Iron Maiden drummer Nicko McBrain has revealed that he is recovering from a stroke that he suffered early this year.
McBrain suffered a transient ischaemic attack, also known as a mini-stroke, in January, leaving him paralyzed on his right side.
In a statement and video message posted on Iron Maiden’s website, McBrain said, “In January I had a stroke, thank the Lord it was a minor one referred to as a TIA. It left me paralyzed on my right side from my shoulder on down, of course I was very worried that my career was over but with the love and support from my wife, Rebecca and family, my doctors, especially Julie my OT (Occupational Therapist), and my Maiden family I was able to bounce back to somewhere near 70% recovered.”
“After 10 weeks of intense therapy it was almost time to start rehearsals for our tour,” he continued. “I feel it’s important to let you know about this now instead of earlier as I was mainly concerned with doing my job and concentrating on getting back to 100% fitness.”
McBrain added that he has not fully recovered yet, “but by the grace of God,” he is “getting better and stronger as the weeks go by.”
After undergoing intensive therapy, he joined Iron Maiden on their summer European tour last month.
Band manager Rod Smallwood said the whole Iron Maiden team is looking forward to many more tours together starting with three Western Canada shows and Power Trip in California coming up in a couple of months’ time. “We can’t wait! This tour is that good!”
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