IRON MAIDEN’s Plans Determined By BRUCE DICKINSON’s Progress
Iron Maiden’s singer Bruce Dickinson recently underwent a seven-week course of chemotherapy and radiology to treat a small cancerous tumor at the back of his tongue.
Iron Maiden’s Manager Rod Smallwood posted the following on Maiden’s FB page:
“Bruce has asked me to thank everyone for their tremendous support and kind wishes. He has been extremely touched and encouraged by the genuine and affectionate response from our global family of MAIDEN fans.
Radiology is cumulative and continues to build in the body for around three weeks after treatment, so even though Bruce’s seven-week course is completed, he’s had a long period of considerable pain and discomfort. He is happily now starting to recuperate and the pain will continue to abate and the swelling to reduce for the next couple of months at which time he will be able take an MRI scan. It is not until then that we will have full confirmation that the cancer has been completely destroyed. However, prognosis continues to be extremely good and everyone is optimistic for a full recovery. Following the scan, we will officially update you on [the band’s official] website at the appropriate time, probably in late May. After that, it will take a few more months for Bruce to get back to full fitness. Naturally, the rest of the band are totally supportive and MAIDEN’s plans will be determined by Bruce’s progress.
Please continue your positive thoughts. They are very much appreciated.”
Iron Maiden haven’t announced details about their new studio album, although band members have been spotted in Paris, France in recent months, along with their longtime producer, Kevin Shirley, who is said to have produced their new album.