Former IRON MAIDEN singers Blaze Bayley and Paul Di'Anno will join forces for a tour of Australia and New Zealand in November/December. Blaze says, "I have never been to Australia or New Zealand before, so I'm very excited. I also have family there that I have never met, so it makes the whole tour even better. Of course, I will be signing after every show where it is possible, and I will try to meet you all and sign things before the show if I have to rush off after the show."
The dates are as follows:
Nov. 22 - Melbourne, Australia - The Hi Fi
Nov. 23 - Hobart, Australia - The Brisbane
Nov. 24 - Perth, Australia - Civic
Nov. 25 - Adelaide, Australia - Fowlers
Nov. 26 - Brisbane, Australia - The Hi Fi
Nov. 29 - Newcastle, Australia - Cambridge
Nov. 30 - Sydney, Australia - Manning
Dec. 01 - Canberra, Australia - Basement
Dec. 02 - Wollongong, Australia - Waves
Dec. 07 - Wellington, New Zealand - Bodegas
Dec. 08 - Auckland, New Zealand - Kings Arms
Bayley and Di'Anno previously toured together in Russia earlier this year. Asked how the trek came about, Blaze told Metal-Rules.com, "I had put it off for years as once before it had been suggested, but it didn’t feel right at the time. Also, when I had my full-time band, it was exclusive. No one in the band could do anything else, and that included me. There was a lot of things that I wanted to try, but I couldn’t do it as I was committed to staying with my full-time band. This offer came up, and I had done a couple of festivals on the same bill as Paul, and it was offered as a co-headliner, not as a support, switching the headliner every night. Paul was also OK with that and it also wasn't just all my MAIDEN stuff — it was a lot of my stuff from my own albums — so I could choose my setlist, to a certain degree, and also include my popular MAIDEN material also. It felt good to do it and say yes! It was also in Russia, a very difficult place to get into. The fans are great but it's very difficult to get in touch with them. Sometimes even to let them know that you are playing! I thought that it would be an opportunity for me, but on my last trip, there was poor promotion; I hardly played to anybody. I thought this time it would be different as all the shows were full, reaction was great and I played to a lot of new people. These people knew about me from IRON MAIDEN but had never seen me live. I came away from the tour after playing to my target audience and new people who had never previously seen me live; it was really good, Paul and I both enjoyed it."
Bayley added, "[Di'Anno is] a very funny guy with a dry sense of humor and we gave each other plenty of space, as we are both experienced with different opinions of IRON MAIDEN. It worked well."