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If Iron Maiden had to replace Nicko..

Discussion in 'Maiden Chat' started by fekso2017, Jun 12, 2017.

  1. fekso2017

    fekso2017 Invader

    ...who would you pick and why?
  2. fekso2017

    fekso2017 Invader

    As he said himself, he dont see himself as the drummer of the band in eight years. Many bands tend to bring back ex members into the fold, for example Chris Slade, but that would be less likley in Maidens case with Clive gone. Doug Sampson still plays, I think the band is called Airforce, but would it make sense to have him in the band again? He played on The Soundhouse Tapes and on some b-sides. Obviously, I would like to see an English drummer. I wouldnt mind someone like Simon Wright or Pete Gill. The one closest to hand is Simon Dawson from British Lion.
  3. Lego

    Lego Shadows in the stars, we will not return!

    I wouldn't pick anybody.

    As Steve has said numerous times, if Nicko (or any one of them, for that matter) decides to retire, then they should bow out gracefully and call it quits.

    Besides that fact, Nicko is pretty unique as a player, and pretty much irreplaceable at this point (unless they can find an ex-jazz/blues session drummer with a machine-gun right foot who's spent the past 30 years playing in a massively prolific prog-tinged metal band).
  4. Collin

    Collin Jambi


    But when Nicko is done, the band is done.
  5. TAC

    TAC Nomad

    Fekso, I think Simon Wright would be a great choice. He's an excellent all around drummer.
  6. The Garlon

    The Garlon Prowler

    Brann Dailor be great. His playing and overall drum sound reminds me of Nicko.
  7. Mosh

    Mosh The years just pass like trains Staff Member

    I go back and forth on this one, but if they had to replace Nicko I hope they wouldn't go with an already established drummer. Go the Priest route and get someone who's relatively unknown. Or one of their kids.
  8. Srogyy

    Srogyy Ancient Mariner

    Although I don't think Nicko is irreplaceable technically, I would never accept a different drummer. It just wouldn't feel right. But if such choice had to be made, I think it would be the best idea to look for someone old-school, perhaps with prog rock background.
  9. jazz from hell

    jazz from hell Ancient Mariner



    Yep, but Brann probably wouldn't do it.

    That said, I hope Nicko will continue when he's not physically able to go 1000 miles/hour anymore. Same with the other guys, but they'll have to do stuff that fits their age - without compromising the music! Perhaps even with a new bandname, so that people wouldn't expect RTTH for the millionth time. Intro/outro of Great Unknown could be a direction.
  10. soundwave

    soundwave Educated Fool

    I survived Adrian's and Bruce's departure in Maiden back in the day...but I don't want to do that again and I've really been enjoying their current stability. I'd rather they just ride off into the sunset together as a group. Getting a hired hand this late in the game would feel pointless IMHO.
  11. matic22

    matic22 H is shorter for God.

    No. I feel like Portnoy would do a good job at the beginning but would begin to overcomplicate drum parts as the time goes by. And as @Lego says the drummer must origin from blues-rock-jazz roots (plenty of feel, Portnoy doesn't), must have a fast right foot and a love affair with ride cymbal.
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  12. Lego

    Lego Shadows in the stars, we will not return!

    Nicko is truly a one-off, one of the last of the old guard of metal drummers who got their start playing music that wasn't metal. IMO, makes all the difference in separating the greats from the herds of double bass blast beat maniacs out there (like I used to be :D )
  13. Collin

    Collin Jambi

    Portnoy did good in A7x. He's also a huge Maiden fan, I'm sure he would play the parts as intended out of respect for the band and not overcomplicate everything.
  14. Mosh

    Mosh The years just pass like trains Staff Member

    Portnoy's personality would clash with Maiden big time. I get the feeling A7x regret bringing in Portnoy because of all the drama that came with him. Granted this was when he had just left DT, but A7X are pretty similar to Maiden as far as their preference for a certain level of privacy goes. Portnoy's social media presence would likely cause problems in that area.

    They need to go with a relative unknown. That's always been their style when replacing long time members and I see no reason for that to change now.
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  15. Forostar

    Forostar Conjure the Death Star again

    You stayed away from the band, you mean?
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  16. JudasMyGuide

    JudasMyGuide Domini canis

    Worked for Priest with Travis, now didn't it?

    Also, I know they'd never do that, but since I actually like the full sound of two and more drummers (from Allmans to Miles' electric combos), I probably wouldn't mind seeing two drummers as Nicko's replacement. In fact, I'd think that might sound just about right.

    But definitely not Portnoy (I love him, but I don't want to see him overplaying everything as f*** in Maiden, of all bands) and surely as hell not Dailor (same as above ... TIMES HUNDRED).

    It's a pity Bruford retired. But Gavin Harrison might be a good choice, too.
  17. fekso2017

    fekso2017 Invader

    But keep in mind that both Adrian and Bruce are the most important song writers in the band next to Steve. Its hard to keep the band going creativly without 66% of their writing team.
  18. fekso2017

    fekso2017 Invader

    I understand that people get attached to Nicko, he is very likable. But something was lost to the band when Clive was fired and it would be intresting to see what the band could do with a drummer with a similar style to Clive!
  19. Niall Kielt

    Niall Kielt Pulled Her At The Bottle Top

    I personally think more was lost to the band when Dave cut his hair. It slowly came back, though.
  20. fekso2017

    fekso2017 Invader


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