30 Mar 2009 - Nicko's Diary - Chile & Peru

Well well well... hello boys and girls, it's Nicko here and I'm coming to you from Ed Force One. We've just this minute taken off from Peru, we did a show in Lima last night and what a honking, stonking show it was as well, I can tell you. We hit the stage at nine o'clock last night.. actually we were a little late going on as we had problems getting our pyro into Lima and we were trying to leave it til the last minute in the hope that we could get some explosive set up and all that good stuff for the kids but it didn't get out of customs in time though we tried for two 'kin days!. We had a stonking gig. About 30,000 kids turned up and they were all very excited to see Iron Maiden as much as we were to see them. It was after all the first time we have met!! We really didn't need the explosives as they were explosive enough (in Bruce's words) last night.

You may be wondering why you're graced with an extra diary or two from the old boy on the road, well I shall tell you why. After Santiago, Mr Smallwood popped over to Barbados to see his family and have a well-earned rest. We miss him - well I miss him, I'm not sure about the rest of them, I think they're all happy he's away cos they can get up to mischief when he's not around. Whereas I'm the most well-behaved geezer in the band so it's not a problem you see. But I'm missing him anyway and he asked me to carry on with the diaries while he's away. So here I am, whispering into this little dictaphone machine and we have a lovely lady back in London who translates the various garbage that I say into some reasonable semblence of normality I guess, well that's not, noo not at all, no normality here is there? Anyway so Rod's buggered off to Barbados to be with his family and have a little rest as I said, so I'm going to keep you up to date on some bits and pieces that we're up to. Rod's probably done a diary for you from Santiago so I'm gonna tell you what I got up to...

When we go there I went off to play golf with Jeffrey Weir and we had a fantastic time. We went to this fantastic little golfcourse called Santa Martini, it was a 9 hole course and they had two flags on each green - a red and a yellow - and then you'd alternate tees from the back to the front tees to the back to the front, that sort of thing. Yellow to yellow, red to red or you could play yellow to red and red to yellow, whatever took your fancy on the day. So we had a nice game of golf. We had a couple of free days after the show, we all flew in, had a day off, did the show and then had two clear days. So on the Monday after the show we did the golf and in the evening we had a crew and band party, basically to thank the crew for the wonderful work they've done with us, their loyalty and what not. After we won the Brit award for best live act and then the SXSW award for best music documentary... of course we couldn't do it without them, their patience and their love for the tour. So we thought it best that we take them out and treat them. We had a wonderful party with an open bar and a buffet barbecue at the hotel we stayed at - a beautiful hotel, wonderful people and great hospitality. The food was great and we all had a good night.

Then on the Tuesday, Jeffrey Dave Murray, myself and Dave P  went over to the country club in Santiago, which was right in the middle of the city and is otherwise known as the Prince of Wales Golf Club. It's a stunning course and we had a really good time. I got to meet with a gentleman by the name of Jorge Bain who's the president of the golf association of Chile. It was really nice to meet him, he was really gracious and extended his hospitality to us, walked a couple of holes with us and met us on the 18th - the last hole's a par five and he was half-way down the arm and he walked back with us and had a couple of beers. Very, very, very interesting man, wonderful golf course - we met the president of the golf club and the captain... we were well taken care of. We were schmoozing boys and girls, what can I say!  Anyway, we had a lovely round of golf - the boys still owe me the money, they ain't coughed up the readdies yet! I'm a bit annoyed about that cos they never seem to come up with the winnings you know? Think I'll have to go round with the hat out later on.

The gig was phenomenal, we played to 60,000+ kids which was incredible, considering that we played here only last year. Stunning evening, wonderful gig.

We flew into Lima two days ago, and we had the rest of the day off when we arrived. Yesterday was the show day but in the afternoon Janick, myself and the flight crew from Astraeus all went off to visit this kind-of pyramid. It wasn't really a pyramid, it was more like ruins as such, they called it a pyramid but it didn't look like one in Egypt, this had all different levels and such. A very interesting afternoon. After that we went to an arts market which was really nice, then we went back to the hotel and relaxed a bit before the show. As I said before, it was a cracking evening - lots of fun. We didn't have the pyros which was a bit of a bugger - you'd think the authorities would know we were coming in and give us a bit of a break. It only had to be signed off by one guy apparently and that's let about 30,000 kids down. It must have been missed - we missed it as a band, you know at the end of a song when the fireworks go off and the bangs and what have you, the flames go up.... we really missed it. The kids, they'd probably read about what was going on and they would have been waiting for it. It makes you wonder about the bureaucracy of these 'kin A'holes that are in authority down here, that one bloke can screw it up for 30,000 kids - amazing, just can't believe it. But that's what happened - rigours of the road and all that. There are restrictions and laws and stuff to be adhered to but what can I say... bit annoying.

As I said, we're on the aeroplane now having just taken off - I'm looking out the window, we've just passed the coast and are heading south east to sunny Buenos Aires. Lovely city, I love it down there, the kids are crazy. This is the first of three shows - after this we go to Recife and then on to my home town Fort Lauderdale. Mmmmm looking forward to that. Not looking forward to the guest list though boys and girls - got everyone and their mum, their uncles, their second cousins removed, family ghosts, all that kind of people... everybody's wanting to be on the list! My phone's ringing off the hook, my missus' phone is full of messages, when you phone her it's "Sorry, this mailbox is full". I told her to leave it like that! If anyone misses out... they've got my own number, if it's the people you want to come to the gig they'll have the email address or my phone number, one of the two.

Anyway boys and girls, I'll keep you up to date on the next leg - my next diary will come from Recife after the Buenos Aires show. I'll let you know what's going on and what kind of mischief we've been getting up to.

Lots of love, stay safe, be safe, god bless you all

Nicko

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