British heavy metal legends IRON MAIDEN this week landed at position No. 1 on Billboard.com's "Hot Tours" list of top-grossing tours with $15.2 million in ticket sales from nine of the final performances on their "Maiden England" world tour. The shows were attended by a total of 263,860 fans (out of a capacity of 303,806) and included the October 2 concert in Santiago, Chile's National Stadium, which drew more than 57,000 fans.
The "Maiden England" tour kicked off last summer and has generated $57.4 million from 54 concerts. Overall tour attendance topped 903,000 during the two-year span.
During a recent new interview with Chile's Radio Futuro, IRON MAIDEN guitarist Dave Murray was asked if there are any plans for the band to return to the studio to begin work on material for the follow-up to 2010's "The Final Frontier".
"We've been out on tour quite a few months this year," Dave explained. "So when we finish, we're actually going to go and head back and take a break, really."
He continued: "We haven't got any plans, as such, really, what's gonna happen next year. Basically, we're just gonna wait and see. [laughs] But there's things that are going on in the meantime. I mean, we just had a beer come out — it's like the Trooper beer — and that's actually doing really well. So we'll just let the Trooper beer go on tour for us. [laughs] And then we're just gonna spend some time off recuperating. So I'm not quite sure what's gonna be happening next year. It's all up in the air."