Bayley Dedicates Career To His Late Wife

Former IRON MAIDEN star BLAZE BAYLEY has dedicated the rest of his career to his manager/wife DEBBIE HARTLAND, who died from a brain haemorrhage last month (Sep08).
In his first statement to fans following the loss of his business and life partner, the singer admits he and Hartland had discussed what would happen if one of them died prematurely just weeks before she fell ill.
He says, "I don't really know why this came up, but perhaps it was something to do with the loss of her nephew, who a few weeks before was involved in a fatal road accident.
"'What am I supposed to do if anything happens to you?' she said. I had forgotten to take some medication for my blood pressure, prescribed by the doctor, and she was annoyed with me. In an argumentative way I said, 'And what am I supposed to do if anything happens to you?'
"I can see her in my mind so clearly now, as she stopped what she was doing and looked at me and said, 'What would you do if anything happened to me?'
"'Nothing,' I said, 'I would give up. There is no reason to live if you are not with me.' She looked at me, and smiled, the way she did when she knew that when I said I loved her I meant it. 'No,' she said, 'I'd want you to carry on with your music.'"
Hartman fell into a coma just weeks later, and now Bayley has pledged to continue on behalf of his late wife.
He adds, "I was faced with the decision of going away to do the concerts that Debbie had booked for me and the band. I could only think that she had really meant it when she said, 'I'd want you to carry on.'
"I have lost the love of my life. I have lost my reason to live. But, because she asked me to continue to live, and to stay true to the path she worked so hard to make clear for me, I will continue. For her and for you, all of you that believed she was right to have faith in me, I will continue. For her memory and to honour her, I will continue."


Contactmusic

Tags: Iron Maiden

Advertisement

More Iron Maiden

Head To Europe This Year For The Best Summer Festival Experiences!

We've been seriously pushing US and UK music festivals this year but, it has to be said, there's nowhere quite like Europe.The continent is home...

Babymetal To Make Uk Debut At Sonisphere In July 2014

One of the best things about being in 2014 is that when something happens which is truly unique, no matter where in the world it...

Iron Maiden Announce 4th August 2013 Show At The O2 Arena Due To Phenomenal Demand

Iron Maiden's Saturday Aug 3 show at London's O2 Arena sold out in just 12 mins so a second show has been added onSunday Aug...

Bruce Dickinson To Join 'Heavy Metal Truants' Download Charity Bike Ride

"It's the first time the headliner has shown up on a bike!" - Bruce DickinsonFollowing the recently announced news of the 'Heavy Metal Truants' charity...

Advertisement

Remembering Clive Burr: Iron Maiden Drummer from 1979 to 1982

Clive Burr died at the age of 56 in his sleep on March 12th, triggering a deluge of tributes, kind words and obituaries in honour...

Iron Maiden Pay Tribute To Original Drummer Clive Burr, Dead At 56

Sad news for Iron Maiden and fans of the band from the late 70’s and early 80’s, the British metal legends’ former drummer Clive Burr...

Clive Burr Dies: Original Iron Maiden Drummer Has Passed Away

Clive Burr, the former Iron Maiden drummer has died at his London home, Sky News report. The drummer, who was considered by many to be...

'Iron Maiden Beer' Announced By Bruce Dickinson

Rocking out, flying airplanes and now making beer, there’s nothing Bruce Dickinson and the Iron Maiden guys can’t do. The seminal British metallers revealed plans...

Advertisement

Comments

Iron Maiden Newsletter

Subscribe to this news alert service to receive news and reviews on Iron Maiden

Unsubscribe | Unsubscribe All