Gig Of The Week: Blaze Bayley
The Wolfsbane frontman and one-time Iron Maiden singer is back on a massive world tour, living up to his dream that “if I had it my way then I’d be on a tour bus all the time – this is why you join a band”.
BAND: Blaze Bayley
WHERE: Leeds Rio’s
WHEN: Tuesday, February 9
Promoting new album Promise And Terror, which has just been released on his own label, Bayley and the band aren’t just going out to the main cities. In an old school tradition, they’re heading almost everywhere.
“It’s our choice to play the smaller venues,” says Bayley. “That way we can keep the ticket price down, and make sure that the fans get a good deal all round. We’re not into having a massive bus in the car park at the NEC (in Birmingham.
“I also feel that, with the crowd right in your face, there’s a definite connection between us onstage and the people in the audience. I’m a very spiritual person anyway, and every night I tell the fans that we are all really connected in some way. I do believe that. And in a club like Rio’s you can feel it.”
Whatever you do, though, don’t go anywhere near the front if you are of a nervous disposition.
“What I like to do is pick out the most vulnerable looking guy in the front row. Then imagine that I’ve grabbed them. Then, when I do go onstage I do grab them!”
You have been warned!
Blaze and the band – guitarists Nick Bermudez and Jay Walsh, bassist David Bermudez and drummer Larry Paterson – have a further 18 British and Irish dates lined up after Leeds. These are:
Feb. 10: High Wycombe Nags Head
Feb. 11: Swindon 12 Bar
Feb. 12: Swansea Sin City
Feb. 13: Nottingham Rock City
Feb. 14: Grimsby Yardbirds
Feb. 16: Weymouth Finn’s
Feb. 17: Winchester Tower Arts Centre
Feb. 18: Southend Riga Bar
Feb. 19: Peterborough Park
Feb. 20: London Camden Underworld
Feb. 24: Bury Hark To Towler
Feb. 25: Dumfries Venue
Feb. 26: Edinburgh Bannermans
Feb. 27: Aberdeen Moorings Bar
Feb. 28: Glasgow Ivory Blacks
Mar. 1: Newcastle Trillians
Mar. 4: Belfast Limelight
Mar. 6: Dublin Fibber Magees
For further info, go to www.myspace.com/blazebayley