These two are among the earliest Iron Maiden videos you can get. In the first one, the band with the second-to-original lineup (Paul Di’ Anno, Steve Harris, Dave Murray, Andrian Smith and Clive Burr) is playing the epic Phantom of the Opera (from their debut album) at the Rainbow club circa 1980. Definitely one of the top Iron Maiden songs ever. A total masterpiece, and Di’ Anno really ‘owns’ this song.

And here’s another one, slightly older, this time from a live gig at the Marquee club, with Dennis Stratton headbanging. Yep, Clive Burr, Di’Anno and Stratton in the same legendary song with Steve and Dave…

In case you wonder, here are the lyrics of Phantom of the Opera:

I've been looking so long for you, now you won't get away from my grasp

You've been living so long in hiding, and hiding behind that false mask

You know, and I know that you ain't got long now to last

Your looks and your feelings are just the remains of your past

You're standing in the wings, there you wait for the curtain to fall

And knowing the terror and holding you have on us all

Now, I know that you're gonna scratch me and maim me and maul

And you know I'm helpless from your mesmerizing cat call

Keep your distance, walk away, don't take his bait

Don't you stray, don't fade away, yeah

Watch your step, he's out to get you, come what may

Don't you stray from the narrow way, yeah

I'm running and hiding in my dreams, you're always there

You're the Phantom of the Opera, you're the devil, you're just out to scare

You damaged my mind and my soul, it just floats through the air

You haunt me, you taunt me you torture me back at your lair
Iron Maiden / Steve Harris
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