Pub where Iron Maiden cut their teeth shuts down after brutal attack

Iron Maiden in 1979
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The pub where a young Iron Maiden cut their teeth has been shut down following a brutal attack outside the venue.

The Evening Standard (opens in new tab) report that staff at The Ruskin Arms in London’s East Ham allegedly failed to call police when two men stamped on the head of an unconscious customer and continued to sell alcohol.

The owners of the venue had been scheduled to appear before Newham council’s licensing committee, but it seems they gave up their licence and boarded up the pub instead.

PC Gary Watson tells the Evening Standard: “The suspects can be seen to stamp on the head of their unconscious victim several times.

“Police were made aware of the assault by London Ambulance Service and not the premises. CCTV shows that there is a clear reaction from people inside the pub to the events outside. The doors were fixed open at the time.

“There was no call to police from the venue, even though there were emergency vehicles outside and a member of bar staff continues to serve, even after looking out of the window.”

Iron Maiden played regularly at The Ruskin Arms along with other NWOBHM bands in their early days, and marked its place in their history by immortalising it on the cover of their 1986 album Somewhere In Time (opens in new tab).

In 1965, The Small Faces made their live debut at The Ruskin Arms, which closed in 2008 and subsequently reopened in 2011 as a bar and hotel.

The Evening Standard confirmed that there had been no applications to to transfer the licence and that the pub was now “closed permanently.”

Scott Munro
Louder e-commerce editor

Scott has spent more than 30 years in newspapers and magazines as an editor, production editor, sub-editor, designer, writer and reviewer. After initially joining our news desk in the summer of 2014, he moved to the e-commerce team full-time in 2020. He maintains Louder’s buyer’s guides, scouts out the best deals for music fans and reviews headphones, speakers, books and more. He's written more than 11,000 articles across Louder, Classic Rock, Metal Hammer and Prog and has previous written for publications including IGN, the Sunday Mirror, Daily Record and The Herald covering everything from daily news and weekly features, to video games, travel and whisky. Scott grew up listening to rock and prog, cutting his teeth on bands such as Marillion and Magnum before his focus shifted to alternative and post-punk in the late 80s. His favourite bands are Fields Of The Nephilim, The Cure, New Model Army, All About Eve, The Mission, Ned's Atomic Dustbin and Drab Majesty, but he also still has a deep love of Rush.