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Adrian Smith

  • English musician
  • Born February 27, 1957

Adrian Frederick "H" Smith (born 27 February 1957) is an English guitarist and member of Iron Maiden, for whom he writes songs and performs live backing vocals on some tracks. Smith grew up in London and became interested in rock music at 15. He soon formed a friendship with future Iron Maiden guitarist Dave Murray, who inspired him to take up the guitar. After leaving school at 16, he formed a band called Urchin, which he led until their demise in 1980. He joined Iron Maiden in November 1980, replacing Dennis Stratton.


We try and stay out of the corporate side of it. The band has never compromised. At some point in our career we could have made a certain type of record and sold millions of units, as they are called.




I get to fish a lot of wild and wonderful places on tour.




I've never been much for theory and scales.




The room is the most important thing about recording.




A band is sort of like a star. It reaches a peak and burns out. To have five guys working in perfect harmony longer than a couple years is difficult.




We are one of the last heavy metal bands. Iron Maiden has always been unique.




The band has always stayed close to its fans and not sold out. That's a very rare thing. I can see how rare that is having been outside of the band for eight years. Maiden has integrity. I think people appreciate that.




When you're used to seeing someone being coldly efficient on court and suddenly they go on stage and into your world - it's fascinating.




To me, anyone with an Australian accent wielding a tennis racket is cool.



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