British heavy metal legends Iron Maiden have released the following statement (via Blabbermouth):
"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 tumor at the back of his tongue. A seven-week course of chemotherapy and radiology treatment was completed yesterday. As the tumor 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."
Iron Maiden is believed to be putting the finishing touches on its new studio album with longtime producer Kevin Shirley for a 2015 release.
Maiden's 15th CD, "The Final Frontier," sold 63,000 copies in the United States in its first week of release to enter the Billboard 200 chart at position No. 4.
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