Established in the U.K. around 1995, Higher-on-Maiden are the Worlds Original and Finest Tribute to Iron Maiden.
Over 17 amazing years they have appeared in over 15 countries (in Europe and Asia). Higher-on-Maiden are the only Tribute Band in the World to have actually played together on stage with Steve Harris, Adrian Smith, Nicko McBrain, Paul Dianno & Blaze Bayley. Now in 2012 Higher-on-Maiden are 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.
The boys then took a quiet year out to concentrate on family matters and to prepare for the tour.
In late October 2001, the band started the Convention Tour which would see them playing nine gigs in eight different countries. As an added bonus to the tour, NICKO MCBRAIN went along to each show and did a drum clinic. Of course, it's difficult to keep Nicko off the kit. So when the boys asked him if he would perform a few songs with them, he willingly obliged, every night of the tour!!!!!
At the Convention in Holland, ADRIAN SMITH was there to do a signing. The band asked if he would guest on a couple of songs and he agreed. Because he had to leave early to catch a flight, he couldn't stay around till show time. So they all agreed to do an impromptu performance in the afternoon for the fans. Adrian (Smith), Nicko and the boys powered their way through THE WICKER MAN and 2 MINUTES TO MIDNIGHT.
To top it all off, there was a real treat instore at the last show in Portugal……STEVE HARRIS was there!!! He stayed to watch the whole show and even got up in the encore to perform FOUR songs. He allowed Speed to use his checker board bass, and Steve Harris used Speed's. The crowd went mad as STEVE HARRIS, NICKO MCBRAIN and the whole of the band rocked them with THE WICKER MAN, HALLOWED BE THY NAME, WRATHCHILD and 2 MINUTES TO MIDNIGHT.
DISARM GOLIATH are quite simply a hard-hitting, balls to the wall heavy metal band. Hailing from the West Midlands, England (the birth place of Heavy Metal) the band was formed by Bass player Steve Surch. The band released their debut album 'Only The Devil Can Stop Us' through their own mini label and have since sold close to a thousand copies. The album was also successfully re-released on vinyl in the summer of 2007 and has sold very well all over Europe.
Disarm Goliath also have two mini tours of the USA under their belts with one show being at the famous Whiskey A Go Go on Hollywood's sunset strip.
The band burst in to to 2009 with renewed strength and confidence as they welcome to their ranks the amazing vocal talents of the 'ball bustin' Steve Bell. Steve Bell's recent arrival makes for the band's strongest line up to date. Just check out the band's new 'Raining Steel' EP and we are sure you will agree that the band are now ready to conquer.
DISARM GOLIATH HAVE ACHIEVED ALL THIS WITHOUT MAJOR RECORD COMPANY SUPPORT. Nothing can stop Disarm Goliath now - Not even the devil himself...
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