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Blaze Bayley

Real Name: Bayley Alexander Cooke

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During his time as the Iron Maiden front man, Blaze spoke about his name in an interview. "Bayley is my christian name. But I'm from Tamworth and in the darker regions of the Black Country, they couldn't grasp the concept of Bayley as a first name, so I invented Blaze as a glam-rock nickname."

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