You can't stop rock and roll, but apparently you can derail it for a little bit.

Such is the case with Iron Maiden's current tour, which is now off the road for a few days after guitarist Dave Murray broke a finger during Friday night's show in Los Angeles.

The guitarist fractured the pinkie finger on his left hand, prompting the heavy metal journeymen to cancel shows in San Jose on Saturday and Las Vegas on Monday. The band is expected to be back on stage for Thursday's show in El Paso, Texas.

Because of plans to tour Europe, the band will not be able to reschedule the cancelled shows.

The band's management issued a statement noting, "This is obviously very unfortunate. Dave is in a lot of pain and is unable to use the little finger of his fret hand--which of course is vital for any guitarist. We are hoping for a quick recovery and promise to make it up to the fans in San Jose and Las Vegas when we come back through next year."

The injury comes as Maiden was busy selling out venues in support of "Ed Hunter," the band's upcoming greatest hits collection/PC video game.

If you want to catch Maiden's last few Stateside dates (and you live in Texas), here's where to look:

  • 8/5 - El Paso, TX @ El Paso County Coliseum
  • 8/7 - San Antonio, TX @ Sunken Garden Amph.
  • 8/8 - Dallas, TX @ Bronco Bowl