At the very least, Nicko could definitely play all the drum parts from VXI live without issue.
Mine are Sign of the Cross, Man On The Edge, Lord of the Flies, Judgment Of Heaven, Fortunes Of War, Virus, 2am, The Edge Of Darkness,The Unbeliever, Futureal, The Clansman, The Educated Fool, Como Estais Amigos. SOTC, LOTF and Virus are in My top 10 ever, SOTC in My top 3, probably My favourite track everBtw, which are your favorite songs from the Blaze era? Mine are: Sign, Lord, Judgement, Edge Of Darkness, Futureal, Clansman, Two Worlds and Eyes Of A Stranger.
Looks like they announce all the dates in the UK and close to the UK first. Scandinavia is a little bit off, but they still tend to do a couple of shows here.Waiting for some Finnish tourdates, the shows at On The Rocks have been packed every time. Would be cool if Blaze played in Riga or Tallinn for example, saw the Silicon Messiah show in Tallinn in 2015...
Nice! I think I'll be able to see Blaze for the first time on this run.Blaze Bayley will be bringing a new tour in the spring of 2023 including shows in the UK & Europe:
THE UNSTOPPABLE TOUR 2023
With special guests ABSOLVA
We are beyond excited to begin confirming our tour dates for the early part of 2023. The setlist will include some songs from the ‘War Within Me’ album which have never yet been performed live, including ‘The Unstoppable Stephen Hawking’. Special guests throughout these shows will be Absolva (except Thunder Metal Fest **)
3 Grimsby, Yardbirds
4 Glasgow, Ivory Blacks
5 Newcastle, Trillians
9 Crumlin, Patriot
10 Peterborough, Met Lounge
11 London, Underworld
12 Cannock, The Station
16 Norwich, Brickmakers
17 Sheffield, Corporation
18 Blackpool, Waterloo
19 Stoke, Eleven
26 Belgium, Antwerp, Thunder Metal Fest **
29 Germany, Cham, LA
30 Austria, Vienna, Viper Room
31 Czech Republic, Brno, Melodka
1 Czech Republic, Pilsen, Serikovka
2 Germany, Erfurt, From Hell
20 France, Lille, The Black Lab
21 Belgium, Verviers, Spirit of 66
22 France, Nancy, Chez Paulette
24 France, Lyon, Rock n Eat
26 France, La Rochelle, Crossroad
27 France, Toulouse, L’Usine A Musique
28 France, Marseille, Jas Rod
29 France, Clermont-Ferrand, Chorus
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Every time he's come to Stoke, I've never been able to make it. So, I'm gonna have to move heaven and earth to make sure I'm there. Not only because I like to support Blaze whenever I can, but we don't get any good acts that often in Stoke, so I best make the most of it.
"Blaze Bayley — JUSTICE. In capital letters. This is the first phrase that comes to my mind a few hours after the great live of the British ex-IRON MAIDEN singer Blaze Bayley at the suffocatingly crowded Gagarin 205. Yes, you read that right: Blaze Bayley in the year 2022 managed and filled every corner of Athenian club, with the unexpectedly large attendance of people being one of the biggest surprises of recent years in a concert event in the capital and beyond. As he himself stated from the microphone, this evening is for him the result of a long journey, not only in terms of kilometers, but also in the journey of time. You are absolutely right Blaze. Because if for example you had stopped doing music in 2000 or 2010 or even recently 2018, you would not have tasted the immense joy of facing this spectacle in Gagarin 205 with the whole audience chanting your name rhythmically, alternating with the slogan "he's crazy". Because with your attitude, you proved that in life beyond objective value or luck, an X‑Factor is also of great importance: belief in what you do. And Blaze Bayley has had this element to the highest degree for years.
The evening started with the ABSOLVA band, who, apart from being special guests of the tour playing their own songs, have been members of Blaze Bayley's personal lineup for some time now, having a double role. They played a great set of British heavy metal that sounds equal parts modern and traditional, just like Blaze's personal records after his IRON MAIDEN career. Singer/guitarist Chris Appleton blew the crowd away with his communicative character, his brother (and fellow guitarist) Luke was in high spirits throughout the evening and rhythm section McNee/Schramm gave a decent rendition of ABSOLVA's tracks. Their set was just what was needed to heat up the atmosphere, but no lies, the audience that filled the Gagarin had come to hear the main course of the evening...
...which is none other than the anniversary performances of tracks from the two most controversial albums ("X‑Factor", "Virtual XI") in the history of the greatest heavy metal group of all time, IRON MAIDEN. There is no point in going into the circumstances under which the “Blaze Bayley — Iron Maiden Singer” experiment (didn’t) work here, besides, in ROCK HARD there are specific articles such as an interview with Blaze himself, just to add here my personal opinion: for a part of the fans of my generation who experienced these two records as the first Maiden albums released in the period when we first came into contact with metal, these releases have an added emotional value. It is no coincidence that most of the audience I saw at Gagarin belongs to this generation. I think that regardless of opinions whether Blaze's voice suits IRON MAIDEN or not, compositionally “X‑Factor” and especially “Virtual XI” contain more good songs than 1–2 post reunion albums (there, I said it!)
The beginning with "Lord of the Flies" in a general apotheosis gave the signal for what was to follow, in the "Sign of the Cross" epic, panjurism rose to another level, while the world seemed to remember "Judgment of Heaven" as well. honoring the piece. This was followed by a trio of tracks from Blaze's solo career ("War within me", "Pull Yourself Up" and "Warrior"), during which although the atmosphere calmed down quite a bit, the audience at the end of each track continued to clap and gives positive energy to Blaze. Return to the Maiden discography with “Fortunes of War” (again doom) and we hopefully reach the first highlight of the evening, “Virus” which was historically restored -as it has never been played live by Maiden- with great audience participation especially from the middle point onwards, in the song that became quite popular in the midst of quarantine. Blaze's line that accompanied the song in question was also great.
Restoration continued with “When Two Worlds Collide” excellently performed and again with the audience very actively involved, before two more back to back highlights: “The Clansman”, perhaps the best song of the Blaze era in Maiden, with sweeping participation of the world and the surprise with “Como estais amigos” with all Gagarin also singing with Blaze. At this point I have to say that the reactions of the people were not just as if they had IRON MAIDEN of the Blaze era in front of them, but more like they were experiencing the Fear of the Dark tour or one of the historical tours of the 80s! And we are not talking about 200-300 people but about the entire Gagarin which we all know how many people it can hold. The evening continues with a too-fast rendition of “Man on the Edge” (should have been a click slower), to continue with ecstasy and a general party atmosphere listening to "Futureal" which received "Trooper" or "Aces High" level reactions. And just when you thought you'd seen it all tonight, the band came out for an encore with "The Angel and the Gambler" in a shortened rock n roll performance that showcased the song without the unnecessary 100 repetitions of the studio version's chorus. . Before we close, let's address one important detail: there was a moment when everything could have gone wrong, when something unidentifiable was thrown onto the stage from the front rows, and if I saw correctly, it hit Blaze. Unlike a similar situation at Maiden's live show in the summer at OAKA, where Bruce Dickinson reacted as he did (I'm not judging) about the smoke agent, Blaze as if prepared for a long time acted as if nothing happened. The result vindicated him as the atmosphere of the live remained celebratory-adoring until the end with the people constantly participating.
The events spoke for themselves on Saturday night, November 12, 2022 at Gagarin 205: Blaze Bayley was at the biggest night of his career in Greece, enjoying greatness that even with Maiden in the 90s he had not experienced in our country, as then there were and many warped by Bruce's flight as opposed to now. Surely this show is one of the global career highlights for him, a more than just reward for all his persistent and painstaking effort to remain active in the field having gone through a thousand waves. For all of us it was probably the best opportunity to experience perhaps the most special part of IRON MAIDEN's history up close.
Photos: Petros Karalis"
Fantastic review!!!!!Blaze Bayley — Η ΔΙΚΑΙΩΣΗ. Με κεφαλαία γράμματα. Αυτή είναι η πρώτη φράση που μου έρχεται στο μυαλό λίγες ώρες μετά το μεγάλο live του Βρετανού πρώην τραγουδιστή των IRON MAIDEN Blaze Bayley στο ασφυκτικά γεμάτο κόσμο Gagarin 205. Ναι, δεν διαβάσατε λάθος: ο Blaze Bayley εν έτει 2022 κατάφερε...rockhard.space
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Thanks for sharing.Blaze Bayley — Η ΔΙΚΑΙΩΣΗ. Με κεφαλαία γράμματα. Αυτή είναι η πρώτη φράση που μου έρχεται στο μυαλό λίγες ώρες μετά το μεγάλο live του Βρετανού πρώην τραγουδιστή των IRON MAIDEN Blaze Bayley στο ασφυκτικά γεμάτο κόσμο Gagarin 205. Ναι, δεν διαβάσατε λάθος: ο Blaze Bayley εν έτει 2022 κατάφερε...rockhard.space
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