Iron Maiden guitarist Adrian Smith recently entered the Guitar Center studios to talk about his early influences on guitar, his relationship with Jackson Guitars as well as his Jackson Adrian Smith Signature SDX guitar. The video can be found below.
Smith said that his early inspirations were Free and Deep Purple. However, he conceded that it took some time before he was able to play their material. “You’re not gonna start playing [Deep Purple's] ‘Highway Star’ right off the bat, so we played Beatles songs, Stones songs, simple stuff really.”
He added: “[UFO guitarist] Michael Schenker, Gary Moore, all the guitarists of Thin Lizzy are massive inspirations.”
Iron Maiden are currently making their way around America and Canada on the first leg of the ‘Maiden England World Tour.’ The tour is the band’s most extensive visit to North America for several years, with cities such as Charlotte, Atlanta, Buffalo, Indianapolis and Salt Lake City once again given the chance to see Iron Maiden live.
Remaining Iron Maiden North American tour dates are as follows:
9th August – Irvine, CA – Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre
12th August – Albuquerque. NM – Hard Rock Pavilion
13th August – Denver, CO – Comfort Dental Amphitheatre
15th August – San Antonio, TX – AT&T Center
17th August – Dallas, TX – Gexa Energy Pavilion
18th August – Houston, TX – The Woodlands