Virtual XI World Tour

April – December 1998

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The Virtual XI tour was Iron Maiden's second and final world tour with Blaze Bayley at the helm. Like The X Factour, Maiden generally played to smaller audiences than in years past, especially in the U.S. However, the shows were as powerful and energetic as ever, featuring old songs as well as most of the songs from their new album Virtual XI. Unfortunately Blaze once again allegedly suffered allergy problems which caused the entire last half of the U.S. tour to be cancelled. This was to be Bayley's last tour with Maiden since it was announced a few months after the abrupt end of their tour that both Bruce Dickinson and Adrian Smith would be returning to Iron Maiden.

Opening bands for this tour were: Dio, W.A.S.P., Helloween and Dirty Deeds.


Intro: Theme from Romeo And Juliet [Dance of the Knights] (Prokofiev)
The Angel And The Gambler
Man On The Edge
Lightning Strikes Twice
Heaven Can Wait
The Clansman
When Two Worlds Collide
Lord Of The Flies
2 Minutes To Midnight
The Educated Fool
Sign Of The Cross
Hallowed Be Thy Name
Afraid To Shoot Strangers
The Evil That Men Do
The Clairvoyant
Fear Of The Dark
Iron Maiden
The Number Of The Beast
The Trooper


Songs played only in few venues

Murders In The Rue Morgue
Fortunes Of War
Don't Look To The Eyes Of A Stranger


Wednesday, 22 April 1998 The Oval Public House Norwich, UK
Saturday, 12 December 1998 Velez Sarsfield Stadium Buenos Aires, Argentina

Monsters Of Rock Festival Last show with Blaze Bayley