Nicko McBrain Offers Bruce Dickinson Cancer Update/Says Iron Maiden Have Recorded A New Album

In a new interview with 98.7 The Gator, which you can listen to HERE, Iron Maiden drummer, Nicko McBrain has offered an update on vocalist, Bruce Dickinson’s condition, following his cancer treatment. McBrain also discussed the band’s 16th studio album, which is “ready to go.”

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McBrain said the following about Dickinson’s health:

“We were all blown away when we heard the news. 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.

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]” So, just to let everybody know, from what we can gather, he’s really in great hands, and he’s doing extremely well. So we expect him to have a full recovery in the next couple of months.”

As for the band’s new album, he said the following:

“We have made an album. The album was ready to go this year… and it still is. 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]”

The above quotes were transcribed by Loudwire.

Frankie Palmeri Offers Update On His Torn Vocal Chords

As previously reported, Emmure vocalist, Frankie Palmeri, has suffered a “major tear” in his vocal chords. After having to cancel two shows, and visiting a doctor, the singer is now offering an update on his condition. According to a post on the band’s Facebook, he was advised to take two weeks off, but the band is still continuing with the rest of the tour.

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Palmeri issued the following statement:

“Hey everyone , Frankie here again .

Just wanted to update you on my voice situation.

First off..the support and love I saw come from you guys was really incredible and I can’t thank you enough for your understanding and concern.

After returning to the stage last night in Nebraska , I decided it was best to really get a grasp on how much damage there is to my voice and whether or not I can actually continue on with the tour.

I got the chance to see a doctor today in Des Moines , Iowa and was advised by a ENT specialist to not scream for at least the next two weeks..

This was devastating news..

But with that being said..that does not mean we are canceling and that does not mean I will not be on stage to deliver the best show possible regardless of my condition…

I am highly depending on you , our fans. To come and help me get through these next couple weeks and really take part in the short time we have on stage as we support Suicide Silence on this 3 week long tour.

And just in case anyone thinks I am full of shit I added the photos of my diagnosis from today’s doctors visit.

Again…this is just to keep you informed on how I am doing and to remind you all that that we are NOT canceling anymore shows and despite my condition I will be up there to perform and reconnect with all of you amazing supporters.”

Up And Coming Band Allegedly Desecrate Dimebag Darrell’s Grave

In a shocking post, on Pantera’s Facebook page, the band called out an Instagram user, named Reece Eber (@crustyplague), who claimed him and his band vandalized Dimebag Darrell’s grave. The band, Nuclear Hellfrost, has since issued a statement saying their former singer was responsible for the post and that it was a “misguided political publicity stunt that (they) were dragged into.” They went on to say that this particular individual has “an awful sense of humor.”

Check out both posts below:

Regardless of whether or not it was hoax, the whole situation is still messed up. A legend like Dimebag, and any other human being for that matter, deserves respect and people who are willing to attack others are disgusting and vile. There is just no reason for it. R.I.P. Dimebag.

UPDATE: Eber has since issued his own statement via Nuclear Hellfost’s Facebook:

Concert Review: In Flames At The Catalyst In Santa Cruz

Last night (February 27), I attended the In Flames show at The Catalyst, in Santa Cruz, CA and it was a great show. Vocalist, Anders Fridén had an amazing stage presence and knew how the keep the crowd going. He even joked about the band’s style change when fans asked for newer songs, even though people tend to complain that they don’t play enough older songs. The highlights of their set include their performance of “Clayman,” “Deliver Us,” “Take This Life” and “My Sweet Shadow.”

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All That Remains were also on hand for a rocking set. Their performance might have even been the strongest of the night. The highlights from their set include their performance of “This Calling” and “What If I Was Nothing.”

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The opening act of the night was Wovenwar (ex-As I Lay Dying, Oh Sleeper) and they had a cool set as well. The live version of their track “The Mason,” was especially awesome. They are a solid act and it would defiantly be worth checking out one of their headlining shows one day.

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Motor Sister Stream Debut Album “Ride”

Motor Sister, the new project featuring Scott Ian (Anthrax), his wife Pearl Aday, John Tempesta (The Cult, ex-Exodus etc.), Joey Vera (Armored Saint, Fates Warning) and Jim Wilson (Mother Superior) playing Mother Superior songs, are streaming their debut album, Ride, via AllMusic. The album will officially be released on March 10.

Click the LINK to go to the stream.

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