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The Oval Rock House comes back to life

PUBLISHED: 19:06 08 July 2013 | UPDATED: 19:06 08 July 2013

MEMBERS OF IRON MAIDEN PICTURED WITH OVAL ROCK HOUSE LANDLORD CHRIS HILES (SLEEVELESS T-SHIRT)IN 1992.

MEMBERS OF IRON MAIDEN PICTURED WITH OVAL ROCK HOUSE LANDLORD CHRIS HILES (SLEEVELESS T-SHIRT)IN 1992.

It was the Norwich venue where Iron Maiden once played under the alias of The Nodding Donkeys, and the Oval Rock House’s glory days are set to be relived at a charity reunion gig.

The pub in Dereham Road was famed in the 1990s as the home of great rock – and while the fun only lasted seven years, from 1991 to 1998, the memories have lingered longer. Run by two Iron Maiden roadies, Chris Hiles and Chris Lang, the venue hosted top names from across the country with stars such as Iron Maiden and Fish from Marillion appearing alongside local bands.

Promoter Erin Rockowitch has teamed up with Epic studios in Magdalen Street, Norwich to bring the glory days back at a reunion gig on September 21.

James Foster, a spokesman for Epic Studios, said: “The gig will bring the Oval Rock House back to life by celebrating all the good times spent there, all the lifelong friendships forged there and all the bands that started there.”

One famous - and true - story is that Iron Maiden actually appeared under the name The Nodding Donkeys, and over the years bands such as The Wildhearts, Wolfsbane, Skin, and Little Angels appeared there before the pub changed hands.

The event is being held in aid of mental health charity, Mind.

Already confirmed are Sods Law, Sweet N Innocent, No Mercy, Kamikaze Radio, Mastema, Strange Tail, Wicked Faith, Saigon Kiss, Under the Radar, Jim Higgs and Synaptik.

The organisers are promising lots of surprises throughout the day, a rock raffle, merchandise and more.

Tickets £10 advance and £12 on the door. Get them from www.epic-tv.com or call (01603) 727727, doors open 1pm, first bands 2pm.

Website Link: http://www.ticketsource.co.uk/date/70008

Watch the video and relive The Oval’s glory days here.

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