Iron Maiden: Dance of the dead soundboard. Hammerstein Ballroom, New York, USA. 24.01.04
This is the famous night where an idiot throw a beer over the soundboard so at the end there weren’t encores and at the end of Iron Maiden when this happened, sounds terrible, this is the Francois version, there is a second version from video filmed by Maria, sound is good not amazing but with this big problem can´t be rated higher, here you can read what Rod Smallwood wrote the same day about the incident.
From Iron Maiden’s web site:
“25/01/2004 Hammerstein drunken idiot
Its Sunday morning and already l see many posts in the forum. On behalf of the band and myself all of you have our symapathy, especially the many of you who travelled 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 travelled 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 til 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.
Taped by: Françoise
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CAN I PLAY WITH MADNESS
DANCE OF DEATH
BRAVE NEW WORLD
LORD OF THE FLIES
NO MORE LIES
HALLOWED BE THY NAME
FEAR OF THE DARK
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