Good news from the Iron Maiden camp – Iron Maiden frontman Bruce Dickinson has been given the “all-clear” to return to Iron Maiden by his doctors. He’d been battling cancer after a tumor was removed from the back of his tongue late last year. While the tumor was caught early, he’d been undergoing chemotherapy, and last we’d heard, he needed an MRI scan to make sure that the cancer had been completely eradicated. The good news is that the next Iron Maiden album is still on track to come out this year, even if it’ll be a little before we see them on tour again. Here’s what Bruce had to say about it, via Facebook:
“I would like to thank the fantastic medical team who have been treating me for the last few months, resulting in this amazing outcome. It’s been tough on my family and in many ways it was harder for them than me. I’d also like to send a heartfelt thanks to all our fans for their kind words and thoughts. I’m a firm believer in trying to maintain a positive attitude, and the encouragement from the global Maiden family meant a great deal to me. Right now, I’m feeling extremely motivated and can’t wait to get back to business as usual, as soon as I can!”
Maiden’s longtime manager Rod Smallwood also weighed in on the good diagnosis:
“We are of course all absolutely delighted that Bruce’s doctors have pronounced him free of cancer. Although Bruce is naturally eager to resume Maiden activities, it will take a while before he is completely back to full strength, as we explained previously. Because of this, the band will not be touring or playing any shows until next year. We know our fans will understand the situation and, like us, would prefer to wait until Bruce is back to his usual indefatigable levels of fitness before going out on the road.
For now, the focus will be on putting the finishing touches to the new Iron Maiden studio album and that is what we will be concentrating on over the coming weeks. The release however will definitely be this year. Meanwhile, I’d like to echo Bruce’s words and thank all Maiden fans. You have been incredibly patient, putting Bruce’s health and well-being first during this difficult time and the band and I appreciate all your positive support.”
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