This Day in Music 27.02.2016
He was born on February 27, 1957 in Hakney, East London, England. He grew up in Camden. At the age of 15, Adrian formed a band called Stone Free with his childhood friend David Murray on guitar, Dave McCloughlin playing bongos and he on vocals. After seeing the attention Murray received from girls, Adrian decided to became a guitarist. At the age of 16 Smith formed his first serious band: Evil Ways, later renamed Urchin, including Dave Murray on guitar. Adrian also began writing his own songs (22 Acacia Avenue, later included on Iron Maiden's The Number Of Beast, 1982).
Smith was offered a place in Iron Maiden while they were in the process of signing with EMI in 1979, but turned them down to continue with his own band, a decision he later regretted as Urchin split up in 1980.
In November 1980 Adrian joined Iron Maiden replacing David Stratton. Smith debuted with the band on a German TV show, before setting out on a UK tour and recording the Killers album (1981). Smith and Dave Murray combined playing dual lead guitars, creating what AllMusic calls "the most formidable twin-guitar attack in heavy metal” and, along with Steve Harris, also provides the band's backing vocals. He recorded six album with Iron Maiden and in 1990 at the end of Seventh Son Of A Seventh Son he left the band.
Between 1990 and 1999 Smith worked on “solo” projects releasing just one album as ASAP (Adrian Smith And Project) and two Lp with Psycho Motel band (State Of Mind 1996 – WelcomeTo The World 1997).
In 1999, Smith re-joined Iron Maiden, along with vocalist Bruce Dickinson, who commented, "When he left the band in 1990, I think everybody was a bit surprised at how much we missed him...I wouldn't have rejoined Iron Maiden if he wasn't in the band. I just don't think it would have been complete without Adrian, and now, it's great having three guitarists."