EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW: MICKEY GILLEY’S MIRACLE COMEBACK

Published on: April 22, 2014
Photography by: Getty
EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW: MICKEY GILLEY’S MIRACLE COMEBACK

You can’t keep a good man down – especially if that man is country music legend Mickey Gilley!

The 78-year-old “Room Full of Roses” singer tells The ENQUIRER he’s feeling “better than ever” despite a horrifying accident that left him paralyzed nearly five years ago. In fact, he’s doing so well that he’s back onstage performing in Branson, Mo., and playing tour dates out on the road!

On July 5, 209, MICKEY tripped while helping a friend move furniture and struck the back of his neck. He was unconscious for two days, and doctors at first feared his injuries might prove to be fatal.

“When I awoke, I was in a complete panic because I couldn’t move anything,” he told The ENQUIRER at the time. “I thought, ‘Am I going to be like this for the rest of my life?’ ”

Thankfully, that answer turned out to be “no.”

“I’m walking, I’m out of the wheelchair. I’m not using the scooter anymore,” Mickey recently told The ENQUIRER. “I can walk about a half mile now but I need to rest a little afterward.

“I can’t play the piano just yet. But my goal is to get back on the golf course sometime this spring and to play the keyboards by fall.”

Mickey does three to four performances a week at his Branson theater and takes his show, “Down Memory Lane With Mickey Gilley,” on the road as well.

On Oct. 5, the beloved entertainer will celebrate 25 years in Branson with a special show.

“I tell everyone that I’m having more fun now than I did when I had all my hits back in the 1980s,” Mickey added. “And I mean it.”