IRON MAIDEN Manager Issues Statement Regarding Abbreviated N.Y. Show

IRON MAIDEN manager Rod Smallwood has issued the following statement regarding the band's abbreviated performance at the Hammerstein Ballroom in New York City Saturday night (Jan. 24):

"It's Sunday morning and already l see many posts in the forum. On behalf of the band and myself all of you have our sympathy, especially the many of you who traveled great distances to be there. This gig sold out in a matter of minutes when it went on sale last December and we know, being the weekend show, a lot of you traveled in from many parts of the USA and Canada. For those who aren't sure what happened, some idiot in the first couple of rows on the mezzanine above the mixing desk thought it was a good idea to chuck his beer in the air rather then down his throat. It landed on the desk blowing too many channels to be retrievable. This prevented us playing any encores. We are very sorry for the fans there and we know you know there was absolutely nothing we could do. Believe me, the band were gutted. It was a great gig up 'till then. Thanks from the band for the good-natured way you accepted this bad news — we always say MAIDEN fans are the best.

"Maybe we will see some of you again on Monday or Tuesday and to anyone else coming along, remember beer is to be drunk not thrown at a gig. And to the idiot who caused this, l do hope you learned a lesson."

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