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Encyclopedia > Steve Harris (musician)
Steve Harris
Steve Harris during a concert in Barcelona 30 November 2006.
Steve Harris during a concert in Barcelona 30 November 2006.
Background information
Birth name Stephen Percy Harris
Born March 12, 1956 (1956-03-12) (age 51)
England flag Leytonstone, London, England
Genre(s) Heavy metal
Instrument(s) Bass
Keyboards
Guitar
Harmonica
Drums
Years active 1974 – present
Label(s) EMI
Associated
acts
Iron Maiden
Smiler
Gypsy's Kiss
Notable instrument(s)
Fender Precision Bass

Stephen Percy Harris (born March 12, 1956 in Leytonstone, London, England) is the bassist and primary composer of the heavy metal band Iron Maiden. In addition, he plays keyboards, sings backing vocals, and is the leader and sole owner of the band. He founded the band as a teenager in 1975. Along with Dave Murray, they are the only members of the band that have appeared on all of the band's albums, and Harris is the only member to remain in the band throughout its duration. He used to work as an architectural draftsman in the East End of London but gave up his job upon forming Iron Maiden. During the mid 1970s he was a youth team footballer for West Ham United. He is a talented football player,[1][2] and he has stated his first ambition in life before music was to become a professional footballer.[3] Image File history File links Size of this preview: 538 × 599 pixelsFull resolution (827 × 921 pixel, file size: 177 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): Steve Harris (musician) ... Location Coordinates : Time Zone : CET (GMT +1) - summer: CEST (GMT +2) General information Native name Barcelona (Catalan) Spanish name Barcelona Nickname Ciutat Comtal (City of Counts) Postal code 08001–08080 Area code 34 (Spain) + 93 (Barcelona) Website http://www. ... is the 334th day of the year (335th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2006 (MMVI) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... is the 71st day of the year (72nd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1956 (MCMLVI) was a leap year starting on Sunday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_England. ... Leytonstone is a place in East London, England in the London Borough of Waltham Forest. ... This article is about the capital of England and the United Kingdom. ... For other uses, see England (disambiguation). ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... “Heavy metal” redirects here. ... A musical instrument is a device constructed or modified with the purpose of making music. ... The electric bass guitar (or electric bass) is a bass string instrument played with the fingers by plucking, slapping, popping or using a pick. ... This is a disambiguation page — a navigational aid which lists other pages that might otherwise share the same title. ... For other uses, see Guitar (disambiguation). ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... For other kinds of drums, see drum (disambiguation). ... This does not adequately cite its references or sources. ... The EMI Group (LSE: EMI) is a British music company comprising of the major record company EMI Music which operates several labels, based in Kensington in London, England, and EMI Music Publishing, based in New York. ... This article is about the band. ... The Fender Precision Bass, known as P-bass for short, is the first model of the electric bass designed by Clarence Leonidas Fender and brought to market in 1951. ... is the 71st day of the year (72nd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1956 (MCMLVI) was a leap year starting on Sunday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Leytonstone is a place in East London, England in the London Borough of Waltham Forest. ... This article is about the capital of England and the United Kingdom. ... For other uses, see England (disambiguation). ... A bassist is a musician who plays a double bass or electric bass (also referred to as bass guitar). ... A composer is a person who writes music. ... “Heavy metal” redirects here. ... This article is about the band. ... This is a disambiguation page — a navigational aid which lists other pages that might otherwise share the same title. ... A backup vocalist is a vocalist that sings in harmony with the lead vocalist, with other backup vocalists, or alone but in the background of a song. ... See also: 1970s in music. ... This article is about building architecture. ... Technical drawing, also known as drafting, is the practice of creating accurate representations of objects for technical, architectural and engineering needs. ... The East End of London, known locally as the East End, is an area, with no formal authority or boundaries, that spans a number of administative districts of London in England. ... West Ham United Football Club is an English football club based in West Ham, London Borough of Newham, East London, and have played their home matches at the 35,146 capacity Boleyn Ground stadium since 1904. ... A player (wearing the red kit) has penetrated the defence (in the white kit) and is taking a shot at goal. ...

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Career

A self-taught bass player,[2] Harris's first bass was a copy of a Fender Precision Bass that cost him £40 when he was 17 years old. He went on to use a signature Lado "Unicorn" model and a late 1950s Fender Precision with RotoSound strings. He now uses his own signature RotoSound flatwound bass strings. Although flatwound strings usually do not have a bright tone, Harris' playing style causes the strings to forcefully hit against the frets, producing his distinctive 'clanky' bass tone. The electric bass guitar (or electric bass) is a bass string instrument played with the fingers by plucking, slapping, popping or using a pick. ... The Fender Precision Bass, known as P-bass for short, is the first model of the electric bass designed by Clarence Leonidas Fender and brought to market in 1951. ... An early example of the Lado logo. ... Year 1950 (MCML) was a common year starting on Sunday (link will display the full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Categories: Music stubs | Electric bass guitars ... RotoSound is a guitar and bass string manufacturing company based in England. ...


Harris has been influenced by other bass players such as Chris Squire of Yes, John Deacon of Queen, Mike Rutherford of Genesis, Geddy Lee of Rush, Andy Fraser of Free and John Mayall & the Bluesbreakers, Geezer Butler of Black Sabbath, and John Entwistle of The Who. One of his all-time favourite bass players was Pete Way from UFO, who was said to influence Harris' playing style greatly. Christopher Russell Edward Squire (born 4 March 1948), better known as Chris Squire is an English musician and the bassist and backing vocalist for the progressive rock group Yes, and is the only member of the group to appear on every album (co-founder Jon Anderson appeared on all but... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... For the medieval chroniclers named John, deacon of. ... Queen are an English rock band formed in 1970 in London by guitarist Brian May, singer Freddie Mercury and drummer Roger Taylor, with bassist John Deacon joining the following year. ... Michael John Cleote Crawford Rutherford (born October 2, 1950 in Guildford, Surrey) is an English musician. ... Genesis are an English rock band formed in 1967. ... Geddy Lee OC (born Gary Lee Weinrib on July 29, 1953 in Toronto, Ontario) is a Canadian musician best known as the vocalist, bassist, and keyboardist for the Canadian rock group Rush. ... Rush is a Canadian rock band comprising bassist, keyboardist, and lead vocalist Geddy Lee, guitarist Alex Lifeson, and drummer and lyricist Neil Peart. ... Andy Fraser (born on 7 August 1952, in London) is an English musician, best known for his songwriting and bass playing with Free. ... Free was a British R&B-style rock band which formed in London in 1968 best known for their popular song All Right Now. Lead singer Paul Rodgers went on to become lead singer of the rock band Bad Company along with Simon Kirke on drums, while lead guitarist Paul... John Mayall and Paul Butterfield, 1967 John Mayall & the Bluesbreakers are a pioneering English blues band, led by singer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist John Mayall, OBE, that has included such luminaries as: Eric Clapton and Jack Bruce (both later in Cream), Peter Green, John McVie and Mick Fleetwood (later all... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... For other uses, see Black Sabbath (disambiguation). ... John Alec Entwistle (October 9, 1944 – June 27, 2002) was an English bass guitarist, songwriter, singer, and horn player, who was best known as the bass guitarist for rock band The Who. ... The Who are an English rock band that first formed in 1964, and grew to be considered one of the greatest[1] and most influential[2] bands in the world. ... Pete Way (born Phillip Frederick Way, 7 August 1951, in Enfield, Middlesex) is a bass player. ... UFO are an English rock band formed in 1969. ...


Harris' first band was named Influence, which was later renamed to Gypsy's Kiss, (Cockney rhyming slang for "piss"). He later joined Smiler, of which all the band members were several years older than he was. He ended up leaving, as the members of the band made it clear that they did not care for a bassist who leapt around the stage and wrote songs. After Smiler, Harris went on to create Iron Maiden, getting the name from seeing an iron maiden, a type of torture instrument, in the movie The Man in the Iron Mask. Cockney rhyming slang is a form of English slang which originated in the East End of London. ... Look up piss, pissed, take the piss in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... A bassist is a musician who plays a double bass or electric bass (also referred to as bass guitar). ... This article is about the band. ... Various torture instruments. ... Torture, according to international law, is any act by which severe pain or suffering, whether physical or mental, is intentionally inflicted on a person for such purposes as obtaining from him or a third person information or a confession, punishing him for an act he or a third person has... There have been several movies entitled The Man in the Iron Mask, all based on the final section of the novel The Vicomte de Bragelonne by Alexandre Dumas, which was itself based on the 18th century myth of the Man in the Iron Mask. ...


Steve Harris is Maiden's principal composer and lyricist. Harris's songwriting has been noted for a galloping bass pattern (see below)[4] and long songs with epic lyrics that feature many tempo changes. Influenced by 1970's progressive rock bands like Yes, King Crimson, Genesis, and Emerson, Lake, and Palmer. Harris frequently writes lyrics about mythology, history or topics inspired from books and movies. Harris has commented on the difference between 1970s progressive music (called "progressive") and contemporary progressive-style music (known as "prog"), a distinction which is becoming recognised. This article does not cite any references or sources. ... King Crimson are a musical group founded by guitarist Robert Fripp and drummer Michael Giles in 1969. ... Genesis are an English rock band formed in 1967. ... ELP can also stand for Extra Long Play, a format for the VCR tape. ...


Steve Harris is often considered among the best and most influential heavy metal bassists.[5] He frequently writes bass lines with a 'gallop', a pattern consisting of three rapid notes – one eighth and two sixteenths – which he plays with two fingers. Before playing, Harris often chalks his fingers, to make such 'gallops' easier to play, as shown on the bonus DVD for the A Matter of Life and Death album. Besides this he is very adventurous on the bass and plays intricate accompaniment in many of Maiden's songs. He also uses power chords, which are relatively unheard of on bass, on several songs. Harris has also stated that he never uses a pick and that he never warms up before a show. “Heavy metal” redirects here. ... A Matter of Life and Death is the 14th studio album by English heavy metal band Iron Maiden. ... Various guitar picks A plectrum is a small flat tool used to pluck or strum a stringed instrument. ...


He plays a specially-painted bass guitar which has been featured on every Iron Maiden album recorded. It is currently sporting the West Ham United F.C. logo. The guitar has gone through three colour changes since construction. Originally being white, it was then changed to black, then blue, and is currently cream with the rim done in West Ham's light-blue, and the club's logo on the body. The pickguard is metallic. He is also known to use a West Ham United football scarf to cover his strap. This article is about the band. ... West Ham United Football Club is an English football club based in West Ham, London Borough of Newham, East London, and have played their home matches at the 35,146 capacity Boleyn Ground stadium since 1904. ... A pickguard (also known as scratchplate) is a piece of plastic or other laminated material that is placed under the strings on the body of a guitar. ... This article is about the article of clothing. ...


Other musical talents

In addition to bass playing and writing music/lyrics for Iron Maiden, Steve Harris has taken on numerous other roles to support the running of the band such as:

  • music production/mixing
  • music video directing/editing
  • live music video directing/editing
  • keyboards
  • backing vocals
  • string/bass synthesisers

Steve Harris has been Iron Maiden's principal keyboardist (other than at live shows and on a few songs where the work has been done by Michael Kenney who doubles as his bass technician) since keyboards were first used by the band on the album Seventh Son of a Seventh Son. Though since that album keyboards have played less of a role in Iron Maiden (usually), the complexity and speed of the playing has increased as Harris has improved. Initially he was not even credited for it in the band credits, just the album ones. A keyboardist is a musician who plays keyboard instruments. ... Michael Kenney is the live keyboard player for British band Iron Maiden as well as Steve Harris bass technician. ... This article is about the Iron Maiden album. ...


For the album Somewhere in Time, Harris made his first experimentation with synthesised sounds, playing the bass synth (later on the Seventh Son of a Seventh Son album referred to as 'string synth'). He has also done so on subsequent albums, although it has not featured as much as it did on Somewhere in Time because of the band's less synthesised sounds and also the use of keyboards. This article does not cite any references or sources. ... The Bass synthesizer is a musical intrument that was first heard on Parliaments classic funk single Flashlight. ...


While he plays keyboards during the recording of Iron Maiden albums, Steve Harris has apparently shown a lack of ability at drumming. At times he has been known to demonstrate to Nicko McBrain what he wants Nicko to play, and, as Nicko put it, sounded 'as good as your gran'. In The Early Days documentary he revealed that he originally wanted to be a drummer, but as he lived with his grandmother he didn't have enough room for a drum-set. Drumming may refer to: the act of playing the drums or other percussion instruments Drumming, a musical composition written by Steve Reich in 1971 for percussion ensemble This is a disambiguation page: a list of articles associated with the same title. ... Michael Henry McBrain (born June 5, 1952 in Hackney, London, England) is the drummer for heavy metal band Iron Maiden. ... The Early Days DVD set features an exhaustive, thoroughly complete history of the early years of Iron Maiden, from their humble beginnings in Londons East End in 1975 through their triumphant Piece of Mind album and tour in 1983. ...


Steve Harris is also known for playing an increasing role in mixing Iron Maiden's albums as well as producing them, and has done the work himself since Fear of the Dark. Harris also directs and edits many of the band's music videos, particularly live ones. He also owns a farm with music recording facilities. Harris' land has been used to write Maiden's albums on numerous occasions. Audio mixing is used in sound recording, audio editing and sound systems to balance the relative volume and frequency content of a number of sound sources. ... Fear of the Dark is the ninth studio album released by British heavy metal band Iron Maiden. ...


Harris has also been involved in backing vocals for Iron Maiden songs since the band's inception. Since his fellow backing vocalist Adrian Smith left Iron Maiden in 1990 (replacement Janick Gers does not sing), he has not been credited for this (after Smith's return, backing vocals have remained uncredited), since a single backing vocalist lacked as much and Harris' fame purely as a bass player had been consolidated by this point. However, he has continued to provide backing vocals when playing live performances of older Iron Maiden songs with the band. He is also well known for conspicuously "singing along" (off microphone, mouthing words) in live performances.


Trivia

  • Harris designed Iron Maiden's first logo which used the current Maiden Font, seen in all of their album-releases, as stated in The Early Days
  • Given that Harris had been the centre of attention in Maiden's early gigs the addition of Bruce Dickinson to the band's line-up originally caused small scuffles between the two as they both wanted to be at the centre of the stage. Bruce mentioned in The Early Days documentary that Harris occasionally elbowed him away, and he returned the favour by causing Harris to trip on his extra-long microphone stand.
  • The darker tone of the album The X Factor has often been attributed due to problems in Harris's personal life while making the album. He had recently divorced and his father had also died.
The factual accuracy of this section is disputed.
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. The Early Days DVD set features an exhaustive, thoroughly complete history of the early years of Iron Maiden, from their humble beginnings in Londons East End in 1975 through their triumphant Piece of Mind album and tour in 1983. ... For the record producer in the Saturday Night Live skit, see More cowbell. ... The Early Days DVD set features an exhaustive, thoroughly complete history of the early years of Iron Maiden, from their humble beginnings in Londons East End in 1975 through their triumphant Piece of Mind album and tour in 1983. ... The X Factor is a heavy metal album released October 2, 1995 by Iron Maiden. ... Image File history File links Emblem-important. ...

  • His oldest daughter, Lauren Harris, is also a singer and due to release her debut album soon. She supported Iron Maiden on their A Matter of Life and Death tour.[6]
  • His son, George Harris plays lead guitar in a band called Burn In Reason ([1]) who take a heavy influence from Iron Maiden as well as bands such as Killswitch Engage, Funeral For A Friend and Underoath.
  • In 1998, Harris had a signature bass sold by Fender. It was the Steve Harris Signature P Bass. It has a basswood body colored in lake placid blue, with a maple neck and Bassline pickups. It is no longer made and very hard to find.

Lauren Harris Lauren Harris in Lyon (France) Not to be confused with Lauren Harries or Lauren A. Harris. ... A Matter of Life and Death is the 14th studio album by English heavy metal band Iron Maiden. ...

Discography with Iron Maiden

This article or section does not adequately cite its references or sources. ... Year 1980 (MCMLXXX) was a leap year starting on Tuesday (link displays the 1980 Gregorian calendar). ... For the Kiss album, see Killers (Kiss album). ... Year 1981 (MCMLXXXI) was a common year starting on Thursday (link displays the 1981 Gregorian calendar). ... The Number of the Beast is a heavy metal album released in 1982 (see 1982 in music) by Iron Maiden on EMI in the UK and originally Harvest Records/Capitol Records in the U.S. (now on Sanctuary Records/Columbia Records). ... Year 1982 (MCMLXXXII) was a common year starting on Friday (link displays the 1982 Gregorian calendar). ... Piece of Mind is the fourth studio album by British heavy metal band Iron Maiden. ... Year 1983 (MCMLXXXIII) was a common year starting on Saturday (link displays the 1983 Gregorian calendar). ... Powerslave is the fifth studio album by the British heavy metal band Iron Maiden, released on 3 September 1984. ... This article is about the year. ... Live After Death is a live album by the British heavy metal band Iron Maiden, released on October 14, 1985. ... This article is about the year. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Year 1986 (MCMLXXXVI) was a common year starting on Wednesday (link displays 1986 Gregorian calendar). ... Seventh Son of a Seventh Son, commonly abbreviated SSOASS, is a heavy metal album by Iron Maiden. ... Year 1988 (MCMLXXXVIII) was a leap year starting on Friday (link displays 1988 Gregorian calendar). ... No Prayer for the Dying is the eighth studio album by the British heavy metal band Iron Maiden. ... Year 1990 (MCMXC) was a common year starting on Monday (link displays the 1990 Gregorian calendar). ... Fear of the Dark is the ninth studio album released by British heavy metal band Iron Maiden. ... Year 1992 (MCMXCII) was a leap year starting on Wednesday (link will display full 1992 Gregorian calendar). ... A Real Live One is a live album by the British heavy metal band Iron Maiden, released in March 1993. ... Year 1993 (MCMXCIII) was a common year starting on Friday (link will display full 1993 Gregorian calendar). ... A Real Dead One is a live album by the British heavy metal band Iron Maiden, recorded in 1992/93 at concerts across Europe, and released on October 25, 1993. ... Year 1993 (MCMXCIII) was a common year starting on Friday (link will display full 1993 Gregorian calendar). ... Live at Donington was the recording of the Iron Maidens second headlining appearance at the UK festival at Castle Donington on August 22, 1992. ... Year 1993 (MCMXCIII) was a common year starting on Friday (link will display full 1993 Gregorian calendar). ... The X Factor is a heavy metal album released October 2, 1995 by Iron Maiden. ... Year 1995 (MCMXCV) was a common year starting on Sunday (link will display full 1995 Gregorian calendar). ... Virtual XI is the British heavy metal band Iron Maidens 11th studio album, released March 23, 1998. ... Year 1998 (MCMXCVIII) was a common year starting on Thursday (link will display full 1998 Gregorian calendar). ... Brave New World is the twelfth studio album by Iron Maiden released on the 30th of May, 2000 (see 2000 in music). ... Year 2000 (MM) was a leap year starting on Saturday (link will display full 2000 Gregorian calendar). ... Rock in Rio is a live album recorded during Iron Maidens 2001 headlining performance at the Rock in Rio festival. ... Also see: 2002 (number). ... Dance of Death is Iron Maidens 13th studio album, released first in Japan on September 2 and rest of the world on September 8, 2003. ... Year 2003 (MMIII) was a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Death on the Road is a live CD, LP, and DVD released by the British heavy metal band Iron Maiden on August 30, 2005 (CD & LP version), respectively on February 6, 2006 (DVD version). ... Year 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday (link displays full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... A Matter of Life and Death is the 14th studio album by English heavy metal band Iron Maiden. ... Year 2006 (MMVI) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ...

References

  1. ^ http://www.hardradio.com/shockwaves/maiden1.html
  2. ^ a b http://www.ironmaiden.com/index.php?categoryid=14
  3. ^ Cite error 8; No text given.
  4. ^ http://www.metal-reviews.com/maiden.htm
  5. ^ Ranked 5th "best bassist ever" in Classic Rock magazine, January 2000
  6. ^ http://www.ironmaiden.com/index.php?categoryid=8&p2_articleid=287

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