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



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