Blaze Bayley/Sinocence – London, The Underworld - 20th February 2010 Print E-mail
Written by Tazz Stander   
Wednesday, 03 March 2010 07:59

Tour_PosterThe Double B is back on tour. We all know that he has had a career somewhat akin to a roller coaster and has suffered some cruel and rough times over the years.  Is it finally time that Blaze is recognised for what he is and not for what he never quite was?  So it is with a shudder of anticipation that I walk into The Underworld hoping that he has finally lifted his career back up where it belongs.

 

First off, I notice that the crowd is full of middle aged men, dressed in the mandatory black of metal and to my utter disbelief, I can count the women in the venue, on one hand.  To say that I was a good twenty years younger than all of them and shock horror, rocking with a pair of ripped blue jeans.  I'm certainly feeling young here tonight!

 

Support on this tour comes from Irelands own, Sinocence.  I'd heard their album, met the band and not thought very much if I'm honest.  That is until I see them playing balls to the wall style, epic, precision metal tonight.  What an opener, and I'm warming up nicely and enjoying the double kicks that their drummer executes brilliantly time after time. If you've never seen a drummer giving head to a drumstick, you really need to catch these guys live ... they will not disappoint!

 

Blaze's intro comes pumping over the P.A. and the venue, literally erupts.  I have a distinct feeling that I'm a Wembley Stadium.  The crowd are turned up to a full 11 and it's hard to believe that they kick that to at least a 15 when Bayley walks onto the stage with his trademark bandana.

 

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I have never seen such loyal and passionate bunch of fans and it's very hard to hear anything but the twin guitars kicking ass during 'Madness and Sorrow'.  Screaming, shouting and fist pumping are clearly the way forward and not only reserved for the fans.  During every song, Blaze keeps on demanding that ALL his audience chant and clap which is very off putting, and he is even demonic enough to single out people that aren't clapping and cheering by finger pointing and saying, "You, yes you, put your fucking hands in the air".  

 

Through all this, Blaze's voice still dominates and proves that he has lost nothing of that deep, raw, yet dramatic force that earned him the slot fronting Maiden.  There is little doubt, however, that he sounds far more comfortable working through his own material than he ever did when he bravely took on that role.  It's that now all familiar low octave power vocal that still really grabs your attention.

 

It really is great to welcome you back Double B.