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Early Gigs
Metal For Muthas Tour
May 1976 – March 1980
 
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The tour

It is difficult to define exactly when Iron Maiden began their first "tour". Since 1976, Iron Maiden had been touring various pubs and clubs in London, including The Cart And Horses, The Ruskin Arms, The Marquee, and of course The Soundhouse. However, it seems clear that Maiden's first actual tour in support of an album was the Metal For Muthas tour, where they co-headlined with the other bands from the album. Their set list included songs that had been part of their repertoire for years and were bona fide crowd favorites. Most of these songs ended up in their first release Iron Maiden, whereas songs such as "Wrathchild", and "Another Life" were kept alive and eventually included on their second album Killers. So although it was Maiden's first real tour, they were already veterans of the stage and knew how to blow away the crowd. At least one full-unaccompanied guitar solo by Dave Murray was part of the early Maiden shows, but because of the many changes in drummer over that time period it is not certain that there were ever any drum solos.

Setlist:
Intro: The Ides Of March
Prowler
Sanctuary
Remember Tomorrow
Running Free
Transylvania
Invasion
Charlotte The Harlot
Phantom Of The Opera
Iron Maiden
Guitar solo (Dave Murray)
Drifter

THE EARLY GIGS

DATE VENUE LOCATION INFO
Saturday, 01 May 1976 St. Nicholas Hall, Poplar London, UK
Wednesday, 09 June 1976 The Cart & Horses P.H., Stratford London, UK
Tuesday, 15 June 1976 The Cart & Horses P.H., Stratford London, UK
Thursday, 17 June 1976 The Cart & Horses P.H., Stratford London, UK
Thursday, 24 June 1976 The Cart & Horses P.H., Stratford London, UK
Thursday, 01 July 1976 The Cart & Horses P.H., Stratford London, UK
Thursday, 08 July 1976 The Cart & Horses P.H., Stratford London, UK
Thursday, 22 July 1976 The Cart & Horses P.H., Stratford London, UK
Thursday, 29 July 1976 The Cart & Horses P.H., Stratford London, UK
Saturday, 07 August 1976 The Windsor Castle P.H., Stratford London, UK
Thursday, 19 August 1976 The Cart & Horses P.H., Stratford London, UK
Sunday, 22 August 1976 The Merry Fiddlers Dagenham, UK
Friday, 27 August 1976 -NO INFO- -NO INFO-
Saturday, 28 August 1976 Dave Beasley's Party London, UK
Sunday, 29 August 1976 The Merry Fiddlers Dagenham, UK
Monday, 30 August 1976 E2 Bethnal Green, UK

CANCELLED!!!

Thursday, 02 September 1976 The Cart & Horses P.H., Stratford London, UK
Friday, 03 September 1976 The Harrow P.H., Barking London, UK
Saturday, 04 September 1976 The Merry Fiddlers Dagenham, UK

CANCELLED!!!

Sunday, 05 September 1976 The Merry Fiddlers Dagenham, UK
Monday, 06 September 1976 The Plough & Harrow P.H., Leytonstone London, UK
Tuesday, 07 September 1976 Teviot Street Jubilee Party, Poplar London, UK
Thursday, 16 September 1976 The Cart & Horses P.H., Stratford London, UK
Monday, 20 September 1976 BBC Studios London, UK

Dennis Wilcock's audition

Thursday, 23 September 1976 The Cart & Horses P.H., Stratford London, UK

Paul Day's last concert with Iron Maiden

Tuesday, 05 October 1976 The Queen Elizabeth P.H., Chingford London, UK
Friday, 15 October 1976 The Bridge House P.H., Canning Town London, UK
Friday, 15 October 1976 The Harrow P.H., Barking London, UK
Saturday, 16 October 1976 The Harrow P.H., Barking London, UK
Monday, 18 October 1976 The Bridge House P.H., Canning Town London, UK
Friday, 05 November 1976 The Cart & Horses P.H., Stratford London, UK
Saturday, 13 November 1976 The Queen Elizabeth P.H., Chingford London, UK

Music contest – Iron Maiden finished second.

Sunday, 14 November 1976 The Queen Elizabeth P.H., Chingford London, UK

CANCELLED!!!

Monday, 15 November 1976 Polytechnic, Waltham Forest London, UK
Thursday, 18 November 1976 Assembly Hall, Walthamstow London, UK

Last concert with Dave Sullivan and Terry Rance

Wednesday, 23 February 1977 The Roxy, Covent Garden London, UK

CANCELLED!!!

Thursday, 28 April 1977 The Bridge House P.H., Canning Town London, UK

Dave Murray was fired a few days later.

Thursday, 05 May 1977 The Bridge House P.H., Canning Town London, UK
Saturday, 14 May 1977 The Bridge House P.H., Canning Town London, UK
Sunday, 29 May 1977 The Bridge House P.H., Canning Town London, UK
Thursday, 02 June 1977 The Bridge House P.H., Canning Town London, UK
Thursday, 16 June 1977 The Green Man P.H., Plumstead London, UK
Thursday, 23 June 1977 Music Machine, Camden Town London, UK
Friday, 24 June 1977 The Bridge House P.H., Canning Town London, UK
Saturday, 25 June 1977 The Bridge House P.H., Canning Town London, UK
Monday, 27 June 1977 The Plough & Harrow P.H., Leytonstone London, UK
Friday, 01 July 1977 The Harrow P.H., Barking London, UK
Saturday, 02 July 1977 The Harrow P.H., Barking London, UK
Monday, 04 July 1977 The Bridge House P.H., Canning Town London, UK
Friday, 08 July 1977 The Harrow P.H., Barking London, UK
Saturday, 09 July 1977 The Plough & Harrow P.H., Leytonstone London, UK
Monday, 11 July 1977 The Bridge House P.H., Canning Town London, UK
Tuesday, 12 July 1977 The Tramshed P.H., Tooting London, UK
Friday, 15 July 1977 The Harrow P.H., Barking London, UK
Saturday, 16 July 1977 The Harrow P.H., Barking London, UK
Monday, 18 July 1977 The Bridge House P.H., Canning Town London, UK
Friday, 29 July 1977 The Bridge House P.H., Canning Town London, UK
Friday, 03 February 1978 The Orange Tree P.H. London, UK

Cancelled due to the theft of their equipment on 2nd February.

Saturday, 04 February 1978 The Windsor Castle P.H., Stratford London, UK

Cancelled due to the theft of their equipment on 2nd February.

Friday, 17 February 1978 The Bridge House P.H., Canning Town London, UK
Saturday, 08 April 1978 The Bridge House P.H., Canning Town London, UK
Sunday, 31 December 1978 Ruskin Arms East Ham, UK
Thursday, 15 February 1979 The Bridge House P.H., Canning Town London, UK
Monday, 09 April 1979 The Brecknock P.H. London, UK
Tuesday, 08 May 1979 Music Machine, Camden Town London, UK
Friday, 18 May 1979 Polytechnic Brighton, UK
Saturday, 19 May 1979 Kingsbury Circle London, UK
Monday, 18 June 1979 The Bridge House P.H., Canning Town London, UK
Friday, 22 June 1979 Guildhall Axminster, UK
Monday, 02 July 1979 Music Machine, Camden Town London, UK
Tuesday, 03 July 1979 The Windsor Castle P.H., Stratford London, UK
Monday, 16 July 1979 Music Machine, Camden Town London, UK
Monday, 06 August 1979 Music Machine, Camden Town London, UK
Friday, 10 August 1979 -NO INFO- -NO INFO-
Friday, 17 August 1979 The Gallery Birkenhead, UK
Saturday, 18 August 1979 Seven Sisters Club, Tottenham London, UK
Sunday, 19 August 1979 Memorial Club, Newbridge Gwent, Wales
Monday, 20 August 1979 Music Machine, Camden Town London, UK
Friday, 24 August 1979 Rock Gardens London, UK
Saturday, 25 August 1979 Ruskin Arms East Ham , UK
Thursday, 30 August 1979 Circles Swansea, Wales
Friday, 31 August 1979 9 Volts Club Aberavon, Wales
Saturday, 01 September 1979 Royal Naval Club Tonypandy, Wales
Monday, 03 September 1979 Music Machine, Camden Town London, UK
Thursday, 06 September 1979 The Swan P.H., Hammersmith London, UK

Cancelled Rescheduled to 3rd and 4th October

Friday, 07 September 1979 Ruskin Arms East Ham, UK
Saturday, 08 September 1979 The Greyhound P.H., East Ham London, UK
Monday, 10 September 1979 Music Machine, Camden Town London, UK
Friday, 14 September 1979 The Bandwagon London, UK
Saturday, 15 September 1979 Ruskin Arms East Ham, UK
Monday, 17 September 1979 Music Machine, Camden Town London, UK
Thursday, 27 September 1979 Double Six London, UK
Friday, 28 September 1979 Lafayette London, UK
Sunday, 30 September 1979 Music Machine, Camden Town London, UK
Friday, 05 October 1979 Ruskin Arms East Ham, UK
Saturday, 06 October 1979 Boat Club Nottingham, UK
Sunday, 07 October 1979 Middle Of The Three Trentside, UK
Monday, 08 October 1979 The Bridge London, UK
Wednesday, 10 October 1979 Ruskin Arms East Ham, UK
Friday, 12 October 1979 Memorial Club, Newbridge Gwent, Wales
Saturday, 13 October 1979 UMIST Manchester, UK
Friday, 19 October 1979 Marquee Club London, UK
Friday, 26 October 1979 9 Volts Club Aberavon, Wales
Saturday, 27 October 1979 Royal Naval Club Tonypandy, Wales
Thursday, 01 November 1979 Ruffles Aberdeen, Scotland
Friday, 02 November 1979 Norbreck Castle Blackpool, UK
Monday, 05 November 1979 Music Machine, Camden Town London, UK
Friday, 09 November 1979 9 Volts Club Aberavon, Wales
Saturday, 10 November 1979 Marshall Room Stroud, UK
Monday, 12 November 1979 Marshall Room Birmingham, UK
Friday, 16 November 1979 Marshall Room Burton-on-Trent, UK
Saturday, 17 November 1979 Metro Liverpool, UK
Monday, 19 November 1979 Nashville London, UK
Friday, 23 November 1979 Nashville Birkenhead, UK
Saturday, 24 November 1979 The Lion Warrington, UK
Tuesday, 27 November 1979 Drill Hall Lincoln, UK

CANCELLED!!!

Friday, 30 November 1979 Rock Garden Middlesborough, UK
Saturday, 01 December 1979 Porterhouse Redford, UK
Monday, 03 December 1979 Golden Eagle London, UK
Tuesday, 04 December 1979 Brunnel Rooms Swindon, UK
Thursday, 06 December 1979 The Penthouse Scarborough, UK
Friday, 07 December 1979 North London Polytechnics London, UK
Saturday, 08 December 1979 Granary Club Bristol, UK
Sunday, 09 December 1979 Marquee Club London, UK
Monday, 10 December 1979 Roots Exeter, UK
Saturday, 15 December 1979 Underworld Birmingham, UK
Wednesday, 19 December 1979 Music Machine, Camden Town London, UK
Friday, 21 December 1979 Oscars Liverpool, UK
Thursday, 27 December 1979 Tower Club Oldham, UK
Friday, 01 February 1980 University Aberdeen, Scotland
Saturday, 02 February 1980 University Glasgow, Scotland
Sunday, 03 February 1980 University Saint Andrews, Scotland
Monday, 04 February 1980 Tiffany's Club Edinburgh, Scotland
Tuesday, 05 February 1980 Central Hall Grimsby, UK
Wednesday, 06 February 1980 Romeo & Juliet's Bristol, UK
Thursday, 07 February 1980 Unity Hall Wakefield, UK
Friday, 08 February 1980 Polytechnics Huddersfield, UK
Saturday, 09 February 1980 UMIST Manchester, UK
Sunday, 10 February 1980 The Lyceum London, UK
Monday, 11 February 1980 Civic Theatre Mansfield, UK
Wednesday, 13 February 1980 Tiffany's Coventry, UK
Thursday, 14 February 1980 Circles Swansea, Wales
Friday, 15 February 1980 Collage Hitchin, UK

CANCELLED! due to the band recording their first album

Saturday, 16 February 1980 Pavilion West Runton, UK

CANCELLED! due to the band recording their first album

Sunday, 17 February 1980 Coatham Bowl Redcor, UK

CANCELLED! due to the band recording their first album

Monday, 18 February 1980 Hamilton Club Birkenhead, UK

CANCELLED! due to the band recording their first album

Tuesday, 19 February 1980 Civic Hall Oldham, UK

CANCELLED! due to the band recording their first album

Wednesday, 20 February 1980 King George's Hal Blackburn, UK

CANCELLED! due to the band recording their first album

Thursday, 21 February 1980 Market Hall Carlisle, UK

CANCELLED! due to the band recording their first album

Friday, 22 February 1980 Mayfair Ballroom Newcastle, UK

CANCELLED! due to the band recording their first album

Saturday, 23 February 1980 University Leicester, UK

CANCELLED! due to the band recording their first album

Sunday, 24 February 1980 Top Rank Sheffield, UK

CANCELLED! due to the band recording their first album

Monday, 25 February 1980 Fiesta Plymouth, UK

CANCELLED! due to the band recording their first album

Tuesday, 26 February 1980 Top Rank Cardiff, Wales

CANCELLED! due to the band recording their first album

Wednesday, 27 February 1980 Polytechnics Portsmouth, UK

CANCELLED! due to the band recording their first album

Thursday, 28 February 1980 Civic Hall Wolverhampton, UK

CANCELLED! due to the band recording their first album

Friday, 29 February 1980 Victoria Hall Hanley, UK

CANCELLED! due to the band recording their first album

Saturday, 01 March 1980 The Porterhouse Redford, UK
Sunday, 02 March 1980 Top Rank Birmingham, UK
Friday, 07 March 1980 University Cardiff, UK
Saturday, 08 March 1980 University Of Leeds Leeds, UK
Sunday, 09 March 1980 Colson Hall Bristol, UK
Monday, 10 March 1980 Apollo Theatre Glasgow, UK
Tuesday, 11 March 1980 City Hall Sheffield, UK
Wednesday, 12 March 1980 City Hall Sheffield, UK
Thursday, 13 March 1980 De Montfort Hall Leicester, UK
Friday, 14 March 1980 Hammersmith Odeon London, UK
Saturday, 15 March 1980 Hammersmith Odeon London, UK
Tuesday, 18 March 1980 Capitol Theatre Aberdeen, Scotland
Wednesday, 19 March 1980 Odeon Edinburgh, Scotland
Saturday, 22 March 1980 Apollo Theatre Glasgow, Scotland