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Blaze Bayley Interviewed Tamworth May 15th 2008
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Blaze Bayley Interviewed Tamworth May 15th 2008

It was my privilege to interview the legendary Blaze Bayley, this is how the evening went in Tamworth, Blaze’s hometown gig.
As usual I arrived early, his wife/manger Debbie met with me inside the venue to take me back stage to interview Blaze, I had heard several stories regarding Blaze’s temperament over the years so I wasn’t sure which Blaze I was going to meet, luckily for me he came across as a top bloke, I started down the Wolfsbane line before approaching the new album,

Q. Did you enjoy the reunion at last year’s rock of ages?
A. Yeah we had a rite laff, we have just toured with the Wildhearts, such a laff man, it was like we had been away for 8 months not 8 years, all the same audience, just with more wrinkles ,

Q. The new album title, the man who wouldn’t die, is this a statement?

A. Yeah, it’s not a concept but it does have a theme to it, ANGER/RESENTMENT/REVENGE & ACCEPTANCE.

Q. The title track is a savage piece of work, is that too on purpose?

A. Yeah, we normally record the tracks quiet but this recorded really loud, that’s the way I wanted it to be!

Q. How’s the tour going?

A. Good man, we are all treating this like a new band, with a new line up and new album, all we want is the opportunity is to get out and play to our fans , this tour is absolutely stripped down to the basics, no fancy production, we have cut the cost , we carry our own gear, so we can price every ticket between 8-10 pound everywhere we go, we are not gona be on mtv unless there’s a strange turn in fashion, we love the stuff we do, Wolfsbane were the kings of getting a reaction, and that’s what we are bringing back. We go out to make people understand we are fukin passionate about music, we are playin to more people than we did on the blood & belief tour, without the album being out !!

Q. Where did you early passion come from? Who inspired you?
A. My hero is Ronnie James Dio, he still is my hero,

Q. How did you feel when you got the maiden job?
A. I was over the moon, it was sad that Wolfsbane had to split, we had supported Maiden so it was a dream come true.

Q. Highlight with maiden?
A. Sometimes we would be on tour and have a couple of free nights , then we would play small gigs, they where always the best , you think this is how Maiden must of started, close to the fans, most nights its 15,000 kids with a huge barrier

Q. And how it ended?
A. I was really disappointed, what happened was Ozzy got back with Sabbath, Deep Purple reformed, lots of reunions were going on and the people at EMI, I believe put pressure on, EMI needed a scapegoat, sales of CD's had dropped in general, at the end of the day someone made a decision, we are all still friends today, I'm going to Twickinham to watch them soon .

Q. What’s on you i-pod at the moment?

A. I don’t have one (laughs) I'm listening to my new album, we have just finished it and handed it over to the label, we had a big party last night.

Q. What are your thoughts on today’s rock scene?
A. Not a lot really, I believe we are at the fore front of “new wave of old school” bands coming back with values, melodic guitars / proper singing and stuff like that, they are starting to come back so lets hope they get a break .

Q. Is a Maiden reunion a possibility?
A. It would be rite laugh, obviously Blaze is my priority, anything like that would promote my own band really well it would be a real giggle to have the three tenors Dianno/Dickinson/Bayley (big laugh)

Blaze…The main thing is we’ve got a new band, new album and gigs are booked.
We have festivals booked and are headlining one In Spain

Q. How do you relax? What interests you outside of rock n roll?
A. I’m obsessed with motorcycles, I like to work on my bikes, I’ve got 2, Kawasaki Z1300 and I’m riding around on a Virago 1100 that my mate who also happens to be my publisher had painted matt black and left, when it came my to my publishing deal I said forget the advance on my deal, what you doing with that fukin Virago, all right then, so I got it as part of the deal !!!
That and mountain biking, but we don’t do much, if we are not rehearsing its time with the label and making that happen.

Q. And the future for Blaze?
A. The tour, we plan to visit every rock venue in the UK, if it’s a rock venue with a PA then we will play it, a lot of our audience is in Europe, Germany / Finland / Spain / Italy and Scandinavia, the most important thing is playing our music, if I'm not playing I might as well give up, this is what we live for !!!.........

Well I sat with Blaze for 20 mins and what I’ve found is a genuine man with a passion for his love of rock music, he talks with a fire in his belly, an enthusiasm for his beliefs and he is having a great time touring with his new band, his new album is out on 7 th July which again he is well up for, his management company and label are coming along nicely, I really can’t say a bad thing about planet Blaze, please check his website / myspace for tour details and news because I believe Blaze still has a lot to offer the rock world , and with the release of his new album lets hope Blaze gets back to where he belongs …..,

Blaze Bayley Live On Stage Photo's Click Here

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By Bomber on 15-08-2009
Blaze Bayley is vastly under estimated, his album The man who would not die is magnificient, his singing blows away just about anyone on the planet and his live shows are perfect the band he now has are superb, you must get the DVD because it just about blows away any other live metal act.
Great Interview!!
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By Rock3 on 25-08-2010
The review of the fantastic live DVD of the Blaze Bayley band live in Switzerland can be read here..
Blaze Bayley - The Night That Will Not Die
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By Rock3 on 25-08-2010
Some more videos of Blaze Bayley plus reviews when you follow this link
Blaze Bayley performing in Wolverhampton at JB's Dudley
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