IRON MAIDEN’s Maiden England 2013 World Tour came to a spectacular end two nights ago in Santiago, Chile, with a return to the Estadio Nacional, playing to 60,105 fans, “the largest audience by a British band ever” (La Tercera newspaper). This is quite ironic considering Maiden were banned by the Church from playing in Chile in 1992, yet have played there four times in the past six years alone, and of course recorded the live DVD En Vivo! at the Estadio Nacional in 2011.
Tour Production Manager, Patrick Ledwith has revealed the following details from his 2013 Tour Logbook:
“Since rehearsals started 131 days ago with 1 Band and 102 crew, there have been 46 Shows, 1,175,714 Maiden fans, 45,350 miles travelled, 44 cities in 25 different countries on 3 continents, 3,853 hotel rooms, 71,579 lbs of air freight, 2,576 stage hands, 350 lighting fixtures, 330 sets of guitar strings, 2,000 picks,184 drums sticks, 600 rolls of gaffer, 400 rolls of over tape, 598 tanks of CO2 gas, 278 tanks of propane, 3,380 dinners, 96 cheese wheels, 5,646 bottles of Trooper beer, hundreds of miles walked by Hackers… and we have made it to the end of another tour.”
Says Iron Maiden: “The band are now heading home and would like to thank all their legendary fans for making this such a memorable tour for everyone involved. You are the best of the best! Thanks also to Special Guests on the final leg of the tour; MEGADETH in the US, and SLAYER and GHOST in Latin America. And to VOODOO SIX and all the other bands we played with across Europe at the festivals during the summer. And, of course, to the Killer Krew. Thanks to all of you! Check out this live footage from another of the South American shows in front of 90,000 of our Brazilian friends – ‘Run To The Hills’ from Rock In Rio Festival.”