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Adrian Frederick Smith


1972-1974 Stone Free - guitars (as Adrian Smith)  
1974-1976 Evil Ways - guitars (as Adrian Smith)  
1976-1980 Urchin - guitars (as Adrian Smith)  
1980 Broadway Brats - guitars (as Adrian Smith)  
1980-1990 Iron Maiden - guitars (as Adrian Smith)  
1985 Entire Population Of Hackney - vocals, guitars (as Adrian Smith)  
1989 ASAP - guitars, vocals (as Adrian Smith)  
1989-1990 A.S.A.P. - guitars, vocals (as Adrian Smith)  
1992-1994 The Untouchables - vocals, guitars (as Adrian Smith)  
1994 Skeleton Crew - vocals, guitars (as Adrian Smith)  
1995-1997 Psycho Motel - guitars (as Adrian Smith)  
1997-1999 Bruce Dickinson - guitars (as Adrian Smith)  
1999- Iron Maiden - guitars (as Adrian Smith)  
2011- Primal Rock Rebellion - guitars, bass, vocals (as Adrian Smith)  
2020- Smith/Kotzen - guitars, bass, vocals (as Adrian Smith)  

Guest musician

1985 Hear 'N Aid - guitars (as Adrian Smith)  
1992 Iron Maiden - guitars (as Adrian Smith)  
1996 Michael Kiske - guitars (as Adrian Smith)  
2010 Bucket And Co. - vocals (as Adrian Smith)  

Personal information

Also known as: Adrian Smith
Born on: 27.02.1957

Whilst at school, Adrian befriended Dave Murray and founded his first own band Urchin as lead singer and lead guitarist. Adrian bought his first guitar from Murray, a Woolworths' Top 20, for five quid, his dad fixed it. Murray left to join Iron Maiden, the new band of another friend, Steve Harris. Smith continued to front "Urchin" until joining Maiden in late 1980 for the Killers album (released in 1981), replacing Dennis Stratton. Smith first wrote songs for Maiden on the 1982 album The Number of the Beast, and was the band's secondary song writer from then on. Smith and Dave Murray combined playing dual lead guitars helping to forge the trademark sound of Iron Maiden. Some notable dual lead solos are "2 Minutes To Midnight", "Alexander the Great" and "Rime Of The Ancient Mariner". Notable solitary solos include "Wasted Years", "Stranger In A Strange Land" and "The Wicker Man".

Adrian's solos are usually composed rather than improvised. His legato playing is very smooth and fast, and typically even his very fast passages have a musical function and relationship to the chord structure behind the solo, drawing from modes and arpeggios which are more often from the blues licks.

Smith released a solo LP with the band ASAP (Adrian Smith And Project) titled Silver and Gold in 1989. Following its release, Smith departed from Iron Maiden in 1990 thus it began the band's decline. It is widely believed that Adrian left due to his unhappiness with the direction the band was taking : after releasing the experimental Somewhere in Time and Seventh Son of a Seventh Son albums, Steve Harris had decided to take the band back to a more traditional hard rock direction which you can clearly hear on the No Prayer for the Dying album. This album featured one last song co-penned by Adrian with Bruce Dickinson, "Hooks in You".

Bruce Dickinson's comment on Adrian:

When he left the band in 1990, I think everybody was a bit surprised at how much we missed him and certainly, I don't think anybody had realised how much the fans would miss him - big time. I wouldn't have rejoined Iron Maiden if he wasn't in the band. I just don't think it would have been complete without Adrian, and now, it's great having three guitarists.

Later, Adrian formed his prog rock and fusion band Psycho Motel. The band recorded two albums, State of Mind (1996) and Welcome to the World (1997). Smith would also play on Bruce Dickinson's Accident of Birth and The Chemical Wedding albums. This more progressive direction's influence on Iron Maiden's own performances since he rejoined the band is clear.

On August 22nd 1992 Smith made a brief appearance onstage with Maiden to play "Running Free" during the Donington Festival, much to the appreciation of the audience.

In 1999, Smith re-joined Iron Maiden for the "Ed Hunter tour", a tour in support of the video game of the same name. Since then, Smith and Maiden have released 3 studio albums, Brave New World in 2000, Dance of Death in 2003 and A Matter of Life and Death in 2006.. He remains with the band to this day.

In his spare time, Adrian loves fishing, as can be seen on the Rock In Rio DVD.

Adrian has a wife named Natalie, and three children, son Dylan Smith (born in 1989) and twin daughters Natasha Smith and Britney Smith (born in 1991)