Nicko McBrain recently took to the stage with an Iron Maiden tribute band called Iron Tribe and played drums on two classic Maiden tracks.
A day before Iron Maiden’s sold-out Legacy of the Beast Tour show at Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena on 19th August, Nicko McBrain, Steve Harris and Adrian Smith all went to the Hard Rock Café in the city.
Iron Maiden tribute band Iron Tribe were one of the bands performing on the night, and, to the surprise of the lucky 390 people in attendance, the ever genial Nicko McBrain stepped up to guest perform ‘Run to the Hills’ and ‘Flight of Icarus’ with them.
Footage of the Nicko’s guest performances were recently uploaded to Facebook, and you watch them below.
Run to the Hills - Hard Rock Cafe - Aug 18, 2019
Iron Tribe playing Run to the Hills with Nicko McBrain from Iron Maiden - Hard Rock Cafe - Aug 18, 2019Posted by Iron Tribe on Monday, August 26, 2019
Flight of Icarus - Hard Rock Cafe - Aug 18, 2019
Iron Tribe playing Flight of Icarus with Nicko McBrain from Iron Maiden on drums! Hard Rock Cafe - Aug 18, 2019 #irontribe #ironmaidentribute #ironmaiden #nickomcbrain #hrcnashville #playingwithrockstarsPosted by Iron Tribe on Friday, August 23, 2019
Understandably on cloud nine after performing with one of their idols, Iron Tribe wrote on Facebook: "We had an epic night playing the Night Before Maiden show at Hard Rock Cafe Nashville on Aug 18, 2019. Special guests in attendance included Steve Harris of Iron Maiden, Nicko McBrain of Iron Maiden, Adrian Smith of Iron Maiden and Richie Faulkner from Judas Priest. And Nicko McBrain got up and played some songs with Iron Tribe! What an epic night.
"We are honored that Iron Maiden came to our show beyond words. Steve Harris stayed for our entire show. Thank you to everybody who came out. We exceeded capacity at the Hard Rock with 390 people in attendance. I hope all of you that were waiting to get in got to come in eventually. We love you all and you all rock! You shared our greatest night as a band with us."
As Iron Tribe mentioned, Judas Priest guitarist Richie Faulkner joined Judas Priest tribute band Sad Wings on stage the same night for three seminal songs - ‘Metal Gods’, ‘Breaking The Law’ and ‘Hell Bent For Leather’.
Posted by Paul Neighbours on Sunday, August 18, 2019
Sad Wings wrote later: "So....we were playing a show at Hard Rock Cafe Nashville when Richie Faulkner, guitarist from Judas Priest walked in. Richie just moved to Nashville and wanted to check out the local Priest tribute band. He watched us play 7 songs then asked to join in! He played 'Metal Gods', 'Breakin' The Law' and 'Hellbent For Leather'.
“Richie complimented us on specific things in songs and especially frontman Tim McDonald's vocals on 'Down In Flames' and 'Victim Of Changes'. We are honoured, humbled and grateful that Richie gave us the most epic band memory of our life. Richie was gracious, funny and humble. What a great guy! Thank you to everyone who was a part of this incredible evening."
Iron Maiden’s North American Legacy of the Beast Tour continues at Oakland Oracle Arena this evening (10th September) and concludes up at Palacio de los Deportes in Mexico City on Monday 30th September.
The metal legends then play arena and stadium shows in South America in October.
The setlist on the tour is as follows:
1. Aces High
2. Where Eagles Dare
3. 2 Minutes To Midnight
4. The Clansman
5. The Trooper
7. For The Greater Good Of God
8. The Wicker Man
9. Sign Of The Cross
10. Flight Of Icarus
11. Fear Of The Dark
12. The Number Of The Beast
13. Iron Maiden
14. The Evil That Men Do
15. Hallowed Be They Name
16. Run To The Hills