IRON MAIDEN were presented with the Special Achievement Award at Nordoff Robbins 29th annual gala charity lunch held in London earlier today (June 18).Nordoff-Robbins is committed to providing music therapy of the highest quality for people in need, training the future generations of therapists and developing the effectiveness of music therapy through research. Music is an intrinsic part of life and is a universal language. Music therapy is grounded in the belief that everyone can respond to music, no matter how ill, disabled or traumatized. Of the Special Achievement Award, presented by TV and radio personality Phil Jupitus, vocalist Bruce Dickinson said, "We were hugely honored by the award, and are very impressed with and supportive of the magical work of the Nordoff-Robbins therapists." IRON MAIDEN are taking a well-deserved break this year after last year's highly successful touring and "Dance of Death" album release. The band are expected to return to the road next year for a number of European festival appearances before entering the studio in November 2005 to begin work on a new album. A tentative spring 2006 release is expected.
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