Iron Maiden drummer Nicko McBrain speaks of his health following stroke

Author Flavia Andrade - 23.10.2023

In a recent interview on SiriusXM’s “Trunk Nation Power Trip Special,” Iron Maiden drummer Nicko McBrain talked about his health, after suffering a stroke in January.

McBrain, now 71, revealed last August that he had suffered a transient ischaemic attack or “mini-stroke” seven months before, but was still able to play with the band on their Future Past tour, which started in May.

In McBrain’s words:

It’s going great. It started off a little shaky for me, but as the time and the more shows we performed, I started to get a little bit more strength and they’d been really rocking out well. And the last couple of months have been fantastic.

I’m 85 to 90 percent back to strength. I had to change certain drum fills. Some fills that everybody knows me for on certain songs, I’ve had to improvise those at rehearsals to be able to actually play the songs. So now I’m starting to actually be able to kind of embrace it a bit more. And I can’t do that live. I have to wait until we start doing some rehearsals again or whatever it is. But I’m definitely getting stronger.