Iron Maiden lead singer Bruce Dickinson, considered by fans to be one of the great voices of heavy metal music, was diagnosed and treated for a small cancerous tumor on his tongue, the Huffington Post reports, based on a statement posted on the band’s website.
“Dickinson, 56, was diagnosed with a small cancerous tumor on the back of his tongue during a routine checkup just before Christmas. He has since completed a seven-week course of chemotherapy and radiology, according to the statement,” the Huffington Post reported, and also quoted the statement from the Iron Maiden website as saying, “Bruce is doing very well considering the circumstances and the whole team are very positive.”
The Iron Maiden singer is expected to make a full recovery from the tongue cancer, and the band hopes to return to touring after May of this year. They completed their last tour during July of 2014.
“While having a routine checkup in December, the heavy metal frontman, 56, learned that he had developed cancerous tumors on the back of his tongue, according to a statement on the Iron Maiden fan page,” the New York Daily News reported.
Bruce Dickinson of Iron Maiden had been battling the tongue cancer and had finished treatment, the Inquisitr reported yesterday.
“Iron Maiden, formed in 1976 and named for the medieval torture device, went through many incarnations before they found their niche and released their debut album through Capitol Records in 1980. The album, Iron Maiden, was an instant success in Britain, reaching as far as number five on the charts, but experienced a slower ascent in the U.S. The band’s mainstay, a 10-foot rotting corpse known only as Eddie, quickly became their mascot and a source of adulation from fans worldwide,” the Inquisitr reported.
Additionally, Bruce Dickinson is a licensed airline pilot, and flies the band’s Boeing 757 airplane that Iron Maiden has named Ed Force One, after their mascot, Eddie. Iron Maiden has flown around the world for their tours, since 2008, in Ed Force One. It was featured in their documentary, Iron Maiden: Flight 666, that they released in 2009.
Bruce Dickinson had joined Iron Maiden before they recorded the album The Number of the Beast in 1982. Iron Maiden has recorded 12 studio albums since then, including the popular albums Piece of Mind, Powerslave, and Fear of the Dark. In early 40 years of existence as a band, Iron Maiden has sold a total of more than 85 million albums worldwide.
[Images of Bruce Dickinson and Ed Force One from www.ironmaiden.com]