This is a great comment. I have two thoughts to add: First, if in this alternate universe where AOB or CW had “taken off like a rocket” as mentioned above (and as they should have), I suspect that you are right and that Bruce would have worked longer on his solo career. This would have also given him more leverage at a later point if and when he rejoined Maiden. I am sure that a Bruceless Maiden would have continued to flounder. With Bruce’s added leverage, the result then might have been reunion albums that were more focused and more concise, as AoB and CW were. ...and as Bruce and Adrian clearly demonstrated that they wanted. Although I personally love all of the reunion albums, I suspect they would be even better if more input from Bruce and Adrian were allowed by Harris and would have resulted in more streamlined releases during the reunion period. My second point is that, although I have not checked out skunkworks, which I’m sure was due to the overall negative perception as you mentioned above, i also think it might have been hurt by the name skunkworks. AoB, Chemical Wedding,those names suggest you are in for a rocking affair. Skunworks as a title is a bit offputting. Now understanding the connotation from this thread, I can certainly understand what he was going for, but I don’t think that would’ve been a name that lured in the general public (like, say, Piece of Mind, a brilliant album title). Bruce was a bit too esoteric for the general public on this one I think. The result is: I am going to check out skunkworks NOW, thanks The Hermit!