Iron Maiden drummer: I had a stroke in January, I was paralyzed

" I was very worried that my career was over"

by Sead Dedovic
Iron Maiden drummer: I had a stroke in January, I was paralyzed

The longtime drummer of Iron Maiden, Nicko McBrain (71) surprised many when he announced that he had a stroke in January of this year. The consequences were such that his right side remained paralyzed. However, McBrain was a fighter and did not want to give up in difficult moments.

He managed to recover 70%. "The reason I'm writing to you all today is to let you know of a very serious health problem that I have been through. 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.


Nicko McBrain on his recovery

It is important to note that, despite not being at 100%, McBrain was able to join the band and attend all the concerts. There is a strong belief and hope in his mind that things will work out great for him and that he will be able to recover fully.

"After 10 weeks of intense therapy it was almost time to start rehearsals for our tour. 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.

I'm not there yet but by the grace of God I'm getting better and stronger as the weeks go by." Of course, he did not forget to thank the fans for their huge support. Their support is exactly what gives him the strength to keep fighting.
Thank you all for a most wonderful and magical tour so far, you have all been so amazing."