Adrian Frederick “H” Smith (born 27 February 1957) is an English guitarist, best known as a member of British heavy metal band Iron Maiden, for whom he writes songs and performs live backing vocals on some tracks.
Adrian Frederick “H” Smith (born 27 February 1957) is an English guitarist, best known as a fanatic of British stuffy metal band Iron Maiden, for whom he writes songs and performs live support vocals upon some tracks.
Smith grew up in London and became impatient in rock music at 15. He soon formed a good relations with forward-thinking Iron Maiden guitarist Dave Murray, who inspired him to accept up the guitar. After leaving behind school at 16, he formed a band called Urchin, which he led until their demise in 1980. He united Iron Maiden in November 1980, replacing Dennis Stratton. Following a short-lived solo project called ASAP, he left Iron Maiden in 1990 and, after a year-long hiatus, formed the band The Untouchables, which cutting edge became Psycho Motel. In 1997, Psycho Motel was put on hold considering Smith allied the band of former Iron Maiden singer Bruce Dickinson. Smith and Dickinson would both recompense to Iron Maiden in 1999, after which the band gained other success. During his second tenure when Iron Maiden, Smith has with led the side projects Primal Rock Rebellion and Smith/Kotzen.
Born in Hackney, Smith grew going on in Clapton. He purchased his first record, Deep Purple’s Machine Head, at the age of 15. This led him to befriend Dave Murray, with whom he formed a band called Stone Free, which comprised Murray upon guitar, Smith upon vocals and their buddy Dave McCloughlin playing the bongos.
After seeing the attention Murray standard from girls, Smith took in the works the guitar, starting past an obsolete Spanish guitar gone owned by his brother, before purchasing an obsolescent guitar of Murray’s for £5. His in advance influences included Johnny Winter and Pat Travers, which he claims made him a “melodic player” rather than a “speed merchant or a shredder” as he “was inspired by blues stone rather than metal.”
Leaving assistant professor after completing his O-levels, Smith formed a band called Evil Ways, including Dave Murray upon guitar, which was future renamed Urchin. Smith began writing his own material, including “22 Acacia Avenue”, which was cutting edge included upon Iron Maiden’s The Number of the Beast (1982).
Murray left Urchin to connect Iron Maiden. Urchin after that signed in the vent of DJM Records and released a single, “Black Leather Fantasy”, in 1977. Shortly afterwards, Murray rejoined Urchin on their bordering single, “She’s a Roller”, as he had been sacked from Iron Maiden after a row next singer Dennis Wilcock, although he was reinstated six months later. Smith was then offered a place in Iron Maiden while they were in the process of signing gone EMI in 1979, but turned them down to continue later his own band, a decision he forward-looking regretted as Urchin split happening in 1980.
Shortly after Urchin split, Smith encountered Steve Harris and Dave Murray on a street in his neighborhood, and the two asked him to reconsider joining Iron Maiden as the replacement for guitarist Dennis Stratton. This become old Smith well-liked the offer, and debuted subsequently the band upon a West German TV show Rockpop in Concert in Munich on 8 November 1980, before atmosphere out upon a UK tour and recording the Killers album, released in 1981. Smith’s first song-writing contributions appeared on The Number of the Beast, co-penning “Gangland” and “The Prisoner”, as capably as the previously mentioned “22 Acacia Avenue”, after which he began co-writing many songs like singer Bruce Dickinson, on the following Piece of Mind album.
Smith and Dave Murray collective playing dual help guitars, creating what AllMusic calls “the most formidable twin-guitar hostility in oppressive metal, outside of Glenn Tipton and K. K. Downing.” Smith, along in the same way as Steve Harris, also provides the band’s support vocals, and sang plus on “Reach Out”, the B-side to the “Wasted Years” single, featuring Bruce Dickinson upon backing vocals. Originally written by guitarist Dave “Bucket” Colwell, with whom he had worked on The Entire Population of Hackney project, Smith would superior sing “Reach Out” again for Colwell’s solo album, Guitars, Beers & Tears, released in 2010.
While Iron Maiden were taking some times off in 1989, Smith released a solo LP gone the band ASAP (Adrian Smith And Project), entitled Silver and Gold, which was a personal ad failure in bad feeling of a promotional club tour. Unhappy with the direction the band were taking for their next-door release, No Prayer for the Dying, and feeling that he could not incite enough in the creative work, Smith left Iron Maiden in 1990 during the album’s pre-production stages, and was replaced by Janick Gers. After releasing the experimental Somewhere in Time and Seventh Son of a Seventh Son albums in 1986 and 1988 respectively, Steve Harris had approved that the band should go for a “stripped-down” and “street level” approach, which Smith thought was a “step backward.” No Prayer for the Dying contained one last Smith song, co-penned once Bruce Dickinson, entitled “Hooks in You”.
After leaving, Smith started a family with his Canadian wife, Nathalie, and would not play-act guitar again until he joined Iron Maiden onstage at Donington Park in 1992 to “Running Free”. That perform appeared upon the enliven album Live at Donnington. In the similar year, after hearing King’s X for the first time, he granted that he would “love to appear in a band past that” and formed The Untouchables, which forward-looking became Psycho Motel. The band recorded two albums, State of Mind in 1995 and Welcome to the World in 1997, during which they supported Iron Maiden upon the British leg of The X Factour. The project was put on hold, however, when Smith allied Bruce Dickinson for his 1997 album, Accident of Birth, after which he became a full-time zealot of Dickinson’s solo outfit, embarking upon two world tours and contributing to one additional studio release, 1998’s The Chemical Wedding.
In 1999, Smith rejoined Iron Maiden, along later than vocalist Bruce Dickinson, who commented, “When he left the band in 1990, I think everybody was a bit amazed at how much we missed him and certainly, I don’t think anybody had realized how much the fans would miss him – big time. I wouldn’t have rejoined Iron Maiden if he wasn’t in the band. I just don’t think it would have been unquestionable without Adrian, and now, it’s great having three guitarists.” The band embarked on a brusque tour, after which the other line-up’s first album, Brave New World, was recorded next producer Kevin Shirley and released in 2000.
He remains in Iron Maiden, with whom he has released four extra studio albums, 2003’s Dance of Death, 2006’s A Matter of Life and Death, 2010’s The Final Frontier and 2015’s The Book of Souls. Smith claims that his guitar playing better after desertion the band in 1990, in particular while working with Roy Z, from whom he “learned a lot roughly picking” and became “more disciplined.” Since returning to Iron Maiden, he has as well as continued experimenting following tuning (which he began achievement in Psycho Motel), stating that he has used drop D tuning in conscious renditions of “Run to the Hills”, “Wrathchild”, “The Trooper” and “Hallowed Be Thy Name”. Although Smith had since been known to contribute shorter, more “commercial” tracks, since his reward to the band he has penned many longer songs, beginning with “Paschendale” from Dance of Death.
In 2011, Smith formed the side project Primal Rock Rebellion subsequent to Mikee Goodman. They released the album, Awoken Broken, in February 2012. In 2020, Smith collaborated past Richie Kotzen below the state Smith/Kotzen. Ultimate Classic Rock described the project’s hermetic as a mix of blues, traditional R&B, and hard rock. A video for teaser track, “Taking My Chances”, debuted in January 2021. Their self-titled debut album was released in March 2021.