Iron Maiden singer Bruce Dickinson given all-clear after cancer treatment

Band are working on a new album in Paris

Iron Maiden singer Bruce Dickinson has been given the all-clear following a seven-week course of radiotherapy and chemotherapy treatment for cancer.

Dickinson was diagnosed in February with a cancerous growth on the back of his tongue.

In a statement, Dickinson said: “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 said Dickinson’s recovery meant the band would be unable to play any shows until next year. However, the band are working in Paris with their regular producer Kevin Shirley for their first album since 2010’s ‘The Final Frontier’. It is expected to be released this year.

Smallwood said: “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 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. The band and I appreciate all your positive support.”