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Iron Maiden – Live At The Rainbow

Iron Maiden
– Live At The Rainbow –

May 1981

30 minutes

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Vocals: Paul Di'Anno
Bass: Steve Harris
Guitar: Dave Murray
Guitar: Adrian Smith
Drums: Clive Burr

This is Iron Maiden's very first official video and some of the earliest live footage of the band. It was entitled quite simply Iron Maiden and was recorded at London's Rainbow Theatre on 21st December 1980 – this is why it is also known as Live At The Rainbow. There is an interesting anecdote about this video: they experienced technical difficulties – one of the sound lines went down about halfway through the show – and half of the set had therefore to be played a second time. This is documented on the Before The Exile bootleg. The highlight of this video is certainly "Phantom Of The Opera", which is one of of Maiden's very best songs. Other interesting features are a completely alternate set of lyrics for "Killers" and the three spotlight-waving Eddies on stage during "Iron Maiden". This is 30 minutes of Iron Maiden's live raw power from the beginnings of the band.

The following text appears on the back of the video box:

 Less than a year ago Iron Maiden were a promising new band playing London'sclub circuit. They are now a major headline band in two-thirds of the world. This videofilmed at the Rainbow, London on December 21st 1980 shows the power, aggressionand sheer musical ability that have taken Iron Maiden so far so fast. An Iron Maidenconcert is not for the faint hearted, nor is thisvideo... 

G.K. (2.2.81)

This concert was made available for the first time on DVD in 2004 with the release of the Iron Maiden History – The Early Days DVD.

 

1.   The Ides Of March (Harris) Commentary Lyrics
2.   Wrathchild (Harris) Commentary Lyrics
3.   Killers (Di'Anno, Harris) Commentary Lyrics
4.   Remember Tomorrow (Harris, Di'Anno) Commentary Lyrics
5.   Transylvania (Harris) Commentary Lyrics
6.   Phantom Of The Opera (Harris) Commentary Lyrics
7.   Iron Maiden (Harris) Commentary Lyrics

 


 

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  Killers (Di'Anno, Harris) Commentary Lyrics
 

    You fight in a street end, you make all your claims every night
    You turn on the power to burn out the meek and the mild
    We will stay here, you're full of yourself and your greed
    You won't stop us while London is looking to be

    I challenge your kingdom and those which you want to succeed
    I step on their bodies and squeeze the unholy ones bleed
    You won't stop us, you're full of yourself and your greed
    We won't let you, I'm looking for rest don't you see?

    I can see what a life's meant to be
    And you'll never know how I came to foresee, see, see

    (Solo: Dave Murray)
    (Solo: Adrian Smith)

    I take you and suck you so you won't cry out anything
    I beat you, I whip you 'cause I have the power with me
    We have found you and now there is no place to run
    You won't stop us 'cause we have the power with us

    You fight in a street end, you make all your claims every night
    You turn on the power to burn out the meek and the mild
    We will stay here, you're full of yourself and your greed
    You won't stop us while London is looking to be


 

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The Ides Of March (Intro) – Wrathchild


Killers


Remember Tomorrow


Transylvania


Phantom Of The Opera


Iron Maiden

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