According to Rock Radio, former IRON MAIDEN/WOLFSBANE singer Blaze Bailey has paid tribute to his wife Debbie, who got him back into music, managed his band and then tragically died last year.
Bailey says he was struggling to survive after a series of career setbacks before Debbie got everything back on track. But in July she suffered a sudden brain hemorrhage and fell into a coma. She fought back before succumbing to a stroke and dying in September.
Blaze is currently touring to support recent album "The Man Who Would Not Die", and says none of it would have come about without Debbie's leadership.
He tells Rock Radio DJ Tom Russell: "It's been a complete tragedy. But I still count myself a very lucky man, truly blessed that I had my wife in my life.
"Really, she saved me. I was really down, I had no band, I was working in a shop and I'd more or less given up music because I couldn't do the music I wanted.
"She got me back together, stopped me drinking, and made me start writing and performing again. She managed the band and organized the tour last year, and she made the album happen for us.
"Even though I've lost her, she's with me. Everything I do is because she was there. There wouldn't be a Blaze Bayley — I wouldn't be anybody. I'd be a homeless person if it wasn't for her.
"She's given me a gift that's truly special and every time we have a great gig I miss her more. But I have to think at least I had the wonderful person in my life. I keep going for her and for the fans as much as for anything else."