That's right: Mike Lane, England's top male country artist, is back ... and, as the old song goes, "Feelin' Stronger Every Day"!
If you remember, Mike had suffered a near-fatal aneurysm whilst onstage performing and - well, let's have him tell the story (I'll jump in every once-in-awhile to add to it):
"As I went down ... Ron (Ryan) caught me as i was going to fall into the pit, and laid me down on the stage<" He was transported to a hospital only about a mile away. According to Mike, he "went bang on stage. Lucky they bothered with me as you are effectively dead - maybe 2 out of 10 live." Meanwhile, Ron - a world-renown performer and songwriter - finished the show on behalf of his mate.
From there, he was transferred to a hospital that had a top-flight Aneurysm Unit, some 200 miles away "Having just opened 10 days (before), it was full of world-wide surgeons specialising in that operation" - one that he needed, and quickly!
His lovely wife Helen and family was as devoted and loving as any family could be during that time. In fact, Mike says "my family traveled 2 hrs there and 2 hrs back every day for a month to visit me in hospital," and provided the up-close-and-personal support and encouragement he needed.
And what an outpouring of support from his fans! "I received many get well cards from around the world. Many friends and fans world wide and I mean many seem to be interested in me. So BLESS THEM for that." Then he asked me to do something for him, "But if you could thank every one for me world wide that would be just great. Also A BIG THANK you to Ron (Ryan) for what he did for me on stage."
Now, for those few of you who don't know much about Mike yet, here's an article from a British country music magazine (just click for a larger, readable size).:
And here he is, singing his hit, Believe:
CHECK OUT MIKE'S WEBSITE ATMIKE LANE COUNTRY ... and, Mike,
WELCOME BACK, MY FRIEND!!
See ya on the flip side ...