Blaze Bayley Live at Hard Rock Hell VII

Blaze Bayley Live at HRH VII 2 One of the big pre-festival marketing strands for Hard Rock Hell VII was the much heralded presence on the bill of not one but two former Iron Maiden frontmen. Paul D’Anno may be a comparatively rare visitor to these shores, but the inimitable Blaze Bayley is a regular feature on festival billings, both as a solo artist and with Wolfsbane.

Blaze’s HRH show was given an added slice of interest when it was announced that it was going to be a musical journey through his days with Maiden. Now I know that a lot of people don’t reckon much to his time there but I always thought he never really got a fair shot at it, and there were some decent tunes from out of that era.

Things got under way with Lord Of The Flies, with Blaze rolling back the years, ably assisted by an incredibly good backing band. The Maiden double header was the reason that a lot of people had made the trip to North Wales, and it had certainly got off to a storming start.

Blaze Bayley Live at HRH VII 10Next up was my favourite song from the Blaze era, one that I’d love to see Maiden still do, Futureal. Not only was this my favourite Blaze era song, it’s one of my favourite Maiden songs full stop. Whatever banner he may be performing under, Blaze always puts on a great show and judging by the smile on his face as he raced around the stage he was enjoying it almost as much as we were in the crowd.

Judgement Of Heaven, Blood On The World’s Hands, The Clansman, this was one of the best received sets of the weekend. OK it may have been a bit metal karaoke at times but the Maiden faithful didn’t seem to mind.

Well I certainly didn’t…

Things wrapped up nicely with Man On The Edge before Blaze took a bow and left the stage to be immediately replaced by Paul Di’Anno and his “bad guts”…

And after about 10 seconds I wished Blaze had stayed on…