IRON MAIDEN Studio Update: NICKO Lays Down Vocals!

IRON MAIDEN producer Kevin Shirley, who is currently working with the band at a London studio on their as-yet-untitled follow-up to 2000's "Brave New World", has posted the following recording update via his web site:

"We started the day [Tuesday, Feb. 4] trying to recut this tune of Steve and Dave's which we were busy with on Monday, but Bruce wasn't in, and the guys found it difficult to play without hearing the vocals. So... we took a break and they had a jam, a very rare occurrence for the band, and they got way funky too!!!!!! MAIDEN!!!!!! Yes sirree Bob!! And I recorded them, 4 jams in total, so look for them as B-sides somewhere down the track, and if you think they just throw-away tracks, you are mistaken - they may not be 'songs' as such, but you'll get a rare insight into their musicianship. Things got even sillier when Nicko (whilst doing some voices for a video-thingy) sang over a take of the previous day's song, without knowing the melody, and it is a riot!!! Finally Bruce arrived about at four, and we all got serious and nailed the track, as everyone was well warmed up, and then we all saw Nicko off with a bottle of vino at a neighborhood pub, once frequented by one Jimi Hendrix of Seattle when he lived in London. And the album is now tracked with all the main guitars, drums and bass, and so we begin the work of putting all the subtelties and dynamics into the songs - as well as sorting out lead vocals, background vocals, guitar solos and keyboard supports to highlight different sections of the songs where they're needed to keep the record from becoming two dimensional! And that's it for today. No band in today as I'm going to go over everything and see where we are and what we need, so I'll update you when there's something to report."

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