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A Chat with Higher on Maiden – Iron Maiden’s official tribute band


Higher on Maiden, Iron Maiden’s official tribute band from UK gave an unforgettable two-hour performance at Nitte Meenakshi Institute of Technology, Bangalore on 12th January 2014 (Read all about it here.) Higher on Maiden has Big Dickinson on Vocals, Swifty Harris on Bass/Vocals, Adrian’s Myth on Guitar/Vocals, Dave Hurry on Guitars and Clive Blurr on Drums.  We had a quick chat with the band and here’s what they had to say…

WTS: How does it feel to be back in India again?

HOM: The feeling is awesome and unforgettable. We have been here five times now. Every time we come back the whole experience seems to get better and better. We love India and we love the people, we cannot wait to return again!

WTS: What was the reception like the last time Higher On Maiden performed in India?

HOM: The reception is always the same – everyone goes crazy for the music. The crowds in India really know how to have a good time and we feed off that energy and try to put on as good a show as we possibly can. We think definitely the best crowds we have ever played to are in India!

WTS: Your band has shared the stage with the legendary Iron Maiden. How was the experience?

HOM: It’s like you’re standing there on stage, with your instrument, playing Iron Maiden, then you look across the stage and see Adrian Smith or Steve Harris or Nicko McBrain who are on stage with you, playing along! How surreal is that? You have to pinch yourself! We are so lucky for this to happen, and they are all such great guys who are really down to earth – amazing!

WTS: Can your fans expect original compositions in addition to Maiden covers?

HOM: Over the years we have discussed the possibility of writing some original tunes but never really got around to it .but also over the years we have all been in original bands, trying to make it, some a bit more successful than others but now we just love playing in this band, celebrating Iron Maiden and having a great time with Iron Maiden fans.

WTS: What are your big plans for the future?

HOM: More tours of India would always be amazing also there have been talks of Nepal, Cambodia, Vietnam maybe, we are also constantly trying to play better, tighter and put on the best show we possibly can.

WTS: What do you think about the metal scene in India?

HOM: Because we are only in India a few weeks a year it’s very hard for us to comment on the metal scene there – it’s something we are interested in and hope to find out more.

WTS: Which other band has been a major influence other than Iron Maiden?

HOM: 5 members of the band, 5 opinions – Led Zeppelin, Rush, Helloween, Van Halen, UFO.

WTS: Given a chance, where would you choose to perform – what is your dream destination?

HOM: We have been blessed to play in so many countries over the years and for us India is at the top of the list. Brazil or Tokyo are two places we would love to perform and visit.

WTS: As a band, how has the journey been since the inception?

HOM: It’s mind-blowing that after 19 years we are still doing what we are doing and it’s still getting better. As we’ve said before, this band is about having fun, putting on a great show and fully engaging the crowd in the show, so we are as one, celebrating the awesome music of Iron Maiden.

WTS: What are your top 3 Maiden songs?

HOM: Oh dear, lots of differences of opinion here! This is the hardest question, but if it has to be 3 we think ‘Hallowed be thy Name‘, ‘Phantom of the Opera‘, ‘Aces High‘, but there are still arguments about these – too many great songs! .Oh yes – ‘Fear of the Dark‘, ‘Number of the Beast‘ etc etc!



Anaadyanta feat. Higher On Maiden at NMIT, Bangalore


Photo Credits: Chandra Prakash

Higher on Maiden received what one would say, a sonorous Indian invitation, with the microphones and the drum kit decorated with the customary garlands and needless to say, thousands of screaming fans. This UK band has been officially labeled as Iron Maiden’s only tribute band and the night of 12th March validated that.

The setlist was dynamic and progressive, as the band opened with ‘Moonchild’. Pure, unadulterated Iron Maiden songs were covered with utmost precision. With Big Dickinson’s theatrics that kept him on a par with Bruce Dickinson in addition to his operatic vocals, and Adrian Muth’s incredible stage presence, the fans seemed to be unnerved by the intermittent pauses due to drummer Clive Blurr’s illness.

Anaadyanta feat. Higher On Maiden at NMIT, Bangalore

Apart from Swifty Harris’ galloping bass strumming, one did not fail to notice his striking resemblance with the Iron Maiden legend, Steve Harris. Guitarists Adriam Muth and Dave Hurry alternated with the lead solos, therefore producing a scintillating effect. Clive Blurr’s speedy single pedal drumming was impeccable despite the short breaks he had to take.

The fans had a whale of a time when the band covered Maiden’s most popular songs that were mostly taken from The Number of the Beast. With everyone screaming out “666, The Number of the Beast!” and going as insane during ‘Transylvania’, nothing could be compared with the audience’s response to the quintessential ‘Fear of the Dark’ and ‘Hallowed Be Thy Name’.

Anaadyanta feat. Higher On Maiden at NMIT, Bangalore

As soon as the ‘The Trooper’ had begun, a pit was forming. Occasionally, Swifty Harris and Dave Hurry were playing against each other. The harmonizing guitars and the extended lengthy solos were just as impressive, with no glitches whatsoever. Songs like ‘The Trooper’ and ‘Run to the Hills’ that required a fast tempo bass was done exceptionally well.

Meanwhile, Big Dickinson knelt down to the enthusiastic audience, while Adrian Muth got the crowd roaring with laughter. With people shouting the lyrics out loud, crowd surfing, moshing, jumping to catch Dave Hurry’s plectrums and headbanging, the show was kept alive. The low sound levels and the five minute pauses did not drain their spirits, and in fact, the gig moved some people to tears. While the audience expected the band to cover ‘Dance of Death’, Higher on Maiden ended their performance with ‘Run to the Hills’, which was equally enjoyable. All in all, this was a perfect tribute on Steve Harris’ birthday, considering they played his best songs!