Saturday May 7 two hours in the morning, it still causes night of the side of Birmingham in England, and nevertheless a noise of bike has of the to awaken some inhabitants of this big industrial city…
But that could well get up if early to do 300 kilometers in order to rally Gatwick in the suburbs of London?
All simply Blaze BAYLEY (WOLFSBANE and IRON MAIDEN)…
A company "Low Cost" and a flight direction Lyon Satolas for an arrival around 11 o'clock…
Saturdays May 7, if you were side of Satolas towards 10h30, you could be crossed three hairy ones that seemed very good mood and impatient…
Jens, Rikki and Alex, the guitarists and bass player of LONEWOLF (Grenoble) Were these three people…
Fortunately invited one by Jens and the LONEWOLF, I was able to live a very enriching and likable experience
Blaze BAYLEY came on Grenoble to record a title of the next album of LONEWOLF (that is foreseen without confirmation for October 2011).
After of very good tied up contacts between the two parties at the time of common concerts in France and in Belgium three years ago about, the native of Grenoble financed the coming of Blaze, in fact even if the tied up contacts before with Blaze were warm and fascinated, it in abode not less than Blaze is a professional that insists for that it is (what's more défraiement) symbolically paid (I tairai climbing it but believe me it is derisory and all to the honor of the "Mister").
IT IS at La Mure situated towns on the road Napoléon (All a historic symbol that to receive an English on the road Napoléon…), that I saw for the second time of my life Blaze BAYLEY.
The first time this was for a concert to the Transbordeur (Lyon) for the turn Virtual XI…and yes IRON MAIDEN to the Transbordeur…that adorned aujourd’hui of the science fiction!
Blaze had the long hair, it was rather svelte and fougueux, and I remember in slide, already the persistent rumors on his next eviction of the group and the announced return of Bruce, brief a strange mood reigned on this concert, but I remind to have passed me a great evening. Blaze this was not Bruce, just as Bruce was not Paul, but I always have to like the album The X Factor and the hot and deep song Blaze…
afterward I had you not to have hung on the beginning of the career solo of Blaze, just as I had not hung on his period WOLFSBANE, and I have straight zappé all his career Blaze BAYLEY…
The Settings planted, I return therefore on this reserved Saturday to the siesta (remember you of the hour to which got up Blaze) and to the relaxed and natural mood musicians respecting themselves mutually. As much the members of LONEWOLF looked at and listened Blaze as kids, as much Blaze did not place itself to any moment as "a star".
Evenings was the occasion of some exchanges on the experiences of the singer, it evoked lightly IRON MAIDEN in a natural way and without thought back, quoting Bruce DICKINSON as the one of the all better singers of Heavy Metal of the world; it explained how it had galéré to audition and to find his new drummer while boasting to the passage any sound talent, it related two or three anecdotes, but this evening was not Not the object of thousand questions on IRON MAIDEN or the others group of Métal.
This was an evening I would say, between friends, animated to the furnaces by Marianne (and Rikki ?), with to the menu, a magnificent varnished duck to the orange one (a first for me and this was Top!).
Blaze was sensitive to the French wines and was not done to pray to link white one, pinkish one and red one, as well as a flute of champagne and an of crémant (Rikki and Isa being native ofAlsace they did us to take advantage of some specialties).
One learned that Blaze had served in his youth in a restaurant and it did us a beautiful demonstration of opening of bottle of champagne (Alex fact a little less well some minutes later).
joined Themselves to us to the meal, Tonio (the drummer), but also Dams (the former guitarist that works on a new named project DARK SIGHT) and Felix the former drummer (that rejoined him the chambériens (Cocorico !) ofELVENSTORM of which the album finishes all gently).
During the meal Blaze explained also how to manage his voice, and the Fact that a singer had himself to do some sacrifices before a concert or a repetition, and this in order to propose the better one to the fans that paid their places. It said us that it prepared every concert as the last one (without taking account of the number of spectator) and that if it would die after, it wanted that every spectator can say "that it had assured to the end and proposed a true benefit of artist". A professional speech...
If Blaze knew some glory years as frontman of the biggest group of Heavy Metal of the world, it afterward lived very difficult moments; a lot of knew you that it lost in 2008 his woman and his father in the same year, inducing a long period of difficult passages to manage, which is itself feels on the words and the moods of Its compositions…
Since little it rediscovers the form and without betraying secret it soon will be dad, which in fact a new man, very mature, that has a lot of declines on life and his direction, every pronounced word on serious subjects carry, it does not speak for not anything to say and one feels a huge musical experience.
of course it loves to laugh and joke… brief I met this Saturday a man well, that one wants to listen and follow.
It advocates the serious one to progress as group and sacrifices to always advance and again, even in the difficult moments. It came to pass this week end with LONEWOLF, to divide with them a little his experience, and this in a simple way and natural.
Blaze went to go to bed towards midnight to be in form for the next day, for us other, some glasses later we arrived at two o'clock in the morning the hour of ourselves also to be going to sleep.
Sundays May 8 2011.
After a breakfast, towards 10h00, the four musicians of the group, Isa the woman of Rikki, Blaze and have myself invests the studio d 'recording " Hangar 38 " for the true day of work.
THE airplane of Blaze taking one off of Lyon towards 18H, there were scarcely 6 hours to record the parties song that would figure on one of the titles of the next one LONEWOLF (the title again is not defined).
A title that rings very IRON MAIDEN eras Blaze exactly, epic, powerful and mélodique to wish!
Blaze had announced us that it should await some times before beginning singing, history to leave its vocal ropes to heat themselves naturally before attacking the party work.
once to the studio it reworked the words realized by Jens and that of manner very directive, fact same ré to write the three identical refrains for really to be able to follow and correct the points to review at the time of the recording (it was written initially the refrain and side issue "X 3").
Jens was as a student in front of a professor, and it was impressive to see this scene when one knows Jens habitually fonceur and jovial…Pour info Alex, Tonio and Rikki some were reduced to the state of kids in bermudas in front of the Father Christmas…
Blaze directed all of A to Z with the effective technical assistance of Francesco that manages the studio. LONEWOLF looked at with respect and admiration the vocal prowess of Blaze…
Blaze that is itself fitting in a spectacular way entitles it, and that to every new step showed itself "The" singer of this title that perfectly sticks to his voice!
In three hours it had succeeded learning and to master more perfectly the title, and more of once I saw the laughs fill with emotions ofAlex or Jens while hearing a sentence on which Blaze mentioned any sound art and his power!
Yes, this was for me also a big moment and I never will thank enough the LONEWOLF to have accepted me among the pack!
Towards an hour and half I have of the to leave all this beautiful world after some photos remember that will immortalize this week end magic!
I am more impatient to hear the final result, but I can gild and already to say you that this title will be a hymn!
If I will review the friends of LONEWOLF, I do not know if I will cross again Blaze, but there will remain at life a surprising man and authentic very attaching.
A guy that could have finished in a career (unfortunately) pathetic to the Paul DI ANNO, to live only on his statute "of former IRON MAIDEN ", while sinking itself in a negative spiral, and to the final one Blaze fought to do itself to accept and respect by the fans of Métal and that fought also against of very hard tests as imposed him life; a guy that is ready To realize turn of small clubs in minibus with seals of miseries with the conviction to realize that of which it has envie…partager his faith in our music with the fans, that them also do often of the sacrifices to see it in concert.
It likes his role of frontman: to hit in the hands of the fans of the first row, insult those of the bottom, and put the fire on scene! It says rarely to attain the perfection, but that every time it tries to attain it and that it works every day for there to arrive!
A thing is sure I will try to find time to listen its last albums and to see his last DVD to impregnate me more personage.
to finish and to be complete it reformed WOLFSBANE, a group that according to him is more Rock’n’Roll (spirit I quote "Fuck The World") and an album is in preparation. BLAZE BAYLEY is a group that is more serious, more technical and that attaches itself principally to explore the human soul, its joys, its penalties and its hopes.
thank you Blaze, thank you LONEWOLF (and the WOLFGIRLS) and a special one dedicates to Norde that (as me) was not able to realize his interview!