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BLAZE BAYLEY @ Ivory Blacks, Glasgow, 13 Mar 2018
By Wojtek Gabriel, posted 18 Sep 2018
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Blaze Bayley live 2018
Blaze Bayley, one of the most hard-working people in metal is a living proof that you can release quality albums and play shows without a label to support you. It's not easy to survive in today's competitive music world when you're an underground band, but Blaze has managed to do so for quite a few years now. It seems that if you're determined enough and you truly love what you do, good things happen to you. Having completed his "Infinite Entanglement" trilogy by releasing the last chapter titled "The Redemption of William Black" Blaze did what he always does - he hit the road to promote the release. Glasgow has been on his itineraries for a long time and he didn't miss Scotland's metal capital this time around either.
"I am Blaze Bayley! I am here to destroy Glasgow!" shouted the frontman kicking off the show with the new fast tune called "Redeemer". There are usually no random folks coming to Blaze's gigs and the crowds that show up to support him are mostly hardcore fans, so from the very beginning the majority of those present participated in the show, singing the lyrics along with the frontman. Blaze used to play best-of sets on his previous tours, but this time was slightly different and he focused on his magnum opus (that would be the aforementioned trilogy) and to give you some statistics, 15 out of 20 tunes the fans could hear tonight, were numbers from those last three releases. "Fight Back", "Human" or "Solar Wind", might be pointed out as some of the highlights of the show, but if you're familiar with the "Infinite Entanglement" albums, you know that they are quite even throughout, so had they chosen any other songs, they would have worked in the live setting very well too. "Independence" was preceded by Blaze's short speech about being independent, and actually, his usual humorous banter, great contact with the fans and his typical gesticulation and funny faces were as enjoyable parts of the show as the music itself. As for the performance quality, well, his partnership with musicians from the English metal band Absolva seems to be working out perfectly, so there was absolutely nothing to complain about. I think this kind of music might work better with two guitars, but Chris Appleton did an outstanding job, playing twin-guitar leads using a harmony pedal. I've still to mention five tunes to complete the setlist information, and the first one would be "Silicon Messiah" (which was actually the only song not from the trilogy albums) where Blaze highlighted that "In heavy metal we don't give a fuck about how anyone looks like, as long as they like the same music," while the last four spots were taken by the "X-Factor"/"Virtual XI"-era Maiden material, namely "Futureal", "Virus", "The Angel and The Gambler" and "Man on the Edge". The main set was closed with another headbanger, "A Thousand Years" from part 1 of the trilogy, and the guys came back for an encore to close the evening with the song that gave the common title to the albums - "Infinite Entanglement" and with Blaze thanking the fans for the last time for buying his music and merch and in this way enabling him to go on.
Now, that's what I call a proper headlining set. For the price of three pints fans could hear (and co-sing) 20 great traditional metal songs, performed by guys who genuinely enjoyed themselves. It doesn't really get better than this. As for Blaze, the opening line of the show wasn't just an empty promise and he actually did destroy Glasgow yet again. Apart from being a good frontman and a capable singer, he always manages to create this magical atmosphere of metal camaraderie. So, if you missed Blaze on this trek for any reason, make sure you'll catch him the next time 'round. His gigs are real value for your money, so there are no excuses to not go.
Text and photo by Wojtek Gabriel

Official Blaze Bayley website: www.blazebayley.net
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Tags: Blaze Bayley, heavy metal, live, concert, Glasgow
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