- The Early Days
Infobox music DVD
Name = The Early Days
Type = Compilation
November 8, 2004
Genre = Heavy metal
Last album = "Visions of the Beast"
This album = "The Early Days"
Next album = "
Death on the Road
"The Early Days"
DVDset features an exhaustive, thoroughly complete history of the early years of Iron Maiden, from their humble beginnings in London's East End in 1975 through their triumphant "Piece of Mind" album and tour in 1983. The set features a large collection of rare videos and concert footage, as well as interviews with former members such as Kent Ewing, Doug Sampson, Terry Rance, Ron Matthews, Terry Wapram, and Bob Sawyer.
Live at the Rainbow (21 December 1980)
Beast over Hammersmith (20 March 1982)
Live in Dortmund (18 December 1983)
The Early Days (feature length documentary - 90 minutes)20th Century Box (rare TV documentary from 1981 - 20 minutes)Live At The Ruskin (rare home movie footage - 45 minutes)5 promo videos "Women In Uniform", "Run To The Hills", "The Number Of The Beast", "The Trooper" and "Flight Of Icarus"TV appearances (40 minutes) + hidden extras
Live at the Ruskin Arms (1980)
Running Free" (Live on Top of the Pops1980)
Women in Uniform" (Live on Top of the Pops1980)
Running Free" (Live on Rock and Pop, Germany1980)
Women in Uniform"
Run to the Hills"
# "The Number of the Beast"
Flight of Icarus"
In addition, the DVD set includes a photo gallery featuring more than 150 pictures, images and artwork, full tour listings, discography and tour programmes.
* The "Live in Dortmund" concert is missing the band's performance of "Iron Maiden," which was cut from ZDF TV's original broadcast as it was deemed "too violent." At the end of the performance, the band "mutilated" Eddie - first, with
Bruce Dickinsonripping his brain pieces out, followed by the other members kicking him on the ground until finally, Dave Murray smashed his then-favorite Fender Stratocasteron him. [ [http://www.maidenfans.com/imc/?url=video14_earlydays/video14_earlydays&lang=eng&link=videos#dortmund The Iron Maiden Commentary ] ]
* Videotaped by a friend of Steve Harris, "Live at the Ruskin Arms" is the earliest video coverage of the band performing live. [ [http://www.maidenfans.com/imc/?url=video14_earlydays/video14_earlydays&lang=eng&link=videos#lockup The Iron Maiden Commentary ] ]
* The band's performance of "Running Free" on the German show "Rock and Pop" was one of a handful of lip-synched performances, as the band prefers to perform live.
* "Remember Tomorrow" was also performed when the group made their appearance on the "Rock and Pop". The reasons why it was dropped for the DVD are unknown. Also, on the
VH1special "Heavy: The Story Of Metal", an excerpt of the performance of "Running Free" from the group's appearance on "Rock and Pop" was shown but instead has a bit of a more cleaner quality than the one found on the DVD.
"Sequel" - Somewhere Back in Time
During Iron Maiden's "A Matter of Life and Death" world tour, Bruce Dickinson mentioned that Maiden would be "bringing back the 80's Egyptian thing in 2008" (apparently referring to their "Powerslave" album). This referred to a "sequel" to the 2005 "Early Days" Tour and this DVD, which was in line with earlier comments that there would be a tour with songs from the "Powerslave" to "Seventh Son of A Seventh Son" era albums. This tour that Iron Maiden is currently on is called The
Somewhere Back In Time World Tour. Part 2 of The Early Days is now in disc 2 of the "Live After Death" DVD.
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