Iron Maiden Drummer Says New Album Is Done

Nicko McBrain tells Florida radio station a record is finished, but Bruce Dickinson’s health comes first

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Nicko McBrain

Nicko McBrain may look like he built his own house, and hammered everything together with his face, but I have loads of respect for the Iron Maiden drummer.

Obviously. I mean, he’s a legend. He’s played a part in the creation of some of my favorite songs. He’s the man.

He’s probably also experienced some pretty fetching trim over the years, which I’m envious of.

The Iron Maiden kitman sat for an interview earlier this week with the gang at 98.7 The Gater in West Palm Beach, Florida, and says the new album is in the bag.

Of course, things are on hold for Maiden as singer Bruce Dickinson continues to battle tongue cancer; he recently underwent chemotherapy and radiology to treat a small tumor on the back of his tongue.

“We were all blown away when we heard the news,” says Nicko. “But the great thing is [Bruce is] in great hands back home in England, not only with his family, but his oncologists and all the people that are working with him. They were all very positive, as Bruce has been, through the whole thing.”

Nicko added:

“Obviously, it’s a blow for everybody to hear the news. Last week, the official announcement was made, after he finished his treatment. And all of that treatment went exceedingly well. And from not having spoken to Bruce for a couple of weeks, but talking to our manager, he was in amazing spirits, considering the brutality of the radiology, and he had three chemo sessions. So it’s been pretty hard, as you can imagine. And he’s apparently doing very well. He was in the office Wednesday last week, and apparently he went out. He goes down the pub… although he can’t taste his beer. He said, ‘At least I know it’s a Trooper. I’ve got the bottle in my hand.’ [Laughs] I said, ‘Does it still work?’ ‘Oh yeah!’ [Laughs]”

McBrain said that Bruce is in “great hands” and “we expect him to have a full recovery in the next couple of months. And then, watch this space, really. We have made an album. The album was ready to go this year… and it still is. When I was ‘was,’ we were planning on going out and doing some work around the album, which now, we’re all just holding on, and once Bruce is up and running, hopefully in the next couple of months, we’ll… You never know when this might happen. You just never know, do you? [Laughs]”

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