Episode #154 – Deep Purple & Iron Maiden

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John’s history with Iron Maiden

Nate’s History with Iron Maiden

Nate, roaming the halls of Bulmershe College in his “Seventh Son of a Seventh Son” t-shirt (c. 1993.).


  • Bruce Dickinson & Deep Purple: How Ian Gillan Influenced Bruce Dickinson’s Vocals
  • Guesting on The Rock Show With Johnny Walker’s “Rock God” segment aired on the BBC here, Iron Maiden frontman Bruce Dickinson named Deep Purple vocalist Ian Gillan as his personal rock god.
    • You can’t talk about Iron Maiden without first mentioning Deep Purple, a group that Dickinson first heard after accidentally stumbling upon their album In Rock: “I was walking up and down the corridor at boarding school and I heard this racket coming from behind a door,” Dickinson began. “I thought, ‘Oh my god, what is that?!’ So, I knocked on the door and this senior boy opened the door and looked at me with a big sneer on his face. I asked, ‘Who was that?’. He went, ‘Oh, it’s Deep Purple if you must know, ‘Speed King’’ and shut the door. That was that, I was hooked.”
    • Having said all that, I met Ian Gillan. Not only did I meet him, I actually went on tour with him when I was in a band called Samson.”
    • “I’m in a studio,” Dickinson continues. “We’ve done an album in Ian Gillan’s studio. We’ve all been at the pub and had a few pints, in walks my god Ian Gillan and goes, ‘Hey, what a great vocalist. Who’s the singer?’ At that moment, I felt the sudden urge to vomit. I ran out of the room, puked up for about 45 minutes in the toilet when in comes my idol, kicks the door and goes, ‘C’mon, mate, out you come. Let’s get you wiped down with a towel.’ He put me in a taxi and sent me home. I’ve never forgotten that, and he’s never let me forget it, either.”
  • Adrian Smith:
    • Adrian Smith Once Quit Fishing Because of Ritchie Blackmore
    • “When I was about 14 or 15, I was kind of a clueless, your usual type of teenager and I didn’t know what I wanted to do in my life. And I sort of wandered into my older sister’s bedroom to check out her albums, which were normally soul records — THE TEMPTATIONS and [other] Motown [artists]. And then I noticed she had some new records, and one of them was a DEEP PURPLE record called ‘Machine Head’. So I put the album on a little record player, and I just couldn’t believe what I was hearing. That was it, really. It sort of changed my life. I thought, ‘Well, I’d love to be out doing that one day.’ The fishing had kind of tapered off. In those days, I couldn’t imagine my heroes, like Ritchie Blackmore from DEEP PURPLE, and people like that going fishing. So I thought, ‘Well, I’ll give it up and I’ll give all my time to try and make it as a professional musician.’ So that’s what I did.”
  • The song Innocent Excile would ve worth listening to as an example of maiden at the Purplest sound.
  • Paul DiAnno auditioning en with “Lady Double Dealer” (not available to hear but, anyway)
  • Murders in the Rue Morgue and Lost in Hollywood drum resemblance. Clive’s and Nicko’s influence from Cozy and Paicey. Gangland another song example for this.
  • Iron Maiden – Murders in the Rue Morgue *HD*
  • Gangland (2015 – Remaster)
  • Interviews with members from both band must’ve occured, I know there is one with Paice and McBrain about cymbals ;p
  • PAISTE CYMBALS – 2 Legends 1 Sofa – Nicko McBrain (Iron Maiden) & Ian Paice (Deep Purple)

Best Albums according to Dickinson:

  • In Rock by Deep Purple (1970)
  • Are You Experience by Jimi Hendrix (1967)
  • Aqualung by Jethro Tull (1971)
  • Led Zeppelin IV by Led Zeppelin (1971)
  • Vol.4 by Black Sabbath (1972)
  • Rising by Rainbow (1976)
  • Live and Dangerous by Thin Lizzy (1976)
  • Van Halen by Van Halen (1978)
  • Live Bootleg by Aerosmith (1978)
  • Strangers In The Night by UFO (1979)
  • British Steel by Judas Priest (1980)
  • Blizzard of Ozz by Ozzy Osbourne (1980)
  • Back In Black by ACDC (1980)
  • Come An’ Get It by Whitesnake (1981)
  • Number of The Beast by Iron Maiden (1982)

Martin Birch Connection:

Deep Purple

Iron Maiden[edit]


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Ian Paice of Deep Purple, Tony Iommi of Black Sabbath, Bruce Dickinson and Dave Murray of Iron Maiden (Photo by Leslie McGhie/WireImage)

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