Former Iron Maiden Vocalist Shocked They Picked Him

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Former Iron Maiden vocalist Blaze Bayley (Wolfsbane) recently looked back at his audition and his legacy with the legendary metal band during a chat with the 80’s Glam Metalcast. We were sent the following excerpts:

On auditioning for Iron Maiden: “They held a lot of auditions and had a lot of tapes, and they already had my cd’s. I asked for an audition and I got it. I really thought they’d be going for someone that sounded like Bruce. Bruce Dickinson is a very influential metal singer, and there’s a lot of singers that sounded similar to him because of that influence. I don’t know why, but I think they choose me because I was different. I was shocked, because I didn’t think I would get it. It was an audition of 10 songs that were almost always in the setlist. Songs like ‘Fear of The Dark’, ‘The Trooper’, and ‘Hallowed by thy Name’. I thought for an hour, I am the singer of Iron Maiden, and no one can take that away from me. That’s how I approached it, there was nothing more I could do. There’s no more preparation. If I mess up, it’s over. I knew all the parts because I was a huge fan. I felt I did ok. Then there was a 2nd audition where they record your voice to see how you are going to be in the studio, which is very smart. I asked Steve Harris if I could get a tape of me singing with the backing track of the band. He said ‘If you don’t get in, we’ll send you a tape of the bloke who did’ which I thought was very harsh! A few weeks later I got a phone call that I was in. It was like a roller coster ride after that, so intense!”

On how his era in the band is looked at and his thoughts on Iron Maiden today:
“It’s the girlfriend situation. It’s where your favorite singer leaves your favorite band…it’s heartbreaking! It’s like you break up with your girlfriend and you see her with a guy who’s taller, slimmer, and has better hair than you the next week. I understand how fans would feel. A lot of fans from that era absolutely hate me, and that won’t change. Some fans listen to ‘The X Factor’ and say Bruce sounds so different on this one! If their lucky, they find out it’s a completely different singer and they go down the Blaze Bayley rabbit hole! Maiden still plays some songs from my era because they are a real band, that makes real music. We were all 100% committed at the time. To not acknowledge that era of change is to say ‘it wasn’t our choice’, ‘we didn’t really like it’, and ‘we didn’t give it 100%’. Maiden put those songs in their set and do songs from every album (including the first two with Paul Di’Anno and my two) because everything is done with heart. Everything is done with passion. You would never hear them say ‘we just did those albums for the money’. That’s not Iron Maiden. Iron Maiden is passion and it’s all about the music. They don’t compromise and they don’t give in to anybody’s idea of what Maiden should or shouldn’t be….and that’s why we love them! I am so lucky. I’ve been at the very top of my profession in what I consider to be the greatest Heavy Metal band of all time. They are really one of the greatest bands in the history of music, right there along side Led Zeppelin and The Who.”

On his new album ‘War Within Me’: “With this album, I wanted to do something that was overtly positive. Something that was personal to me, about my problems with depression and a self destructive nature…but something that also says that I can do something about this, I don’t have to be a victim of circumstances. I can make some changes. That’s what I put in the lyrics of many of the songs on the album. I think it came out pretty good. Some of the words and phrases I used in the dark times, I’ve used in the lyrics for songs like ‘War Within Me’, ‘Pull Yourself Up’, and ‘Warrior’. It’s seemed to work out well. The luxury that I have, is the album was out before the tour. Many fans have had a chance to listen to it quite a bit. My fans are singing along to those new songs just like they sing to the old ones. That’s a great feeling! A feeling that’s so good, I don’t want the government to find out about it because they’ll tax it!” Check out the episode below:

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NEEDTOBREATHE Preview Into The Mystery Big Screen Event

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A trailer for the upcoming “NEEDTOBREATHE: Into the Mystery” cinema event has been released. The documentary is set to hit movie theaters across the U.S. for one night only on November 3rd.

The film chronicles the recording of the band’s latest album, “Into The Mystery”, while quarantined in a historic house-turned-recording studio in remote Tennessee in fall of 2020.

The special event will also feature candid behind-the-scenes footage and exclusive acoustic performances. Here is the synopsis: “Without telling a soul, the band decamped to Columbia, TN to begin working on new music.

“Over the course of three weeks, they resided under one roof and recorded together with co-producer and engineer Konrad Snyder and special guests. Out of this ‘extended summer camp,’ they handcrafted Into the Mystery, an album reflective of the moment, yet independent of all expectations, including their own.

“For as intimate as the recording process of their critically acclaimed new album was, the band filmed every minute of it.”  Find tickets and theater locations here.

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Trivium Reschedule Fall Tour Due To Covid Restrictions

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Trivium have announced that they have decided to postpone their upcoming UK and European headline tour until early 2023 due to the uncertainty that still remains over Covid-19 restrictions.

Paolo Gregoletto had this to say, “We are deeply disappointed that we have to postpone these dates as we were determined to be one of the first international acts to resume touring across Europe.

“Unfortunately, with the uncertainty of cross border travel and restrictions it’s become impossible for these dates to proceed as planned. We can assure you we were doing everything up until the last minute to figure out a way to do the shows and it wasn’t a decision we made lightly.

“We appreciate this is a way off, but we promise to make it worth the wait and we have two new albums worth of material we haven’t toured yet to bring to you. We can’t wait to return and hope to see all of you at the rescheduled dates!”

The full details for the UK leg have been announced, see them below:

01/12/23 Glasgow, UK – O2 Academy
01/13/23 Birmingham, UK – O2 Academy
01/14/23 Manchester, UK – O2 Victoria Warehouse
01/15/23 London, UK – O2 Academy Brixton

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Slash Announces North American Headline Tour

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Slash Ft. Myles Kennedy And The Conspirator have announced early 2021 North American headline tour that they will be launching to promote their forthcoming album “4”.

The band will be releasing the new record on February 11th and the supporting tour is scheduled to kick off on February 8th in Portland, OR at the Roseland Theater.

The trek will run until March 26th, where it is set to wrap up at the Hard Rock Live in Orlando, FL. Tickets will go on sale to the general public at 10:00AM local time on Friday, October 29 at See the dates below:

02/08 Roseland Theater Portland, OR
02/09 – Paramount Theatre Seattle, WA
02/11 – Cache Creek Casino Resort Brooks, CA
02/12 – The Warfield San Francisco, CA
02/15 – Arizona Federal Theatre Phoenix, AZ
02/16 – Harrah’s Resort Southern CA Valley Center CA
02/18 – YouTube Theater Los Angeles, CA
02/19 – Theater at Virgin Hotels Las Vegas, NV
02/22 – Delta Hall Eccles Theater Salt Lake City, UT
02/23 – Paramount Theatre Denver, CO
02/25 – Arvest Bank Theatre The Midland Kansas City, MO
02/26 – Mystic Lake Casino Mystic Showroom Prior Lake, MN
02/28 – Riverside Theater Milwaukee, WI
03/02 – Riviera Theatre Chicago, IL
03/04 – The Colosseum at Caesars Windsor, CAN
03/05 – The Vine at Del Lago Waterloo, NY
03/07 – House of Blues Boston, MA
03/09 – The Fillmore Silver Springs, MD
03/11 – Tropicana Atlantic City, NJ
03/12 – Beacon Theatre New York, NY
03/14 – Dominion Energy Center Richmond, VA
03/16 – Grand Ole Opry Nashville, TN
03/18 – Coca Cola Roxy Atlanta, GA
03/19 – Durham Performing Arts Center Durham, NC
03/21 – The Fillmore Charlotte, NC
03/23 – North Charleston Performing Arts Center, SC
03/25 – Ruth Eckerd Hall Clearwater, FL
03/26 – Hard Rock Live Orlando, FL

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ABBA Share New Single ‘Just A Notion’

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ABBA have released their brand new single “Just A Notion”. The song is the third single the legendary group has revealed from their forthcoming album, “Voyage”, which will arrive on November 5th.

Bjorn Ulvaeus had this to say about the new track, “Wikipedia says this track was recorded in September 1978, which sounds about right. That puts it in between ABBA the Album and Voulez-Vous, and it would have been included in the latter had we not decided against it. Why did we decide against it? In hindsight, I don’t have a clue. It’s a good song with great vocals. I know that we played it to a publisher in France and a couple of other people we trusted and as far as I can remember they liked it very much. So it’s a mystery and will remain a mystery.

“Now Benny has recorded a new backing track to which we’ve added drums and guitars, but all vocals are from the original 1978 tracks. In a way, it demonstrates what we plan to do with ABBA Voyage in 2022. There, we will have a live band playing, but all vocals will be from the old recordings.

“‘Just a Notion’ is a ridiculously happy song and hopefully it will cheer you up in these dark times!” Check it out below:

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