IRON MAIDEN's Nicko McBrain has apparently parted ways with Sonor and landed at British Drum Co. British Drum Co. has been around since 2015, launched by drum builder Keith Keough four years after he sold his own company, KD Drums, to Premier. Premier is the company McBrain endorsed for much of the '90s and 2000s.
The announcement of McBrain's involvement with British Drum Co. was made via a short video on the company's social media.
It was less than four years ago that Nicko returned to Sonor The IRON MAIDEN drummer and Sonor announced the big news just before the NAMM Show 2016 opened.
When IRON MAIDEN launched the "Legacy Of The Beast" concert tour in 2018, Sonor and McBrain unveiled the drum kit which was made especially for the tour. The artwork finish was based on the production design of the "Legacy Of The Beast" tour and fully custom-made and unique.
Tapped to replace Clive Burr in 1982 after touring activities for "Number Of The Beast" concluded, McBrain brought a degree of finesse and technicality that was largely missing from IRON MAIDEN's early output. Whereas Burr was often lauded for his heavy-handed, punk-oriented style, McBrain was largely the opposite, playing with a degree of dexterity and flair that helped primary songwriter Steve Harris take MAIDEN down more adventurous paths. He is now the third longest-tenured member of MAIDEN, behind Harris and guitarist Dave Murray.
McBrain spent his early drumming years playing for the likes of Pat Travers and French rockers TRUST, eventually falling onto the radar of Harris and MAIDEN during the group's initial European tour.
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