jakub | November 17, 2023

Bill Bailey says he’s “well up for” making another heavy metal album

Bill Bailey has said he’s got enough material to make a second heavy metal album with.

The comedian, who is particularly well-known for his love of metal, released an album called Bill Bailey In Metal in 2011, following an appearance at the now-defunct festival Sonisphere that same year.

“I was thinking about it the other day while I was archiving a load of old stuff,” he told Metal Hammer. “There’s a whole bunch of new songs I’ve written that would suit the metal treatment. When that album was made, it was very much a response to Sonisphere and in my head there could be another metal one, or another style completely.

“There might be a rock one, or blues, but there’s definitely some more metal versions of songs, so when I accumulate enough of them I think there may well be another In Metal release. I’d love to do a follow-up.”

Reflecting on the experience of recording the album, he added: “It was so much fun! We did it in a studio down in Wandsworth, with these amazing old microphones with the brilliant ambience of the studio. I really loved the production job on it, so full of these rich sounds, and I’d be well up for another release like it. Maybe at the end of this tour, when I’ve got all the songs up and running, I can do a demo and see what we can do about it.”

Bill Bailey
Bill Bailey. Credit: Mike Marsland/Getty

In 2021, Bailey said he had written a song that could be used for Eurovision..

He will be embarking on the ‘Thoughtifier’ arena tour next year and it has been suggested to have a musical component to it. It has been described as a ‘magical, musical mystery tour of the human mind’, in which he is set to take fans ‘on a jaunt through the error-strewn, distracted, crumb-festooned, sometimes magnificent history of human thought and how it might help us survive in this brave new world’.

You can see the full list of dates below and buy your tickets here.


9 – Dublin 3 Arena
10 – Belfast SSE Arena
12 – Derby Arena
13 – Birmingham Resorts World Arena
15 – Aberdeen P&J Arena
16 – Glasgow SEC Armadillo
17 – Newcastle Utilita Arena
18 – Leeds First Direct Arena
20 – Bournemouth BIC
21 – Brighton Centre
22 – Plymouth Pavilions
24 – Cardiff Utilita Arena
27 – Sheffield Utilita Arena
28 – Hull Connexin Live Arena
29 – Manchester AO Arena

March 2024

1 – Nottingham Motorpoint Arena
2 – Liverpool M&S Arena
4 – London The O2

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