Bruce Dickinson says his vocals got more horsepower after his cancer surgery

Author Samuel Järvinen - 31.8.2021

Metal legend Iron Maiden’s lead singer Bruce Dickinson underwent treatment for cancer in 2015. A large tumor was found on the back of the singer’s tongue and had to be removed.

Before the tumor was removed, Iron Maiden had recorded their new album “Book Of Souls”. Dickinson says he noticed a difference between his singing on that album and after the tumor was removed. Dickinson told Ultimate Classic Rock:

“When it went away, I guess there’s a lot more space for the sound come out!,” the frontman proclaimed. “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.”

“In early May [2015], I started trying to sing and it sounded absolutely terrible. I sounded like some wounded beast. 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.’”

Iron Maiden’s new album Senjutsu will be out on September 3rd.