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Iron Maiden Tour

April – December 1980

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Immediately after the end of the Metal For Muthas tour, Iron Maiden received the chance to open for Judas Priest's British Steel tour. While on tour in the U.K. with Judas Priest, Maiden's debut studio album Iron Maiden, was released, which exploded into the charts at number 4! When the British Steel tour ended, Maiden performed an extensive U.K. tour of their own, which included four sold-out dates at the Marquee in London and an appearance at the prestigious Reading Festival. Then, in August, Iron Maiden joined Kiss for their European tour, but did not open for Kiss in the U.K, since they had already completed two U.K. tours already that year. It was while touring in Europe with Kiss that it became evident to the band that Dennis Stratton's musical direction was incompatible with Maiden's, and, in the autumn, Stratton was replaced by Urchin guitarist Adrian Smith. The last gig of the year occurred in December at London's Rainbow Theatre while the band was in the process of recording the Killers album. Despite technical problems which forced the last half of the show to be played twice, Maiden succeeded in recording the footage of what was to become the first Iron Maiden video.

During the Iron Maiden Tour, Maiden headlined some U.K. shows as well as opening for Kiss, UFO, Judas Priest and Humble Pie. They also may have played with some of the bands listed in the previous tour.

The setlist below is from their Reading Festival appearance. I don't know much about the setlist for the U.K. and European tours, but since they were mostly an opening act it was probably not much different from this.


Opening bands for this tour
Praying Mantis – Official Website Tygers Of Pan Tang – Official Website Raven – Official Website

Fist – Official Website Bad Manners – Official Website Angel Witch – Official Website
Urchin – Official Website
UFO – Official Website Kiss – Official Website
SETLIST (varied)
  Intro: The Ides Of March Commentary Lyrics
  Sanctuary Commentary Lyrics
  Prowler Commentary Lyrics
  Wrathchild Commentary Lyrics
  Remember Tomorrow Commentary Lyrics
  Charlotte The Harlot Commentary Lyrics
  Killers Commentary Lyrics
  Another Life Commentary Lyrics
  Drum solo
  Transylvania Commentary Lyrics
  Guitar solo
  Strange World Commentary Lyrics
  Innocent Exile Commentary Lyrics
  Phantom Of The Opera Commentary Lyrics
  Iron Maiden Commentary Lyrics
  Running Free Commentary Lyrics
  Drifter Commentary Lyrics
  I've Got The Fire Commentary Lyrics
Tracks played only at a few venues
  Women In Uniform Commentary Lyrics

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