In a statement released via Iron Maiden’s official Facebook account and website, vocalist Bruce Dickinson revealed that he has undergone treatment to treat a cancerous tumour. The news will likely come as a shock to fans as most people were not even aware that Dickinson had been diagnosed with cancer.
The band released the following statement: “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.”
The statement further goes on to state that Bruce’s doctors expect him to make a complete recovery by May and then regain complete fitness in a few months. The band also asks fans to respect the privacy of Dickinson, who is also a pilot and regularly flies the band’s “Ed Force One” plane, and his family. His doctors are extremely confident about his chances and expect a full recovery. FDRMX wishes Bruce a speedy and healthy recovery.
The band released their 15th album, The Final Frontier, on 4 March 2010 to critical acclaim. The album sold 800,000 copies in its first week and landed on No. 1 in 28 country’s music charts. It debuted at No. 4 on the Billboard 200 in the US with 63,000 albums sold, the highest position the band has ever reached in the country. Bruce Dickinson left the band in 1993 to pursue a solo career but rejoined in 1999.
The band recently posted a picture on their Facebook account which led to intense speculation that the band could be recording a new album or planning to go on tour in 2015. The picture is a shot of the Christmas card that the band sent out to the members of fan club and shows their mascot, Eddie, running out a cabin marked “studio.” A drum room and a mixing board can be seen through the window of the cabin. The picture also shows what look like ninjas on the roof and a sign that says “Uroton 51,” which is an anagram for “On tour 15” or “No tour 15.” Iron Maiden have not responded to the speculation.