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BLAZE BAYLEY Unveils New Album Circle Of Stone

By Larry Petro, News Monkey
Saturday, January 13, 2024 @ 11:34 AM


Out February 23rd; Title Track Video Premieres

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Metal Hall of Fame inductee Blaze Bayley (IRON MAIDEN singer 1994-1999) releases the first single & video "Circle of Stone", confirming his forthcoming new album of the same name, whilst also revealing Niklas Stalvind of Swedish metallers WOLF, as guest vocalist.

The single is available now for pre-save & streaming on digital platforms, whilst options for Vinyl LP & CD (including a special Limited Edition bundle) are live now at www.blazebayleyshop.com . Official album release date is 23rd February 2024.

Fans will discover that the new album features some of Blaze's best ever vocal performances, & the combination of vocals with Niklas Stalvind is nothing short of a revelation. The video, produced by Lion Island Media (Chelmsford, UK), is also superbly executed. Watch it now on KNAC.COM HERE.

Recent times have been a roller-coaster ride for Blaze. Following on from the successful Infinite Entanglement trilogy (2016-2018), around which interest in his career was clearly elevated, he then moved further forward with the critically-acclaimed War Within Me album (2021), whilst touring worldwide. However, he then suffered a severe heart attack early in 2023, requiring life-saving quadruple bypass surgery. Recovery was slow but 6 UK shows towards the end of 2023 felt like a real triumph, quickly followed by a tour with his original (pre-IRON MAIDEN) band WOLFSBANE.

Thankfully, the recording of the new album had been completed just 2 days before the heart attack & the record was put on the 'backburner' whilst health matters & recovery progressed. Blaze's regular team recorded the album with Christopher Appleton (of UK band ABSOLVA) engineering, mixing & co-producing with Blaze (split between their home studios in Manchester & Birmingham respectively), & Ade Emsley mastering. Christopher Appleton also played lead guitar alongside his brother Luke Appleton on power guitar, Martin Mcnee on drums & Karl Schramm on bass.

The artistic talent of Akirant Illustration has again been justifiably trusted for the excellent coverart & layouts.

Meantime fans should expect a second single, video & a little more information soon.

Also in 2024, Blaze proudly celebrates the 30th anniversary of when he first joined IRON MAIDEN and so, touring this year will weave between the Circle of Stone album tour & 30th Anniversary shows with a MAIDEN-heavy setlist...

* 30th Anniversary shows
** Circle Of Stone Tour

  • 1.24 ES Barcelona, Club Wolf *
  • 1.25 ES Pamplona, Club Totem *
  • 1.26 ES Gijon, Club Acapulco *
  • 1.27 ES Vigo, Club Rouge *
  • 1.28 ES Madrid, Club Moby Dick *
  • 2.3 NI Warrenpoint, Skylite Room *
  • 2.4 NI Omagh, Bogan's *
  • 2.7 NI Belfast, Voodoo *
  • 2.8 IE Dublin, Whelan's *
  • 2.9 IE Limerick, Dolan's *
  • 2.10 IE Cork, Fred Zeppelins *
  • 2.11 IE Cork, Fred Zeppelins *
  • 2.29 FR Lille, Black Lab **
  • 3.1 BE Verviers, Spirit of 66 **
  • 3.3 FR Lyon, Rock n Eat **
  • 3.6 FR La Rochelle, Crossroad **
  • 3.8 FR Aubiere, Chorus **
  • 3.9 FR Marseille, Jas Rod **
  • 3.10 IT Genova, Crazy Bull **
  • 3.12 AT Kufstein, Kultur Quartier ** (opening for U.D.O.)
  • 3.13 DE Cham, LA **
  • 3.14 AT Vienna, Viper Room **
  • 3.15 CZ Brno, Nova Melodka **
  • 3.16 CZ Pilsen, Serikovka **
  • 3.17 DE Erfurt, From Hell **
  • 4.6 FR Mametz, Mametz Festival *
  • 4.7 BE Diest, Hell *
  • 4.10 SE Malmo, Plan B *
  • 4.11 SE Motala, Bomber Bar *
  • 4.12 SE Sala, Rockland *
  • 4.13 SE Huskvarna, Metal Fest *
  • 4.14 SE Gothenburg, The Abyss *
  • 4.17 DE Hamburg, Bambi Galore *
  • 4.18 DE Siegen, Vortex *
  • 4.20 FR Chatel-Guyon, Vulcan Hot Road Festival *
  • 5.9 BE Bilzen, South of Heaven **
  • 5.10 DE Kassel, Goldgrube **
  • 5.11 DE Mannheim, 7er Club **
  • 5.12 DE Munich, Backstage **
  • 6.29 SE Kiruna, Kiruna Festival *
  • 7.19 UK Maidstone, Made of Stone Festival *
  • 7.27 NO Harstad, Rockholm Festival *
  • 8.10 CH Manried, Mannried Open Air *
  • 8.31 CZ Prostejov, Rock for Your Shock Fest *
  • 9.6 DE Bochum, Rockpalast *
  • 9.7 DE Willanzheim, Maiden Mania Festival *
  • 9.8 DE Osnabruck, BC *
  • 9.18 UK Glasgow, Ivory Blacks **
  • 9.19 UK Newcastle, Trillians **
  • 9.20 UK Manchester, Club Academy **
  • 9.21 UK London, Underworld **
  • 9.22 UK Wolverhampton, KK's Steel Mill **
  • 10.5 FR Fismes, British Steel Festival * For further information visit the artist's official website www.blazebayley.net


 

 

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