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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:

30th Sept - Velvet, Pordenone, Italy
1st Oct - Motion, Bergamo, Italy
2nd Oct - BQo, Rome, Italy
15th Oct - Hoehlenrock festival, Balve, Germany
18th Dec - BLAZE BIG BASH, Dudley, UK

We have secured the services of some very special musicians to ensure that, THE EXPERIENCE THAT IS BLAZE, STILL HITS YOU RIGHT BETWEEN THE EYES.

Bass – Nick Douglas www.nickdouglas.com
Nick is from New Jersey, USA, plays regularly with Doro and has written and recorded his own album (Through The Pain). He played bass for Blaze at the Metal Dayz festival in Z7, Switzerland in 2003. He did such a great job, he was the obvious choice.

Guitars – Oliver Palotai www.palotai.de
Oli is from Nurnberg in Germany and is currently on tour in the USA with Uli John Roth. He stood in for John Slater on part of the Blood & Belief tour. He is a fantastic player!!

Guitars – Luca Princiotta xoomer.virgilio.it/lucaprinciotta
Luca is a 25 year old Italian lead guitarist who has an incredible talent.

Drums – Daniel Loeble http://www.rawheadrexx.de
Dani is from Singer in Germany and is ‘borrowed’ from Rawhead Rexx. Blaze met Dani on tour last year and was blown away when he saw him play!

Blaze says “I can’t wait to get back out on the road after all the changes, uncertainty and problems this year. I’m really excited and looking forward to playing these shows with the new band”

In addition to the above shows Blaze Bayley will be a guest of Doro Pesch on the following shows with the Metal Classic Night Orchestra.

16th Oct - Z7, Pratteln, Switzerland
18th Oct - Passionskirche, Berlin, Germany
21st Oct - Capitol, Offenbach, Germany
22nd Oct – Filharmonie, Stuttgart, Germany
23rd Oct – Tonhalle, Munich, Germany
24th Oct – Docks, Hamburg, Germany

More dates will be added shortly.

Neil Marklew

Source: Metal Rules

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