Blaze Bayley

Ascendingthethrone

Ancient Mariner
Just got back from the gig. He was doing a meet and greet before the show. I had a great chat and thanked him for all the great music. I told him that the first Maiden song I heard was Man on the Edge. It hooked me immediately. That set me on a trajectory of learning bass, studying music and now teaching it for a living. I thanked him for the initial push!

The gig was fantastic. His band are really tight and there was a good selection of songs from other eras of his career. It was nice to hear Ten Seconds, Kill and Destroy and 18 Flights. The Man Who Would Die was a good surprise. Here’s the set list and a picture!

Ten Seconds

Kill and Destroy

Watching the night sky

War within me

Pull yourself up

Warrior

The power of Nikola Tesla

Virus

Witches Night

18 Nights

Silicon Messiah

Man who would not die

Man on the edge

Futureal



Blood and Belief

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TheMercenary

Ancient Mariner

Boroking

In the mire of an ancient swamp

I honestly think Blaze overstates the 'hate' that he gets nowadays. It was certainly the case in the past but i see a lot of appreciation for both his Maiden work and his solo work online now. There's still a few haters but he isn't a joke like Vince Neil is.

Anyway very pleased he's working on a new record, his solo catalogue are all winners (except for The King of Metal)
 

efekåseo_suomi

Educated Fool
I honestly think Blaze overstates the 'hate' that he gets nowadays. It was certainly the case in the past but i see a lot of appreciation for both his Maiden work and his solo work online now. There's still a few haters but he isn't a joke like Vince Neil is.

Anyway very pleased he's working on a new record, his solo catalogue are all winners (except for The King of Metal)
The reworked version of Rainbow Fades to Black (of Soundtracks of my Life) was actually great!
 

Spaldy

Ancient Mariner
That song was his tribute to Dio, he mentioned him as one of his greatest influences.
Therefore it must have been kind of cool to have him supporting Maiden on the North American leg of the Virtual XI tour.
Dio would have blown them off the stage on that tour.
 

TheTalisman

Ancient Mariner
Dio would have blown them off the stage on that tour.
I'm not sure about that. Dio was kind of at an ultimate low mark at that point and couldn't tour the U.S on his own anymore. I can't imagine that his band had any excess energy on stage or anything like that during that difficult time.

And if you look at his sale stats from the second half of the 90's, Blaze-era Maiden, released on independent label CMC, outsold him considerably in the U.S - Dio's Angry Machines from 1996 has sold just 36 000 copies, according to Wikipedia...


At the same time The X Factor had sold 113 000 copies in the U.S in 2005, while Virtual XI had done 65 000: https://blabbermouth.net/news/iron-maiden-u-s-album-sales-revealed ).

It actually wasn't just Maiden that diminished during this period...there's a reason why Dio was the support act.
 
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Spaldy

Ancient Mariner
I'm not sure about that. Dio was kind of at an ultimate low mark at that point and couldn't tour the U.S on his own anymore. I can't imagine that his band had any excess energy on stage or anything like that during that difficult time.

And if you look at his sale stats from the second half of the 90's, Blaze-era Maiden, released on independent label CMC, outsold him considerably in the U.S - Dio's Angry Machines from 1996 has sold just 36 000 copies, according to Wikipedia...


At the same time The X Factor had sold 113 000 copies in the U.S in 2005, while Virtual XI had done 65 000: https://blabbermouth.net/news/iron-maiden-u-s-album-sales-revealed ).

It actually wasn't just Maiden that diminished during this period...there's a reason why Dio was the support act.
I wasn't meaning in terms of popularity or record sales. More in stage show and talent.

Having Blaze Bayley follow arguably the greatest metal vocalist of all time would be like snacking on a McDonald's after having a gourmet steak.
 

srfc

Ancient Mariner
Well, each to his own. I have never really cared for Dio anyway. People listen to like 4-5 of his songs and call him a rock god, while most of his catalogue is totally forgotten.

His run of albums from Ritchie Blackmore's Rainbow, through Heaven and Hell up to Last in Line is a run of classic after classic that maybe only Maiden can match in terms of the number of consecutive classics.

Never thought he was a particularly great live singer though, comes out with a lot of guff like "you are all rainbows in the dark" etc. and ad libs a load of nonsense in the outro of songs.
 

TheTalisman

Ancient Mariner
Dio also fired Jake E. Lee in 1982, because he wanted someone that agreed to just write straight riffs that he could sing over, which Jake didn't want to do. (Ozzy then picked Jake for Bark at the Moon). I think Dio would have been a lot more successful if he had stuck with Jake as his guitarist.
And Dio in 1998?

- Not sure if this show is better than Maiden's set that year, a part from Blaze struggling with the classics? It wasn't exactly Dio at his peak.
 
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Spaldy

Ancient Mariner
His run of albums from Ritchie Blackmore's Rainbow, through Heaven and Hell up to Last in Line is a run of classic after classic that maybe only Maiden can match in terms of the number of consecutive classics.

Never thought he was a particularly great live singer though, comes out with a lot of guff like "you are all rainbows in the dark" etc. and ad libs a load of nonsense in the outro of songs.
Agree with the first part. Disagree about his live abilities.

Listen to some of the Rainbow live stuff or both of his Donington live albums. He's pretty phenomenal.
 

Spaldy

Ancient Mariner
Dio also fired Jake E. Lee in 1982, because he wanted someone that agreed to just write straight riffs that he could sing over, which Jake didn't want to do. (Ozzy then picked Jake for Bark at the Moon). I think Dio would have been a lot more successful if he had stuck with Jake as his guitarist. And Dio in 1998?
- Not sure if this show is better than Maiden's set that year, a part from Blaze struggling with the classics? It wasn't exactly Dio at his peak.
Even Dio on his worst day could still outperform 99% of other singers in any genre. And he knew how to hold a pitch perfect note.
 

srfc

Ancient Mariner
Agree with the first part. Disagree about his live abilities.

Listen to some of the Rainbow live stuff or both of his Donington live albums. He's pretty phenomenal.

Sorry it didn't come across clearly in the post, I don't have any issue with him hitting notes etc. how could anyone have an issue with that! Just his live personna kind of rubs me up the wrong way a bit, the ad libbed front man stuff kind of doesn't work for me and comes off corny, and makes albums that should be some of my favourites like On Stage, Live Evil or Live from Radio City Music Hall not quite hit the mark.

Shouldn't have really dragged Blaze's thread off track just felt like getting some metal blasphemy off my chest!
 
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MrKnickerbocker

clap hands
Well, each to his own. I have never really cared for Dio anyway. People listen to like 4-5 of his songs and call him a rock god, while most of his catalogue is entirely forgotten and bland.

- his Rainbow albums are absolute classics.
- his first two Black Sabbath records are two of the greatest examples of classic metal
- his first two solo records are phenomenal, personality-driven metal

You finding his later albums bland is meaningless. Dio has eclipsed all opinions. Such opinions are not even drops in a bucket. They evaporate before they reach the bucket.

/please continue talking about Blaze now
 

efekåseo_suomi

Educated Fool
Dio would have blown them off the stage on that tour.
The live album recorded the year before (Inferno: Last in Live) was great! The best bootleg from that year (from Maiden) in my opinion was the Stockholm one. Blaze sounded a little bit more in control there. Fear of the Dark, Evil that Men Do and 2M2M sounded good that night! I'm sure both did great.

Bought tickets for Blaze, gonna see him in Athens on Saturday
He is doing the Iron Maiden set. Make sure you see him play solo material too! Enjoy!

That song was his tribute to Dio, he mentioned him as one of his greatest influences.
Therefore it must have been kind of cool to have him supporting Maiden on the North American leg of the Virtual XI tour.

I think there is a Dio story in Bayleys book from that tour?
 
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