Nicko McBrain

Forostar

Ancient Mariner
Germany, 1987.

According to this it's 1988:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pete_York
(Also on the official Pete York site: http://peteyork.net/ -> biog, page 6)
I already judged by Nicko's haircut that it wasn't 1987. I thought it was 1989 because I assumed he'd be too busy with Maiden in 1988.

Nicko playing War Pigs (unsteady camera work but still great to see and hear):
Fantastic breaks and he really hits that snare hard!

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Here he's doing Voodoo Child plus a solo. You'll love his reaction when he's interrupted by some loud car. :)
Some excellent ride cymbal playing as well.
 

stjerky

Nomad
Didn't know he drummed. Not bad! He's left handed.



Yep. On two albums, which both came out in the same year. I have them both on LP.

1977 Makin' Magic
1977 Putting It Straight

Great albums. Sounds like a mixture of Rory Gallagher and Ted Nugent. Thanks.
 

Forostar

Ancient Mariner
Check this out:


Stretch, better known for their big hit "Why Did You Do It" heard here in their final incarnation sounding more like Santana actually. This was a different line-up and featured Kirby on lead guitar, Steve Emery on bass, John Cook on keyboards, Nigel Watson on guitar, Chris Fletcher on percussion, Fran Byrne on drums and also Nicko McBrain on drums. He would later end up in Iron Maiden.

This is supported by
http://www.allmusic.com/artist/nicko-mcbrain-mn0000207661/credits
(search 1978)

Here you see the tracklist.
http://www.allmusic.com/album/forget-the-past-mw0000855792




I wish I had a better overview of the credits to see on which tracks Nicko is playing. It certainly sounds like him in the clip, but since they talk about a second drummer I am not 100% sure. But it's gotta be him, I think.

Anway, cool to still discover releases by (ex-)Maiden members.

Another one:
A Maidenfans member called lira, said that he also drummed on a Jenny Darren album from 1980. And indeed!! This is the cover



and this the tracklist:
http://eil.com/shop/moreinfo.asp?catalogid=416300

I Just found four songs from the album:
http://www.myspace.com/jennydarren

Best picks imo: "Sky Diver" & "The Grand Canyon of My Dreams".
Here more info:

...After 4 years with Gill/Wade and David Beale Jenny was signed exclusively to Dick and Steven James of DJM records. Together with songwriting Partner Bob Webb Jenny went on to write 2 albums worth of original material, plus a ‘SUPERBAND’ of musicians were assigned to work with her. Their names being: Luis Jardin –perc (The Buggles) Chris West-guitar (Stomu Yomashta) Andy Richards-keys (Frankie goes to Hollywood/ Trevor Horn/Kylie Minogue) Chas Kronk-bass (The Strawbs) Nico Mcbrain-drums (Iron Maiden) and finally MD/Composer/guitarist/keyboardist ( From the band England) Bob Webb....
 

lira

Nomad
Excelent! Thanks for the MySpace page, i can hear some of the Jarren tracks. They're beautiful.

Nicko played in the entire Stretch's Forget the Past album. I will return to this topic later and post the only picture i know of Nicko with Stretch. cheers
 

lira

Nomad
Cheers! The two albums he made with Travers came out in 1977. Some pretty good songs on them. Haven't heard this 1976 gig yet but I wonder which songs are on the setlist. :)

April 11th, 1976 - Koln, Germany

1. As My Life Flies
2. Stop and Smile
3. Hooked on Music
4. Feelin' Alright
5. Need Love
6. You Don't Love Me
7. Medley 1 & 2
8. Boom Boom
9. Rock and Roll Susie
10. Makes No Difference
 

lira

Nomad
Alright, the Stretch picture with Nicko McBrain. This isn't a very nice picture because I had to scan from the back cover of the cd. Yes, cd. Although Hot Wax was a poor label and Forget the Past was only released on vinyl, i found a japanese cd with a clean sound.

Stretch1978.jpg

I guess it isn't hard to figure out who Nicko is... ;-)
 

lira

Nomad
Another band Nicko played from 1977 to 1978, after Pat Travers Band. It was called Blazer Blazer. Members were: Jeb Milne (voc), Derek O'Neil (gtr, voc), Steve Barnacle (b), Nicko McBrain (dr).

blazer blazer_nicko.jpg

Three above, l to r: Derek, Nicko, Jeb
Bottom: Steve
 

mckindog

Living for Sanctuary from the law
Staff member
Wow, he really bounced around back then - kind of a musician for hire it looks like.
 

lira

Nomad
He hardly spent 1 year with a band. But drummers were just like that. See Clive Burr and Thunderstick...

A curious fact is that two guys from this Blazer Blazer lineup were the composers of "Juanita".
 

Night Prowler

Customer Deathcycle Manager
Staff member
One of the comments:
That's the translation...
The original text:

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