Get well soon, Bruce

in jokes as well as soon as well as electric
IRON MAIDEN's very own Bruce Dickinson- who rabid MAIDEN fans like me generally prefer to as "the second coming of Christ", or "GREATEST. FRONTMAN. EVER."- is recovering after being treated for a cancerous lump on his tongue:
The cancer was diagnosed during a routine check-up just before Christmas and Dickinson has just completed a seven-week course of chemotherapy and radiology. 
The band are due to go on a European tour from May 27 to July 5, but have urged fans to be patient. 
Hundreds of upset Iron Maiden fans from around the world took to Twitter to wish him a speedy recovery. 
The band said in the statement: '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 tumour at the back of his tongue. A seven week course of chemotherapy and radiology treatment was completed yesterday. 
'As the tumour 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.
Mentally, I've known for years that the day will come when legends like Steve Harris and Bruce Dickinson will no longer be with us. But that knowledge never really prepares you for the emotional gut-punch that you get when something actually does happen to the legends that you worship and whose work has meant so much to you as a fan.

When I first heard that Ronnie James Dio had passed, for instance, I simply couldn't believe it. I just sat there checking through the Bravewords news feed, trying to see if there might have been some kind of mistake, thinking that maybe it was all just a horrible joke and that we'd soon be hearing that magnificent voice of his roaring out through the speakers on another HEAVEN OR HELL tour.

But it wasn't a bad joke. He really was gone. And the world lost one of the all-time greatest personalities and artists in the history of music.

So I'm truly glad that Bruce is going to be all right- or at least, I really hope he is. I've seen IRON MAIDEN play live six times now, and they've kicked my ass each and every time. Tonight I'll raise a glass to Bruce's health and to the prospect of seeing him on tour with his fellow living legends at least one more time.

Godspeed, Bruce. And UP THE IRONS!


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