In a message to fans of the band, Iron Maiden drummer Nicko McBrain let everyone know that he suffered a stroke earlier this year in January. He also let everyone know that he’s getting better and just as handsome as you remember. Here’s the video of his statement.

Here’s the full written statement he was talking about in the video.

“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. In January I had a stroke, thank the Lord it was a minor one referred to as a TIA. 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. 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 as the weeks go by. Thank you all for a most wonderful and magical tour so far, you have all been so amazing.”

Longtime Iron Maiden manager Rod Smallwood had this to say.

“The rest of the band and l think that what Nicko has been able to achieve since his stroke shows incredible belief and willpower and we are all very proud of him. With this new and musically very complex set to learn ahead of him, he just got his head down and concentrated on recovery. We honestly did not know if he would be able to play a whole show until band rehearsals started in May and there was just so much support for him from the band and then genuine relief for all when we saw he was going to be able to do it!

Nicko being Nicko he did not want to make a fuss and cause any distraction to the tour at the time but, now that he is sure he will soon get there, he thought you fans should know straight from him rather than by any rumours! We are all of course delighted he battled through this so well and look forward to many more tours together starting with the three Western Canada shows and Power Trip in California coming up in a couple of months time. We can’t wait! This tour is that good!”

Iron Maiden hits the last show of their current leg of The Future Past World Tour headlining Wacken Open Air Festival. Then they’ve got some dates in Western Canada and finish off the year at the Power Trip Festival in Southern California.

For those out there that speculated on why Nicko and Iron Maiden were doing certain songs certain ways on The Future Past tour and placed blame on Nicko, shame on you. The man was going through being paralyzed on his right side from his shoulder on down. To go from that to playing sold-out shows on one of the biggest rock/metal tours of the year is heroic.

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Source: Iron Maiden

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