Santa sure liked us a lot back in 1975 on Christmas Day. That was the day in history that Steve Harris officially formed the band Iron Maiden. It wasn’t really a gift that was able to be wrapped up and given in a gift box, but it was the birth of something wonderful and giant. It would be almost 6 years later for a first album to be released, but it was a gift that once it began, it just kept on giving. Just before forming Iron Maiden, Steve Harris played his bass guitar for a couple other bands; Smiler and Gypsy’s Kiss. Both bands were short lived before Harris decided to take things into his own hands.
The band name Iron Maiden came from the 1939 movie The Man In The Iron Mask and the first real inception of Iron Maiden happened on December 25th, 1975 when Harris formed the band with Dave Sullivan, Terry Rance, Ron ‘Rebel’ Matthews and Paul Day. Although Paul Day couldn’t cut it as a frontman so they removed him and replaced him with one Bruce Dickinson, which would end up being one of the best decisions they ever made in their entire lives. Bruce came onto the scene in late 1981 and the band would never really have to look back after that, although line-up changes did plague the band at different periods of its existence. Check out our IRON MAIDEN Tour Page for more Iron Maiden info.
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Written by Craig Scott