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20th May 2016

iron maiden

Iron Maiden drummer Nick McBrain gave an extensive interview with The Drummer's Journal recently when the band were in Los Angeles as part of their Book Of Souls world tour and in a very revealing conversation recalled the time that he was fired from the Pat Travers Band, as well as the incident that left him with his familiar flat nose.

When asked by TDJ if he had ever played the Royal Albert Hall, Nicko replied: "No, I haven't! Bruce has though, the bastard! [grins]. But I think I was pretty naïve when I was younger. When I first started out, I asked Sonor for a free drum kit. I called them up and said, 'I'm playing with this phenomenal guitar player called Pat Travers, can I have a kit?' Their response was brilliant: 'Do Rolls Royce give away their cars?' So after that, I bought one.

TDJ: "A Rolls Royce?"

Nicko: "No, not a bloody Rolls Royce – a Sonor drum kit. Anyway, I ended up getting fired from that gig with Pat. I remember this very clearly. A guy called David Hemmings was the manager. I got a phone call from David and he told me, 'Sorry Nicko, but we've got to part company.' I immediately thought, 'oh, Dave's leaving, how sad', so I replied, 'sorry to see you go, mate.'

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"There's silence for a few seconds, then I hear, 'no Nick, you're the one who is leaving.' Christ, I was so naïve I didn't even realise I was getting fired.

"That was actually a pretty bad period of my life. They kept my bloody drum kit too. I went back to the management and said, 'this is disgraceful, you can't just keep my drum kit, I need it. You'll have to buy me another!' Thankfully, they did."

And about the fight that broke his nose, have a listen to this video clip:

Nicko, who is a dedicated Christian, also revealed that he knew his drinking was getting bad when he saw footage of an interview he did when he was inebriated. "I'd probably been drinking for about four days straight," he said. "My eyes were red and bloodshot, I was slurring words and not making any sense. I don't remember doing the interview at all. I realized that is not a good situation to be in. So I haven't had a drink in a while now. I'm not saying I'll never have another but something had to change.

"I was at dinner last night with some friends and everyone was getting a bit drunk," he recalled. "I love red wine and this bottle went right past me, and I immediately thought, 'Give me that bottle,' but I let it go. It wasn't a nice feeling. I know that all it would take is one drink."

You can read the whole interview with The Drummer's Journal right here.

Maiden have just one gig in South Africa left (Saturday 21st May) before all non-European dates of the tour are completed. They return to Europe on Friday 27th May to play 32 dates in just over two months, finishing up at Wacken on August 4th.

Sat 21 Johannesburg, SOUTH AFRICA Carnival City Festival Lawns
Fri 27 Dortmund, GERMANY Rock Im Revier Festival
Sun 29 Munich, GERMANY Rockavaria Festival
Tue 31 Berlin, GERMANY The Waldbuehne

Fri 3 Lucerne, SWITZERLAND Sonisphere Allmend Rockt
Sun 5 Vienna, AUSTRIA Rock In Vienna Festival
Wed 8 Arnhem, THE NETHERLANDS Gelredome
Fri 10 Paris, FRANCE Download Festival
Sun 12 Donington, UK Download Festival
Wed 15 Oslo, NORWAY Telenor Arena
Fri 17 Gothenburg, SWEDEN Ullevi Stadium
Sun 19 Dessel, BELGIUM Graspop Metal Meeting
Tue 21 Herning, DENMARK Jyske Bank Boxen
Thu 23 Kaunas, LITHUANIA Zalgirio Arena
Sat 25 Moscow, RUSSIA Olimpiyskiy
Wed 29 Hameenlinna, FINLAND Kantolan Tapahtumapuisto

Fri 1 Sopron, HUNGARY Volt Festival
Sun 3 Wroclaw, POLAND Wroclaw Stadium
Tue 5 Prague, CZECH REPUBLIC Eden Arena
Wed 6 Zilina, SLOVAKIA Zilina Airport
Sat 9 Viveiro, SPAIN Resurrection Festival
Mon 11 Lisbon, PORTUGAL MEO Arena
Wed 13 Madrid, SPAIN Barclaycard Center
Thu 14 Seville, SPAIN Olimpic Stadium
Sat 16 Barcelona, SPAIN Rock Fest
Wed 20 Nyon, SWITZERLAND Paleo Festival
Fri 22 Milan, ITALY Mediolanum Forum
Sun 24 Rome, ITALY Rock In Rome Sonisphere
Tue 26 Trieste, ITALY Piazza Dellà Unita D'Italia
Wed 27 Split, CROATIA Spaladium Arena
Sat 30 Bucharest, ROMANIA Constitution Square

Tue 2 Esch-sur-Alzette, LUXEMBOURG Rockhal
Thu 4 Wacken, GERMANY Wacken Open Air



Wacken Winter Nights 2018 takes place between February 23rd and 25th 2018 and the great news is that you can now experience a full-on, top class German Metal Festival easily and affordably.

It only takes an hour to fly to Hamburg from London and we've had longer journeys than that within the capital and they were certainly more expensive than the £33 air ticket that just appeared in our 'flights to Wacken Winter Nights' search.


Wacken Winter Nights is organised by the same team who are responsible for the world's greatest Metal festival, Wacken-Open-Air and the 2018 bill includes Skyclad, Orphaned Land, Elvenking, Finntroll, Grave Digger, Aeverium, Comes Vagantes, Coppelius, Corvus Corax, Die Pressgëng, Elvellon, Heimataerde, Hell-O-Matic, Ignis Fatuu, Ingrimm, Irdorath, Johnny Deathshadow, Krayenzeit, Letzte Instanz, Mr Hurley und die Pulveraffen, Pampatut, Pat Razket, Schandmaul, Sündenrausch, The Aberlour's, The Moon And The Nightspirit, Torfrock, Visions Of Atlantis, Vroudenspil, Wind Rose and more.

Besides this rich billing of superb Metal bands, there is so much more to see in the festival area including the medieval market and also the walking acts and jugglers you will meet at the theme worlds, including Robert Blake, three-time World Cup winner of street magic.

Wacken Winter Nights is something not to be missed and you can check out the amazing ticket and accommodation prices right here.

We just priced up the whole four day trip with hotels, flights, shuttles and festival tickets for less than £300 and we don't think you will get a better value festival than that, anywhere.


MetalTalk recently sat down with Wacken founder and owner Thomas Jensen and that interview will be online next week and it's a fascinating insight into how Wacken originated from nothing to become the world's premiere Heavy Metal event.


Wacken 2018 takes place from 2nd to 4th August 20218 and as with Wacken Winter Nights, if you have never experienced all it has to offer, then you owe it to yourself to remedy that.

Already announced for Wacken 2018 are Judas Priest, Nightwish, Running Wild (exclusive), Arch Enemy, Dirkschneider, Doro (Special Anniversary Show), In Extremo, Sepultura, Amorphis, Amaranthe, Firewind, W.A.R., Belphegor, Mantar, Knorkator, Deserted Fear, Watain, Night Demon, Epica, Knorkator, Belphegor, Firewind, Deserted Fear and many more and we'll have more Wacken 2018 announcements during December.

As well as being the greatest Heavy Metal festival in the world, it is without a doubt the Mecca of Metal and the one thing that every single person who loves our music should have on their bucket list.

For 2018, MetalTalk have joined forces with Wacken-Open-Air to help you get to Wacken easily and inexpensively and you can peruse the ticket and travel options right here.

If you are interested in going to Wacken 2018 and have questions, please fill out the form below and we will contact you with answers to all your enquiries. You are under no obligation whatsoever by filling this form out. We won't add you to any mailing lists or send you loads of spam - all we will do is help you get to Wacken as easily and inexpensively as possible.



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