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Iron Maiden put album plans on hold while Dickinson recovers from cancer treatment

By | Published on Friday 6 March 2015

Iron Maiden

Iron Maiden manager Rod Smallwood has said that the band are putting all plans on hold until frontman Bruce Dickinson completes treatment for cancer.

As previously reported, the band revealed last month that a tumour had been discovered on Dickinson’s tongue just before Christmas and he had recently completed a course of chemotherapy.

Last month drummer Nicko McBrain told Gater 98.7FM in the US that the band had completed work on their sixteenth album prior to Dickinson’s cancer diagnosis.

“We have made an album. It was ready to go this year – and still is”, he said. “We were planning on going out and doing some work around the album. We’re all just holding on. Once Bruce is up and running, hopefully in the next couple of months… you never know when this might happen”.

In the new statement, Smallwood explained: “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”.

He added: “However prognosis continues to be extremely good and everyone is optimistic for a full recovery. Following the scan, we will officially update you on this 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”.