Watch: BLAZE BAYLEY Celebrates His Time With IRON MAIDEN At Athens Concert

December 13, 2022

The Lord ElricYouTube channel has uploaded video of Blaze Bayley's entire November 12 concert at Gagarin 205 in Athens, Greece.

The gig, which is a continuation of the tour celebrating the 25th anniversary of Bayley joining IRON MAIDEN, featured the following setlist:

01. Lord Of The Flies (IRON MAIDEN song)
02. Sign Of The Cross (IRON MAIDEN song)
03. Judgement Of Heaven (IRON MAIDEN song)
04. War Within Me
05. Pull Yourself Up
06. Warrior
07. Fortunes Of War (IRON MAIDEN song)
08. Virus (IRON MAIDEN song)
09. When Two Worlds Collide (IRON MAIDEN song)
10. The Clansman (IRON MAIDEN song)
11. Como Estais Amigos (IRON MAIDEN song)
12. Man On The Edge (IRON MAIDEN song)
13. Futureal (IRON MAIDEN song)
14. The Angel And The Gambler

The 59-year-old Bayley fronted IRON MAIDEN from 1994 until 1999. The two MAIDEN albums he appeared on, "The X Factor" and "Virtual XI", sold considerably less than the band's prior releases and were their lowest-charting titles in the group's home country since 1981's "Killers".

Since leaving IRON MAIDEN in 1999, Bayley has released a number of albums, including several under the moniker BLAZE and more than a handful under his own name. He also appeared on 2012's "Wolfsbane Saves The World", the first album of new material by WOLFSBANE since the group's self-titled 1994 effort, and a follow-up LP, 2022's "Genius".

In a 2021 with Aftershocks TV, Blaze was asked if it bothers him that some people stopped following his career once he was out of MAIDEN and they didn't have any interest in checking out his solo output in the decades that followed. He responded: "Well, not really, because I don't wanna be big. I'm not trying to be big. I'm not trying to play stadiums. I'm not thinking, 'I've gotta get back into big theaters. I've gotta get into arenas.' I've done it — I've done all of that. And now, I don't want too many fans. Maybe I'll get a few more fans with [my new album] 'War Within Me'. I don't want a lot more fans. I don't wanna be really popular. I'm happy where I am, doing what I'm doing. And if people wanna say, 'Well, the worst albums IRON MAIDEN ever made are with Blaze Bayley,' that's a good thing for me 'cause it will put people off and stop them buying 'War Within Me' and listening and getting into it, and then I'll have too many fans.

"But it's just not important — it's not important at all," he continued. "Of course, within every performer and artist, there is a lust for recognition. I've had that recognition for years, and I have wonderful, loyal fans that support me. Really, my motivation is to do work worthy of the support I have. My fans will get the album, and I just want them to genuinely feel, 'Yeah, exactly what I expected — a great record.' Even if I have to work my heart out, I have to work my guts out, I'm where I want to be.

"The people that hated Blaze Bayley for being in IRON MAIDEN, I hope they still hate me," the singer added. "Because then at least I'm something. If [people] say, 'Who's Blaze Bayley?' 'He's the worst thing to ever happen to IRON MAIDEN,' then I'm okay with that. Because I'm still friends with the guys in the band. I still talk to Steve [Harris, MAIDEN bassist], have the odd call to the management, check everything's okay and all of that. So I really don't care what people think. Why should I? The only opinion that really matters to me is the people that supported me for so many years and make it possible for me to live my dream."

"War Within Me" came out in April 2021. All songs were written and produced by Blaze and guitarist Christopher Appleton.

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