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Defiant Iron Maiden refusing to cancel U.K. dates following Ariana Grande bomb blast

Rockers Iron Maiden have vowed to press on with their U.K. tour following Monday night’s (22May17) bomb blast at Ariana Grande’s concert in Manchester, England.
As many artists pull upcoming shows to honour those killed in the tragedy and take heed of safety concerns, the veteran heavy rock group is refusing to reschedule the remaining three U.K. concerts on a world tour that began in February (17).
“We are shocked by last night’s terrible events at the Manchester Arena,” a statement on the band’s social media pages reads. “Our thoughts go out to everyone affected.
“We can advise fans that our last three U.K. shows in Cardiff and at London’s O2 will proceed as planned. (We are taking) any extra means to ensure fan safety…”
Iron Maiden singer Bruce Dickinson previously stated his concerns about concert security at the beginning of 2017, following the terror attack at an Eagles of Death Metal show in Paris in November, 2015.
“You’ve gotta be grown up about it,” he said. “but, at the same time, you still need to be able to offer people that hope and send that message out there… Real life just carries on.”
Grande has flown home to Florida to be with family members after the tragedy that occurred at the end of her Monday night concert as fans were leaving Manchester Arena.

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