“My being fired was premature… We’d wrapped pre-production on Killers but I never got the chance to record”: Meet Dennis Stratton, the man who brought harmony guitars to Iron Maiden

Dennis Stratton with Iron Maiden
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Since 1980, when Iron Maiden dropped their self-titled debut onto the masses, the London-bred NWOBHM icons have been defined by a multi-guitar attack.

During the band’s heyday, that was delivered by Adrian Smith and Dave Murray, and later, Murray and Janick Gers, who arrived in 1990 after Smith departed. When Smith returned in ’99, it became a triple-guitar attack.

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Andrew Daly

Andrew Daly is an iced-coffee-addicted, oddball Telecaster-playing, alfredo pasta-loving journalist from Long Island, NY, who, in addition to being a contributing writer for Guitar World, scribes for Rock Candy, Bass Player, Total Guitar, and Classic Rock History. Andrew has interviewed favorites like Ace Frehley, Johnny Marr, Vito Bratta, Bruce Kulick, Joe Perry, Brad Whitford, Rich Robinson, and Paul Stanley, while his all-time favorite (rhythm player), Keith Richards, continues to elude him.