"Scream for me Brazil!"

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"Why, yes, I AM in fact as badass as I look in this picture"
It's Friday, it's sunny outside, and the GREATEST SINGER OF AL- er, I mean, Bruce Dickinson has just been given the all-clear following a course of treatment for cancer:
IRON MAIDEN singer Bruce Dickinson, who earlier in the year underwent a seven-week course of chemotherapy and radiology to treat a small cancerous tumor at the back of his tongue, has been given "the all-clear" by his specialists following his recent MRI scan. 
Says Bruce: "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!" 
Adds IRON MAIDEN manager Rod Smallwood: "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."
Knowing Bruce, he'll be back in fine fettle soon enough. The man is irrepressible, as anyone who has ever seen him charge around a stage like a man with his hair on fire can attest.

I have to say, I'm hugely relieved to see this. I am, of course, a HUGE fan of IRON MAIDEN- also known as THE GREATEST BAND OF ALL TIME. I cannot WAIT to see them tear it up live again- last time I saw them on tour was in 2012, and they absolutely killed it.

On top of all of this good news, though, we have the truly awesome news that there is a new IRON MAIDEN album coming out before the end of the year.

Now, as news goes, it doesn't get much bigger than this. The year of our Lord 2015 is shaping up to be a very good one indeed in the metal world. Just take a look at all of this good stuff that got, or will be, released this year:
  • BLIND GUARDIAN
  • NIGHTWISH
  • HELLOWEEN
  • POWERWOLF
  • Possibly a new AMON AMARTH
  • Maybe a new MEGADETH
  • JOE SATRIANI
  • Could be a new VOLBEAT in the offing too
And I'm sure there are loads of other great bands whose work I forgot to include here.

On top of ALL of that, we get a new IRON MAIDEN album. I mean, does it get any better than this?!

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