Heavy metal legends Iron Maiden are giving fans the chance to view their early days by releasing a DVD of rare pub gig footage.

The group has pieced together a string of rare fan footage from their first ever shows for the new documentary, THE HISTORY OF IRON MAIDEN - PART 1: THE EARLY DAYS.

It took the group, originally fronted by singer PAUL Di'ANNO, just five years to go from a rock act struggling to get gigs in London pubs to becoming one of the world's biggest bands, selling out stadiums.

The DVD contains nearly two hours of archive Maiden live concert rarities.

The package also features Iron Maiden's first ever concert video LIVE AT RAINBOW, which was produced by EMI in 1980, and became one of the first ever concert video releases, and contains over 90 minutes of interviews with band members past and present.

But the highlight for fans of the group will be the footage of a show at The Ruskin Arms pub in East London. This footage was originally feared to have been lost forever, but was discovered by band founder Steve Harris.

Harris feels sure fans will love the new DVD package: "Everybody has been digging through the archives to make this the most complete it can possibly be and I'm really proud of the end result."

07/10/2004 08:54