Janick Gers Injured in Mannheim Stage Fall
Guitarist Janick Gers was involved in a serious accident on Saturday night, July 8th, while Iron Maiden were playing their show in Mannheim, Germany, which resulted in him being taken straight to the hospital.
The accident happened just after the band returned onstage for their encores. Halfway through the first song, during his guitar solo, Janick lost his footing at the front of the stage and fell more than 10 feet into the photographers pit and onto the concrete floor of the venue.
He was knocked unconscious and received a gash across his forehead, which required 6 stitches. He also sprained his back and had severe bruising in a number of places. Fears that he may have suffered much more serious injury were not realized after Janick was taken immediately by ambulance to the local hospital for x-rays and treatment.
Janick has now been released and has returned back to London following medical advice from the hospital that he must take a full week off for recovery. Unfortunately, this has meant that the band have had to cancel their shows in Essen, Germany (yesterday) and the shows in Sophia, Bulgaria and Athens, Greece.
Says Steve Harris, “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. 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.”
The European tour will resume at the Vilar De Mouros Festival in Portugal this Sunday, July 16th.
Iron Maiden will be launching their North American tour as scheduled, with openers Queensryche & Halford in early August. The confirmed routing is below.
For up-to-date news, fans should check out www.ironmaiden.com.
Brave New World Tour
with special guests
Tuesday, August 1st - Toronto, ONT, Can. - Air Canada Centre
Wednesday, August 2nd - Montreal, QC, Can. - Molson Centre
Thursday, August 3rd - Quebec City, QC, Can. - Colisee Arena
Saturday, August 5th - New York, NY - Madison Square Garden
Sunday, August 6th - Boston, MA - Tweeter Center
Tuesday, August 8th - Hartford, CT - Meadows Music Center
Wednesday, August 9th - Portland, ME - Cumberland County Civic Cen.
Friday, August 11th - Pittsburgh, PA - Starlake Ampitheatre
Saturday, August 12th - Philadelphia, PA - E-Center
Sunday, August 13th - Scranton, PA - Coors Light Ampi. @Montage
Tuesday, August 15th - Detroit, MI - Pine Knob Ampitheatre
Wednesday, August 16th - Buffalo, NY - Darien Lake Ampitheatre
Saturday, August 19th - St. Louis, MO - Riverport Ampitheater
Sunday, August 20th - Kansas City, KS - Sandstone Ampitheatre
Wednesday, August 23rd - Cleveland, OH - Blossom Music Center
Friday, August 25th - Chicago, IL - UIC Pavilion
Saturday, August 26th - Milwaukee, WI - Marcus Ampitheatre
Sunday, August 27th - Minneapolis, MN - Roy Wilkins Ampitheatre
Tuesday, August 29th - Colorado Springs, CO - World Arena
Wednesday, August 30th - Denver, CO - Red Rocks Ampitheatre
Friday, September 1st - Dallas, TX - Starplex Ampitheatre
Saturday, September 2nd - Houston, TX - Woodlands Pavilion
Sunday, September 3rd - San Antonio, TX - Sunken Garden Ampitheatre
Monday, September 4th - San Antonio, TX - Sunken Garden Ampitheatre
Wednesday, September 6th - El Paso, TX - University Of Texas @ El Paso
Friday, September 8th - Albuquerque, NM - Mesa Del Sol
Saturday, September 9th - Phoenix, AZ - Desert Sky Pavilion
Sunday, September 10th - Irvine, CA - Irvine Meadows
Tuesday, September 12th - San Diego, CA - San Diego Sports Arena
Wednesday, September 13th - Los Angeles, CA - Universal Amphitheatre
Friday, September 15th - Bakersfield, CA - Centennial Garden
Saturday, September 16th - San Jose, CA - Shoreline Ampitheatre
Monday, September 18th - Anchorage, AK - Sullivan Arena
Wednesday, September 20th - Tacoma, WA - Tacoma Dome
Thursday, September 21st - Vancouver, BC, Can. - Pacific Coliseum
Saturday, September 23rd - Calgary, ALB, Can. - Saddledome
Sunday, September 24th - Edmonton, ALB, Can. - Skyreach Centre