U.K.'s Express & Star reports: After finding fame with first WOLFSBANE and then IRON MAIDEN, British heavy metal vocalist Blaze Bayley, who now lives in Dudley, found himself on his own again in 1999 when he was ousted from MAIDEN so that singer Bruce Dickinson could return.
Now touring again with his band, also called Blaze Bayley, the singer credits late wife Debbie with rescuing him after he had all but given up on his rock dreams and settled for a shop job.
"I wasn't a singer in a band who was in a job to keep me going. Suddenly I was just a shop assistant and I didn't have a band," he explains.
"I had a really bad time one day and I attacked one of the customers, who started giving me a load of aggro. The police came and arrested me and they took me to the police station in Steelhouse Lane.
"Debbie and I were engaged at the time. She came to pick me up from the police station and she laughed and she said: 'That's the last day that you ever work a day job. You're Blaze Bayley, that's it, get yourself together.'"
Read the entire report from Express & Star.
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