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Janick Robert Gers (born January 27, 1957 in Hartlepool, England) is one of three current guitarists in the heavy metal band Iron Maiden and a songwriter for the band too. At one point his role was even more important, as one of two in the band. His father was an officer of Polish Navy.

Gers was the lead guitarist of the band White Spirit before joining Gillan, a group formed by former Deep Purple vocalist Ian Gillan. After Gillan disbanded, he played in the group Gogmagog (with former Iron Maiden singer/front man Paul Di’anno and drummer Clive Burr - an odd coincidence considering who he ended up playing with later) and with various artists including Fish of Marillion. In 1990, he played guitar on the first solo album of Iron Maiden vocalist Bruce Dickinson, Tattooed Millionaire. During the recording of the album he was asked to join Iron Maiden in place of departing Adrian Smith. He has remained with the band ever since, even after Smith rejoined the band in 1999.

His solos are fast and furious, but Gers is a skilled composer. His main influence is Ritchie Blackmore of Deep Purple, from whom he has emulated certain onstage poses and soloing attacks, and Irish blues guitar legend Rory Gallagher. He is noted for having an enormous stage presence, as evidenced on the Rock in Rio DVD.

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  • Depi80s

    If you like Eddie (and Iron Maiden of course) please join in http://www.last.fm/group/Eddie+the+Head It's free ;)

    2 Sep 2012 Reply
  • budziov

    Janick rocks!! UP THE IRONS FROM POLAND!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    11 Jun 2012 Reply
  • vitscorp

    \,,/ :D happy 55 birthday, mr. Janick Gers ! \,,/ )))

    27 Jan 2012 Reply
  • maniakRock

    Janick rocks!! UP THE IRONS FROM POLAND!!!!!!!!!!!!!! [5]

    18 Oct 2011 Reply
  • zaki92p

    Janick rocks!! UP THE IRONS FROM POLAND!!!!!!!!!!!!!! [4]

    23 Sep 2011 Reply
  • niko306

    Janick rocks!! UP THE IRONS FROM POLAND!!!!!!!!!!!!!! [3]

    9 Jan 2011 Reply
  • mikane-chan

    Janick rocks!! UP THE IRONS FROM POLAND!!!!!!!!!!!!!! [2]

    1 Dec 2010 Reply
  • Porpentina

    Amazing guitarist, songwriter and performer. Plus he's definitely a FILF, haha.

    11 Aug 2010 Reply
  • opondropo

    i think he is the best guitarist of iron maiden

    23 Jun 2010 Reply
  • Killed-By-Death

    Amazing guitar player and a great writer, especially since his work on The X Factor and the albums after it. In my opinion he is a better writer than Adrian. The so called ''fans'' who scream for Janick to leave the band are that dumb they just don't realize what great tracks he wrote with Steve, Blaze and Bruce.

    15 Feb 2010 Reply
  • HiltonMetal93

    Good guitar player, and I respect him for is energetic stage performance

    22 Nov 2009 Reply
  • phili321

    he's got great stage presence and can play well. he has written some of maidens hardest solos

    15 Oct 2009 Reply
  • timotei_

    C'mon, he might have this "stage presence", but, what about playing? No comparison with Adrian nor Dave.

    4 Oct 2009 Reply
  • sheshadre

    he's insane!!!! probably his stage presence is THE BEST!!!

    8 Jul 2009 Reply
  • crashyourself

    yes Janick is realy great ))

    23 Jun 2009 Reply
  • seventh_son7

    Janick rocks!! UP THE IRONS FROM POLAND!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    12 Mar 2009 Reply
  • eloBogi

    Fucking best guitarist! And the best looking one! :D

    25 Jan 2009 Reply
  • Symmetryx

    é um bom malabarista x]

    14 Jan 2009 Reply
  • gerardo630

    Janick is my guitar hero, the best guitar player in the world, in the greatest band of all time

    13 Dec 2008 Reply
  • formij

    janick played for the band panama in the 80s along side the drummer of white spirit graeme crash crallen... armond sierra lead g ......tom bass..andy crow r g .....and the lead singer tony....i know this cos i was there roadie.....jim/form/ love you janick crallen you wanker call me.,.,.,.

    15 Nov 2008 Reply
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