Top Of The Pops Thursday this week honours veteran rockers Iron Maiden‘s success at the Brit Awards last night, when they saw off young(ish) whippersnappers The Verve, Coldplay, Scouting For Girls and the excellent Elbow to win the Best British Live Act award (which was voted for by the public).
It’s quite a feat, considering the band have been around for 34 years now. With album sales topping 70million, they are easily one of, if not the, most successful heavy metal bands of all time – an achievement that’s all the more remarkable because they did it with little mainstream TV or radio support through the years.
To celebrate their Brit Awards success, then, we go back to the year that really propelled the band into the big time – 1982, the year they released The Number Of The Beast, their first UK No.1 album, which also gave them their first Top 10 single in the UK (Run To The Hills, which reached No.7).
All three of these performances come from Maiden’s gig at London’s Hammersmith Odeon on March 20, during the tour to support the release of Number Of The Beast.
First up, Run To The Hills:
Next, The Number Of The Beast:
And finally, the ever-awesome Hallowed Be Thy Name:
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