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 pastYou’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 callKeep 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, yeahI’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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