IRON MAIDEN Guitarist: 'If You're Going On A Six-Month Tour, You've Got To Pace Yourself'

IRON MAIDEN guitarist Janick Gers spoke with Christopher Toh of Singapore's Today Online ahead of the band's concert at the Singapore Indoor Stadium on February 15.

On the first show of IRON MAIDEN's current tour, which kicked off this past Friday, February 11 in Moscow, Russia:

Gers: "We were to set off from London in the morning and we had a problem with the plane. We had to actually make a new part for it. And we put it on and it didn't work. That was a bit of a 'Spinal Tap' moment, I think."

On how IRON MAIDEN has survived being on the road after 35 years:

Gers: "You know, you hear a lot of bands cancelling a tour because of 'nervous exhaustion' — but what that means is that they've got so drunk they can't do the gig any more. If you're going on a six-month tour, you've got to pace yourself."

Check out photos of the Moscow concert:

* Headbanger.ru
* Darkside.ru

IRON MAIDEN will be arriving in Singapore in its specially customized Boeing 757 airliner Ed Force One which will be transporting band, crew and their entire 10-ton stage production 50,000 miles right around the globe and piloted by lead singer Bruce Dickinson, a qualified airline captain.

Commented MAIDEN bassist Steve Harris: "It's been a long-held ambition of ours to play in Singapore and we're delighted the opportunity has now come around. We're really looking forward to seeing our fans there for the first time and playing songs from the new album and, of course, many older fan favorites too! We'll also be bringing a spectacular live show, including the latest incarnation of [band mascot] Eddie, who has to be seen to be believed! It's going to be a really special night."

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