History lesson. May 1963. The Rolling Stones sign to Decca. Puff the Magic Dragon is released and the James Bond film Dr No opens in the USA.
It is also the month when 2 musicians were born thousands of miles apart yet have been bought together for you by The Rock Train.
BLAZE BAYLEY was born in May 1963 in Birmingham and fronted WOLFSBANE until he replaced Bruce Dickinson as lead singer of IRON MAIDEN in 1994. Blaze recorded the albums ‘The X Factor’ and ‘Virtual XI’ before leaving IRON MAIDEN in 1999 to begin his solo career.
As a songwriter as well as a singer, Blaze formed his own band and released his debut solo album ‘Silicon Messiah’ in 2000 followed by ‘Tenth Dimension’ in 2003 and then ‘Blood and Belief’ in 2005. He has worked with many musicians during his solo career, but Blaze’s music has remained faithful to his powerful metal roots.
More albums followed with ‘The Man Who Would Not Die’ in 2008 and ‘Promise and Terror’ in 2010.
Blaze‘s latest album, ‘ The King of Metal’ will be released in the spring of 2012. He has continued to tour around the world and has a strong following in South America and in Europe. He is still active with the reformed WOLFSBANE.
The Rock Train caught up with Blaze during rehearsals inItaly. He tells of his passion for his fans to whom he dedicates the title of his forthcoming album ‘The King of Metal’. He describes his appearance on Top of the Pops with IRON MAIDEN as one of his career highlights.
Dring the interview it is clear that Blaze really loves playing his music to his fans. His passion for his craft comes across very strongly.
Blaze chose two songs which we play at the end of the interview to close the show, ‘The Man Who Would Not Die’ and ‘ The Launch’. Both great examples of his solo work and the powerful metal sound is tyical of his work.
Keep up with Blaze Bayley at www.blazebayley.net for all the latest news and tour details. If you get a chance to see him perform live, it is well worth it.
Our second guest took a different career path from Blaze. MARCO MENDOZA was born inSan Diego,California in May 1963 and started playing guitar as a child. He settled on the bass and soon gained a good reputation although he still plays guitar.
Marco has worked with many artists during his career. He started in Blue Murder and has played with Ted Nugent, Whitesnake (appearing in the acclaimed DVD ‘Live… In The Still of The Night’ and Thin Lizzy as well as recording solo material. He has collaborated with Dolres O’Riordoan (The Cranberries) David Coverdale, and The Lynch Mob. He even guested with Right Said Fred.
He first joined THIN LIZZY in 1993 and over the years has stayed in touch with the band and is an integral part of the present line up.
Such is the popularity with their fans, Thin Lizzy continue to pack out venues around Europe.
Marco told The Rock Train that Thin Lizzy are writing its first new material since the demise of Lynott. Judging by the music these guys produce on stage (check out the live videos on the internet), the new material will be very exciting.
They do not attempt to impersonate the original sound of the band but the spirit of the music lives on through these very talented musicians. Thin Lizzy play Nottigham’s Rock city in May. Get tickets if you can, it will be a special night. Marco chose his favourite Thin Lizzy track, ‘Black Rose’ and ‘Live For Tomorrow’ from his debut solo album of the same name. Both tracks feature during the interview.
The Rock Train spoke to Marco just before Thin Lizzy’s soundcheck in Sheffield in late January and he tells us about the incredible love he has for his music. He was given his first break by Bill Ward (Black Sabbath) who hired Marco on his solo project Ward One. He has grown close to the 3 original Thin Lizzy members who still play today and tells us about how Thin Lizzy’s music has stayed popular around the world despite front man Phil Lynott’s death in 1986.
Marco’s latest solo and Thin Lizzy news can be found on www.marcomendoza.com
The Rock Train would like to thank the management of Blaze Bayley and Marco Mendoza for allowing us to talk to these amazing musicians.
Show 11 airs Thursday 24th Feb 8pm til 10pm and repeats Saturday 7pm til 9pm.
Thanks also to Sam Pidoux in the University of Lincoln Journalism School for allowing us to use their recording facilities at short notice.