That time I asked Iron Maiden’s Steve Harris if he had to practice a lot to keep his bass licks up
By Steve Newton
I’ve been fortunate enough to have interviewed Iron Maiden members six times between 1982 and 2012, but the only time I chatted with bass god Steve Harris was in May of 1988, when the band was touring behind its Seventh Son of a Seventh Son LP. That disc featured the wicked singles “Can I Play with Madness” and “The Evil That Men Do”, but at the time Harris told me that “The Clairvoyant” was his favourite tune on the album.
At one point in the conversation I asked Harris if he had to practice a lot to keep his bass licks up. I also asked him which bassists had most influenced him when he was starting out, and which current bands he was most impressed with. Turns out the one he picked was one of my biggest faves as well.
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