While at this year’s NAAM trade show, Tom Hoare of the Drummer’s Journal, had the opportunity to interview VF artist, Nicko McBrain (Iron Maiden). Tom’s interview starts by focusing on Nicko’s his early life growing up in Hackney, East London. Even at a very young age, Nicko knew that he wanted to be a drummer. However, to ease his parents worries about such an unpredictable career path, Nicko continued on in school to earn a qualification in mechanical engineering.
Nicko: “I still need to play the Royal Albert Hall. I’m not sure they’d let Maiden in there. It’d bring the roof down.”
Tom: “As a qualified engineer, could you not sort that out for them?”
Nicko: “Christ I wasn’t that sort of engineer! I’m not sure I could even use a protractor now, let alone rebuild a roof.”
Tom’s entertaining interview goes on to cover various other events in Nicko’s life including his early performance career with Pat Travers, his move to Iron Maiden, and the 2015 tongue cancer diagnosis of band-mate, Bruce Dickinson.
Curious about what kind of Disneyland ride Nicko McBrain would want modeled after Iron Maiden? Or maybe you’re interested in learning how Nicko managed to break his nose twice? Be sure to check out the full interview to learn all of this and more!