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IRON MAIDEN Drummer Says New Album is Ready To Go Once Bruce Dickinson Recovers

Once Bruce is ready to go, so is the band.

Once Bruce is ready to go, so is the band.

The metal world was shocked to learn that Iron Maiden frontman Bruce Dickinson revealed he is in recovery for tongue cancer. The band has remained mum on the subject until now. Drummer Nicko McBrain was interviewed by Flordia radio station 98.7 The Gater and was asked to offer an update on Bruce's condition.

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Nicko more than delivered, offering an update on Bruce and the band's new album:

"We were all blown away when we heard the news. But the great thing is [Bruce is] in great hands back home in England, not only with his family, but his oncologists and all the people that are working with him. They were all very positive, as Bruce has been, through the whole thing."

"Obviously, it's a blow for everybody to hear the news. Last week, the official announcement was made, after he finished his treatment. And all of that treatment went exceedingly well. And from not having spoken to Bruce for a couple of weeks, but talking to our manager, he was in amazing spirits, considering the brutality of the radiology, and he had three chemo sessions. So it's been pretty hard, as you can imagine. And he's apparently doing very well. He was in the office Wednesday last week, and apparently he went out. He goes down the pub… although he can't taste his beer. He said, 'At least I know it's a Trooper. I've got the bottle in my hand.' [Laughs] I said, 'Does it still work?' 'Oh yeah!' [Laughs]"

So, just to let everybody know, from what we can gather, he's really in great hands, and he's doing extremely well. So we expect him to have a full recovery in the next couple of months. And then, watch this space, really. We have made an album. The album was ready to go this year… and it still is. When I was 'was,' we were planning on going out and doing some work around the album, which now, we're all just holding on, and once Bruce is up and running, hopefully in the next couple of months, we'll… You never know when this might happen. You just never know, do you? [Laughs]"

Before the New Year, Iron Maiden teased a new album and tour were on deck for 2015, but those plans have been delayed until Bruce is ready to go.

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