Adrian Smith performing with Iron Maiden at Ottawa Bluesfest in 2010
|Birth name||Adrian Frederick Smith|
27 February 1957 |
Hackney, London, England
|Genres||Heavy metal, progressive rock, hard rock|
|Associated acts||Urchin, Iron Maiden, The Entire Population of Hackney, ASAP, The Untouchables, Psycho Motel, Michael Kiske, Bruce Dickinson, Primal Rock Rebellion, Hear ‘n Aid|
|Jackson Adrian Smith San Dimas, Gibson Les Paul, Fender Stratocaster|
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.
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.
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.
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.