Former Iron Maiden vocalist and current solo artist Blaze Bayley suffered a heart attack over the weekend. In a new update, Bayley's team said he's doing well in the hospital but will require either a triple or quadruple bypass surgery within the next few days. We wish Bayley all the best with his surgery and hope to see him home and healthy as soon as possible.
"We visited Blaze in hospital yesterday & first of all we're delighted to say we found him in excellent spirits, sitting up in bed. We of course had an update on his condition but also a really good chat & a laugh as normal. Blaze has certainly not lost his strength & sense of humour!
"Moving on from that he does require surgery & within the next few days (as soon as hospital capacity allows) he will be undergoing a triple (possibly quadruple) heart bypass. This is obviously not a small matter & we should expect that his recovery period will be many months. We will announce the impact on the tour diary once we've discussed with the relevant venues & promoters.
"Nevertheless, Blaze is looking ahead with optimism for a full recovery with good health & fitness, & the full benefit of the surgery & treatment. On behalf of Blaze & all of us in the team, we thank you so much for all the messages of love & support. It really has been incredible & Blaze is both energised & emotional in response.
"As most of you will understand Blaze is a completely independent artist & so the postponement of the current tour & future dates is a particularly big blow. For those of you that would like to help us get through this period we ask you to please buy merch from our webshop (probably items that you would have bought at one of the shows). Your support in that way would be very much appreciated by Blaze & ourselves as the management team www.blazebayleyshop.com
"In the meantime, we have Blaze's blessing to work on Absolva recordings & tour schedule as of course they are also hugely impacted by the current situation. We will keep you updated with developments as & when they happen."
Blaze Bayley fronted Iron Maiden between 1994 and 1999, and sang on both the X Factor and Virtual XI albums. Bayley most recently put out his solo album War Within Me in 2021, and the Wolfsbane album Genius in 2022.