Nicko McBrain

English musician

Michael Henry "Nicko" McBrain (born 5 June 1952) is an English heavy metal musician. He is the drummer of the heavy metal band Iron Maiden.

Nicko McBrain
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Nicko McBrain in 2008
Background information
Birth nameMichael Henry McBrain
Born (1952-06-05) 5 June 1952 (age 68)
Hackney, London, England
GenresHeavy metal, blues rock, hard rock
InstrumentsDrums, percussion
Years active1971–present
Associated actsIron Maiden, Pat Travers, Streetwalkers, Trust, The Entire Population of Hackney

During his early year, McBrain played for a few small pub bands and paid his bills with session work he did when he left school. He has also played in Streetwalkers, Trust and with Pat Travers. He joined Iron Maiden in 1982 and debuted on their fourth studio album, Piece of Mind.

He currently uses Premier drums and Paiste cymbals.[1] He converted to Christianity in 1999 after he had an experience in the Spanish River Church.[2]


  1. "Premier Artists- Nicko McBrain". Premier Percussion. Retrieved 2013-04-27.
  2. "Drummer Nicko McBrain loves God". Retrieved 2013-04-27.