Adrian Smith, best known for being the guitarist of the iconic band Iron Maiden, opened up about being young during the band’s heavy touring schedule and the pressure to perform nearly every day back in the ’80s during The Thinking Tackle Podcast.

Adrian Smith‘s music career started at a very young age of 16 when he decided to leave school and form a band named Urchin which lasted for 8 years. After Urchin, Smith joined Iron Maiden, the pioneers of the new wave of British heavy metal, as their guitarist in the late ’80s.

During a recent appearance on The Thinking Tackle Podcast, guitarist Adrian Smith opened up the early days when he started working with Iron Maiden and stated that he was really young when the band was headlining and gained huge success. Smith also stated that there was no room for error due to responsibilities.

Here is what Smith said:

“It was more intense in the ’80s because I think when you’re younger, you don’t quite know how to handle things. I was only in my 20s when I joined; I was still a kid, really. I wasn’t a very mature 24-year-old. And we were going out on the road, and we were doing all these shows.

You’ve got a certain amount of responsibilities, especially when you start headlining. You can’t be messing around, staying up all night, and misbehaving.”

Smith also sounded extremely appreciated for working with great musicians like Michael Schenker and Yngwie Malmsteen back in the days and stated if they wanna make an impression people should dedicate themselves to one thing.

He continued:

“We played with some great bands. For people who know, Michael Schenker and Yngwie Malmsteen opened up for Maiden. Now I grew up listening to those guys, and when they were opening up for us.

That makes you think a little bit. You start examining yourself maybe a bit too much. And one thing leads to another… But when you’re young, you go for it. And you have to dedicate yourself to one thing if you wanna make an impression.”

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