January 27, 2004 (New York)–Legendary Heavy Metal act Iron Maiden is currently in the midst of a four-night, sold-out run at New York’s Hammerstein Ballroom, bringing its trademark thundering riffs to the masses. On Saturday night, however, the second show of the series was cut short when an over-exuberant fan threw a beer on to the front-of-house console. The drink shorted out various channels on the Midas Heritage desk, forcing the band to forego its planned encores.
The band’s manager, Ron Smallwood, noted the incident on the band’s website the next day, explaining to fans that “…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.” Smallwood also reported that the band was “gutted” about the inability to play its encores and added that “beer is to be drunk not thrown at a gig. And to the idiot who caused this, l do hope you learned a lesson.”
Audio gear for the short U.S. tour is being supplied by Cookeville, TN-based Hy-Phy Sound, carrying EAW KF760 and KF761 line-array loudspeakers, custom Crown/HyPhy CTS 3000x, as well as a monitor system based around EAW boxes and Shure PSM700 wireless units. Hy-Phy could not be reached for comment at press time.
It’s not the first time that alcohol has caused problems for Iron Maiden’s FOH desks. A spokesperson for London-based ML Executives, which supplied gear for the European dates on last year’s “Give Me Ed… Til I’m Dead” tour reported that the first and last dates of that jaunt both saw a Midas Heritage 3000 console get doused by beer, surviving the opening night’s mishap but not the closing night’s drenching.