Iron Maiden lead singer Blaze Bayley wrote this song's lyric. The title works on two levels, as it could relate to a collision of cultures, but also to something more celestial.
"Only a tiny proportion of the asteroids are mapped," Bayley told us. "It's a lot more now, but really, there is no program. Bruce Willis cannot get into a spaceship with movie stars and go blow up an asteroid. It's just not viable at the moment."
The Bruce Willis reference it to the movie Armageddon
, which was released a few months after the Virtual XI album and became the biggest film of 1998 in America. In the film, Willis tries to save the Earth from an asteroid hurtling toward it. (Here's our full Blaze Bayley interview