Former IRON MAIDEN and current WOLFSBANE frontman Blaze Bayley and his solo band played a “secret” warm-up show on May 12, 2011 at De Verlichte Geest in Roeselare, Belgium to prepare for their upcoming festival appearances. Check out video footage of the performance below.
Blaze‘s band at the show consisted of the following musicians:
Blaze Bayley: Vocals
Steve Deleu (GWYLLION, DOUBLE DIAMOND, FIREFORCE): Guitar
Nick Meganck (NATIVE INSTINCT): Bass
Dave Andrews: Guitar
Claudio Tirincanti: Drums
Blaze recently parted ways with the rest of his band in order to pursue a career as a solo artist and the lead singer of WOLFSBANE. He explained the decision by saying that “the mental, financial and emotional strain of keeping the BLAZE BAYLEY band together has proven to be too much for me and has taken a terrible toll on my mental health. . . It has been an upsetting, frustrating and sad time because the BLAZE BAYLEY band will not be going on any more, but it is also for me a huge relief and a time to look forward.”
A statement from former members of Blaze Bayley‘s solo band — David Bermudez (bass), Nico Bermudez (guitar) and Jay Walsh (guitar) — regarding the group’s split can be found at this location.
The 47-year-old Bayley, who was born in Birmingham, was the original frontman in WOLFSBANE, but left in 1994 to replace Bruce Dickinson as the lead singer of IRON MAIDEN.
Blaze‘s latest album, “Promise and Terror”, was released on February 1, 2010.
The singer’s double live album and live DVD, “The Night That Will Not Die” — recorded on December 13, 2008 at Z7 in Pratteln, Switzerland — were released on Blaze Bayley Recordings; the concert was filmed by director Kris McManus and all audio mixed and mastered by producer Jase Edwards.