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Blaze Bayley

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

  1. Lampwick 43

    Lampwick 43 Arriving Somewhere But Not Here

    Great reviews, guys! It's really awesome to hear that Blaze is so good to his fans. He sounds like a genuinely good person. I'm really looking forward to Saturday!
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  2. LooseCannon

    LooseCannon Yorktown-class aircraft carrier Staff Member

    I'm genuinely sad I missed him in Ottawa. I hope he comes back next time.
  3. Travis The Dragon

    Travis The Dragon The dreamers may die, but the dreams live on.

    Having a brother with autism, that really means a lot to me to hear that. What a wonderful person Blaze truly is! Just a class act all the way!
  4. MrKnickerbocker

    MrKnickerbocker clap hands

    Show last night was absolutely awesome! I met up with @Lampwick 43 for some beers, watched a really solid Maiden/Priest tribute act burn through a short set, and walked right into Blaze standing at his merch table. Got a picture with the man and had him sign a shirt before he went up on stage.

    Blaze's show was really, really good. His band kicked ass, he was incredibly entertaining and humble, and overall seemed very happy to be doing what he's doing. Got to hear some Maiden classics (and one not so classic) that they'll never play, which was a huge treat! Just to be so close to a guy who was part of Maiden's history was truly special.

    Cheers to Blaze!

  5. Maturin

    Maturin Sköldpadda

    Hmmm, Virus?
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  6. Lampwick 43

    Lampwick 43 Arriving Somewhere But Not Here

    Awesome show. Blaze was on fire and his band was incredible. There's only one guitarist, but they're still able to make all the songs work quite well. The biggest highlights were
    Stare at the Sun, The Clansman, and Man Hunt, the latter of which featured solos by every member of the band

    Blaze really goes above and beyond for his fans. The fact that he makes himself available to any fan that wants an autograph, picture, or to chat both before and after the show really says it all. All for free of course.

    There's really something special about seeing a show like this in such an intimate setting. I highly recommend seeing him if he comes to your area.


    Also, Blaze is a lot shorter than I imagined he would be.
  7. LooseCannon

    LooseCannon Yorktown-class aircraft carrier Staff Member

    To be fair, you're pretty tall.
  8. Lampwick 43

    Lampwick 43 Arriving Somewhere But Not Here

    That's true. But I was still mildly surprised by his lack of height.
  9. Travis The Dragon

    Travis The Dragon The dreamers may die, but the dreams live on.

    As far as songs Maiden has never performed, I got Virus and Look For The Truth at my show back in November of 2011.

    Oh, if anyone else meets Blaze on any of the remaining US shows, that would be awesome if they could ask him how getting paid works. Does he get a guaranteed amount at every show? Because again, I can't believe he'd keep coming back if he was losing money and if he only gets paid from ticket sales, there's no way he can be coming out ahead.
  10. CriedWhenBrucieLeft

    CriedWhenBrucieLeft Ancient Mariner

    Why would he want to talk to fans about money?
  11. MrKnickerbocker

    MrKnickerbocker clap hands

    Yeah, he would never open up about that.

    There are two basic ways to get paid by a music venue or bar with a stage: a flat rate negotiated ahead of time or a percentage of the ticket sales once production costs are covered. A lesser used (anymore) third option could also be a cut of the bar sales. With an international somewhat name act like Blaze, I'd be willing to bet he gets some sort of small flat rate + a portion of the ticket sales (let's say 70-80% after production costs are taken out). But like any touring act he probably makes his best money on selling merchandise.

    No doubt he plays smaller, more suburban venues in order to get a flat rate that will at least cover his travel costs. I.E. he recently played Bolingbrook, IL (a suburb 45 minutes away from Chicago) instead of playing Chicago because they probably gave him a better deal.
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  12. srfc

    srfc Educated Fool

    I don't know how Blaze books things now, but I know the Dublin promoter lost a lot of money on a poorly attended gig on the blood and belief tour, which suggests he was being paid a flat rate.
  13. LooseCannon

    LooseCannon Yorktown-class aircraft carrier Staff Member

    Blaze was definitely considered a "bigger" act back then, when he had his proper band and all. I suspect it's changed since, likely because that happened a lot during Blood & Belief.
  14. TheTalisman

    TheTalisman Fågel

    That's partially true, when he was signed with BLAZE to SPV he could get on festivals like Wacken, Gods of Metal and Bang Your Head and get the albums distributed to record stores. But to get people to turn up to the shows that the band was headlining and make a profit? Didn't work out. He burned a lot of money paying for equipment, recording, management, 4 band members, travel costs and had to stop. But it's true that at first sight he looked like a bigger artist back then.

    And I actually think more people generally turn up to his shows these days than most of the Silicon Messiah or Tenth Dimension tours that they were headlining. I have seen a lot of pictures from that era when going through planetblaze.com on the internet archive and I can't say that things have gotten worse for him.

    It isn't like this is something unique to Blaze either, as an example Jason Newsted faced the same reality a few years ago: https://www.ultimate-guitar.com/news/interviews/jason_newsted_why_i_ended_the_newsted_band.html
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  15. MrKnickerbocker

    MrKnickerbocker clap hands

    It took some time for people to cool off and reflect, I think. Now that Blaze is far enough removed from the Maiden camp, fans are willing to say, "Yeah, he's alright," turn up at a gig and be pleasantly surprised. Newer fans are excited to see a part of Maiden history and hear songs that Maiden won't ever touch again, as well.
  16. srfc

    srfc Educated Fool

    The venue booked was definitely too big, it held about 600 and there was only about 60 at the gig. He was also playing Belfast the following night which meant there was no reason for anyone to travel down from Northern Ireland.

    Dianno pulled a sell out crowd about a month or two later, albeit in a smaller venue (capacity about 300) and the Dianno gig was a farce, while the Blaze gig was excellent.
  17. bearfan

    bearfan Ancient Mariner

    Not going to make it to the show tonight .. have a bunch of stuff to do and where he is playing is a pain in the ass for me to get to (much construction between me and there)

    Maybe next time.

    Edit: For obvious reasons, he cancelled the Houston show last night.
  18. Black Wizard

    Black Wizard Out of the Silent Planet

  19. GhostofCain

    GhostofCain Ancient Mariner

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  20. bearfan

    bearfan Ancient Mariner

    It will be a while before they answer, they are still digging though his 2010 financials .. only 6 more full years to go

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