Iron Maiden guitarist Adrian Smith has been promoting a new book titled ‘Monsters of River and Rock: My Life as Iron Maiden’s Compulsive Angler’ these days.
In the meantime, Andrian Smith has appeared as a guest on BBC Radio recently. During his interview, he talked about his rock god and how he met him back then. So during his appearance on BBC, They asked Adrian Smith to single out his rock god. He didn’t hesitate to answer at all. Smith revealed Free and Bad Company’s frontman Paul Rodgers was his rock god.
“My rock icon is Paul Rodgers. Free were probably my favorite band when I was growing up – I loved, and still love, that swaggering, ’70s bluesy rock,”
Smith said, and then continued saying that he actually met him once even it is way long after. As he remembered that day, he continued to tell more about it.
“I met Paul Rodgers once. I had arranged for my father to see a doctor up in town – he was having a few health problems, this was back in the ’90s – and I was late getting to the doctor, as usual.”
And as soon as he arrives, he sees that his father was chatting uncountiously with someone none other than Paul Rodgers.
“And my dad’s favorite singer was Perry Como, so he had no idea who Paul Rodgers was, and I just thought that was lovely.”
What’s the story of the ‘Monsters of River and Rock’ book?
Adrian Smith is not only known for the legendary group Iron Maiden, but he is also well known as a celebrated angler whose fishing gear travels with him as he tours across the world.
So with Monsters of River & Rock, Smith shares his incredible journey through the highs and lows of his life including both on the road and the riverbank. While the young angling was growing up to become lead guitarist in one of the most successful rock bands in history, things also began to get more exotic for his fishing life.
So as he travels, the gear went with him, the fish got bigger and, the adventures got more extreme. In Monsters of River and Rock, we see Smith as he seeks peace at the water’s edge no matter where in the world he happens to be. Besides them, he shares his memories with Iron Maiden as well.
The book is currently available to purchase. And an interview about his book is also down below if you are interested in it.