Listen To Blaze Bayley And Bruce Dickinson Singing Together In 1990

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It’s an understatement to say that Bruce Dickinson left some big shoes to fill when he quit Iron Maiden in 1993. When Wolfsbane frontman Blaze Bayley was recruited for the gig, his selection might have taken the metal community by surprise but it wasn’t without precedent.

In an upcoming interview, Blaze revealed to Metal Hammer how he came to sing with Iron Maiden several years before joining the band. As the story goes, it all started when Wolfsbane scored the opening slot on the No Prayer For The Dying tour in 1990.  Figuring that they’d be able to poach some fans from Maiden, Wolfsbane went out of their way to go as hard as possible every night. As it was already a running joke that Bayley looked like Dickinson, he figured that he might as well act like him, too. 

Anticipating a negative reaction from the headliners’ camp, Blaze was shocked when Maiden bassist Steve Harris cornered him with a sincere compliment. As he recalls: “Steve came up one and said, ‘Bloody hell, it’s nice to have a band that’s pushing us.’ Wow, that‘s confidence. He didn’t send the tour manager around to tell us not to climb on the speakers. His attitude was, ‘Well, we’ll have to step it up if these lads are doing that.’ It was brilliant.”

Iron Maiden were so happy with Wolfsbane that they didn’t seem to mind when the support band would muscle their way onstage to sing backing vocals on their iconic Seventh Son Of A Seventh Son. “They always got fans up to sing the ‘Whoah-oh!’ parts,” says Bayley. “And occasionally we’d storm the stage and go and sing as well.”

Backing vocals are one thing, but a glimpse into the future occurred during the tour stop at London’s Hammersmith Apollo on October 18, 1990. Just as Iron Maiden were tearing through Bring Your Daughter… To The Slaughter, Blaze once again gatecrashed the stage. “I was really cheeky, I sang quite a bit of Bring Your Daughter… To The Slaughter,” says Blaze.

The following moment was captured on tape by a fan, which you can hear below.

“This is Mr Blaze Bayley of the band Wolfsbane,” says Bruce halfway through the song. He then jokes about the two men’s similar appearance, saying: “This is what he looks like, this is what I look like. We just want to thank Wolfsbane for being on the tour. They’re a good bunch of lads, they’ve got terrible taste in beer, they can’t play football.”

Blaze then chimes in, saying: “Bruce, I’d just like to say, I’m a lot better looking than you.” At this very moment, a thing of magic happens when Bruce hands the microphone to Blaze, who goes on to sing the chorus for a few seconds.

“Afterwards, the rest of the band were like, ‘Wow, Bruce never does that, he never gives that mic to anybody,’” said Bayley.