BLAZE BAYLEY Talks IRON MAIDEN's "Heaven Can Wait" - "As Difficult As It Is, It Taught Me This Wonderful Lesson About Phrasing"
June 13, 2018, 4 months ago
Former Iron Maiden singer Blaze Bayley recently spoke with Ultimate Guitar about his time with the band. In 2019 it will be the 25th Anniversary of Bayley replacing Brice Dickinson as Iron Maiden's frontman. He recorded two albums with the band - The X Factor (1995) and Virtual XI (1998) - before leaving in 1999.
UG: Which Iron Maiden songs were the most favorite for you to perform live? And which one of those were the most difficult to perform live?
Bayley: "Technically difficult - 'Heaven Can Wait.' It's got a very challenging verse in there. It's a lot of words to fit in rhythmically. One of the great things about that song is - as difficult as it is, it taught me this wonderful lesson about phrasing. And I've been able to take that lesson and use it in my work since. So when I think of 'Heaven Can Wait,' there is a direct relationship between learning how to sing that song and (2016 solo song) 'Infinite Entanglement.' There's a direct relationship because the phrasing on 'Infinite Entanglement'. I learned how to do that kind of phrasing and how to put the lyrics and create a melody like that because of singing those songs with Iron Maiden."
I found 'The Number of the Beast' a real challenge. I always really had to dig in, not move around much on stage, really listen to those drums and really listen to what that bass was doing. It sounds simple, but for me 'The Number of the Beast' was a very challenging song to sing live. To find the places where you take your queue, where I would take my breath on each part. That was a very challenging song."
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Bayley performed at Hammerfest 2018, held at the Hafan y Mor Holiday Park at Pwllheli, Gwynedd, in North Wales back in March. HRH TV has posted pro-shot video from the show, which can be seen below: