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Janick Gers joned in 1990 the Heavy Metal band Iron Maiden as a replacement for Adrian Smith, but before the 90's came, Gers was already a piece of the Maiden family.

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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.

Gers is a long time proponent of the Fender Stratocaster. His stratocasters are typically black or white with rosewood fingerboards, Seymour Duncan JB Jr. (currently) or Hot Rails (early 1990's) pickups, and lots of road wear. Janick's most favoured guitar over the years has been a black Fender Stratocaster, equipped with the aforementioned JB Jr. pickups. This guitar was apparently a gift from Ian Gillan. Janick uses 4 Fender Stratocasters and only one Gibson; a Chet Atkins semi-acoustic for songs like "Dance of Death". Gers, like his bandmates Dave Murray and Adrian Smith, currently uses the Marshall JMP-1 preamp through a Marshall 9200 (discontinued) poweramp. Janick uses Ernie Ball Regular Slinky Nickel-wound guitar strings, but for some reason takes out the 13 gauge string.

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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 Svara
  • nandalyne

    I think he's hot! ;)

    19 feb 2011 Svara
  • KeIemvor

    He plays very sloppy and butchers almost every solo he took over from Dave and Adrian.

    20 jan 2011 Svara
  • Killed-By-Death

    \m/ Janick rocks!

    21 jul 2010 Svara
  • ttomasz9

    faraben I like him. Like all the other Irons, maybe others are better but he's still very good;)

    12 dec 2009 Svara
  • faraben

    I don't understand why some Maiden fans do not like Janick Gers. If he is not as good on guitare as Smith or Murray, he is a great composer and give a lot for Maiden.

    8 dec 2009 Svara
  • Heavy_Bell

    i really like this man ;)

    10 apr 2009 Svara
  • ODEON-Music

    Hi Janick Gers fans, I am sure many of you have heard that Iron Maiden recently made a full length documentary film, about the first leg of their historic ‘Somewhere Back in Time’ World Tour. The film is a revealing portrait of one of the world’s most successful rock bands and an inspirational and often humorous account of the chaotic world of a band on tour around the stadiums of the world. If you want to check out ‘Iron Maiden: Flight 666’ it will be playing at selected cinemas across the country for one night only on Tuesday 21st April. You can check out where the screenings are taking place at http://www.last.fm/music/Iron+Maiden/+events. Make sure you let us know what you thought of the film! Laura, on behalf of ODEON

    1 apr 2009 Svara
  • seventh_son7

    janick rocks!!

    12 mar 2009 Svara
  • RotemBrum

    jan is fuckin awesome!

    6 dec 2008 Svara
  • MinaseTaki

    He rocks in the stage.

    21 jun 2008 Svara