In the spring of 1981 Iron Maiden were on tour for their second album Killers. Check out this live performance from Germany, filmed at the start of singer Paul Di’Anno‘s last tour with the band.
With the arrival of guitarist Adrian Smith to replace Dennis Stratton in late 1980, Iron Maiden came much closer to achieving their goals. Teaming up with producer Martin Birch the band would swiftly record and release Killers, the album that saw the creation of the classic Iron Maiden sound.
Smith would join a line-up consisting of bassist Steve Harris, guitarist Dave Murray, singer Paul Di’Anno and drummer Clive Burr. The Killer World Tour would take Maiden around Europe, North America and Japan. Before the tour started, actually a couple of weeks before the album was released, Maiden filmed this TV live performance at the Beat Club in Bremen, Germany on 22 January:
This video is a 32 minute edit of the full show, a version of which might be available somewhere, somehow, out there on the internet, possibly also in better quality than this video. The full setlist for the TV taping was:
The Ides Of March (intro)
Charlotte The Harlot
Phantom Of The Opera
The video was aired in April 1981, shortly before Maiden visited Japan. On 23 May they recorded their Nagoya performance for what would become the Maiden Japan EP, their last release with Di’Anno.
In September 1981 Di’Anno was replaced by Bruce Dickinson, and Maiden never looked back.