I’ve often though what would have happened to Iron Maiden if they had carried on with Pail Di’Anno at the helm?

Undoubtedly the two biggest bands to emerge from the late 70’s / early 80’s New Wave Of British Heavy Metal scene were Iron Maiden through sheer hard work, relentless touring month after month, and Def Leppard by virtue of breaking America so early in their career. Neither band have looked back.

Bands like Saxon, Venom and Motörhead have always been that step below.

Then there’s those who were around briefly, released some mighty fine tunes but drifted away into obscurity. Metallica have always acknowledged their NWOBHM influences. Just take a look at the track listing and bands featured on the Lars Ulrich compiled NWOBHM ’79 Revisited CD and see how many of those 24 bands Metallica have covered over the years.

Hard Rock Hell has always found slots for many of the reformed bands over the years and they have gone down really well as so many people never got the chance to see them three decades ago.

Over the years at their two events I’ve seen Angel Witch, Witchfynde, Gaskin, Jameson Raid, Vardis, Persian Risk, Avenger, Sweet Savage and Witchfinder General amongst others. I wonder if Iron Maiden might have been added to the list if they hadn’t gone stratospheric?

This years NWOBHM offerings are…

More formed in 1989 from London – who had a vocalist who was briefly in Iron Maiden! They were also the first band to tread the Monsters of Rock stage at Donington Park in 1981.

Trespass knocking around Suffolk in 1980.

And relative newcomers – forming in London in 1983 – Chariot.

Here’s a taste of one of those bands. Warriors from Chariot’s 1984 debut The Warrior.


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