Bez ‘lucky to be alive’ after horror motorbike crash in Spain

Bez suffered a brush with death in a motorcycle smash.

Happy Mondays maracas-shaker, Bez, exclusively told the Daily Star Sunday he is lucky to be alive after coming off his machine in Spain.

The off-road spill left him nursing shattered bones and busted ligaments.

Speaking for the first time about the accident in February Bez said he was with a group of professional riders.

He said: “We were off-road in the mountains near Magaluf – it was literally on the way home. I lost the front end and had a really bad accident.

“I broke bones. I broke my foot and did all my ligaments in.

“I’m just recovered. It still hurts a bit and it’s not quite right, but it’s getting more and more easier.”

Bez’s recovery is just in time for him to go back on the road with his new supergroup, Mantra Of The Cosmos, which also includes Happy Mondays lead singer Shaun Ryder, The Who drummer Zak Starkey, and Oasis bassist Andy Bell. The band play The Glade at Glastonbury today.

Despite the risk another accident could wreck his career, Bez, 59, said he won’t quit biking.

He declared: “I’ll never give it up, because I get so much pleasure out of it.

“My last accident was three years ago, and if I can go another three without injury, I’ll be happy.”

Bez – born Mark Berry – added: “That’s one of the things I love to do, and when I go out, it takes my mind off everything.”

Bez is best known as the maraca player, dancer, and de facto mascot of the Happy Mondays.

The Dancing On Ice star was invited by lead singer Shaun Ryder shortly after the band was formed.

After the band broke up, Bez became a member of pal Shaun's next group Black Grape, but left them in 1997.

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