Anyone who can claim to be a fan of heavy metal has to have heard one of it’s most distinctive voices, Bruce Dickinson of Iron Maiden. He’s a bit of a legend really, as he is involved with so much stuff outside of the band. He’s dabbled in recreational flying, he had his own radio show on BBC, he’s written a few books, fencing (which has led him to found his own company, duellist), and he works to put out his own Iron Maiden brand of beer through the Robinsons Brewery in Stockport. He really is a living legend, which is why it was so much harder to learn that he had been battling with Cancer for almost 2 months.
The news came forward last week (February 19th) when an announcement was made on Iron Maiden's website. It described how he had managed to find out about the cancerous tumor on his tongue early enough during a routine check-up, and has since gone through 7 weeks of treatment.
Here’s the full statement from the website:
“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 tumour at the back of his tongue. A seven week course of chemotherapy and radiology treatment was completed yesterday. As the tumour 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. In the meantime we would ask for your patience, understanding and respect for Bruce and his family’s privacy until we update everyone by the end of May. Bruce is doing very well considering the circumstances and the whole team are very positive.”
For a 56 year old man, the idea of health complications coming up is not really a surprise, but it’s never good to hear that someone is go through this.
Maiden will definitely run into some trouble, as they’ve hinted at going on tour along with potentially recording a new album for 2015. We’ll have to wait until May before we get another update on the situation, but until then, we all wish Dickinson the best.