Monday, March 28, 2011
Iron Maiden: Rio Concert Canceled After Crowd Surge Causes Barricade To Collapse
According to Terra, a surging crowd of Iron Maiden fans caused a barricade to collapse during the band's concert Sunday, March 27 at HSBC Arena in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, forcing the group to cancel the show. The incident happened during the first song of the band's set (see video below), "Satellite 15 ... The Final Frontier", when the barrier separating the fans from the stage broke and the crowd rushed forward towards the members of the group.
Iron Maiden's lead singer, Bruce Dickinson, noticed the commotion and urged the crowd to take it easy. He said, "Hey guys, please calm down. Everyone, take a step backward. The fence broke and it's dangerous. We do not want anyone to get hurt." The members of the band then stopped playing and Dickinson explained that they would resume in the concert in ten minutes after the fence had been repaired. The audience waited, but after 20 minutes, boos became more audible as the crowd began losing its patience. Dickinson then returned to the stage to break the bad news. "The fence is completely broken. We do not want anyone to get hurt," he said. Read more on this story on Blabbermouth.
The new, enlarged version of Eddie, the blood-spitting skeletal mascot of the heavy metal rock group Iron Maiden, made its live debut last night (Saturday, March 26) during the band's headlining concert at the Morumbi stadium in São Paulo, Brazil.