Iron Maiden frontman Bruce Dickinson given ‘all clear’ from cancer by doctors

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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.”

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Iron Maiden’s Bruce Dickinson undergoes treatment for cancer

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Iron Maiden have released a statement revealing that frontman Bruce Dickinson has been treated for cancer.

The 56 year old has undergone a 7 week course of chemotherapy and is expected to make a full recovery.

Say Iron Maiden: “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.”

We wish Bruce a speedy recovery!

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Wilko Johnson says he is “cured” of cancer

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Wilko Johnson has revealed that he has been ‘cured’ of his cancer.

The former Dr.Feelgood guitarist was diagnosed with terminal cancer of the pancreas in 2012 and refused to undergo chemotherapy treatment, instead deciding to make the most of his remaining time, calmly “accepting that I was going to die.”

But speaking at the Q Awards last night, Johnson revealed that he had undergone radical surgery to remove the tumour after a doctor contacted him saying that “something strange” must be going on if he was still alive.

New tests and consultations at Addenbrooke’s Hospital in Cambridge revealed that Johnson had very rare form of tumour, and surgery then followed in April of this year.

“It was an 11-hour operation,” Johnson said in London last night.

“This tumour weighed 3kg – that’s the size of a baby,” he continued. “Anyway, they got it all. They cured me.”

“It’s so weird and so strange that it’s kind of hard to come to terms with it in my mind. Now, I’m spending my time gradually coming to terms with the idea that my death is not imminent, that I am going to live on.”

Johnson’s operation also involved the removal of his pancreas, spleen, part of his stomach, small and large intestines and the removal and reconstruction of blood vessels relating to the liver.

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New music releases, 11th August 2014

Here are the new and notable music releases for this week, 11th August 2014:

Conjuring The Dead
Conjuring The Dead, Belphegor

Get Hurt, The Gaslight Anthem
I’m Not Bossy I’m The Boss, Sinead O’Connor
No Going Back, Stiff Little Fingers
Pure Raw Blues, Buddy Guy and Junior Wells
Yorktown Heights, Grant Nicholas
Mable, CJ Wildheart
Journey To The Centre Of The Earth (Box Set), Rick Wakeman
The World Is My Enemy Now, Upon A Burning Body
Darkest Hour, Darkest Hour
Last Words: The Final Recordings, Screaming Trees
Always Returning, Engineers
The Sins Of Mankind, Cancer
Sunday ’91, Annie Eve
Platinum Hook, Platinum Hook
Volume X, Trans Am
Arise, Interstatic
Neanderthal, American Dog
Crossing The Fiery Path, Necromantia
From The Abyss They Rise, Pantheon – 1
Into The Madness, Night Mistress
Use Once & Destroy, The Rock City Angels
Concrescence of the Sophia, Mournful Congregation
One Night In The Temple (Box Set), Lillian Axe
Harvest Floor, Cattle Decapitation

All of the above albums are availble via the Skin Back Alley Music Store, powered by Amazon A-Store.

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Thunder guitarist Ben Matthews has cancer

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Thunder have revealed that guitarist Ben Matthews has cancer.

The band played their Calling Festival set at the end of June with temporary replacement Pete Shoulder in the six-string spot whilst Matthews had tonsil surgery.

Thunder frontman Danny Bowes said in a statement: “The surgeon found some ‘extra’ matter attached to one of them, and after some tests, it was found to be malignant.

“In effect he has cancer and needs treatment, which will mean a course of both radiotherapy and chemotherapy. Whilst the treatment is not pleasant, we’re told the percentage chances of a happy outcome are ‘in the high 90s’.”

Thunder have promised to keep fans updated and added: “In the meantime please join us in wishing him well.”

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