Futureal

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"Futureal"
Single by Iron Maiden
from the album Virtual XI
B-side "The Evil That Men Do (live)"
"Man on the Edge (live)"
"The Angel and the Gambler" (video)
Released 28 July 1998
Recorded 1997
Genre Heavy metal[1]
Length 3:00
Label EMI
Writer(s) Steve Harris
Blaze Bayley
Iron Maiden singles chronology
"The Angel and the Gambler"
(1998)
"Futureal"
(1998)
"The Wicker Man"
(2000)
Derek Riggs poster

"Futureal" is a single from the Iron Maiden album Virtual XI, released in 1998.[2] Just months after this single was released, vocalist Blaze Bayley would part ways with Iron Maiden.

Synopsis[edit]

The song was voted as one of the most popular Iron Maiden songs of all time in a fan poll taken during the making of the Ed Hunter album and video game. It is one of two Blaze Bayley era songs to make it onto the Edward the Great compilation, along with "Man on the Edge".[3] The cover of the single is also notable for depicting band mascot Eddie, in CG form, as the cyborg form he had on Somewhere in Time.

Iron Maiden frequently played this song during the Ed Hunter tour in 1999, making it one of five Bayley era songs to survive in concerts after his departure.

A 1999 live recording of this song appears on the band's next single release, "The Wicker Man".

During live performances on the Ed Hunter tour a giant robot Eddie appeared from backstage and "battled" members of the band.

The guitar solo in "Futureal" is played by Dave Murray.

The single came with a poster by Derek Riggs that for some reason didn't make the cover.[4]

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Futureal" – (Blaze Bayley, Steve Harris) – 3:00
  2. "The Evil That Men Do (live - Kåren, Gothenburg, 1 November 1995)" (Bruce Dickinson, Harris, Adrian Smith) – 4:20
  3. "Man on the Edge (live - Kåren, Gothenburg, 1 November 1995)" (Bayley, Janick Gers) – 4:09
  4. "The Angel and the Gambler (video)" (Harris) – 9:51

Personnel[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Iron Maiden". metal-archives.com. Encyclopaedia Metallum. Retrieved 2010-10-21. 
  2. ^ "Iron Maiden - Futureal". metal-archives.com. Encyclopaedia Metallum. Retrieved 2010-10-21. 
  3. ^ "Edward the Great". metal-archives.com. Encyclopaedia Metallum. Retrieved 2010-10-22. 
  4. ^ "Derick Riggs Poster". Retrieved 10-04-2012.  Check date values in: |accessdate= (help)

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