Iron Maiden Drummer Nicko McBrain Reveals He Suffered a Stroke
Iron Maiden drummer Nicko McBrain revealed in a message on Thursday (Aug. 3) that he had suffered a stroke in January that left him partially paralyzed just before Iron Maiden were set to begin preparing for their 2023 leg of their current world tour.
Now, McBrain is mostly on the mend. He reported that he is "somewhere near" 70 percent recovered after the stroke. He has still been performing on tour with Iron Maiden throughout the summer.
Find McBrain's post below. Underneath that, see Iron Maiden's remaining 2023 concert dates on their ongoing "The Future Past Tour."
"I hope this message finds you all well!" McBrain writes in an update on Iron Maiden's official website. "The reason I'm writing to you all today is to let you know of a very serious health problem that I have been through," he continues.
"In January I had a stroke, thank the Lord it was a minor one referred to as a TIA," the Iron Maiden drummer explains. "It left me paralyzed on my right side from my shoulder on down, of course I was very worried that my career was over but with the love and support from my wife, Rebecca and family, my doctors, especially Julie my OT (Occupational Therapist), and my Maiden family I was able to bounce back to somewhere near 70% recovered."
He continues, "After 10 weeks of intense therapy it was almost time to start rehearsals for our tour. I feel it's important to let you know about this now instead of earlier as I was mainly concerned with doing my job and concentrating on getting back to 100% fitness. I'm not there yet but by the grace of God I'm getting better and stronger."
McBrain adds, "Thank you all for a most wonderful and magical tour so far, you have all been so amazing. Well that's it from me. God bless you all, stay safe and well and I look forward to seeing you all somewhere in time."
Iron Maiden Member Health
McBrain has dealt with health issues while in Maiden before. Last year, the 71-year-old drummer said he was diagnosed with Stage 1 laryngeal cancer in 2020. Fortunately, he and his doctors caught the cancer early and were able to treat it.
Loudwire wishes McBrain all the best in his recovery.
Iron Maiden 2023 Tour Dates
Sept. 28 – Calgary, Alberta @ Saddledome
Sept. 30 – Edmonton, Alberta @ Rogers Place
Oct. 2 – Vancouver, British Columbia @ GM Place
Oct. 6 – Indio, Calif. @ Power Trip Festival