The story of Hi-on Maiden began back in September 1995 when Quicko McBrain and Adrian Swift I, who were already playing a few Maiden tunes in the Birmingham based soft rock band ‘Who Are the Saints?’, placed and advertisment looking for like minded people to form an Iron Maiden tribute band.
Within a week Speed Harris answered, and being a leftie had just one week to re-learn to play the bass right handed! Simon Bradley joined the trio to become the original Dave Hurry and Elias Aboud completed the line-up as Brisk Dickinson. After a brief brain storming session Simon coined the phrase Hi-on Maiden and the band was truely born.
There were no other Maiden tribute bands at the time, but nevertheless Speed wanted to make sure that they were as close to the real thing as possible. The first step was the look, and so the hunt was on for stage clothes that replicated those worn by Iron Maiden around the World Slavery Tour era. Then came the sound, and after several months of intensive rehearsals the band were ready. Hi-on Maiden took the stage on February 29th 1996 at The Market Tavern in Kidderminster to perform their debut gig. The reception from the crowd was fantastic.
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Gig ticket includes free entry to Break Stuff Nu Metal club night