Blaze Bayley was born as Bayley Alexander Cooke on 29th May 1963 in Birmingham, England. He is an English singer and songwriter.
He started his musical career as the lead vocalist of WOLFSBANE in 1984. They released 4 studio albums and a live one.
When Bruce Dickinson left IRON MAIDEN in 1993, Blaze was chosen as his replacement in 1994. His departure from Wolfsbane led to their disbandment later on that year. Blaze recorded two albums with IRON MAIDEN.
In February 1999, when IRON MAIDEN announced that vocalist Bruce Dickinson was returning to the band, Blaze started his solo career.
Following Blaze's departure from IRON MAIDEN he formed his own band, BLAZE, in March 1999. In May 2000 the debut album "Silicon Messiah" was released, followed up by "Tenth Dimension" in 2003 and "Blood And Belief" in 2005. In 2003 the band also recorded the live CD "As Live As It Gets". Due to some changes in the lineup and management Blaze opted to rename the band under his full name, BLAZE BAYLEY and make a new start. In February 2007, the Blaze Bayley Band got back on stage with recording the live DVD album "Alive in Poland". In July 2008, the Blaze Bayley Band released their debut studio album, "The Man Who Would Not Die". The band recorded another CD/DVD live at Z7, "The Night That Will Not Die", which was released in March 2009. The second studio album "Promise and Terror" was released in February 2010.
Due to some personal and business reasons the lineup had to change again, so Blaze announced in March 2011 that he would continue as a solo performer working with different musicians. On August 2011 Blaze announced recording a new live Dvd filmed at his show in Antwerp, Belgium on the 23rd September 2011, in which he presented also a brand new song called "Black Country".
The new album "The King Of Metal" is to be released on March 2012 followed up by another world tour,.
Beside his solo career, Blaze also joined the reformed WOLFSBANE for a few gigs in 2007. Due to the huge success they continued playing some gigs and also recorded a new album "Wolfsbane Save The World". Recently Blaze is still active with WOLFSBANE and as a guest vocalist for other artists, but mainly his focus is set on his solo career...