It was announced in February that Iron Maiden vocalist Bruce Dickinson was battling cancer. Earlier this month we got official word that the iconic singer is “starting to recuperate,” and now today the Iron Maiden camp issues another fantastic update.

“Over the last few days, Bruce has been to see his specialists and following examinations, including visual, we’re delighted to update everyone that the situation remains extremely optimistic for a full recovery. We will still not have final confirmation that the cancer has been completely eradicated until Bruce can have an MRI scan in May, as previously advised in Rod’s recent message to the fans on this site, and the period to full recovery will continue for a few months yet.”

After all these trips to specialists and getting some good news, Dickinson made a few stops:

“A couple of visits to the Maiden office, one to the Hybrid Air Vehicle hangar to see latest progress, and a brief trip to his local pub, much to the surprise and delight of all his friends there!”

According to drummer Nicko McBrain a new Iron Maiden album was ready to be released this year, but Dickinson’s health has become the top priority. “We’re all just holding on,” said McBrain, “and once Bruce is up and running, hopefully in the next couple of months, we’ll… You never know when this might happen.”