BLAZE BAYLEY Splits With Management, Drummer

Metalhead Music Management and drummer Rico Banderra have parted ways with the solo project of former IRON MAIDEN/WOLFSBANE singer Blaze Bayley. According to a press release issued by Metalhead, the reason for the split is "personal differences between the management and Blaze Bayley as well as the Bermudez brothers [Nick and David, guitar and bass respectively]. Also there are differences in opinions and interests about how to work professional[ly] between Mr. Blaze Bayley as well as the Bermudez brothers and their now former management office. After Blaze Bayley and the Bermudez brothers fractured a few times their contracts, we are not willing to work with them in the future. We are so sorry for the fans."

Metal Mind Productions has set a June 25 release date for Blaze Bayley's DVD. Entitled "Alive in Poland" (view cover artwork at this location), the disc was recorded at the 21st edition of the Metalmania Festival, which took place on March 24 in Katowice, Poland. Blaze Bayley and his band put on a 90-minute show consisting of the best tracks from BLAZE's discography as well as select cuts from IRON MAIDEN ("Man on the Edge", "Futureal"). The DVD will also include many great bonus features, such as an interview with Blaze Bayley, an interview with all members of Blaze's band (featuring footage filmed during their visit to Poland) and more. A limited-edition "Alive in Poland" release will include a two-CD set with songs recorded at the concert.

As previously reported, Blaze Bayley will reunite with his first band WOLFSBANE for three songs after his solo set at the Rock of Ages Festival in Tamworth, England on September 9.

Blaze Bayley will release his new solo album in late October. The record will contain 14 new songs and will be supported by "a massive tour 2008/2009, covering over 150 concerts all over the world," according to a statement previously issued by Blaze's management.

Bayley's most recent release, "Blood & Belief" (which came out under the BLAZE banner), was issued in Europe in April 2004. The follow-up to 2002's "Tenth Dimension" was recorded at Backstage Studios in Derbyshire, England with producer Andy Sneap (NEVERMORE, EXODUS, ARCH ENEMY).

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