Metal Insider’s top 5: bands with extra musicians

Posted by on November 17, 2014


1) Iron Maiden

From 1982 to 1988, Iron Maiden was on a roll. With Bruce Dickinson in control as the vocalist, the tandem duo of Adrian Smith and Dave Murray led to some great dual guitar solos, even as they veered off into synth guitarist on Somewhere in Time and Seventh Son of a Seventh Son. When Smith left, the band recruited Janick Gers in his place. That was perfectly passable, but many missed Smith, who returned to the band in 1999. Following the 11 year hiatus, instead of axing Gers, they kept him in the band. And while it’s a bit much to see Gers prancing around the stage like he’s trying to upstage Dickinson and Eddie, the third guitar definitely adds some crunch to the band’s sound. And hey, after 24 years in the band, we’re inclined to agree with Maiden’s decision.

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