official Website Makina – Official Website
SETLIST (varied)
Standard Set
 Man On The Edge Commentary Lyrics
 Wrathchild Commentary Lyrics
 Heaven Can Wait Commentary Lyrics
 Lord Of The Flies Commentary Lyrics
 Fortunes Of War Commentary Lyrics
 Blood On The World's Hands Commentary Lyrics
 Afraid To Shoot Strangers Commentary Lyrics
 The Evil That Men Do Commentary Lyrics
 The Aftermath Commentary Lyrics
 Sign Of The Cross Commentary Lyrics
 2 Minutes To Midnight Commentary Lyrics
 The Edge Of Darkness Commentary Lyrics
 Fear Of The Dark Commentary Lyrics
 The Clairvoyant Commentary Lyrics
 Iron Maiden Commentary Lyrics
 The Number Of The Beast Commentary Lyrics
 Hallowed Be Thy Name Commentary Lyrics
 The Trooper Commentary Lyrics
Tracks played only at a few venues
 Running Free Commentary Lyrics
 Sanctuary Commentary Lyrics

The X Factour


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