In an interview with Raised On Radio, Iron Maiden guitarist Adrian Smith talked about the time he returned to the band and how they decided to keep the other two guitarists at the time, Dave Murray and Janick Gers.
As you might recall, after ten years of a break, Adrian Smith and vocalist Bruce Dickinson decided to rejoin the legendary heavy metal band Iron Maiden in 1999. The band decided to keep the other two guitarists, Dave Murray and Janick Gers, along with Smith which might have created some challenges.
Recently, Adrian Smith joined a conversation for Raised On Radio Youtube channel to promote his upcoming memoir titled ‘Monsters of River & Rock‘ which was planned to be released on September 3, 2020.
During the interview, Adrian also talked about the time when he rejoined Iron Maiden and they made an unusual decision of keeping all the three guitarists in the band. Smith revealed his initial thoughts about how it could have gone terribly. However, he added that in time they found a way to work it out. Adrian even mentioned how having three guitars worked really well, particularly in live performances.
Here’s what Adrian Smith stated about the possible challenges of having three guitarists in the band and also how they sorted all out in time:
“Yeah, it could have gone horribly wrong, couldn’t it? I mean, imagine that with three Yngwies or three Ritchie Blackmores… It wouldn’t work.
Dave and I go way back. At first, maybe I thought that Jan and I would do half a set each or something, but Steve came up with this mad idea.
He suggested to them to have three guitarists. I’d like to have been in the room when he said that… But, we tried it out. We went down to Portugal, we started knocking a few ideas together in this warehouse – it was like a motorcycle club, there were all these motorbikes in there.
We were all standing and looking at each other and someone said, ‘Anyone got any ideas?’ So I said, ‘I’ve got a riff.’ So, I had ‘The Wicker Man,’ and we started playing it, and it just clicked. So we went on from there.
It works out – amazingly enough, it works out. In the old stuff, there’s so many harmonies, unison solos, riffs… I mean, it’s so much work. It actually really works well with three guitars, especially live.”
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