"I think it was a punk song, which we had a long time before. They had this song even before I joined Iron Maiden. We just creamed out for a little bit more and got that one together." (Paul Di'Anno for Wikimetal – September 26, 2002)
Things that have been done and played during the middle break of the song:
Killer World Tour – May 22, 1981 – The band plays the 'Oriental/Asian Riff'
Seventh Tour Of A Seventh Tour – August 20, 1988 – Bruce sings a small part of 'Never Gonna Give You Up' and calls it a piece of sh*t!
Seventh Tour Of A Seventh Tour – September 4, 1988 – Bruce sings a small part of 'Day-O (The Banana Boat Song)'.
No Prayer On The Road – December 21, 1990 – The band plays & Bruce sings a bit of Beethoven's 'Ode To Joy' in german.
No Prayer On The Road – December 22, 1990 - The band plays & Bruce sings a bit of 'Joyful, Joyful We Adore Thee' in german.
No Prayer On The Road – March 6, 1991 - Bruce mouthes noises to the tune of 'William Tell Overture'.
Virtual XI World Tour – May 9, 1998 - The band plays a bit of 'Joyful, Joyful We Adore Thee'.
Brave New World Tour – June 5, 2000 – Band & thirteen thousand fans sang Happy Birthday to Nicko 2 times.
Maiden England World Tour 2014 – May 7, 2014 – The band plays a bit of 'If I Only Had A Brain'.
I was rewatching Rock in Rio for the millionth time and I had forgotten how great the version of Sanctuary is on this release. I love the instrumental. Two great solos, 3 Amigos doing ‘backing vocals’, the wah-wah, Bruce running around the Steve and Nicko locked in.