Bob Angelo: The Early Days With Iron Maiden & Praying Mantis

cnesbit

Trooper
Bob Angelo has a new book out. I just ordered from Amazon. I am curious to see what his take on the early years is like.

From the publisher's website:

"Bob Sawyer — one time guitarist with both Iron Maiden & Praying Mantis tells his story covering the previously unchartered depths of the early days of both bands with all the gigs recalled from Bob’s own archive, including previously unpublished photos.
This unique account details Bob’s musical journey from the early seventies to being the guitarist in Iron Maiden during the band’s formative years in the midseventies — before they had even signed a record contract. The band gigged relentlessly in an around their native East end of London, where they regularly played the pubs and clubs such as the Cart & Horses and Bridge House.
Although Bob left Iron Maiden before they were signed to EMI, the advent of a surge in this genre dubbed the New Wave of British Heavy Metal saw Bob touring with one of the chief exponents Praying Mantis as part of the 1980 Metal For Muthas Tour that included bands such as Motörhead, Saxon and Samson, as well as his former band Iron Maiden.
Bob also picked up with Iron Maiden again when Praying Mantis toured as the support act on Maiden’s first headlining tour. Bob kept diaries, which now published in this book, give a great behind the scenes look at the formative days of not just these bands but of the enduring heavy metal movement as well. "

 

cnesbit

Trooper
Yeah. He claims to have written it and that Stave Harris bought the rights from him when he left the band. I think Late 1976 - April 1977? I am very curious to see if there is anything worthwhile in this book hat sheds some more light on this phase of Maiden.
 

EDthedamnHEAD

Not a prisoner, I'm a free man
Yeah. He claims to have written it and that Stave Harris bought the rights from him when he left the band. I think Late 1976 - April 1977? I am very curious to see if there is anything worthwhile in this book hat sheds some more light on this phase of Maiden.
Is sanctuary listed as written by Harris in the booklet of the album?
 

Forostar

Ancient Mariner
I am very curious to see if there is anything worthwhile in this book hat sheds some more light on this phase of Maiden.
Sure sounds like it:
covering the previously unchartered depths of the early days of both bands with all the gigs recalled from Bob’s own archive, including previously unpublished photos.
Such info is rare, especially from this particular phase in Maiden.

Thanks cnesbit! I'd like to get this.

 
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Luisma

Years Wasted
If anybody gets the book, please post a review. I'm thinking of buying it but I reaaly want to know before hand if it is worth it
 

cnesbit

Trooper
I enjoyed it. The first third of the book is full of first hand accounts of early Maiden gigs. There is also a gear run down for each member and a listing of gigs from his time in the band. The last 2/3rds is more in depth and focuses on his time in Praying Mantis. (Although this section also has many stories involving Maiden from when Praying Mantis toured with them). It's an enjoyable, quick read and definitely worth your time in my opinion.
 

Luisma

Years Wasted
I enjoyed it. The first third of the book is full of first hand accounts of early Maiden gigs. There is also a gear run down for each member and a listing of gigs from his time in the band. The last 2/3rds is more in depth and focuses on his time in Praying Mantis. (Although this section also has many stories involving Maiden from when Praying Mantis toured with them). It's an enjoyable, quick read and definitely worth your time in my opinion.
Thanks for the answe @cnesbit might order it after all.
 

Magnus

Feinperlig
Anyone that has the book, think is worth while?
Yes I think so.
You won't find anything on who wrote Sanctuary, there are no mind-blowing revelations about the early days, you've probably already seen most of the photos inside on the web anyway, and the editor did a lousy job.
Yet, it is written honestly, is an easy read, gives you a rare first-hand look into the scene back then, and made me laugh out loud on several occasions. Even though much of it is about his Praying Mantis days it's still related to Maiden, describing their joint tour. Also, I think, buying it is a nice way to acknowledge Bob's contribution. I'm glad I got it.
 

Luisma

Years Wasted
Can anyone post a picture of the gigs he lists? I've been doing some research on early gigs and would love to see if he lists any gig I don't have. Thanks in advance
 
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