BLAZE BAYLEY, AWAKE Confirmed For Holland's DOKK'EM Open-Air Festival

Former IRON MAIDEN/WOLFSBANE singer Blaze Bayley and AWAKE have been confirmed for the Dokk'em open-air festival, set to take place August 9, 2008 near Leeuwarden, Netherlands. The festival billing is shaping up as follows:

DIAMOND HEAD (UK)
TRAIL OF TEARS (NO)
BLAZE BAYLEY (UK)
AWAKE (UK)
VENGEANCE (NL)
ANGER AS ART (USA)
HEIDEVOLK (NL)
INCURSION DEMENTA (NL)
VORTEX (NL)
TANKARD (D)
IZEGRIM (NL)

Blaze Bayley will be IRON MAIDEN frontman Bruce Dickinson's guest on Friday, February 15 during Bruce's weekly BBC 6 Music radio show, aptly named "The Bruce Dickinson Friday Rock Show". This will mark the very first interview that Bruce and Blaze have ever done together. Listen to the program live via the Internet between 10:00 p.m. and 1:00 a.m. U.K. time at BBC.co.uk.

Lawrence Paterson, the drummer for BLAZE BAYLEY, has started a blog on the progress of the songwriting sessions for the group's new album. The follow-up to 2004's "Blood & Belief" will be recorded in February and is expected to be released late summer/early fall.

Blaze Bayley has released a "best-of" collection through his own label. The CD, which can be ordered via the Planetblaze.com webshop, features the following track listing:

01. Born As A Stranger
02. Ghost In The Machine
03. Stare At The Sun (Live)
04. Silicon Messiah
05. The Launch (Live)
06. Kill And Destroy
07. Land Of The Blind
08. Living Someone Else's Life
09. Tenth Dimension (Live)
10. Leap Of Faith
11. Blood And Belief
12. Ten Seconds
13. Hollow Head
14. Soundtrack Of My LIfe
15. Alive (Live)

Metal Mind Productions recently released Blaze Bayley's DVD, entitled "Alive in Poland" (view cover artwork at this location). The disc was recorded at the 21st edition of the Metalmania Festival, which took place on March 24 in Katowice, Poland. Blaze Bayley and his band put on a 90-minute show consisting of the best tracks from BLAZE's discography as well as select cuts from IRON MAIDEN ("Man on the Edge", "Futureal"). The DVD also includes many great bonus features, such as an interview with Blaze Bayley, an interview with all members of Blaze's band (featuring footage filmed during their visit to Poland) and more. A limited-edition "Alive in Poland" release includes a two-CD set with songs recorded at the concert.

"Blood & Belief" (which came out under the BLAZE banner), was issued in Europe in April 2004. The follow-up to 2002's "Tenth Dimension" was recorded at Backstage Studios in Derbyshire, England with producer Andy Sneap (NEVERMORE, EXODUS, ARCH ENEMY).

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