Iron Maiden Frontman's Cancer Scared Nicko Straight

(Classic Rock) Iron Maiden drummer Nicko McBrain faced up to his alcohol problem after seeing how bandmate Bruce Dickinson dealt with cancer, he's revealed. The vocalist laid down his tracks for 16th album The Book Of Souls in 2014 before being diagnosed with the disease, and received the all-clear last year.

McBain tells Metal Hammer: "He's my hero. What happened with him was very, very frightening, but he fought it well, he studied it, he had great people working with him, and now he's back stronger than ever.

"I'm so proud of him for battling through that terrible, obnoxious disease, and coming back through that. He's my Miracle Man, he really is. When the doctors gave him the all-clear, that was the last time I took a drink.

"Having Bruce being sick, I went into a bit of a slump. After finding out he was well, I thought, 'You know what? I'm gonna have to get myself fit.'" Read more here.

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