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8th January 2012

blaze bayley

Blaze Bayley has announced that he will be accompanied by Italian guitarist Andrea Neri (Astarte Syriaca) on the upcoming 'King Of Metal' tour. Video footage of Neri performing with Blaze in Rome last year can be seen below.

Bayley has commenced work on his new solo album, 'The King Of Metal', for a tentative March release. A European headlining tour in support of the CD will kick off in early March in Belgium.

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Commented Blaze: "Over the many years I have been a professional singer, and through my ups and downs, I have noticed how some artists and bands take their success and their fans for granted.

"For me, there is no Heavy Metal without Heavy Metal fans.

"I am dedicating the new album and tour to my fans and the fans of Heavy Metal. It is called 'The King Of Metal' because you the fans are the real kings of Metal. Each one of you that buys albums and merchandise and tickets to gigs is a king of Metal to me."

Blaze last year parted ways with the rest of his band in order to pursue a career as a solo artist and the lead singer of Wolfsbane. He explained the decision by saying that “the mental, financial and emotional strain of keeping the Blaze Bayley band together has proven to be too much for me and has taken a terrible toll on my mental health. It has been an upsetting, frustrating and sad time because the Blaze Bayley band will not be going on any more, but it is also for me a huge relief and a time to look forward."



Here's a fabulous Aerosmith pictorial document as seen through the lens of famed British photographer Tony Mottram. Tony photographed the band over many years for various magazines and now has a monthly column here on MetalTalk.

As was often the case, only one photo ever got published and in the fast moving world of weekly magazines sometimes entire sessions would be done and left undeveloped.

Tony started shooting Aerosmith from towards the end of the period with Jimmy Crespo and Rick Dufay and onwards through the return of original members Joe Perry and Brad Whitford that resulted in the albums 'Done With Mirrors', 'Permanent Vacation' and 'Pump'.


As well as shooting the band several times in England, this collection includes images from a session at the band's rehearsal room in Boston. Littered throughout is a mixture of live and off stage photos including a selection of photos taken at London's famous Marquee club when they were joined on stage by Jimmy Page.

This limited edition hardback book, presented in a flight case and printed on silk paper, is an opportunity to own a unique selection of photos, most of which have never seen the light of day before.

This unique item is presented in an aluminium flight case and will be published in late November. Earlybird subscribers who order by 31st October will have their name printed within a dedicated page in the book.

To be sure not to miss out on this unique, future collector's item, hit the PayPal button here:

Publication date: 31st November 2017
ISBN: 978-1-908724-81-6
Format: Casebound.
Pages: 128 pages, printed on 170 gsm, silk paper.
Size: A4 landscape.


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