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Janick Gers

Janick Gers live in Barcelona
Born January 27, 1957 (age 50)
Hartlepool, England
Genre(s) Heavy metal, Progressive Rock
Affiliation(s) White Spirit
Gillan
Gogmagog
Fish
Bruce Dickinson
Iron Maiden
Label(s) EMI
Years active 1980 - present

Janick Robert Gers (born January 27, 1957 in Hartlepool, England) is one of three current guitarists in the heavy metal band Iron Maiden and a songwriter for the band. His father, Boleslaw, was an officer of the Polish Navy. Image File history File links Size of this preview: 463 × 599 pixel Image in higher resolution (1187 × 1536 pixel, file size: 183 KB, MIME type: image/jpeg) File links The following pages on the English Wikipedia link to this file (pages on other projects are not listed): Janick Gers ... Hartlepool is a town and North Sea port in North East England. ... Motto: (French for God and my right) Anthem: God Save the King/Queen Capital London (de facto) Largest city London Official language(s) English (de facto) Unification    - by Athelstan AD 927  Area    - Total 130,395 km² (1st in UK)   50,346 sq mi  Population    - 2006 est. ... Heavy metal (sometimes referred to simply as metal) is a genre of rock music that developed between 1969 and 1974. ... For the Swedish political music movement, see progg. ... White Spirit was a band featuring current Iron Maiden guitarist Janick Gers. ... The Ian Gillan Band is a side project band of former Deep Purple member Ian Gillan. ... This article is in need of attention. ... Derek William Dick, better known as Fish (born 25 April 1958 in Dalkeith, Midlothian), is a Scottish progressive rock singer, lyric writer and occasional actor. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... Iron Maiden are an English heavy metal band from east London. ... The EMI Group (LSE: EMI) is an English music company comprising the major record company, EMI Music which operates several labels, based in Brook Green in London, England, and EMI Music Publishing, based on Charing Cross Road, London. ... January 27 is the 27th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... 1957 (MCMLVII) was a common year starting on Tuesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Hartlepool is a town and North Sea port in North East England. ... Motto: (French for God and my right) Anthem: God Save the King/Queen Capital London (de facto) Largest city London Official language(s) English (de facto) Unification    - by Athelstan AD 927  Area    - Total 130,395 km² (1st in UK)   50,346 sq mi  Population    - 2006 est. ... A guitarist is a musician who plays the guitar. ... Heavy metal (sometimes referred to simply as metal) is a genre of rock music that developed between 1969 and 1974. ... Iron Maiden are an English heavy metal band from east London. ... Flag of the Polish Navy Polish Navy Ensign The Polish Navy (Marynarka Wojenna RP, MW RP) is the branch of Polands armed forces responsible for naval operations. ...


Gers was the lead guitarist of the band White Spirit before joining Gillan, a group formed by former Deep Purple vocalist Ian Gillan. After Gillan disbanded, he played in the group Gogmagog (with former Iron Maiden singer/front man Paul Di'Anno and drummer Clive Burr — an odd coincidence considering who he ended up playing with later) and with various artists including Fish of Marillion. In 1990, he played guitar on the first solo album of Iron Maiden vocalist Bruce Dickinson, Tattooed Millionaire. During the recording of the album he was asked to join Iron Maiden in place of departing Adrian Smith. He has remained with the band ever since, even after Smith rejoined the band in 1999. White Spirit was a band featuring current Iron Maiden guitarist Janick Gers. ... The Ian Gillan Band is a side project band of former Deep Purple member Ian Gillan. ... This article is about the rock band. ... Ian Gillan (born 19 August 1945 in Hounslow, London), is an English rock music vocalist known as the lead singer for legendary rock band Deep Purple, and for his year-long stint in Black Sabbath. ... The Ian Gillan Band is a side project band of former Deep Purple member Ian Gillan. ... This article is in need of attention. ... Derek William Dick, better known as Fish (born 25 April 1958 in Dalkeith, Midlothian), is a Scottish progressive rock singer, lyric writer and occasional actor. ... Marillion are a British Rock group. ... See also: 1989 in music, 1990 in British music, other events of 1990, 1991 in music, 1990s in music and the list of years in music // January 21 - MTVs Unplugged premieres on cable television with musical guest, Squeeze February 6 - Billy Idol is involved in a serious motorcycle accident... Iron Maiden are an English heavy metal band from east London. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... Tattooed Millionaire is a heavy metal album released in 1990 (see 1990 in music) by Bruce Dickinson. ... Iron Maiden are an English heavy metal band from east London. ... Adrian Frederik H Smith (born February 27, 1957 in Hackney, East London, England) is a songwriter and one of three guitarists/songwriters in the heavy metal band Iron Maiden. ...


His solos are fast and furious, but Gers is a skilled composer. His main influence is Ritchie Blackmore of Deep Purple, from whom he has emulated certain onstage poses and soloing attacks, and Irish blues guitar legend Rory Gallagher. He is noted for having an enormous stage presence, as evidenced on the Rock in Rio DVD: he can often be seen bouncing up and down (along with Steve Harris), and occasionally does tricks with his guitar, such as spinning it around his body while playing, or throwing it up, catching it, and immediately starting to play again. Richard Hugh Blackmore, (born 14 April 1945) is an English guitarist. ... This article is about the rock band. ... Rory Gallagher (March 2, 1948 – June 14, 1995) was an Irish blues/rock guitarist, born in Ballyshannon, County Donegal. ... Queen at Rock in Rio (1985) Rock in Rio was the biggest rock festival held in Brazil and also in Portugal. ... Stephen Percy Harris or Arry to his fans (born March 12, 1956 in Leytonstone, London, England) is the bassist and primary composer of the heavy metal band Iron Maiden. ...


Gers is a long time proponent of the Fender Stratocaster. His stratocasters are typically black or white with rosewood fingerboards, Seymour Duncan JB Jr. (currently) or Hot Rails (early 1990's) pickups, and lots of road wear. Janick's most favoured guitar over the years has been a black Fender Stratocaster, equipped with the aforementioned JB Jr. pickups. This guitar was apparently a gift from Ian Gillan. Janick uses 4 Fender Stratocasters and only one Gibson; a Chet Atkins semi-acoustic for songs like "Dance of Death". Gers, like his bandmates Dave Murray and Adrian Smith, currently uses the Marshall JMP-1 preamp through a Marshall 9200 (discontinued) poweramp. Janick uses Ernie Ball Regular Slinky Nickel-wound guitar strings, but for some reason takes out the 13 gauge string. “Stratocaster” redirects here. ... “Stratocaster” redirects here. ... Ian Gillan (born 19 August 1945 in Hounslow, London), is an English rock music vocalist known as the lead singer for legendary rock band Deep Purple, and for his year-long stint in Black Sabbath. ... David Michael Murray (born December 23, 1956 in Edmonton, London) is an English guitarist and songwriter best known as one of the original members of the heavy metal band Iron Maiden. ... Adrian Frederik H Smith (born February 27, 1957 in Hackney, East London, England) is a songwriter and one of three guitarists/songwriters in the heavy metal band Iron Maiden. ... Roland Sherwood Ernie Ball (1930 - September 9, 2004 in San Luis Obispo, California) was a pioneer maker of guitar strings used over the past 40 years by such guitarists as Steve Lukather, Steve Vai, Slash, Matthew Bellamy of Muse, Johnny Christ of Avenged Sevenfold, Daron Malakian of System of a...

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Discography

White Spirit

White Spirit was a band featuring current Iron Maiden guitarist Janick Gers. ... White spirit also known as Stoddard solvent is a paraffin derived clear, transparent liquid which is a common organic solvent used in painting and decorating. ... 1980 (MCMLXXX) was a leap year starting on Tuesday. ...

Gillan

  • Double Trouble (1981)
  • Magic (1982)

The Ian Gillan Band is a side project band of former Deep Purple member Ian Gillan. ...

Gogmagog

  • I Will Be There (1985)

This article is in need of attention. ... 1985 (MCMLXXXV) was a common year starting on Tuesday of the Gregorian calendar. ...

Fish

Derek William Dick, better known as Fish (born 25 April 1958 in Dalkeith, Midlothian), is a Scottish progressive rock singer, lyric writer and occasional actor. ... Vigil in a Wilderness of Mirrors is Fishs (born Derek W. Dick) first solo album since departing Marillion in 1988. ... MCMXC redirects here; for the Enigma album, see MCMXC a. ...

Bruce Dickinson

This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... Tattooed Millionaire is a heavy metal album released in 1990 (see 1990 in music) by Bruce Dickinson. ... MCMXC redirects here; for the Enigma album, see MCMXC a. ...

Iron Maiden

Iron Maiden
Bruce Dickinson | Dave Murray | Janick Gers | Adrian Smith | Steve Harris | Nicko McBrain
List of past and present Iron Maiden members
Discography
Studio albums: Iron Maiden | Killers | The Number of the Beast | Piece of Mind | Powerslave | Somewhere in Time | Seventh Son of a Seventh Son | No Prayer for the Dying | Fear of the Dark | The X Factor | Virtual XI | Brave New World | Dance of Death | A Matter of Life and Death
Live albums: Live After Death | A Real Live One | A Real Dead One | Live at Donington | A Real Live Dead One | Rock in Rio | The BBC Archives | Beast Over Hammersmith | Death on the Road
Compilations and box-sets: The First Ten Years | Best of the Beast | Ed Hunter | Edward the Great | Eddie's Archive | Best of the B'Sides | The Essential Iron Maiden
Videos and DVDs: Live at the Rainbow | Video Pieces | Behind the Iron Curtain | Live After Death | 12 Wasted Years | Maiden England | The First Ten Years: The Videos | From There to Eternity | Donington Live 1992 | Raising Hell | Classic Albums: The Number of the Beast | Rock in Rio | Visions of the Beast | The Early Days | Death on the Road
EPs: The Soundhouse Tapes | Live!! +one | Maiden Japan | No More Lies
Singles
"Running Free" | "Sanctuary" | "Women in Uniform" | "Twilight Zone" | "Purgatory" | "Run to the Hills" | "The Number of the Beast" | "Flight of Icarus" | "The Trooper" | "2 Minutes to Midnight" | "Aces High" | "Running Free (live)" | "Run to the Hills (live '85)" | "Wasted Years" | "Stranger in a Strange Land" | "Can I Play with Madness" | "The Evil That Men Do" | "The Clairvoyant (live)" | "Infinite Dreams" | "Holy Smoke" | "Bring Your Daughter...To the Slaughter" | "Be Quick or Be Dead" | "From Here to Eternity" | "Wasting Love" | "Fear of the Dark (live)" | "Hallowed Be Thy Name (live)" | "Man on the Edge" | "Lord of the Flies" | "Virus" | "The Angel and the Gambler" | "Futureal" | "The Wicker Man" | "Out of the Silent Planet" | "Run to the Hills (live '01)" | "Wildest Dreams" | "Rainmaker" | "The Number of the Beast (2005)" | "The Trooper (live)" | "The Reincarnation of Benjamin Breeg" | "Different World"
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Iron Maiden Lyrics: Janick Gers Biography (1018 words)
Janick Robert Gers was born in Hartlepool on January 27, 1957.
And when Bruce began work on his first solo album, 'Tattooed Millionaire', in 1990, it was to Janick he turned for help after being blown away by Marillion singer Fish's first solo album, 'Vigil In The Wilderness Of Mirrors', on which Janick co-wrote 'View From The Hill', one of the album's most affecting tracks.
Although Janick joined too late to take part in much of the writing for the 'No Prayer For The Dying' album, he did have one song on there that would become one of their most notorious songs ever, the delightfully disrespectful, 'Bring Your Daughter To The Slaughter'.
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The guitarist who fired a new energy and rawness into the band during the 90's, Janick Gers was the bands joint main guitarist of almost the entire last decade.
Janick is a superb user of the guitars tremolo (lever), and has given it some truly manic abuse over the years.
As well as the rampant Maiden songs Janick has contributed to (Be Quick Or Be Dead, Man On The Edge etc.) Gers is a bit of a smoothie on the slower moments.
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