Iron Maiden won’t be making any plans about their future until Bruce Dickinson’s health status is confirmed, says manager Rod Smallwood.
The iconic frontman recently completed a 7-week cancer treatment after a tumour was discovered on his tongue late last year.
Although he is on the road to recovery, the band have postponed the release of their 16th studio album and won’t make another decision on where to go until at least the end of May.
Smallwood says: “Bruce has asked me to thank everyone for their tremendous support and kind wishes. He has been touched and encouraged by the genuine and affectionate response from our global family of fans.
“Radiology is cumulative – it continues to build in the body for around three weeks after treatment. So even though Bruce’s course is complete, he’s had a long period of considerable pain and discomfort.
“He is happily starting to recuperate. The pain will continue to abate and the swelling reduce for next couple of months, at which time he will be able to take an MRI scan. It is not until then that we’ll have full confirmation that the cancer has been completely destroyed.”
He adds: “The rest of the band are totally supportive, and Maiden’s plans will be determined by Bruce’s progress. Please continue your positive thoughts – they are very much appreciated.”
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