Iron Maiden at "Cart & Horses" (lost audio recording of live performance; existence unconfirmed; 1976)

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Iron Maiden performing at the Cart & Horses pub, circa 1976

Status: Existence Unconfirmed

Iron Maiden is an English heavy metal band formed in Leyton, East London, on Christmas Day of 1975 by bassist and primary songwriter Steve Harris. The first short-lived lineup consisted of vocalist Paul Mario Day, guitarists Terry Rance and Dave Sullivan, drummer Ron Matthews, and bassist Steve Harris. After many rehearsals, Iron Maiden started performing at the St. Nicks Hall in Poplar on May 1st of 1976, before doing regular gigs at the "Cart & Horses" pub in Maryland, Stratford.


On November 4th, 2018, a YouTube user under the username "WillinthonProYT2111" uploaded a 30-second video featuring 11 seconds of a recording taken at Cart & Horses in 1976, long before the Dennis Wilcock tapes resurfaced by The Legacy Project.[1] The origins of this recording is unknown, and any information about it is nowhere to be seen online other than a concluded eBay auction from Colombia, provided by the uploader. According to WillinthonProYT2111, the video portion of the video was cut by YouTube's copyright system, and only the audio is played at 16 seconds in. He also commented that there are 4 additional songs recorded aside from this one, and is believed to be around 18 minutes in total.

The uploader included the link to the now-defunct eBay listing titled "Iron Maiden Revenge 'Rare Treasures' - unpublished songs" which ended on January 20th, 2019 with zero bids. The auction was later relisted until February 20th, 2019 with no bids. Despite the seller being based in Venezuela, the item location was listed to be from Bogota, Colombia. Any contact with the seller regarding the auction turned back with no response.[2]


With the scarce information about the recording, any legitimacy about the given audio remains unknown. If the said recording is proven to be real, then it will be known as the earliest recorded audio of Iron Maiden, and to be the only recording of its kind to feature the original band lineup since their formation.


The Cart & Horses recording by WillinthonProYT2111 (Audio begins at 0:16).

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