Iron Maiden singer Bruce Dickinson, who has been battling tongue cancer since February, is now reporting that his doctors have reviewed a recent MRI scan and given him the “all clear.” “I would like to thank the fantastic medical team who have been treating me for the last few months, resulting in this amazing outcome,” the vocalist wrote on the band’s website.
In his statement, the singer thanked his family, saying he felt the ordeal had been harder on them than him in his opinion. “I’d also like to send a heartfelt thanks to all our fans for their kind words and thoughts,” Dickinson wrote. “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!”
The band’s manager, Rod Smallwood, also released a statement to express how excited he was about Dickinson’s prognosis and to manage fans’ expectations about the group’s immediate future. “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,” he wrote. “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.”
The manager explained that currently, the band will be focusing on putting the finishing touches on a new studio album, which, he said, will come out this year.
“I’d like to echo Bruce’s words and thank all Maiden fans,” Smallwood wrote. “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.”
Last year, Dickinson made headlines for his aviation-related pursuits outside of the band. He invested a reported $450,000 into the “world’s longest aircraft,” the Hybrid Air Vehicle. And he reenacted a World War I dogfight in the air over an English heavy-metal festival. Cockpit video of his daredevilry is available here.