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Tributes to Iron Maiden and The Beatles coming up
 Dear Live Music Fan




Established in 1995 Higher-on-Maiden are the Original and Finest Tribute to Iron Maiden.

Over the years they have appeared in over 13 countries, the band members have actually played on stage with Steve Harris, Adrian Smith, Nicko McBrain, Paul Dianno & Blaze Bayley, and now in 2019 are still going as strong as ever.
This is the bands story so far ....

HIGHER-ON-MAIDEN (formerly Hi-on Maiden) was born in September 1995, when three friends, ADRIAN SWIFT, QUICKO McBRAIN and Mr. Hayfield, in a band called "Who are the Saints?", started jamming Iron Maiden songs while in rehearsals. Adrian Swift had been playing Maiden songs on the guitar since a very early age, so he knew them like the back of his hand. After several similar rehearsals, they thought the Maiden songs were sounding pretty good, and seeing as there wasn't an Iron Maiden tribute band on the circuit, decided they should focus their attention on this.

Mr. Hayfield wasn't really into doing the Maiden tribute, so he left. Adrian and Quicko roped in their mate SIMON BRADLEY, to play the other guitar part and started advertising for a bass player. After auditioning a couple of bass players, SPEED HARRIS joined the band. The music was now sorted, all they needed was a singer. The position was filled by ELIAS ABBOUD, a student from Lebanon over here studying economics at Birmingham university. The line up was now complete. They played several gigs with this line up, until Elias had to return home to Lebanon early 1996. The band advertised for a new singer, and after several auditions, PHIL WOOLHAMS joined the band.

Shortly after Phil's arrival, Simon took a job Writing for "GUITARIST MAGAZINE" which meant him moving to Bath. Luckily, DAVE HURRY (Python), a friend of Mr.Hayfields, was on hand to fill his shoes.... Phil was only with the band for about 6 months, but during this time they established their name by playing lots of headline gigs including an outdoor festival. Building on their growing reputation, the band booked a headline U.K. tour for the tail end of '96. Phil had commitments with another band, Wormhole, so once again, they were forced to look for another singer……..

Adverts were placed in the national music press and more auditions took place (some of which were humorous to say the least!!!! One guy pulled his trousers down and run around the studio screaming 'Running Free' in a high pitched voice…….but that's another story!). Eventually, they came across JAMIE GIBSON. He had the right image and a decent voice. The U.K. tour was a HUGE success, including a gig at The Royal Standard in London where PAUL DI ANNO got up on stage to do a few songs with the lads!!!!

This line up remained stable well into '97 with the band doing loads more gigs around the country. Until the vocalist (again!), Jamie, decided he was going leave.

Then came a bizarre stroke of good fortune. BIG DICKINSON, from Newcastle, had seen the band's poster in Trillians and decided to contact them on the off chance that the band was looking for a singer or a drummer!!!!! Perfect timing!!!! He came and auditioned in that same week. The band were blown away. He was perfect! A fantastic voice, top bloke and a Maiden fan through and through.

In 1997, the band appeared on Live TV's show THE SHAM ROCK QUIZ and on the same day after recording, Speed and Big met BRUCE DICKINSON and ADRIAN SMITH for the first time. Bruce and Adrian listened to their demo tape that had been recorded a few weeks previously and couldn't believe just how much the band sounded like IRON MAIDEN. Bruce actually commented "You sound just like me!!!!" and "I always wondered what I sang on that bit!!!"

In 1999 the band were asked to go to London to record the music for an IRON MAIDEN tribute album.. The album featured famous singers such as PAUL DI ANNO (Maiden), STEVE OVERLAND (FM), DOOGIE WHITE (Rainbow) and GARY BARDEN (MSG) along with guitarists such as PAUL QUINN (Saxon). The album went on to sell over 50,000 copies in America alone and many more thousands world wide.

By far the bands biggest break came when they were contacted by IRON MAIDEN, and asked if they would perform at the official convention in the year 2000. Of course, the band jumped at the chance! It was indeed an honour. On the 17th of June 2000, the band took the stage at the London Astoria and wowed over 850 Maiden fans with a superb live show which included NICKO MCBRAIN guesting on the drums for GHOST OF THE NAVIGATOR !!!! Straight after the show, The Band were asked if they would go on tour with the IRON MAIDEN FAN CLUB in 2001, playing shows all across Europe. They didn't need to be asked twice.

Since then they have not looked back......

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About Like… The Beatles

We are a four-piece band dedicated to bringing audiences of all kinds the most technically accurate recreation of the Fab Four that's possible – and that’s in every way – from our sound, our look, personalities, mannerisms and our accents.

The band was formed in 2008 by brothers Steve and Nick Guest, who play the parts of John Lennon and Paul McCartney, with brother-in-law Nick Munro
taking the part of Ringo Starr. In early 2011, Pasquale Caprino joined the band as George Harrison. We are one of the first Beatles tribute acts from a generation that grew up after the original band had split up. Don’t let our relative youth put you off – we bring a sense of energy and vitality to our act that you won’t find elsewhere, but that is certainly reflective of the fun the original band had on stage.

Audiences often comment on the party atmosphere we bring to any venue or event, and are equally amazed by our authenticity and professionalism.

Using replica costumes, equipment and instruments that accurately reflect those used by John, Paul, George and Ringo, we strive to take audiences back to the wonders of the 1960s - Merseybeat, Beatlemania, the Summer of Love, flower-power, rooftop concerts and so much more - from the band’s earliest days in the Cavern, to their last recording session at Abbey Road.

We have worked hard to secure the closest replica instruments and costumes we could find from all over the world - so you'll see our Paul with his trademark Hofner viola bass, our George with his Gretsch guitar, John with his famous Rickenbacker guitar, while Ringo plays on a vintage Ludwig 1961 Oyster Pearl drum kit, exactly the same as the genuine article. We also use genuine Vox amplifiers that accurately reflect the models used by the Beatles back in the 1960s. We go beyond guitars too - with our own electric piano and discreet sampling equipment (hidden in a white upright piano façade to maintain the illusion of 1960’s technology), we recreate some of The Beatles' most recognisable hits live on stage – without the aid of backing tracks!

Book now at http://www.tropicatruislip.co.uk/ebook/index.htm or your usual web links.



I am delighted to announce that the ever popular Alter Eagles will return on 17th July 2020, so just under a year to wait…but you can book now if you wish!


Great show with Sinnerboy last Friday but where was everyone - on holiday I guess! Such a shame the place was not packed but I am sure all those that came loved it, as so many on leaving told me how much they had enjoyed it. I suspect it will be a couple of years before Sinnerboy are back with us.

I think that is all, not much news this week. Please do a try to come on Friday as once again we are not looking that busy.

See you soon




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