Iron Maiden Cancels Dates After Guitarist's Head Injury

Iron Maiden has been forced to cancel a number of European dates after guitarist Janick Gers injured his head in an onstage fall at a concert Saturday night.

A spokesperson for Maiden said that Gers fell from the front of the stage during the band's July 8 show in Mannheim, Germany. The guitarist dropped some ten feet to the venue's floor, leaving him unconscious and bleeding from his forehead. Gers also sprained his back and suffered additional bruising, and he received six stitches at a local hospital.

Gers has been ordered to rest for at least a week and is currently recovering in London. As a result, Maiden has had to cancel shows in Essen, Germany; Sophia, Bulgaria; and Athens, Greece. The injury is not expected to change the band's plans to kick off its North American tour on August 1 in Toronto with Rob Halford and Queensrÿche (see "Iron Maiden Taps Halford, Queensrÿche For Tour").

"We are

always very disappointed when we are forced to cancel shows in this way, but we are also relieved that Janick is recovering, as it was a serious fall," Maiden bassist Steve Harris said in a statement announcing the cancellations. "We were all very concerned for him when he was taken away in the ambulance. Right now all we can say is sorry to our fans in Germany, Bulgaria, and Greece, but I'm sure they can understand the reason and will also wish Janick a quick recovery."

If you want to wish Janick well when the band hits the States, here's where to catch them:

  • 8/1 - Toronto, ON @ Air Canada Centre
  • 8/2 - Montreal, QC @ Molson Centre
  • 8/3 - Quebec City, QC @ Colisee Arena
  • 8/5 - New York, NY @ Madison Square Garden
  • 8/6 - Boston, MA @ Tweeter Center
  • 8/8 - Hartford, CT @ Meadows Music Center
  • 8/9 - Portland, ME @ Cumberland County Civic Cen.
  • 8/11 - Pittsburgh, PA @ Starlake Ampitheatre
  • 8/12 - Philadelphia, PA @ E-Center
  • 8/13 - Scranton,

    PA @ Coors Light Ampi. @Montage

  • 8/15 - Detroit, MI @ Pine Knob Ampitheatre
  • 8/16 - Buffalo, NY @ Darien Lake Ampitheatre
  • 8/19 - St. Louis, MO @ Riverport Ampitheater
  • 8/20 - Kansas City, KS @ Sandstone Ampitheatre
  • 8/23 - Cleveland, OH @ Blossom Music Center
  • 8/25 - Chicago, IL @ UIC Pavilion
  • 8/26 - Milwaukee, WI @ Marcus Ampitheatre
  • 8/27 - St. Paul, MN @ Roy Wilkins Auditorium
  • 8/29 - Colorado Springs, CO @ World Arena
  • 8/30 - Denver, CO @ Red Rocks Ampitheatre
  • 9/1 - Dallas, TX @ Starplex Ampitheatre
  • 9/2 - Houston, TX @ Woodlands Pavilion
  • 9/3 - San Antonio, TX @ Sunken Garden Ampitheatre
  • 9/4 - San Antonio, TX @ Sunken Garden Ampitheatre
  • 9/6 - El Paso, TX @ University Of Texas @ El Paso
  • 9/8 - Albuquerque, NM @ Mesa Del Sol
  • 9/9 - Phoenix, AZ @ Desert Sky Pavilion
  • 9/10 - Irvine, CA @ Irvine Meadows
  • 9/12 - San Diego, CA @ San Diego Sports Arena
  • 9/13 - Los Angeles, CA @ Universal Amphitheatre
  • 9/15 - Bakersfield,

    CA @ Centennial Garden

  • 9/16 - San Jose, CA @ Shoreline Ampitheatre
  • 9/18 - Anchorage, AK @ Sullivan Arena
  • 9/20 - Tacoma, WA @ Tacoma Dome
  • 9/21 - Vancouver, BC @ Pacific Coliseum
  • 9/23 - Calgary, AB @ Saddledome
  • 9/24 - Edmonton, AB @ Skyreach Centre