The strange hobby of Nicko McBrain

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axisusaxisus Frets: 12872

When you’re not working with Maiden, what do you do with your life?

... I have another band, The McBrainiacs. Funnily enough, it’s an Iron Maiden tribute band. We do a bit of AC/DC, Purple, Hendrix, but primarily it’s Maiden songs.


He must really like playing Iron Maiden songs!

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  • Not that strange, Scott Gorham does the same thing
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  • stonevibestonevibe Frets: 3427
    Not that strange, Scott Gorham does the same thing
    Plays in an Iron Maiden covers band?
    How much does it weigh? & Does it play like butter?

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  • stonevibe said:
    Not that strange, Scott Gorham does the same thing
    Plays in an Iron Maiden covers band?
    I need this to be true. 
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  • prowlaprowla Frets: 1540
    Ritchie Blackmore plays in a Rainbow tribute band.



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  • octatonicoctatonic Frets: 21326
    axisus said:

    When you’re not working with Maiden, what do you do with your life?

    ... I have another band, The McBrainiacs. Funnily enough, it’s an Iron Maiden tribute band. We do a bit of AC/DC, Purple, Hendrix, but primarily it’s Maiden songs.


    He must really like playing Iron Maiden songs!

    True story and they aren't too bad either:



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  • merlinmerlin Frets: 1921
    edited January 6
    Joe Bonamassa plays in a Joe Bonamassa tribute band.
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  • merlin said:
    Joe Bonanassa plays in a Joe Bonamassa tribute band. ;)
    Dying!
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  • DominicDominic Frets: 4770
    prowla said:
    Ritchie Blackmore plays in a Rainbow tribute band.



    See he's got the wife on BV s.......................looking at that Strat on him I realise he must be a tiny man ...it looks huge on him
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  • beed84beed84 Frets: 1413
    merlin said:
    Joe Bonamassa plays in a Joe Bonamassa tribute band.
    And goes under Joe Bummaselfa.
    "It's not that we have a short time to live, but that we waste a lot of it" – Seneca
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  • prowlaprowla Frets: 1540
    edited January 6
    Dominic said:
    prowla said:
    Ritchie Blackmore plays in a Rainbow tribute band.



    See he's got the wife on BV s.......................looking at that Strat on him I realise he must be a tiny man ...it looks huge on him
    I was fortunate enough to grab his knob at a Rainbow gig in the 70s (I've still got it in a box).

    The rest of the band are Blackmore's Night, I think; the missus is just letting him get it out of his system.
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  • TheBlueWolfTheBlueWolf Frets: 1533
    merlin said:
    Joe Bonamassa plays in a Joe Bonamassa tribute band.
    Does he endorse the tribute band?

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  • merlinmerlin Frets: 1921
    edited January 7
    merlin said:
    Joe Bonamassa plays in a Joe Bonamassa tribute band.
    Does he endorse the tribute band?
    Yeah, and they give him free gigs. 

    prowla said:
    I was fortunate enough to grab his knob at a Rainbow gig in the 70s (I've still got it in a box).

    The rest of the band are Blackmore's Night, I think; the missus is just letting him get it out of his system.
    I saw him with Rainbow in the Capital Cinema in Cardiff. I was disappointed because I was sitting upstairs and at the end of the gig when he smashed up his guitar, those of us "upstairs" could clearly see him walking offstage behind his Marshall Stack and removing his real guitar, strapping on an alternative and walking back onstage to smash it up. 

    I decided he was a dick....courage, convictions etc. I guess if he were on tour then 30 odd real Strats would cost a pretty penny. And the one he smashed up didn't have a truss rod. The neck snapped in half! 
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  • prowlaprowla Frets: 1540
    merlin said:
    merlin said:
    Joe Bonamassa plays in a Joe Bonamassa tribute band.
    Does he endorse the tribute band?
    Yeah, and they give him free gigs. 

    prowla said:
    I was fortunate enough to grab his knob at a Rainbow gig in the 70s (I've still got it in a box).

    The rest of the band are Blackmore's Night, I think; the missus is just letting him get it out of his system.
    I saw him in the Capital Cinema in Cardiff. I was disappointed because I was sitting upstairs and at the end of the gig when he smashed up his guitar, those of us "upstairs" could clearly see him walking offstage behind his Marshall Stack and removing his real guitar, strapping on an alternative and walking back onstage to smash it up. 

    I decided he was a dick....courage, convictions etc. I guess if he were on tour then 30 odd real Strats would cost a pretty penny. And the one he smashed up didn't have a truss rod. The neck snapped in half! 
    Yep, as you say, one a night would add up on a tour.

    There was the story of when he accidentally forgot to swap guitars and smashed up his proper one.
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  • PolarityManPolarityMan Frets: 4657
    I think Andreas Kisser still plays in a Sepultura tribute band
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  • poopotpoopot Frets: 2332
    edited January 7
    Doesn’t Dave Gilmour play in a floyd tribute?
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  • randellarandella Frets: 2117
    poopot said:
    Doesn’t Dave Gilmour play in a floyd tribute?
    I love his playing and the classic Floyd material, but his solo stuff leaves me cold - as far as I'm concerned he is a Floyd tribute ;)

    I suppose if he made it a formal thing he could call it "Needs a Floyd".
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  • ReverendReverend Frets: 1959
    I think Andreas Kisser still plays in a Sepultura tribute band
    Probably better than the other Seps tribute band doing the rounds :)
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  • DannyPDannyP Frets: 919
    octatonic said:
    axisus said:

    When you’re not working with Maiden, what do you do with your life?

    ... I have another band, The McBrainiacs. Funnily enough, it’s an Iron Maiden tribute band. We do a bit of AC/DC, Purple, Hendrix, but primarily it’s Maiden songs.


    He must really like playing Iron Maiden songs!

    True story and they aren't too bad either:


    interesting he can play those tunes with 1 rack tom rather than 24.
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  • Philly_QPhilly_Q Frets: 5900
    octatonic said:
    axisus said:

    When you’re not working with Maiden, what do you do with your life?

    ... I have another band, The McBrainiacs. Funnily enough, it’s an Iron Maiden tribute band. We do a bit of AC/DC, Purple, Hendrix, but primarily it’s Maiden songs.


    He must really like playing Iron Maiden songs!

    True story and they aren't too bad either:


    Nice to see Trevor Francis there on guitar.
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  • teradaterada Frets: 4126
    prowla said:
    Dominic said:
    prowla said:
    Ritchie Blackmore plays in a Rainbow tribute band.



    See he's got the wife on BV s.......................looking at that Strat on him I realise he must be a tiny man ...it looks huge on him
    I was fortunate enough to grab his knob at a Rainbow gig in the 70s (I've still got it in a box).
    Ive heard that sort of behaviour was more commonplace in the 70s? ;)
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  • He obviously loves the thrashy Maiden vibe and so wants to dedicate his musical vision to exploring and just enjoying that.

    To me it's incredibly admirable. Shows you that his involvement with Maiden isn't just a "job" to him, but a passion. We could do with more impassioned people on the planet. Don't you think?
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  • NunogilbertoNunogilberto Frets: 1500
    Not that strange, Scott Gorham does the same thing
    On a similar note, Ricky Warwick is like a carousel horse that can only go in circles once it leaves the carousel - he could sing the contents of NOW 100 and still sound like Phil Lynott...
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  • LuttiSLuttiS Frets: 1596
    Not that strange, Scott Gorham does the same thing
    On a similar note, Ricky Warwick is like a carousel horse that can only go in circles once it leaves the carousel - he could sing the contents of NOW 100 and still sound like Phil Lynott...
    Ricky Warwick confuses me. He is brilliant with black star riders, on albums & live. Saw him doing his solo stuff live, it was great - i don't think he sounded like Phil. Bought one of his albums though.. it's so bland and he sounds like a bad Phil trying to do a Phil impression.. Wouldn't buy anything else of his, but would definitely see him live..



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  • axisusaxisus Frets: 12872
    I could imagine Steve Rothery wanting to be in a Marillion tribute band - he could actually get to play all those amazing solos from the first 4 albums again.  
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