|Single by Iron Maiden|
|from the album Virtual XI|
|Released||28 July 1998|
|Songwriter(s)||Steve Harris |
|Iron Maiden singles chronology|
|Derek Riggs poster|
"Futureal" is a single from the Iron Maiden album Virtual XI, released in 1998. It is the last single by the band to feature vocalist Blaze Bayley, as he parted ways with the band in February 1999.
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". 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 did not make the cover.