Bruce Dickinson Recalls How He Scared To Lose His Voice Due To Cancer


Iron Maiden frontman Bruce Dickinson talked about the time when he was dealing with cancer during a recent interview with Yahoo.

Bruce announced back in 2015 that he has been diagnosed with cancer at the back of his tongue, and he went through seven weeks of chemotherapy to overcome the disease. In May, Bruce managed to clear all the cancer cells from his body. Following the removal of cancer, Iron Maiden released a new record in September, named ‘The Book Of Souls,’ which peaked at No. 1 in UK Albums charts.

In the conversation, Bruce remembered the time he first tried singing after the treatment and admitted that he sounded really terrible, just like a ‘wounded beast.’ Therefore, the iconic singer wanted to take a break for about two or three months. Fortunately enough, Bruce realized that his voice was getting better, which made him feel relieved.

According to Bruce, he started to sing with even higher notes than he usually did because of the removal of the obstacle in his mouth. As Bruce said, it felt like having more horsepower in higher pitches.

Bruce Dickinson talked about his disease in the interview:

“I had a three-and-a-half-centimeter — basically a golf ball — living down at the base of my tongue, right at the base. So, that was sitting there for I really don’t know how long by the time it got big enough to notice.

But I did a whole album with that sort of sitting there. And when it went away, I guess there’s a lot more space for the sound come out! Not to put too fine a point on it, but there’s no more obstruction in the way, you know?

So yeah, with the high notes I was like, ‘Wow! Whoosh!’ There’s a lot more horsepower in some of the high notes, which is interesting.”

He continued:

“In early May, I started trying to sing and it sounded absolutely terrible. I sounded like some wounded beast. I was just like, ‘Oh my God!’

So, I waited another two or three months. I was wandering around the kitchen, waiting until everybody had gone out, and just started to give the voice a bit of a workout.

I went, ‘OK, let’s have a go at the top. I went, ‘Oh, ooh, yep, yep, yep, yep, yep. Oh my God.’ And then I just relaxed, because I’m not in a hurry now; I know it’s all there. It’s come back.”

Later in the conversation, Bruce talked about what would happen if the disease affected his voice and said he wasn’t afraid of starting all over again.