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Blaze Bayley

Discussion in 'Solo/Side Project Discussion' started by Anonymous, Mar 13, 2006.

  1. Black Abyss Babe

    Black Abyss Babe Played with madness once too often ...

    I really disagree here - the Janick haters are noisy on social media but compared to the hundreds of thousands of screaming fans that turn up for the concerts (who aren't screaming "Janick go home" so far as I can tell) I really don't think they are significant at all. (They just want you to think they are!) Also I would take a punt that most of them at least belong to the contingent of "fans" who lost interest in the '90s, then came back at the reunion expecting a fasttrack back to Powerslave (or whatever constitutes the "glory days" in their tiny minds), then they blamed Janick when that didn't happen.

    The issue with Blaze is different though, and there was a real issue there: whoever or whatever might have been responsible, it just sounds like his general health wasn't up to the touring they were doing. It was the same situation as with Di'Anno (although he really had brought it on himself): basically they just couldn't rely on him to be able to give a performance when he needed to, and shows were being cancelled as a result. And if they had just issued a large amount of bonds, they couldn't afford to lose money on the touring.

    I do like Blaze, I appreciate his contribution to Maiden (especially some of the songs he wrote - "Como Estais Amigos" is one of the best Maiden songs ever imo) and I think he did and still does have an amazing voice. I'm just not convinced he was really right as Maiden's frontman. But I'm happy for him that he is now doing his own thing on his own terms, and if he play a show near to me I shall certainly try to go and see him. All the best Blaze - wishing you success, long life and happiness!
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  2. Forostar

    Forostar Conjure the Death Star again

    Never heard people scream "Blaze go home" during concerts either.
  3. bearfan

    bearfan Ancient Mariner

    The problem is a lot of people stayed home ....
  4. fekso

    fekso Nomad

    To be fair they dont come out for Janick
  5. Forostar

    Forostar Conjure the Death Star again

    In some countries.
  6. GhostofCain

    GhostofCain Ancient Mariner

    I can vividly remember Janick being constantly criticised during the 90s for butchering Adrian's solos from fans who were still following Maiden, so it was something that was going on way before the reunion.

    The issue with Blaze is that he was not good enough, plain and simple. In a way, he was quite lucky we did not have Youtube to dissect his live performances. That being said, he tried his best and, let's face it, he was trying to replace someone who is irreplaceable.

    I still think Blaze is a mediocre singer and fairly limited (so is Ozzy and I love early Black Sabbath) but I quite like some of his solo albums (Silicon Messiah, Tenth Dimension and The Man Who Would Not Die in particular). I hope he continues releasing good quality music and hope to see him live whenever he comes to this neck of the woods.
  7. Black Abyss Babe

    Black Abyss Babe Played with madness once too often ...

    Fair enough, but the point still stands that the Janick bashers are in the minority. The fact is that Maiden hold on to him because they know that the band as a whole works better with him in it, and the majority of fans are happy with this outcome (whether they think they like him or not). For poor old Blaze, whatever the reason, that just didn't happen. If a few naysayers had been the only problem there then I really think that Maiden would have brazened it out and four years in the majority would have fully accepted him, or at least got used to him; therefore I must conclude that the decision to remove him was taken because the band had realised that in the long run it just wasn't going to work.

    And if people stay home because they don't like it that's okay, isn't it? Other people will come in who do like it, and the '90s was a bad time for metal generally. Maiden need to stay true to themselves and one of their greatest strengths is that they have consistently done so from the off. Let's not forget that the original run of Deep Purple eventually called it a day because they realised that they had become irrelevant to themselves - no-one would want Maiden to suffer the same fate I think.
  8. bearfan

    bearfan Ancient Mariner

    A frontman/singer is really different than a guitar player .. especially in Maiden where .. as great as the three of them are .. they are not really front and center like traditional lead guitar players .. ala Blackmore, Eddie Van Halen, etc.

    The massive drop in interest is not Blaze's fault, it started before Bruce left ... trends, new bands coming up, etc. In retrospect, Bruce leaving and coming back was the best thing that could have happened to Maiden ... but there is no doubt in my mind they would not be anywhere near where they are now with Blaze or anyone else except for Bruce. I tend to doubt they would still exist actually.

    Bruce is the voice of Maiden ... period.
  9. bearfan

    bearfan Ancient Mariner

    Compared to now and the 80s ... that would be all countries
  10. TheTalisman

    TheTalisman F├ągel

    They didn't play bigger venues during the 80's in all countries.

    The same venue in Sweden (8000 capacity), 14 years apart. Just an example.
    Last edited: Aug 11, 2017
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  11. bearfan

    bearfan Ancient Mariner

    Let's say most of the world ... I assume they are playing bigger places there now.
  12. MrKnickerbocker

    MrKnickerbocker clap hands

    Absolutely. Blaze allowed the band's popularity to wane in the 90's and then Bruce's return allowed them to sky rocket back to stardom because of the excitement. If they had made two more 90's albums with Bruce, I tend to agree that they would have continued losing steam and probably be done by now.

    In essence, Blaze took a bullet for the band's longevity and made it possible for them to be bigger than ever today.
  13. bearfan

    bearfan Ancient Mariner

    That and we got some really good solo albums from Bruce as a very nice bonus

    Edit: I should add, some good stuff from Adrian as well
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  14. MrKnickerbocker

    MrKnickerbocker clap hands

    It really was good for everybody. We got two Maiden albums that produced at least two classic tracks and had a handful of commonly-accepted-as good songs, some absolutely brilliant Bruce material, a cool Adrian album, then the reunion inspired many new classic Maiden songs and gave us Silicon Messiah. So...thanks Blaze!
  15. Black Abyss Babe

    Black Abyss Babe Played with madness once too often ...

    I think this essentially sums it up and Blaze himself also seems to see it this way, judging by recent interviews. But I can still wince for the poor guy, what a horrible thing to have to go through ...
    Indeed - thanks Blaze!
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  16. Yax

    Yax Ancient Mariner


    I would really like them to bring Blaze as support act for a few shows. Just give the guy a break. Blaze embodies passion for music and has released a chunk of great albums on his own. Will never happen though. If it was something that Steve would allow (maybe Blaze isn't intereted either) I'd imagine it would already have happened. Blaze's career would likely benefit greatly from it though. Maiden fans are a huge potential base for him, but only a fraction seem to be familiar with his post Maiden efforts.
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  17. terrell39

    terrell39 Ancient Mariner

    So I saw Blaze sing for Wolfsbane on their first tour when they opened for Dark Angel & Overkill. Then I saw him sing for Maiden on TXF tour.
    Now, finally, I am getting a chance to see his solo band. That means I am finally listening to his solo material. Love the new CD as well as his first. I like IE...except for the title track. Those vocals are really annoying on that song...

    Even though Blaze is playing Houston (where I live), I will be out of town that weekend. So instead, I am driving to Austin the night before to see him.
  18. terrell39

    terrell39 Ancient Mariner

    Sounds similar to Mark Tornillo (singer for Accept). He is an electrician in between tours.

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