At 56 years old, Iron Maiden lead singer Bruce Dickinson still knows how to command a stage and rock out in a league of his own. He is also loved by metal fans not only for his unbelievable energy but his incredible vocal capabilities, churning out several hits for the long running band.
With no indication of anything getting him down, it was very surprising when the band released the news on their website on Thursday February 19, that Dickinson had recently been battling cancer.
The band’s combined statement reads, “Just before Christmas, Maiden vocalist Bruce Dickinson visited his doctor for a routine check-up. This led to tests and biopsies which revealed a small cancerous tumor at the back of his tongue. A seven week course of chemotherapy and radiology treatment was completed yesterday. As the tumor was caught in the early stages, the prognosis thankfully is extremely good. Bruce’s medical team fully expect him to make a complete recovery with the all clear envisaged by late May. It will then take a further few months for Bruce to get back to full fitness.”
They went on to say that they are asking for patience, understanding and respect for his and his family’s privacy right now but reassure fans, “Bruce is doing very well considering the circumstances and the whole team is very positive.”
Dickinson joined in the band in 1981 but left in 1993 to pursue in his own solo career, he returned however in 1999 and the band released their 12th studio album “Brave New World.”
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