British heavy metal vocalist Blaze Bayley (IRON MAIDEN, WOLFSBANE) was interviewed by rock journalist Mitch Lafon for a recent edition of the “One On One With Mitch Lafon”podcast (Facebook page). You can now listen to the chat using the Spreaker widget below. A couple of excerpts follow (transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET).
On what he contributed to IRON MAIDEN during his time with the band:
Blaze: “Well, my era is really the start of the progressive era. And there was no music written before I joined IRON MAIDEN; there was nothing ready for a new album. We started from scratch together, and Steve [Harris, IRON MAIDEN bassist] listened to my voice, and when he was writing, he wrote the songs with my voice in mind. And that’s why, I think, things like ‘Sign Of The Cross’ and ‘The Clansman’ turned out so well. And I did a lot of writing in the band. And I think those two albums really mark the change from what had come before on ‘Somewhere In Time’ to a real dark, progressive era. And everywhere that people like these dark, intense, emotional things, then that album is very popular. So that’s it, really. It’s a different voice, it’s a different approach.
“I loved being in IRON MAIDEN, I absolutely loved it, and I was a big fan of the band before. And I loved being a part of it and writing those songs and being in the band that doesn’t have to compromise musically for anybody, that can write for themselves. That was something that I felt great about; it’s something I’ve carried on into my own career. All of the things that I learned from Steve Harris. He’s such a generous person when it came to songwriting, and he was a kind of mentor to me when I was in the band. And all of those things that I’ve learned I’ve poured into the songs and the music in my solo albums. So he’s been a massive influence on my writing. But I think those albums now… It’s twenty years ago, and fans who are getting into the band in recent times, when they go back and they find those albums, I think it’s a bit of a surprise, because the voice is so different to Bruce [Dickinson, IRON MAIDEN singer]. And I get a lot of people who come up to me with their new copies of ‘The X Factor’ and ‘Virtual XI’ to sign. So it’s really fun, and there are some songs on those albums that mean a lot to people, and that’s a really nice feeling for me.”