Cart & Horses
We are in the early 1970s in the suburbs of London. Steve Harris, a bassist by trade, plays at Cart & Horses with his band Gypsy’s Kiss. Their set-list consists mainly of covers such as Deep Purple’s Smoke on the Water, Black Sabbath’s Paranoid, Free’s All Right Now, The Beatles’ I Am the Walrus and even Ray Charles’ Need no Doctor. In the lot, Gypsy’s Kiss manages to fit some compositions. It was during this period that Endless Pitt was performed, a song that would later become Innocent Exile on Iron Maiden. Talented, the group does not last long and splits up after six concerts, half of which were given at the Cart & Horses. In 1974, Steve Harris joined Smiler. The boogie is on the program with always several covers and unpublished skilfully inserted here or there. And it’s always at Cart & Horses that it happens! The following year saw the true birth of Iron Maiden. According to the bassist, the name comes from the movie The Man in the Iron Mask, a feature film that reminded him of the Iron Maiden torture method, a kind of sarcophagus whose interior was lined with sharp points.
In the beginning, the sets always consisted of reinterpretations of other bands’ hits. However, Steve Harris’ compositions started to become more precise and effective. Strange World, in particular, impressed the audience present at those evenings at the Cart & Horses where, without knowing it, Iron Maiden was making history. It is in this same pub that the combo experiments for the first time with pyrotechnic effects on stage. Little by little, the composition of the group changes. For the last concert at the Cart & Horses, the band includes, in addition to the indestructible Steve Harris, the emblematic guitarist Dave Murray.
In 1979, after having found a formula that was clearly winning, both in terms of musical tone and relationships between musicians, Iron Maiden entered the studio. Many songs refined on the Cart & Horses stage are recorded, including Strange World.
The singer, Paul Di’Anno is doing wonders but in 1981, after the release of the second album, Killers, the group decides to dismiss him because of his drug problems. His replacement, Bruce Dickinson, has proven to be much more manageable and responsible. His voice has become so inseparable from Iron Maiden’s heavy metal over time that all those who came before him have been forgotten.
Adored around the world, always snubbed by the media, Iron Maiden and its terrifying mascot, the demon Eddie, have one of the most impressive careers in music history. A success that regularly leads to toasts at Cart & Horses, where it all began.
Since its inception, Iron Maiden has sold 100 million albums despite little support from radio and television. and television.
Cart & Horses
The Cart & Horses announces the color unequivocally: it is between these walls that Iron Maiden was born! A must-see establishment where the heavy metal of this giant of over-mixed music is celebrated.
Located in the East End of London, the Cart & Horses has been living with the sound of Iron Maiden since the band’s debut. A pride for this pub where conviviality inevitably rhymes with sharp riffs and superbly strident screams. An establishment decorated in the band’s colors, where even the beer has a little extra taste. Iron Maiden has even been brewing its own beer for several years at the Cart & Horses, where it is still possible to attend concerts regularly.
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