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Blaze Bayley Interview
Kerrang!: What is your nickname and why?
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Blaze: My nickname is Blaze because where I was living, it was always hard for people to comprehend that Bayley was my first name. When my old band Wolfsbane started up, we all thought up stupid names for ourselves. One of us was called Slut Wrecker for a bit! Blaze sounded alright and it just stuck.
Kerrang!: At school, were you a dunce or a teacher's pet?
Blaze: I had dyslexia. I managed to get an English GCSE after I stayed on for extra study, but at that time they didn't realise what dyslexia was. I was just treated as a lazy child.
Kerrang!:: What was your first shag like?
Blaze: Exciting but very nerve-wracking. I was 17. She said, 'My Mum's out and she'll be back in an hour or two'. And when it's your first time, you don't really want a deadline on it, do you? It took me a while to get the hang of it, but I've had plenty of practice now so I'm alright.
Kerrang!: Who is your best friend?
Blaze: Rick Quay from Tamworth. He's in a techno band and I've known him for years and years. He's my best friend outside the band.
Kerrang!: What's the best pet you've ever had?
Blaze: I've got some fish, named after motorcycles. My favourite is called Honda Fireblade. There's also Honda Blackbird and Ducatti 916.
Kerrang!: Have you ever been arrested?
Blaze: I don't want to talk about it. Yes, I have. It was a minor offence. I'm not proud of it.
Kerrang!:: What would you be if you weren't a rock star?
Blaze: Probably working in Dixons or a record shop, just like everybody else who doesn't make it in a band.
Kerrang!: What's the most extravagant thing you've ever bought?
Blaze: All the time I was in my old band we were always broke so I never bought any clothes. You always had a shirt on your back, but mostly you were given them by other bands. So it felt extravagant when I bought five pairs of trousers at once. It was all stage gear for my first tour with Maiden.
Kerrang!: How would you describe yourself on a blind date form?
Blaze: It's such a tragedy, that show. You sit there going, 'She's not gonna like that vet. She's not gonna like that vet. She's picked the vet. Fucking hell!'. You just know it. I suppose I'd describe myelf as good fun.
Kerrang!: Who's gagging for a shagging?
Blaze: In another reality where there's no guilt and no moral implications, then whoever is the most famous actress at the time. I'm not fussy! At the moment it would be Kate Winslet. But I wouldn't do it just so I could boast about it down the pub. That's an immature boy thing. A man doesn't have to tell anybody. A man just keeps it in his little confidence drawer. You just pull out the memory, then put it back.
Kerrang!: Who's gagging for a smacking?
Blaze: (American Recordings label mogul) Rick Rubin. If I could just slap him whithout being arrested or sued - which is impossible - I'd slap Rubin across the face and say, 'Get over yourself!'
Kerrang!: Who would you least like to see naked?
Blaze: I went to see Judas Priest and Motorhead in LA the other week. It was great. We went backstage and there was Lemmy naked. It wasn't that bad. I've seen worse....
Kerrang!: What's the best rumour you've ever heard about yourself?
Blaze: One rumour that went round said I'd had a breakdown and I'd got sacked from Maiden. What actually happened was I'd had a nose operation! It took me a month to fully recover. One bit of movement and I'd get a nose bleed. I hardly spoke to anyone. I just stayed in the house. That was how the rumour started.
Kerrang!: What's in your wallet?
Blaze: A whole load of credit cards, my lottery numbers, some important phone numbers, and my video card. I won 20 quid on the lottery once.
Kerrang!: What's your fave joke?
Blaze: Jesus is at the stoning and he shouts, 'Stop! Let he who is without sin cast the first stone... not you, Mum!'
Kerrang!: If you were marooned on a desert island without food, which member of Iron Maiden would you eat first?
Blaze: Janick because as ages in the band go, he's in the middle.
Kerrang!: Which song of yours would you donate to an album entitled 'Crap Songs of Our Time'?
Blaze: In Wolfsbane we demo'd a song called 'Detectives'. It was crap. It was just all the names of TV detectives which I put in an order so it would rhyme. We just said, 'This one is really shit, isn't it?'
Kerrang!: What's your drug of choice?
Blaze: Booze, I suppose. I've never taken drugs. People have tried to get me snorting stuff, even injecting, but I've always avoided it. Somebody once told me, 'Stick to pints'. One hangover is enough.
Kerrang!: What does God look like?
Blaze: (Sci-fi authour) Carl Sagan, for all I know!
Kerrang!: When you die, how do you want to go?
Blaze: With sunglasses on. Having been close to death a couple of times, I don't want to go. I'll fight it to the end.