Blaze Bayley “I was punished for having Dyslexia in school” Pt 2 of documentary-The Metal Voice
In Part 2 Blaze Bayley is followed on his journey from the U.K. to Montreal, Canada where he rehearses with the local Canadian touring band (Maiden Quebec, INSURGENT INC) shops at Walmart for some needed items for the tour and does an in depth interview on his story growing up in Birmingham.
Guests in the documentary include Canadian Author Martin Popoff and former Anthrax singer Neil Turbin
Excerpts from the Documentary
“When I was at school I tried to join the choir but they kicked me out for being too loud and I kind of gave up my aspirations of being a singer then.”
“At school I didn’t do very well cause I have a thing called Dyslexia, which now people seem to understand, it’s a kind of simple brain dysfunction and it means you can’t spell properly and you don’t remember things in the same way as a regular person. And when I was at school it was very controversial and people thought of it as laziness most teachers didn’t understand dyslexia. So instead of getting extra help in learning how to spell and writing they just used to keep me in at play time because they thought I was lazy so I was punished for having Dyslexia. And really that kind of set the whole theme of being at school because I was never was able to catch up. I just lied my way through school to get away with not doing homework. And it wasn’t until the last two years of school where they took me to a psychologist, a professional psychologist where they did an accurate diagnosis but of course by then it was too late so I left school really without a proper education. “
Film-maker and Executive Producer Jimmy Kay had this to say about the project, “Blaze has to be one of the most underrated front men and vocalists in Metal history. This tour documentary aims to capture the reality of the day to day excitement and grind on tour, as well as information on his time with Wolfsbane, Iron Maiden and his solo career to-date and most of all the behind the scenes look at Blaze that folks rarely get to see.”
Blaze was born 29th May 1963 in Birmingham, England. Having started his professional music career in WOLFSBANE in 1984, his career elevated to global heights when he joined IRON MAIDEN with whom he released two albums and toured worldwide between 1994 and 1999.
After leaving Iron Maiden, Blaze embarked on a solo career, during which he has released eight albums including 'Infinite Entanglement' in 2016 and has continued to tour worldwide, collaborating with a host of talented artists and bands.
Always open to collaborating, Blaze just recently joined DISTURBED onstage at Download Festival (UK) for a rendition of ‘Baba O’Riley’ by THE WHO, was accompanied onstage in Poland by Swedish metalheads SABATON for a version of Maiden classic ‘Man On The Edge’, and has been announced as guest vocalist on the forthcoming album by former QUEENSRYCHE singer Geoff Tate.
Blaze Bayley (Ex-Iron Maiden) Tour Documentary - Part 1- Canadian Entanglement