BLAZE BAYLEY is a singer/songwriter born 29th May 1963 in Birmingham, England. Having started his professional music career in WOLFSBANE in 1984, he was elevated to global heights when he joined IRON MAIDEN with whom he released two albums ("X-Factor" and "Virtual XI") and toured worldwide between 1994 and 1999. After leaving IRON MAIDEN, Blaze embarked on a solo career, during which he has released eleven full-length studio albums, plus live albums, live DVDs and compilations. He's also enjoyed an enviable reputation as one of the hardest working artists touring around. In 2015 Blaze celebrated the 15th anniversary of his first solo release "Silicon Messiah" and then saw a significant worldwide resurgence of interest in his career, not least with the release of the "Infinite Entanglement" trilogy during the period 2016 to 2018. This was followed up with two live offerings - the albums and DVDs "Live In France" and "Live In Czech" (2019 and 2020 respectively). During these recent years Blaze has toured widely in the UK, Europe, North America and Latin America. He's become particularly recognised as an independent artist dedicated and remarkably connected with his fans, as well as for his unmistakable high energy, no-nonsense, live performances. Blaze joined DISTURBED onstage at the 2016 Download Festival for a rendition of 'Baba O'Riley' by THE WHO, was recently accompanied onstage in Poland by Swedish metalheads SABATON for a version of Maiden classic 'Man On The Edge' and was voted no.67 in Sweden Rock magazine's Top One Hundred singers of all time. During the period 2014 to present date, Blaze has benefitted from a settled line-up for his backing band, picked from British melodic metal band ABSOLVA - Christopher Appleton (lead guitar), Martin Mcnee (drums) and Karl Schramm (bass) whilst Luke Appleton (rhythm/lead guitar) of ABSOLVA is added when the band plays an Iron Maiden 25th anniversary setlist at selected shows. Blaze and his band have received critical acclaim for outstanding performances, including Sweden Rock Festival, Rock the Coast (Spain), and Headbangers Open Air (Germany). In summer 2020, whilst touring has been minimal due to the coronavirus pandemic, Blaze was writing new material with his co-writer/producer Christopher Appleton, for a new full-length album release early in 2021. The new studio album 'WAR WITHIN ME' was revealed and pre-orders launched in December 2020.
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