Iron Maiden frontman Bruce Dickinson has been given the all clear from cancer by his doctors.
The singer underwent a course of treatment earlier this year after a tumour was found on his tongue, resulting in ‘Maiden’s plans for their 16th studio album being put on hold.
Following a recent MRI scan, Dickinson has now been given a clean bill of health.
Says Dickinson in a statement: I would like to thank the fantastic medical team who have been treating me for the last few months, resulting in this amazing outcome.
“It’s been tough on my family and in many ways it was harder for them than me.
“I’d also like to send a heartfelt thanks to all our fans for their kind words and thoughts. 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.
He continues: “Right now, I’m feeling extremely motivated and can’t wait to get back to business as usual, as soon as I can!”
Iron Maiden manager Rod Smallwood has said that the band will not play any live shows this year in order to allow Bruce to get back to full strength. He has confirmed, however, that work on the final touches to the new album will now get back underway.
“For now, the focus will be on putting the finishing touches to the new Iron Maiden studio album and that is what we will be concentrating on over the coming weeks. The release however will definitely be this year,” he says.
“Meanwhile, I’d like to echo Bruce’s words and thank all Maiden fans. 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.”