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Iron Maiden’s Adrian Smith explores the final frontier of fishing in Monsters of River & Rock memoir

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Sure, Iron Maiden front man Bruce Dickinson can pilot a plane and compete as a fencer, but how handy is he with a fishing rod?

Probably not nearly as skilled as Maiden electric guitar player Adrian Smith, who has just penned a fishing memoir, Monsters of River & Rock: My Life as Iron Maiden’s Compulsive Angler.

The new tome takes readers “through the highs and lows of life on tour, and on the river-bank, as [Smith’s] fishing gear travels with him across the world.”

Smith, who has appeared on the cover of Angler's Mail magazine, has been fishing since his childhood days in East London.

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Monsters of River & Rock chronicles adventures ranging from “his first sturgeon, a whopping 100-pounder from Canada's swirling Fraser River that nearly wiped him out mid-Maiden tour, to a close shave with a large shark off the Virgin Islands whilst wading waist-deep for bonefish. 

"Not to mention an enviable list of specimen coarse fish from the UK.”

The book is scheduled for release on September 3 via Virgin Books.

You can preorder Monsters of River & Rock at Amazon (opens in new tab).

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Rich is the co-author of the best-selling Nöthin' But a Good Time: The Uncensored History of the '80s Hard Rock Explosion. He is also a recording and performing musician, and a former editor of Guitar World magazine and executive editor of Guitar Aficionado magazine. He has authored several additional books, among them Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck, the companion to the documentary of the same name.