We have some fantastic news to report. Following the startling revelation back in February that Bruce Dickinson was diagnosed with a cancerous tumor on the back of his tongue, the legendary Iron Maiden singer has now been given the "all clear" by his doctors.

The band revealed on Friday (May 15) via a post on their official website that a recent MRI scan showed that Dickinson is now cancer free. However, Iron Maiden will be taking the entire year off from touring as Dickinson gets back to his full strength. But the band still plans to release a new studio album at some point this year.

In a statement, 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!”

Meanwhile, Iron Maiden's manager, Ron 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.

We'd just like to say, "Way to go, Bruce!" We've been pulling for you, and we're incredibly happy to hear the great news regarding your health!

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