Ex-Iron Maiden frontman Blaze Bayley bringing new album tour to Cumbria

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FORMER Iron Maiden frontman Blaze Bayley will be bringing his band to Carlisle in the new year.

The distinguished singer is set to launch a new album in the spring, and a tour to support its release will call in at Embers rock bar on Thursday March 8, 2018.

The Birmingham-born performer, who appeared with Iron Maiden for five years and also sings for Wolfbane, has nine studio albums to his name.

His current world tour is promoting this year's Endure and Survive: Infinite Entanglement Pt.II album, with the third instalment of the trilogy on the way.

The 54-year-old was the original frontman in Wolfsbane, but left in 1994 to join Britain's biggest metal band, Iron Maiden, with whom he recorded two studio albums - 1995's The X Factor and 1998's Virtual XI - before Bruce Dickinson returned to the group.

He formed his own band, Blaze, in March 1999 - before going on to use his full name - and has continued to tour across the globe.

In 2015, Blaze celebrated the 15th anniversary of his first solo release, Silicon Messiah, and in 2016 saw a significant worldwide resurgence of interest in his career, not least with the release of Infinite Entanglement, his first new studio album in four years.

His 2016 European Tour covered some 70 dates, whilst he also toured Latin America and Canada.

He joined Disturbed on stage at the 2016 Download Festival for a rendition The Who's Baba O’Riley, and was recently accompanied on stage in Poland by Swedish metalheads Sabaton for a version of Maiden classic Man On The Edge, and is a guest vocalist on the latest album by former Queensryche singer Geoff Tate.

His touring band is made up of members of British metal act Absolva, with guitarist Chris Appleton, drummer Martin McNee and bassist Karl Schramm set to share the stage with him in Carlisle.

Tickets for the March concert are available now from www.seetickets.com

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