Blaze Bayley, singer with Iron Maiden 1994-1999, announces that he will be playing a special Iron Maiden setlist at selected festival appearances in 2019. Choosing songs from his era with the band, these shows will celebrate 25 years since Blaze joined Iron Maiden. This will be the first and last opportunity to see such a setlist.
Blaze, who releases a new album and DVD “Live in France” on 1st March, and has just returned from a successful stint touring Latin America, sees this as the perfect opportunity to celebrate his time in Maiden which was such a positive experience and influence on his career as a whole.
Blaze has this to say:
25 years ago my great adventure with Iron Maiden began. It was a wonderful 5 years in my career and something I’m very proud of. Since then I have toured almost every year, and made 11 studio albums and 3 live albums. Recently, many fans have asked me to perform songs from the two albums I recorded with Iron Maiden, so this year to celebrate that magical time, I’m doing a full set of my favourite songs from the “X-factor” and “Virtual XI” albums at festivals. My voice has developed and changed since my time as lead vocalist with Iron Maiden. Now I feel I’m singing better than ever, so I’m very excited about singing those old songs with the voice I have now.
These are the festivals which will feature a special Iron Maiden setlist….
June 6th Sweden Rock
June 14th Rock the Coast, Spain
July 27th Headbangers Open Air, Germany
August 9th Mannried Open Air, Switzerland
August 10th Dark River Festival, Finland
The band at these shows will be Blaze’s regular touring and recording outfit taken from British band Absolva, plus Iced Earth bassist / Absolva guitarist Luke Appleton….
Chris Appleton – guitar and backing vocals
Luke Appleton – guitar and backing vocals
Martin Mcnee – drums
Karl Schramm – bass and backing vocals
Chris Appleton adds ‘normally when we perform as Blaze’s band we are a 4-piece including Blaze, so just myself on lead guitar and that really works for us. But for these Maiden sets we think it’s really cool to bring in my brother Luke as second guitarist to enhance the Maiden feel. It’s an honour for us to play these songs with Blaze, increasingly recognised as an important chapter in Maiden’s history’
An additional celebration of the anniversary is a re-interpretation of the X-Factor album coverart done by the very talented Akirant Illustration, to help promote these shows and on a special run of T-shirts. Blaze Bayley would like to thank Akirant for his excellent work and also thank Iron Maiden manager Rod Smallwood and his team, for their kind authorization and messages of support.
The 25th anniversary T-shirts are available at the webshop now, along with the very latest Tour of the Eagle Spirit tour merch!