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Nicko McBrain

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Michael Henry McBrain (born June 5, 1952 in Hackney, London, England) is the drummer for heavy metal band Iron Maiden. The nickname “Nicko” is from Michael’s childhood, where his favourite stuffed animal was named ‘Nicholas the bear’ – which he apparently carried everywhere. Due to this, his parents called him ‘Nicky’. “Nicko” was spawned when Michael was meeting a manager from CBS Records, with the keyboard player Billy Day. Billy introduced him as ‘My Italian drummer – His name’s “Neeko”’. Michael liked the moniker, so he decided to use it as a stage name, having first adapted the spelling slightly.

In the 1970s, he appeared on some Pat Travers albums, and also played for Streetwalkers from 1975 to 1976; he also appeared in the band McKitty in the early 1980s. It was during a McKitty gig in Belgium that he first met Iron Maiden bassist Steve Harris. He joined Iron Maiden in 1983 for the Piece of Mind album, replacing Clive Burr, after his previous band Trust had supported Iron Maiden on the road during 1982. He has been with Iron Maiden ever since.

He has been cited as a major influence of many modern drummers over a wide range of styles, and often holds drum clinics for fans and would-be drummers alike.

Strangely, unlike most heavy metal drummers, McBrain has refused to use a double bass drum pedal, since he considers it to be “too complicated”, and “un-drummerish”. Instead, he has developed an incredibly fast technique on the single bass drum pedal, following Steve Harris’ gallops with no problem whatsoever.

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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
  • Cpt_Crunch42

    Gotta love Nicko's drums, humor and all around madness

    5 Jul 2012 Reply
  • vitscorp

    I <3 YOU & HAPPY 60 BIRTHDAY THE VERY BEST DRUMMER IN THE WORLD AND IN HISTORY OF MUSIC FOREVER & FOR LIFE IRON MAIDEN NICKO MCBRAIN !!!!!! :)

    5 Jun 2012 Reply
  • BlackMetallizer

    Funny guy.

    19 May 2012 Reply
  • Suhl

    ATTENTION ALL DRUMMERS!! Want to be in the running for the position of the next SAGA Drummer? All you have to do is video tape yourself playing along with any 2 of the following songs; "Careful Where You Step" (from the CD Silent Knight) "Framed" (from the CD Worlds Apart) "The Writing" (from the CD Heads or Tales) "Corkentellis" (from the CD 10,000 Days) Then post your video on YouTube as "Saga Drummer Search - (song name) - (your name)", and send the video link to sagaontour@cogeco.ca (please let us know if you need copies of any of the songs above) Good Luck! (Please bear in mind that there is no guarantee that Saga’s new drummer will be found using this format, as the band is using every available means to fill the position.) http://www.sagaontour.ca/

    19 Mar 2012 Reply
  • anetaz29

    best drummers and is very funny man :) [5]

    21 Feb 2012 Reply
  • crispolly

    best drummers and is very funny man :) [4]

    21 Jan 2012 Reply
  • maniakRock

    best drummers and is very funny man :) [3]

    18 Oct 2011 Reply
  • fletchthesketch

    Nicko lovin' and more: http://adrenochromemusic.wordpress.com/

    11 Aug 2011 Reply
  • WastedPotential

    Amazing Drummer

    10 Aug 2011 Reply
  • Szpila_13

    best drummers and is very funny man :) [2]

    21 Jun 2011 Reply
  • grapowski

    Happy Birthday Mr. Beast!

    5 Jun 2011 Reply
  • Filip960

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY NICKO !!!!!

    5 Jun 2011 Reply
  • vitscorp

    \,,/ HAPPY 55...56...57 BIRTHDAY, MR. NICKO MCBRAIN, YOU ARE THE BEST METAL DRUMMER ALIVE!! \,,/ =))

    4 Jun 2011 Reply
  • HotFrenchFry

    Brilliant man

    3 Jan 2011 Reply
  • Vinouka

    He´s the GOD OF THE DRUMS and also a very great person, I hope I get a chance for a Drumsession with him again...

    20 Oct 2010 Reply
  • grapowski

    Happy Birthday Nicko !!!

    5 Jun 2010 Reply
  • DrummerXYZ

    Nicko is amazing!! The best drummers ever!!! ( And the one with the biggest drum set :D)

    7 Apr 2010 Reply
  • HiltonMetal93

    My opinion, GREATEST and most enthusiastic and passionate drummer of all time! NICKO IS THE GOD OF THE DRUM SET!

    22 Nov 2009 Reply
  • Killed-By-Death

    Blaze Bayley is releasing his 5th solo album in february. This will be his second release under the Blaze Bayley moniker (formerly BLAZE). The new album will be called Promise and Terror and will be released on February 1st 2010! For the new - awesome- artwork, have a look at the blazebayley.net forum and feel free to subscribe! Promise and Terror will be available to pre-order from December 1st with every pre-order signed by the whole band!

    3 Nov 2009 Reply
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