Iron Maiden downplaying riot reports

March 11, 2009 9:46:58 AM PDT
Iron Maiden say reports of rioting at their concert in Bogota, Colombia, are overrated. [SIGN UP: Get entertainment news sent to you]

Manager Rod Smallwood has posted a statement on the band's Web site calling the news "wildly exaggerated." Local reports had said more than 100 people were arrested and a police officer injured after fans tried to crash the gate at an Iron Maiden concert on Saturday in Bogota.

Smallwood says it was just a lot of kids trying to break into the park, and all concerts in Bogota have a large military presence.

He says the band has played there before with no problem, and they intend to play there again, in spite of "the inane behavior of a small minority of people outside."

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