Bruce Dickinson updated his fans in an interview with Revolver about snapping his Achilles tendon and stated that after going through many treatments, he can now use his leg and go on tour.
Iron Maiden’s vocalist went through a lot in terms of health problems, and it is admirable that his fans can still see him on stage performing at his best. In 2015, he was diagnosed with throat cancer and had to go through treatments for months. His most recent health problem was that he contracted Covid-19 and was recently in quarantine.
However, in the middle of these two health conditions, in 2019, Dickinson had a sudden accident and hurt his Achilles tendon. While he was recovering from that, he felt a sudden pain in his hip and found out that he needed a hip replacement. He stated that it was easy for him to rest during the lockdown, but now there will be a tour, and he is feeling great to be present and physical.
Here is how he addressed his Achilles and hip problem:
“Ha! The Achilles is fine. At the end of April, just about ten days before I finished all the vocals, I was fencing, and all of a sudden, it just felt like someone had given me an electric shock in the back of my right leg. I was on the floor, and I looked at my leg, and my foot was kind of not really connected to the rest of my leg. I was like, ‘Well, that’s kind of weird!’ Thirty-six hours later, they stitched it back together in the morning, and I walked out in the afternoon on the boot, which I wore while doing the rest of my vocals. And then, after I did the tour, I was still doing rehab on my calf, and all of a sudden my opposite hip was really hurting! Everybody said, ‘Oh, that’s because you were compensating for your Achilles,’ and yada yada yada, but when I went to the hip doctor and told him, ‘Hey look, this is really bugging me,’ he went, ‘Ah yes — that’s because you’ve got no cartilage left!’ I said, ‘Do I need a new hip?’ and he said, ‘Yeah, you will.’
So I did two or three more months like that and said, ‘Can we just swap it out?’ Because we were all on lockdown, and it wasn’t like I had anything else to do for the next two or three months. So last October, I had five and a half inches of titanium hammered into my femur, and now I’m back fencing, training, doing everything. My physio says I can pretty much do anything on it, so I am really looking forward to getting back to the States as soon as I possibly can, and then you can see me leaping from tree to tree and monitor to monitor!”
Iron Maiden’s new album ‘Senjutsu’ will be released on September 3, 2021, followed by a tour in 2022. It seems like the legendary vocalist is determined to overcome this pain until then and will be on stage soon enough.