Original news, published on 30.03.2011

British heavy metal vocalist Blaze Bayley has issued the following message:

"Due to financial and medical reasons I've been forced to part ways with the band. I will give a full statement in the next few days about my future plans. I hope that all my fans will keep on supporting me in my further projects. The English dates will be postponed to December but the festivals in Germany, Sweden, Lithuania and the show in Istanbul will definitely proceed!"


UPDATE

Blaze Bayley has released the following lengthy statement explaining his decision of going solo:

"First of all thanks again for all the wonderful messages of support I have received in the last few days. The mental, financial and emotional strain of keeping the Blaze Bayley Band together has proven to be too much for me and has taken a terrible toll on my mental health. As a result of that, I have had to split with the Blaze Bayley Band, now I am just Blaze Bayley, a soloartist and also the lead singer of Wolfsbane. Since Anna and Larry left the Blaze Bayley Band, we've tried to do everything ourselves and for me it has been too much. Without a proper manager coordinating concerts, touring, festivals, promotion, record releases and all the finances, it's too much to cope with.

Now I've finally taken this incredibly difficult decision, I feel I can breathe again. It has been an upsetting, frustrating and sad time because the Blaze Bayley Band will not be going on any more, but it is also for me a huge relief and a time to look forward. I wish David, Nico and Jay every succes with their future projects and like to thank them for their loyalty, commitment and sharing their musical talent on The Man Who Would Not Die and Promise and Terror. They are arguably two of the best metal albums I have ever made. We have made a live album and a DVD and I am immensly proud of all of those things as well as the incredible concerts we have played to fans all over the world.

I apologize to my UK fans for postponing the upcoming tour. We are still in the process of rearranging all the dates that we can to happen in December. The shows I have booked with Wolfsbane will all go ahead. Also, all the festivals I have booked will go ahead with different musicians.

I have a lot of plans that I am very excited about for the future and on top of that I am expecting my first child to be born in September.
Look out for me popping up in different places all over Europe in the summer, because I am still available and being booked for festivals and guest appearances. The first two weeks of September is my unplugged acoustic UK tour with Jase Edwards from Wolfsbane, called the Blaze and Jase: The Incredible Tour. The full dates will be announced in the next few weeks. After that there will be a week of European full metal shows.

I am going to the USA in October and November for my first ever headline tour since Iron Maiden. I will look forward to seeing all the Blaze Bayley fans over there. After that, the new wolfsbane album comes out. Hopefully followed by a headline tour with Wolfsbane of the UK and then my own rescheduled UK Blaze Bayley Tour dates in December.

Next year, I am planning to do my first acoustic unplugged album with mostly new songs and that should come with an Unplugged World Tour. I'm planning to start work on my next full metal album in 2013.

Thank you so much everyone for being there for me through these difficult years and for your continued support, thank you for being my blood and belief."


Source: blazebayley.net
Band profile: Blaze Bayley
 
Posted: 31.03.2011 by Abattoir



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Et Ermit - 30.03.2011 at 16:28  
That's a shame, his last couple of albums were pretty good, but that doesn't mean he will stop working, wonder what he is going through
The Shape 1973 - 30.03.2011 at 20:55  
Due to medical reasons? Here we go again.
LeChron James - 31.03.2011 at 02:28  
Get better Blaze!
Void Eater - 31.03.2011 at 05:46  
I would love if his band kept recording under the name Blaze Bayley.
Baz Anderson - 31.03.2011 at 11:43  
As I understand, "part ways with the band" means that he has had to sack them, i.e. not employ them any longer...
Et Ermit - 01.04.2011 at 00:00  
Well i guess we all got just the same
MiKill - 07.04.2011 at 13:45  
The reset switch on Blaze's band hadn't seen any action in a while to be fair. I wonder if he'll even bother with a permanent lineup any more, of if he'll 'do a Dianno' (not benefit fraud ). Feel sorry for the band, the Burmudez brothers in particular who had to drop a lot of things and travel a long way to play with Blaze...

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