i too love maiden, cant really stand metallica..
the 90's were not a good time for maiden though, esp when they got that new singer.. yeeech.
I for one tolerated Blaze, he had a couple of good ones:
Also, it was with him that they came to Israel (I was unfortunate enough to be only 10 years old and not know of this awesomeness) and recorded this magnificent clip on the top of Masada
in a whim after hearing its tale:
(They literally went there on a tour, heard the tale, made a couple of phone calls - hired a chopper and recorded the video on the spot).
All the post 2000 stuff is REALLY new levels of amazing.
Steve Harris recently voted best bassist in the world, which I agree with wholeheartedly.
Also writes and composes most of their stuff.