Bruce Dickinson – officially given the all-clear by specialists!

May 16th, 2015
Bruce Dickinson

Bruce Dickinson

Iron Maiden announced that following his recent MRI Scan, singer Bruce Dickinson was today officially given the all-clear by his specialists. Just before Christmas, Iron Maiden vocalist 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.

Dickinson says: “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. 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 adds: “We are of course all absolutely delighted that Bruce’s doctors have pronounced him free of cancer. 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. 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. 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. 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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February 19th, 2015
Bruce Dickinson

Bruce Dickinson

As posted to:

“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.”

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Celebrating JON LORD Out September 30

August 5th, 2014


On September 30, 2014, earMusic and Eagle Rock Entertainment will proudly release Jon Lord, Deep Purple & Friends – Celebrating Jon Lord on CD, 2CD, and via digital formats in North America.

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Percussionist Who Played On BRUCE DICKINSON’s Balls To Picasso Passes

July 4th, 2010

Los Angeles based Latin hard rockers TRIBE OF GYPSIES, featuring guitarist/producer Roy Z (HALFORD, BRUCE DICKINSON, JUDAS PRIEST), have issued the following update:

“To all the Tribe fans out, especially those of you who were with us in the early days – it is with a heavy heart that we must inform you that our original congalero, Doug Van Booven, passed away last night. Dougie played on the first Tribe Of Gypsies album and the Nothing Lasts Forever EP (as well as percussion on Bruce Dickinson’s 1994 solo album Balls To Picasso) and his passion and spirit was a big part of those records. Our heartfelt condolences go out to Dougie’s family and friends and all those who knew him. Rest in peace, brother.”

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IRON MAIDEN – Somewhere Back In Time: The Powerslave Interviews

April 10th, 2008

IRON MAIDEN - Somewhere Back In Time: The Powerslave Interviews

Somewhere Back In Time: The Powerslave Interviews

By Gueneviere

The following are a series of interviews done with all the members of Iron Maiden just prior to the U.S. release of the watershed 5th album, Powerslave, circa Autumn of 1984. At the time, the band was also in the midst of touring Europe in support of the same album. (The tour had already taken them “Behind the Iron Curtain” into Poland, a first for a western heavy rock band at the time, and an event which also resulted in a public relations coup and a documentary later shown on MTV, etc.)

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Blaze Bayley of Iron Maiden

August 23rd, 2005

Blaze Bayley of Iron Maiden
Interviewed Jan. 1999 by David Lee

With over twenty years on the metal scene you would think that a band that has given so much to the genre would get a little respect now and then. Unfortunately for the mighty MAIDEN respect has been in particularly short supply over the last half decade. Personal and stylistic changes would seem to be at the root of all the fuss and with the decline of the metal market place you might think that these guys would chuck it all in. Fortunately, nothing could be further from the truth.

“VIRTUAL 11” has a revitalized MAIDEN returning to the formula that made them the metal legends that they are. Also back is the completely over the top stage production for MAIDEN’s first tour in nearly three years. Just short of the scale that was used in the “golden era” of metal, this thing is impressive, to say the least. The beast is far from dead. Blaze Bayley, the groups current vocalist, gave us a ring recently and spoke to us of all things MAIDEN. A genuine sense of pride and accomplishment seemed to pervade the conversation and understandably so.  The man is fronting one of the all time great metal bands and has just released a collection of tunes that will most assuredly become MAIDEN classics. We could go on singing his and the groups accolades but lets hear it from Blaze himself.


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IRON MAIDEN’s Bruce Dickinson

January 1st, 2000

IRON MAIDEN Interview With Bruce Dickinson
Interview by David Lee, January 2000

Bruce Dickinson is one of the more entertaining personalities to speak with in this business and never more so than when he is “feeling his way.”  The celebrating in the IRON MAIDEN camp must have been  furious this week.  The happiness with this new Millennial MAIDEN is intoxicating in and of itself but when Bruce has obviously been with the grape; well that makes for an altogether different interview.  Not one to hold out from peer pressure (or for lack of a better excuse!) I popped myself a can of suds or six and got to the point, as much as was possible by the end of this drunken verbal marathon we were on.  Fact is, there is quite a bit of business in both the Bruce Dickinson and IRON MAIDEN camps, time to get serious.

Dickinson has recently released yet another solo album, this time a live disc, and as faithful metalheads would expect from Bruce, it is top shelf material all the way.  Representing the largest portion of setlists from concerts in several Brazilian cities, “SCREAM FOR ME BRAZIL” showcases the Bruce Dickinson Band at their rocking best.  No MAIDEN numbers here, the focus is on solo material, as Dickinson will explain, there was no need to because he is once again back with MAIDEN.  So, what we have here are songs representing the best of Dickinson’s solo catalogue performed in front of a teaming arena of crazed Brazilian metalheads.  The tour book sized CD insert documents it all and is itself so incredibly well done that special mention should be made of it and, I guess, just has been!  Kudos to the art director for the mass of photos and other documentation included.

In addition to the live solo record, issued under Dickinson’s own AIR RAID RECORDS imprint, there are to be several other releases.  At least three SAMSON releases that feature Dickinson, the reappearance of the “METAL FOR MUTHAS” series and a compilation of rare and unreleased solo tracks and by years end another solo studio album, whew!  Combine all that with a full-blown MAIDEN album/tour cycle and it looks to be yet another busy year for Mr. Dickinson to say the least.

Bruce phoned in from France where he was finishing up the new MAIDEN epic.  We covered a lot of ground as the hour we had planned to speak slipped into two and then quite nearly three.  Here are a few feet of that territory, as for me, next stop is the aspirin bottle.

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