When news broke that the legendary Bruce Dickinson was diagnosed with cancer, the metal community was stunned and quite rightly so. The iconic frontman of Iron Maiden is one of the most revered vocalists and performers that have ever graced a stage in the name of metal. Well, the trooper has pulled through. Dickinson has been confirmed to be cancer free and is recovering at a healthy rate. Head on over the jump to read the official statement regarding Brucey’s wellbeing.
Below is the best news that a die hard Iron Maiden fan could hope for;
“We are very happy to announce that following his recent MRI Scan, Bruce was today officially given the all-clear by his specialists.
Bruce says, “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!”
Rod Smallwood continues, “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.”
Cancer’s vile grasp affects everyone. If it’s not a close friend or relative then someone close will have dealt with the disease. For millions around the world, this news will crack the largest of smiles. As to what it means for Iron Maiden, we will be hearing new music in the near future. I’m smiling right now because I know this news will make my old man happy. He is the reason behind me growing up to enjoy the music I do; Iron Maiden albums were always played in my house from my earliest years. On the five year anniversary of Ronnie James Dio‘s final battle with cancer, another of metal’s beacons has won this round. Up the Irons!