Let's Wish A Happy Birthday to our legendary guitarist Mr. ADRIAN SMITH born February 27, 1957 is an English guitarist, best known as a member of IRON MAIDEN. In the early years Smith formed a band called Evil Ways including Dave Murray on guitar which was later renamed URCHIN, in 1980 he joined the Iron Maiden following a short-lived solo project called ASAP, he left Iron Maiden in 1990 and fomed a group called PSYCHO MOTEL. In 1999 he returned to Iron Maiden. Smith has current side project called Primal Rock Rebellion. His early influences included Johnny Winter and Pat Travis, which he claims made him a "Melodic player", rather than a "Speed merchant or shredder" as he was inspired by Blues Rock rather than Metal. Smith and Murray combined playing dual lead guitars, creating what All Music calls "The most formidable twin-guitar attack in heavy metal outside of Glenn Tipton and K.K. Downing". He co-wrote many songs of Iron Maiden and provides the band backing vocals. He has used a drop D tuning in many songs. He received with the band Iron Maiden 22 Grammy Awards including El dorado Grammy Awards in 2011, Juno Awards in 2011, Ivor Novello Grammy Awards in 2010, Kerrang Awards in in the years 2005, 2013, 2016, and Metal Hammer Golden Gods Awards. And our legendary guitar solo of the day is the solo performed in "THE WICKER MAN" by the legend himself. "The Wicker Man" is by Iron Maiden, released as the first single and opening track from their album Brave New World in April 2000. It is also the first single by the band since the returns of vocalist Bruce Dickinson and guitarist Adrian Smith in 1999. It was co-written by Smith, Dickinson and Harris. The title is inspired by the British cult film of the same name. 🎂🎸🤘 #adriansmith#ironmaiden#guitarist#davemurray#janickgers#steveharris #brucedickinson#thewickerman#guitarriff#greatguitarist#greatsong#theuntouchables#guitars#progressiverock#guitarspotter#guitargod#guitarsdaily#guitarporn#rockgod#rockguitarist#rocklegend#greatmusician#electricguitar#metalgods#metalguitarist#gibsonguitars#fenderguitars#gibsonlespaul#fenderstratocaster#guitarsofinstagram
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Yesterday In 1998, Iron Maiden Released Their 11th Album "Virtual XI". The Band's 2nd & Final Album With Blaze Bayley On Vocals, The Album's Title Is Tied With 2 Extra-Musical Events: The Release Of The Band's Computer Game, "Ed Hunter", & The Fact That The 1998 FIFA World Cup Would Be Taking Place In June Of That Year. Bassist Steve Harris Explains, "We Figure Our Fans Are Pretty Much The Same As We Are, With Pretty Much The Same Interests, So We Thought, 'It's World Cup Year In '98. Let's Get The Football Involved In The New Album.' And We Were Already Working On A Computer Game At That Time, So We Thought, 'Well, Let's Bring That Element Into Things, Too.'" Prior To The Album's Release, The Band Organised A Publicity Tour In Which They Held Football Matches Across Europe With "Guest Musicians & Pro-Footballers From The UK." "Virtual XI" Hit Number 16 On The UK Official Albums Chart, But Hit Number 124 On The US Billboard 200. The Single "The Angel & The Gambler" Was Released As A Single & Reached Number 18 On The UK Singles Chart.
The Album Was Met With Mixed To Negative Reviews From Critics. AllMusic Commented That "On The Surface, There's Nothing Terribly Wrong With The Record, As It Delivers All The Crunching Riffs & Demonic Horror Of Their Best Records. The Problem Is That There's Nothing Memorable About The Hooks, Riffs, Or Songs, & There's Little Visceral Energy To The Music Or Production. As A Result, It Sounds Lifeless To All But The Most Devoted Fan." They Also Stated That Blaze Bayley Is "A Competent But Faceless Vocalist". #IronMaiden#VirtualXI #BlazeBayley#DaveMurray#JanickGers#SteveHarris#NickoMcBrain #MichaelKenny