Heart of Steel: Concert Reviews

Blaze: Tenth Dimension Tour

Kulturbolaget, Malmö, Sweden
Jan 17th, 2002

Review & Photos by Anders Sandvall

The year 2002 kicks off with Blaze and headliner act Savatage. When it comes to the band Blaze it is as much metal as can be. The start of the tour was at KB in Malmö Sweden. The band Blaze started as support act to Savatage for about one month through Europe. After that they went on their own headliner tour.

BLAZE is: Jeff Singer (drums), John Slater/Steve Wray (guitar), Rob Naylor (bass) and of course Mr. Blaze Bayley on vocals. The band Blaze entered the stage and ran over the audience like a run away train despite the fact that there was little space on the stage because Savatage had a lot of equipment. The Blaze band was wild. All four in the front moved around and slammed into each other. The guitarists John and Steve impressed me very much. Both share lead guitar duties. Rob has a great stage-personality in a cool way. The band Blaze has been tighter as a group since the first tour they did after the first record SILICON MESSIAH.

Blaze is just as crazy on stage as he used to be, jumping around and is everywhere at the stage at the same time. He also encouraged the audience to jump up and down. Blaze is also a big stage-personality and he seems to be happy and enjoy being with his new bandmates. The whole band seems to enjoy being on tour again.

The concert was short, about an hour, because they were opening act to Savatage. We heard three new songs from the new album: "Kill and Destroy", "End Dream", and "Tenth Dimension". This was real heavy metal as it should be. I liked the songs very much. Blaze can't help playing some Iron Maiden songs. The same happened tonight. He played "Futurereal" and "Man on the Edge." The music is almost as good as it was from Iron Maiden. They also played songs from the debut album GHOST IN THE MACHINE - "Born as a Stranger" and the title track.

Blaze invited us to sing along with him in "Born as a Stranger", "Man on the Edge", and "Tenth Dimension". It was a spontaneous sing along in "Futurereal" and "Ghost in the Machine." The sound was perfect, neither to loud nor to high, everyone in the band was heard.

The audience was not so many this premiere night. 250 were in attendance and there is space for 750.The audience was in from the start when the band went on stage. I look forward to their next visit as headliners. Then they can play longer and give us extra credit- songs compared to this show .

I got a little chat with Blaze. He told me that after this support-act tour Blaze is going to headline. They also want to play at "The Sweden Rock Festival" this summer in Sweden. The headliner tour probably comes to Sweden in December this year. Blaze is a very nice person, no bad manners at all. Every one who wants to talk to him or his band is welcome. Blaze even went round among the audience. Not many rock stars do so.




Kill and destroy
End dream
Tenth dimension
Man on the edge
Ghost in the machine
Born as a Stranger
Silicon Messiah

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