12th June 2016

iron maiden

Iron Maiden drummer Nicko McBrain gave an interview on Friday to Paul Anthony of Planet Rock ahead of Maiden's much-anticipated closing set at Download Festival tonight, Sunday 12th June 2016, and said that Bruce Dickinson is his hero.

Bruce gave everyone a fright last year when he announced that he was receiving chemotherapy and radiation treatment for a tumour on his tongue but he recovered in true trooper fashion and is now absolutely smashing it on stage on The Book Of Souls World Tour, as well as piloting Ed Force One, the most incredible tour bus in the history of music.

Nicko was full of praise for the way the Maiden frontman has handled the band's intense touring schedule just a few months after undergoing his treatment.

"I've gotta be honest... Bruce is my hero," Nicko said. "We all know... it's well documented what he went through with his illness and whatnot and then he comes out and learns how to fly a 747. And it's so strange, because Bruce isn't a particularly big guy. He's a strong lad, but when you go up to the flight deck and you see this massive big cockpit and there's Bruce sitting there...

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"It's such a great thing to see Bruce... Having him on a 757 is a lot smaller but he's gone along, he's done all the exams for the 747 pilot license and he had 100% on his written exam, which is hats off.

"And then he gets up on stage - believe me... I mean, just listen to the performance of 'Death Or Glory'. You know, that's just a little bit of what he gives in these live shows. And we're all having such a great time."

And in case you haven't seen it yet, here is the performance of 'Death Or Glory' that Nicko was talking about.

Click here for our report of yesterday's arrival of Ed Force One at East Midlands Airport...

Click here for Chris Dale's first hand account of the early days of Bruce Air. It's an eye-opener...

Click here for Mark Taylor's first hand account of Maiden's very recent gig at Waldbühne Amphitheatre, Berlin...

Remaining Tour Dates:

Wed 15 Oslo, Norway Telenor Arena
Fri 17 Gothenburg, Sweden Ullevi Stadium
Sun 19 Dessel, Belgium Graspop Metal Meeting
Tue 21 Herning, Denmark Jyske Bank Boxen
Thu 23 Kaunas, Lithuania Zalgirio Arena
Sat 25 Moscow, Russia Olimpiyskiy
Wed 29 Hameenlinna, Finland Kantolan Tapahtumapuisto

Fri 1 Sopron, Hungary Volt Festival
Sun 3 Wroclaw, Poland Wroclaw Stadium
Tue 5 Prague, Czech Republic Eden Arena
Wed 6 Zilina, Slovakia Zilina Airport
Sat 9 Viveiro, Spain Resurrection Festival
Mon 11 Lisbon, Portugal MEO Arenav
Wed 13 Madrid, Spain Barclaycard Center
Thu 14 Seville, Spain Olimpic Stadium
Sat 16 Barcelona, Spain Rock Fest
Wed 20 Nyon, Switzerland Paleo Festival
Fri 22 Milan, Italy Mediolanum Forum
Sun 24 Rome, Italy Rock In Rome Sonisphere
Tue 26 Trieste, Italy Piazza Dellà Unita D'Italia
Wed 27 Split, Croatia Spaladium Arena
Sat 30 Bucharest, Romania Constitution Square

Tue 2 Esch-sur-Alzette, Luxembourg Rockhal
Thu 4 Wacken, Germany Wacken Open Air



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