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Formed: 1999
From: United Kingdom
Last Known Status: Active

Latest Blaze News

Below is our complete Blaze news coverage, including columns and articles pertaining to the band. Some articles listed may be indirectly related, such as side projects of the band members, etc.

Note: We began associating news directly with bands in late 2003. Therefore, earlier band news may not be listed on this page.

Blaze Leader Issues Message To Swiss Fans

Former IRON MAIDEN vocalist/BLAZE frontman Blaze Bayley has issued the following message:

"You hardcore, mother fuckin, headbanging crazy bastards!!!!"

"You were awesome in Pratteln, Switzerland.... cheers!! A truely memorable, crazy moshing, surfing, headbanging night..."

"Also thank you to the Swiss police for their help in controlling you crazy metalheads at the hotel. MAINPAIN you were great as always, cheers guys."

"We will see you all again on December 6th, 2008 at Z7 again for the Big Bash 2008."

"Cheers Norbet and Andy of Z7 and everyone else who knows they are important to us." More...

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Blaze Bayley Postpones U.K. Shows

Former IRON MAIDEN / WOLFSBANE singer Blaze Bayley's previously announced shows in Bristol and Bradford (both England) - originally scheduled for this month - will be postponed. Bristol Bierkeller will now take place on September 6, and Bradford Rios will happen on September 8.

According to a posting on Blaze's web site, "The band is working on the upcoming DVD release, and the schedule for this makes it necessary to postpone these gigs to ensure the highest quality possible of the material. We apologize for the inconvenience caused, but at the same time we hope you still look forward to being indoors with your friends in a warm and cosy athmosphere, surrounded by the best music possible, when the autumn weather outside is terrible."

Metal Mind Productions has set a June 11 release date for Blaze Bayley's DVD. Entitled "Alive in Poland", the disc was recorded at the 21st edition of the Metalmania Festival, which took place on March 24 in Katowice, Poland. Blaze Bayley and his band put on a 90-minute show consisting of the best tracks from BLAZE's discography as well as select cuts from IRON MAIDEN ("Man on the Edge", "Futureal"). The DVD will also include many great bonus features, such as an interview with Blaze Bayley, an interview with all members of Blaze's band (featuring footage filmed during their visit to Poland) and more. A limited edition "Alive in Poland" release will include a CD with songs recorded at the concert.

Blaze Bayley will reunite with his first band WOLFSBANE for three songs after his solo set at the Rock of Ages Festival in Tamworth, England on September 9. Blaze Bayley will release his new solo album in late October. The record will contain 14 new songs and will be supported by "a massive tour 2008/2009, covering over 150 concerts all over the world," according to Blaze's management.

Bayley's new band, now called simply BLAZE BAYLEY, is as follows:
Rico Banderra - Drums
Nick Bermudez (UNDER THREAT) - Guitar
David Bermudez (UNDER THREAT) - Bass
Rich Newport - Guitar
Blaze Bayley - Vocals

Bayley's most recent release, "Blood & Belief" (which came out under the BLAZE banner), was issued in Europe in April 2004. The follow-up to 2002's "Tenth Dimension" was recorded at Backstage Studios in Derbyshire, England with producer Andy Sneap (SABBAT, NEVERMORE, EXODUS, ARCH ENEMY).

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Blaze Announce More Dates

BLAZE, the band fronted by former IRON MAIDEN/WOLFSBANE singer Blaze Bayley, has lined up the following dates:

Mar. 24 - Katowice, POL @ Metalmania Festival
Apr. 13 - Barcelona, SPA @ Razzmatazz 2
Apr. 27 - Reichenbach, GER @ Die Halle H2O
May 12 - Tamworth, UK @ The Palace
Dec. 15 - Dudley, UK @ JB's (Big Bash) More...

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Rise To Addiction On NZ's "Metal Dat Out" Fest

RISE TO ADDICTION, the fast rising British rockers who feature former BLAZE members John Slater (guitar) and Steve Wray (guitar), have been confirmed to appear at the inaugural "Welcome In The Beast – 666 – Metal Day Out Festival" which takes place on 6th June 2006 at the Champion Dragway, Highway 1, Near Auckland, New Zealand . A total of 18 acts will be appearing at the event, including ILLDISPOSED (Denmark) and FLATLINE (USA). The band are set to perform in the early evening on the main stage.

RISE TO ADDICTION released their self titled EP last year through Madman Records. Produced by Andy Sneap (Machine Head, Killswicth Engage, Trivium ) it features three tracks 'Falling As One' , 'Everlasting Wave' , 'To A God Unknown' and also includes the promo video for the EP's opening track. The band are currently in the studio laying down tracks for their debut album, with Andy Sneap once again handling production duties. Release is expected on as yet unspecified label later this year.

In other news, the band recently parted ways with bassist Rob Naylor (ex-BLAZE), who left the band to pursue a "flying career." His replacement is Joel Graham, who has already played several shows with the group.

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Blaze Announces Two UK Gigs

Blaze's management has announced the following at BlazeFans.com:

"Hi Metallers,

There will be two Blaze shows in February so come along for they will be the first shows of 2006!!!

The band will play at Edwards No8 in Lower Severn Street in Birmingham on Friday 17th (www.edwardsno8.com) and at the Kings Pub in Accrington on Saturday 18th February (www.accringtonmcc.org.uk).

Please check the venue websites for ticket details.

See you there!!"

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New Blaze Lineup Complete

The following press release from Blaze manager Neil Marklew has been posted at Blazefans.com:

"Hi Metallers,

It gives me great pleasure to make the following announcement as I believe it has been long overdue. As you may be aware, we have not had a 'permanent' band line-up for some time now but I believe we have always had good quality musicians in the line-ups at past Blaze shows and would like to thank Phil Greenhouse, Wayne Banks, Jason Bowld, Dave Knight, Nick Douglas, Dani Loeble and the original four members for all their hard work during their time in the band.

Since the departure of the last two original members (Steve Wray and John Slater) in September 2004, we always knew that 2005 was going to be the year to start to put things back on track, and, we wanted to put together a band again. Now, I believe we have, although due to the commitments that each of 'the new guys' have, we cannot be certain that we will not have to use stand-ins again as they are all in demand. However, every effort will be made to ensure that this is not the case, but, you can be sure that in the event we do a good quality stand-in will be used.

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Rise to Addiction Sign With Madman Records

RISE TO ADDICTION, the new the new project featuring former BLAZE members John Slater (guitar), Steve Wray (guitar) and Rob Naylor (bass), along with Leigh Oates (vocals) and Aynsley Dickinson (drums), have inked a deal with Madman Records. The group's debut CD is scheduled for release in the U.K. on Monday, July 18. Madman Records are still working on distributing the CD through more major outlets, including HMV.

Here are the upcoming RISE TO ADDICTION tour dates:

Jul. 13 - Camden Underworld - London, UK
Jul. 15 - Snooty Fox - Wakefield, UK
Jul. 30 - Rock 'N' Blues Festival - Derbyshire, UK
Jul. 31 - Clarence Park Outdoor Festival - Wakefield, UK

RISE TO ADDICTION have been confirmed for the 2005 edition of the Bloodstock festival, set to take place on September 2-3, 2005 at The Assembly Rooms in Derby, U.K. Other bands scheduled to appear at the festival include HAMMERFALL, IRON SAVIOR, RAVEN, CATHEDRAL, AFTER FOREVER, STORMWARRIOR and SEASON'S END.

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Blaze Announce New Members

Posted on the official Blaze website www.planetblaze.com:

As you will all be aware 3 gigs were cancelled this month due to band line up changes, we are now in a position to update you with those changes.

It is with a heavy heart that we have to announce that both John Slater and Steve Wray are unable to do the tour dates for the rest of the year. As a result, they have both decided not to continue as full time members of the Blaze band.

Blaze Bayley, all at Black Machine and the BMC would like to thank John and Steve for 4+ years of Blood (the real stuff), sweat (gallons of it) and, yes, even a few tears along the way. We wish them well in the future.

Both Dave Knight and Wayne Banks are unable to do the rest of the tour dates this year due to other projects.

On a lighter note, these are the gigs that are confirmed so far between now and the end of the year:

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Blaze To Film Live Show For Upcoming DVD

Blaze, the British band led by former Iron Maiden/Wolfsbane singer Blaze Bayley, will be filming their Blaze Big Bash performance at JBs in Dudley, U.K. on Saturday, December 18 for an upcoming DVD, tentatively due in 2005. No further information is available at this time.

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Blaze Line-up Changes And Date Cancellations

Blaze has cancelled the following three shows:

4th September - Velo Rock Festival - Ostend, Belgium
11th September - Raismes Festival - Raismes, France
12th September - La Locomotive - Paris, France.

This is due to late changes in the band line up resulting in insufficient time to prepare for these shows. A further statement will be released shortly along with dates for the remainder of
the year.

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Brazil's Masters Open Air Festival Cancelled

Brazil's Masters Open Air Festival has been officially cancelled, according to the event's organizers. The one-day festival, which was set to be held July 24 at Anhembi in São Paulo, Brazil, was scheduled to include performances by such acts as URIAH HEEP, NEVERMORE, OVERKILL, BLAZE, CIRCLE II CIRCLE, ROTTING CHRIST, KORZUS, DRAGONHEART, HEAVENFALLS and THALION. No further information is available at this time.

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Blaze To Head Out On Massive Worldwide Tour

BLAZE , the British band led by former IRON MAIDEN /WOLFSBANE singer Blaze Bayley , will set out on the road in support of the forthcoming release, "Blood & Belief", in April. The "Blood & Belief World Tour" will take in countries that the band have yet to play in and will comprise of several parts, seeing the band do over 150 shows this year. Confirmed dates so far are as follows: More...

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