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Glasgow, Ivory Blacks
12th December 2011

Johnny Main

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Blaze Bayley saunters into the bar and past the throng, who barely notice him with his beanie hat and leather jacket on. Minutes later without the hat and jacket, he's hanging from the lighting rig imploring the crowd to get their hands in air to the opening strains of 'The Brave'.


In fact, Bayley seems to spend most of the gig atop the crowd barrier (clinging on for dear life) with only the occasional loss of grip resulting in a well-timed jump back onto the stage.

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History will list Bayley as the ex-lead singer of Iron Maiden, and his contribution to that band won't (and shouldn't) be forgotten or underestimated. The two albums he recorded with Maiden are still the subject of discussion with Maiden fans, but there's no doubt that the Maiden tracks he performed tonight are all great numbers. From 'Futureal' to 'Lord Of The Flies' and 'Man On The Edge', these are all great Metal songs. Even the inclusion of 'Look For The Truth' (a first for Bayley playing live) proves that he is a valid part of Maiden's history.

Having said that, his solo work also shows what a great songwriter he is in his own right. Tracks like 'Kill And Destroy', 'Ghost In The Machine', 'Blood And Belief' and 'Watching The Night Sky' all sit together well with the Maiden tracks played tonight.


The past twelve months have been a mix of personal highs and business issue lows for Bayley, but he still manages to put on a show that some bands would find hard to beat. He proves himself to be great frontman, adding drama as he celebrates his last gig of 2011 in Scotland at the same time bemoaning it's his last gig here - before inviting everyone to the pub for post-show drinks!

One thing is for sure that with a new album and tour being scheduled for 2012, there's no way that he'll be fading into Metal obscurity anytime soon.



The Brave
Futureal (Iron Maiden)
Lord Of The Flies (Iron Maiden)
Ghost In The Machine
Silicon Messiah
Ten Seconds
Look For The Truth (Iron Maiden)
Virus (Iron Maiden)
Voices From The Past
The Launch
Man On The Edge (Iron Maiden)
Kill And Destroy
Watching The Night Sky
Blood And Belief
The Clansman (Iron Maiden)

Band Members:

Blaze Bayley: vocals
Dave Andrews: guitar
Steve Deleu: guitar
Nick Meganck: bass
Claudio Tirincanti: drums


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Wacken Winter Nights 2018 takes place between February 23rd and 25th 2018 and the great news is that you can now experience a full-on, top class German Metal Festival easily and affordably.

It only takes an hour to fly to Hamburg from London and we've had longer journeys than that within the capital and they were certainly more expensive than the £33 air ticket that just appeared in our 'flights to Wacken Winter Nights' search.


Wacken Winter Nights is organised by the same team who are responsible for the world's greatest Metal festival, Wacken-Open-Air and the 2018 bill includes Skyclad, Orphaned Land, Elvenking, Finntroll, Grave Digger, Aeverium, Comes Vagantes, Coppelius, Corvus Corax, Die Pressgëng, Elvellon, Heimataerde, Hell-O-Matic, Ignis Fatuu, Ingrimm, Irdorath, Johnny Deathshadow, Krayenzeit, Letzte Instanz, Mr Hurley und die Pulveraffen, Pampatut, Pat Razket, Schandmaul, Sündenrausch, The Aberlour's, The Moon And The Nightspirit, Torfrock, Visions Of Atlantis, Vroudenspil, Wind Rose and more.

Besides this rich billing of superb Metal bands, there is so much more to see in the festival area including the medieval market and also the walking acts and jugglers you will meet at the theme worlds, including Robert Blake, three-time World Cup winner of street magic.

Wacken Winter Nights is something not to be missed and you can check out the amazing ticket and accommodation prices right here.

We just priced up the whole four day trip with hotels, flights, shuttles and festival tickets for less than £300 and we don't think you will get a better value festival than that, anywhere.


MetalTalk recently sat down with Wacken founder and owner Thomas Jensen and that interview will be online next week and it's a fascinating insight into how Wacken originated from nothing to become the world's premiere Heavy Metal event.


Wacken 2018 takes place from 2nd to 4th August 20218 and as with Wacken Winter Nights, if you have never experienced all it has to offer, then you owe it to yourself to remedy that.

Already announced for Wacken 2018 are Judas Priest, Nightwish, Running Wild (exclusive), Arch Enemy, Dirkschneider, Doro (Special Anniversary Show), In Extremo, Sepultura, Amorphis, Amaranthe, Firewind, W.A.R., Belphegor, Mantar, Knorkator, Deserted Fear, Watain, Night Demon, Epica, Knorkator, Belphegor, Firewind, Deserted Fear and many more and we'll have more Wacken 2018 announcements during December.

As well as being the greatest Heavy Metal festival in the world, it is without a doubt the Mecca of Metal and the one thing that every single person who loves our music should have on their bucket list.

For 2018, MetalTalk have joined forces with Wacken-Open-Air to help you get to Wacken easily and inexpensively and you can peruse the ticket and travel options right here.

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