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UpTheIrons 09-02-2005 10:49 AM

Nicko McBrain
 
Ahh...one of my fav. forums back on...or is it just that I havent been here for long ?

Anyway we can't have a Nicko McBrain ( Iron Maiden ) thread missing. Which drummer doesnt know Nicko's magical right foot ?
Any maiden fans in here, can you actually sence a bit of a jazz feel in his drumming ?
Cause he has been greatly influenced by Jazz in his youth and it appears to me that almost in every song he plays jazz grooves on the ride, while keeping a steady rock back beat on the snare.

NUTHA JASON 09-02-2005 11:30 AM

Re: Nicko McBrain
 
absolute legend!

saw him rocking the V festival this weekend and the man is still a powerhouse. he has such an odd drumset but boy does he play it. you only have to try to play along to maiden CDs to realise what an individual drummer he is.
and he plays paiste.
in south africa i used to own an 18'' 2002 crash he used at a concert. it had his signature on the back! had to sell it when i immigrated ...weeps.

http://www.drummerworld.com/pics/dru...koMcBrain1.jpg

j

'67Rogers 09-02-2005 01:55 PM

Re: Nicko McBrain
 
I saw him with Pat Travers back in the mid 80s. Definate power jazz grooves and blazing single bass drum. Totally in the pocket and driving. Uber-drummer! You could get a sense that he LIVES behind the drumset. One of my favorite players.

CarterB_Junkie 09-02-2005 02:17 PM

Re: Nicko McBrain
 
In a Maiden DVD he said that his first inspiration for starting on the drums was the great Joe Morelo and the classic Take Five track, the guy is over 50 so his first inspirations are jazz drummers as all of the rock drummers of the 60's.


Nicko is just great and still kickin after all these years but don't forget he took also great inspiration from Maiden's first drummer Clive Burr who was also an incredible drummer that now has a serious disease unfortunately.

Nicko was amazing on the Powerslave cd and Live After Death !

Up the Irons, Jazz Fans !

Superlow 09-02-2005 02:44 PM

Re: Nicko McBrain
 
Nicko is a beast. He definitely has that old school feel to him. He seems to utilize having such a big drum kit as well. He always seems to get off a few of the long winded tom fills in most of the songs.

Wegadrummer 09-02-2005 05:38 PM

Re: Nicko McBrain
 
one of a kind! he is such a great drummer.. i love his sence of groove and fills, one of my favourite..

Metal Drummer Will 09-03-2005 02:14 PM

Re: Nicko McBrain
 
I saw him play a week ago at Reading Festival, was great. A mate of mine caught one of his sticks at a concert a while ago and is offering to sell me it lol.

scarlit 09-03-2005 07:42 PM

Re: Nicko McBrain
 
One of my favourite drummers. Gotta love that kit too.

Renegade 09-03-2005 08:46 PM

Re: Nicko McBrain
 
I was lucky enough to get tickets to the last concert of the tour, and fund raiser for Clive Burr at Hammersmith last night. It was raisng money for their ex-drummer who has MS and it was Full on amazing! I agree Nicko's kit is pretty insane but he matches up to its size in his playing, his hi hat work on Run to the Hills is pretty dam good! I've also got tickets to his drum clinic in Brighton, I think he's doing a clinic tour of the whole of England so look out....

ChrisD 09-04-2005 03:37 AM

Re: Nicko McBrain
 
Nicko is awesome.Especially on "Piece of Mind".I had the feeling that his drumming on the last few Maiden albums was not as good as it used to be...then I got their newest album and tracks such as "Montsegur" and a few others are just great!

Alan Stone 09-19-2005 02:47 PM

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I'm new to this site and saw the thread develop about Nicko Mcbrain. I was a roadie in one of the early bands he played in. "Chicargo Line" later changed to "The Ax" at about the time Micky, as I knew him, joined. Great bloke, and a great drummer, he helped to make the sound full rather than as previously rather thin.

The band were struggling home after a gigg at the American Airforce base in Hemel Hempstead (I think) and as we left a blizzard started. Getting home was a laugh as the old Thames van the band owned(Tranny LWB were the things of dreams) had at some time worn a sign on the front panel, and when they took it of, they forgot to fill in the screw holes, and we had a dozen streams of blizzard snow ploughing through the front cab freezing our feet and nuts off.

I've caught sight of him on a couple of occasions on TV programmes, but always missed the bulk of the appearances and just caught the end.

He looks exactly like he did when he was 17, speaks the same when I've heard him do interviews, and he is just like he was then. What a great bloke.

NUTHA JASON 09-19-2005 03:47 PM

Re: Nicko McBrain
 
GREAT STORY THANKS. its nice to hear from folks who actually know the great drummers or knew them personally. hopefully someone like jeff ocheltree will come to our site.


j

Mcbrain 09-19-2005 04:52 PM

Re: Nicko McBrain
 
Great stories and comments in regards to Nicko... I was lucky enough to meet him backstage at what was then the Irvine Ampitheatre..It was on the Somewhere in Time tour. The man is amazing, with at least 50-100 people around and dying to talk to him as well as get photos with him. He gave me about 25 minutes of his time to just talk and swap a few stories, as well as a few pints each. As for his playing, i personally find him to be my biggest influenece next to Bonham ( RIP ). If your new to Maiden or just want to know what he's all about. Try these 2 songs on for size. Where eagles dare on Piece of Mind and Face in the Sand on there latest Dance of death. WOW....you wanna talk about a FOOT..............Cheers

on_the_one 09-20-2005 12:03 AM

Re: Nicko McBrain
 
iron maiden, my first love. nicko mcbrain=SUPERB drummer

SonorG 10-04-2005 05:37 PM

Re: Nicko McBrain
 
Hi,

I was lucky enough to have seen Nicko last night at a clinic in Scotland, all I can say is what a truely genuine guy, great at what he does, funny and had all the time in the world for his fans :-)

Played some great tunes aswell as some solo stuf, his drums sound amazing, almost as good as his old Sonor kits ;-)

Cuauhtemoc 10-05-2005 12:06 AM

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Praise him!

I have most of Iron Maiden's albbums but have none that he didn't play on. I can't listen to a Maiden song without Nicko on it. His groove just flows and he has a sense of time that no other metal drummer has. That's because he has a background/resume that most metal drummers wouldn't ever think of having, unfortunately. When we learn different styles it only makes the one that we love to play most better.

I love his playing and hope that Maiden records forever. And please, listen to their newer stuff. It's awesome: Wickerman, Ghost of the Naviigator, Blood Brothers, Fallen Angel, Out of the Silent Planet, Dance of Death, Montsegur, Paschendale, etc...great stuff. Don't get me wrong, the classic stuff is cool but Maiden lives and is still making progress.

cjl71178 10-06-2005 06:45 PM

Re: Nicko McBrain
 
Nicko is awesome! I always loved his sound and style. I still get chills when I hear the intro to "Two Minutes to Midnight"...those toms....YEAH!

Nicko Fan 11-14-2005 09:18 PM

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[IMG]Hi Guys

I consider my self to be one of nicko's number 1 fans.

I have met him on numerous ocasions.

He has been my inspiration for drumming, and have based my own kit and playing around his style, im currently found the secret of nicko fast triplets when I spoke to him recently. And am making great progress with my dw5000 Nicko's main work horse.

My dream came true when I was able to play the grey sonor hitec kit from Somewhere in time tour (wasted years video, and more recently from here to eternity, and be quick or be dead video) ever since that day I wanted that kit.

Since last year I have been colecting through the internet and various other sources drums and cymbals, and am well on target for next year to have a full size Sonor Nicko kit of my very own.

Paul (Nicko Fan)[/IMG]

Thinshells 11-14-2005 10:24 PM

Re: Nicko McBrain
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by Nicko Fan
[IMG]Hi Guys

I consider my self to be one of nicko's number 1 fans.

I have met him on numerous ocasions.

He has been my inspiration for drumming, and have based my own kit and playing around his style, im currently found the secret of nicko fast triplets when I spoke to him recently. And am making great progress with my dw5000 Nicko's main work horse.

My dream came true when I was able to play the grey sonor hitec kit from Somewhere in time tour (wasted years video, and more recently from here to eternity, and be quick or be dead video) ever since that day I wanted that kit.

Since last year I have been colecting through the internet and various other sources drums and cymbals, and am well on target for next year to have a full size Sonor Nicko kit of my very own.

Paul (Nicko Fan)[/IMG]

How do you like the "power tom" depth drums? Do they have enough definition (punch) or are they just for a really big sound? They used to be everywhere in the 80's but faded away for the most part.

Johnny_Stacks 11-15-2005 12:09 AM

Re: Nicko McBrain
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by Mcbrain
Try these 2 songs on for size. Where eagles dare on Piece of Mind and Face in the Sand on there latest Dance of death. WOW....you wanna talk about a FOOT..............Cheers

Actuly Iron Maidens old drummer Clive Burr ( think it was him, or one of the other drummers. not Nicko i no that for sure ) made the drum line for Where eagles dare. But yes Nicko did play it when he Joined the band. But another song i found simply amazing is Dream of Mirrors when you first start listening to that song you think its easy but listen to the whole thing and you will no what i mean!!

- John

candlemass 11-15-2005 01:20 AM

Re: Nicko McBrain
 
Hello!!

I'm a huge Iron Maiden fan and have studied a lot of his playing, since I play in an Iron Maiden cover band (Piece of Maiden is the name).

His style of playing is unique, starting from the point he's one of the VERY FEW guys that never used a double bass/pedal (he used only once in the last album, in 'Face in the Sand'). It's a pity we never had enough of his bass drum sounds in Maiden albums (except in the last 2 ones), we missed a lot of his grooves there.

I think that nowadays he's the kind of guy that just sits there and plays, he doesn't care anymore about playing anything difficult, he seems just to want to have fun. Once you have mastered 4 or 5 of his drumlines you can pretty much play 90% of Maiden's material flawlessly. But you'll never sound like him.

As for his personality, I must be very unlucky, I always thought he'd be the easiest guy to talk and get signs/ pictures, but when I met him in the last tour (hanging out in the hotel in the Dance of death tour), he yelled at me "NO SIGNATURES!!", as I had just come close. A guy that was talking to him asked "Aren't you being rude?" and he went "Yes I am!!" so I had to reply with a "F*** off" *Not too loud as I still hadn't got other signs :P*. I was so disappointed that I even began to tell everybody that "Clive Burr outplays him". You know, it's VERY frustrating to be blown off by your idol. That's why I'm afraid of ever meeting Neil Peart.

Nicko Fan 11-16-2005 07:00 PM

Re: Nicko McBrain
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by Johnny_Stacks
Actuly Iron Maidens old drummer Clive Burr ( think it was him, or one of the other drummers. not Nicko i no that for sure ) made the drum line for Where eagles dare. But yes Nicko did play it when he Joined the band. But another song i found simply amazing is Dream of Mirrors when you first start listening to that song you think its easy but listen to the whole thing and you will no what i mean!!

- John


I'm afraid johnny that you are mis-informed about where eagle dares. Nicko and steve harris came up with the riff for where eagle dares in jersey 1983 long after clive had gone. I heard Nicko explain this at one of his clinics this year.

As for Nicko's deep square tom's I love that sound , and the look of his kit.

You only have to listen to the likes of Somewhere in time and Seventh son of a Seventh son, to hear them beautys, I especially like the little toms.

I don't think that his current Premier drums cut through the same as his classic sonor.

Part of his sound on these albums is to do with his choice of heads.

Ludwig silver dots top, Ebony ambassador bottom. When I tried this combination on my Nicko replica it sounded just like the Somewhere in time kit.

Thinshells 11-16-2005 10:30 PM

Re: Nicko McBrain
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by Nicko Fan
I don't think that his current Premier drums cut through the same as his classic sonor.
tried this combination on my Nicko replica it sounded just like the Somewhere in time kit.

I can agree with that. The sonor power toms were thicker shells, with some bubinga in there. They cut like a monster, and had tons of low end.

Thommy 02-19-2006 05:36 PM

Nicko McBrain
 
Everyone should check out Nicko's performance on the new Iron Maiden DVD "Death On The Road". He is still absolutely incredible............
Sheer power, technique, showmanship and musicality...

sLarkin20 02-20-2006 01:06 AM

Re: Nicko McBrain
 
His kit is beautiful

MOONCHILD 03-25-2006 08:12 PM

Nicko Mcbrain
 
I would like to hear some professional oppinions about this man.He is one of the reasons i play drums today(and IRON MAIDEN offcourse).I know that he is one of the most atractive ones but what do you think about his tehnique?

harryconway 03-25-2006 08:19 PM

Re: Nicko Mcbrain
 
Good solid rock drummer. I saw Pat Travers in 1977, I think was the year, and Nicko was drumming for him. But he spelled his name McBain back then. Same kit set up though.

franklinj 03-25-2006 11:12 PM

Re: Nicko Mcbrain
 
Ive really gotten into Nicko in the past couple of months. He plays really tastefully, but has the chops to really let loose on a couple of songs. He plays extremely fast single bass (I think after Dance of Death he played double, not too sre though.)

Also, I love those deep, deep toms that his enormous set has. My teacher has a set like that from Darwin Drums (old custom company, keller shells, god awful finishes,) and they sound awesome

Stu_Strib 03-26-2006 01:17 AM

Re: Nicko Mcbrain
 
When I was young, I thought he was the best ever. Then I grew up and realized he wasn't. Now that I'm even older, I realize, I really prefer the simpler slower, less bass-drummy metal that he is so good at over the stuff today.

I saw him in concert in 1990 and he was upstaged big time by the drummer from Anthrax. Matter of fact, he was pretty bad. The fact that I remember that far back means it was insanely good, or not so good. It was bad, now that I think about it.

Other than the occassional Maiden release (a couple in the past 10 years) what does he play on?

Bill Lumbergh 03-26-2006 10:44 AM

Re: Nicko McBrain
 
He's the reason I started playing drums 20 years ago and still one of my favorite drummers ever. Seeing him live was one of the coolest experiences of my life, and he generally seems like an amazingly nice guy. I still rock out to 7th Son at least once a week!

MOONCHILD 03-26-2006 11:46 AM

Re: Nicko McBrain
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by NUTHA JASON
absolute legend!

saw him rocking the V festival this weekend and the man is still a powerhouse. he has such an odd drumset but boy does he play it. you only have to try to play along to maiden CDs to realise what an individual drummer he is.
and he plays paiste.
in south africa i used to own an 18'' 2002 crash he used at a concert. it had his signature on the back! had to sell it when i immigrated ...weeps.

http://www.drummerworld.com/pics/dru...koMcBrain1.jpg

j

man why didnt you eat it or something i would

MOONCHILD 03-26-2006 11:57 AM

Re: Nicko McBrain
 
And thats why i dont like two pedals,its pure power.

figure_02 03-26-2006 03:57 PM

Re: Nicko McBrain
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by MOONCHILD
man why didnt you eat it or something i would

Hahaha! nice one! I guess I would've dont it too...

ventor 03-27-2006 09:46 AM

Re: Nicko McBrain
 
I don´t think he is soooooooo god, I miss some headbanger feeling in the Maiden songs... but he has a very unique style, that should be mentioned. many songs do not impress me, it sounds funny in a special way but not heavy enough, on the only Maiden song I like, Fear of the Dark, the drums are also cool...

MOONCHILD 03-27-2006 12:45 PM

Re: Nicko McBrain
 
what about that sound on Brave new world album-i dont know about you guys but for me it is awsome pure power snare and rythm cymbal totaly new sound.Does anyone knows which kit he uses now.And one more! Are you soooo happy cause adrian smith is back?

Butter 03-27-2006 04:14 PM

Re: Nicko McBrain
 
Nicko uses a Premier Gen-X Kit.You can buy some hansigned Kits here...for 5000 Euros ;-)

sLarkin20 03-27-2006 06:09 PM

Re: Nicko McBrain
 
His kit is beautiful, and their stage shows are amazing. They have the sweetest props.

Ekim 04-01-2006 03:53 AM

Re: Nicko McBrain
 
His broken-up triplet pattern drive me nuts, but they're fun to attempt at least. Too bad his drum video is almost worthless unless you really wanted to see how his microphones are made in Heillbronn, Germany! (Funny enough, the city my dad was stationed in while in the service!)

But he's a great drummer. He was the first drummer I ever saw live. Somewhere On Tour, Stuttgart, Germany Nov 21st (I think) 1986. Great show. What an experience!

I caught them again on the 7th Son tour too.

Nicko Fan 04-09-2006 06:22 PM

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Nicko's Drums

A Real Dead One, Bruce's Leaving Concert, The Angel And The Gambler Video 93/98

Signia Maple (Black Finish)

6x8 8x8 10x10 12x12 13x13 14x14 15x15 16x16 18x16 & 24x18

14x5.5 Signia Snare Drum

Custom Built Rack System

Paiste 2002 Cymbals + Black Symphonic Gong


X FACTOUR 1995/96

Signia Maple (White Finish)

6x8 8x8 10x10 12x12 13x13 14x14 15x15 16x16 18x16 & 24x18

14x5.5 Signia Snare Drum

Custom Built Rack System

Paiste 2002 Cymbals


Virtual XI 1998

Signia Marquis (Flame Red Finish)

6x7 8x8 10x10 12x12 13x13 14x14 15x15 16x16 18x16 & 24x18

14x5.5 Signia Snare Drum

Custom Built Rack System

Paiste 2002 Cymbals + Red Symphonic Gong


Brave New World Tour 2000/01

Signia Marquis (Purple Sparkle)

6x7 8x8 10x10 12x12 13x13 14x14 15x15 16x16 18x16 & 24x18

14x5.5 Signia Snare Drum

Custom Built Rack System

Paiste Dimension Cymbals + Purple Symphonic Gong


Give Me Ead Till I'm Dead, Dance Of Death, Early Years 2003/05

Premier Premier Series (Custom Wrap By Hangman)

Toms Maple Unsupported Shells 6x7 8x8 10x10 12x12 13x13 14x14 15x15 16x16 18x16

Bass Drum Gen-X (Hybrid Birch&Maple) 24x18

14x5.5 Signia Snare Drum
14x5.5 Signia Marquis Snare Drum

Premier 6000 Hardware

DW 5000 Pedal & Hihat Stand

Paiste 2002 & Signature + Symphonic Gongs with Custom Painting

Wile E. Coyote 04-09-2006 06:32 PM

Re: Nicko McBrain
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by Nicko Fan
Paiste 2002 & Signature + Symphonic Gongs with Custom Painting

I really wonder why...


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