Senin, 11 April 2011

Janick Gers

Janick Robert Gers (pronounced /'jæn?k 'g??rz/) (born 27 January 1957, Hartlepool, England) is an English musician, best known for his work with Iron Maiden and earlier with Gillan. Janick lives in Yarm, Teesside. His father, Boleslaw (known as Bob), was an officer of the Polish Navy.

Career and Personal Life

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 joined Gogmagog which included former Iron Maiden vocalist Paul Di'Anno and drummer Clive Burr. Gers also performed with other artists including former Marillion vocalist Fish. In 1990, he played guitar on the first solo album of Iron Maiden vocalist Bruce Dickinson, Tattooed Millionaire. In March 1990, 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. Gers, along with Dave Murray are the only 2 guitarists to ever play with all 3 Iron Maiden recording vocalists, though Murray is the only one to do so as a member of Iron Maiden. Gers' playing style uses heavy distortion and is noted for having a very raw tone.

Gers is also left-handed although he plays guitar right-handed; as seen at the Rock In Rio DVD signing autographs. Gers' main influences are Ritchie Blackmore, Jeff Beck and Irish blues guitarist Rory Gallagher. He is noted for his energetic stage presence. He occasionally does tricks with his guitar, such as spinning it around his body while playing, or throwing it into the air before catching it.

After Gillan, Gers returned to university to complete a degree in sociology. He has a daughter named Sian Gers.Gers had an uncredited cameo role in the BBC drama The Paradise Club in 1990, appearing as the guitarist of Fraud Squad. He also appeared as himself in the Iron Maiden fan-made documentary Maiden Heaven in 2010.

Musical equipment

Gers is a long-time proponent of the Fender Stratocaster. His Stratocasters are typically black or white with rosewood fingerboards. He uses Seymour Duncan JB Jr.(currently) or Hot Rails (early 1990s) pickups. His favourite guitar over the years has been a black Fender Stratocaster, equipped with JB Jr. pickups. Gers uses four different Fender Stratocasters and also a Gibson Chet Atkins semi-acoustic model for songs such as "Dance of Death". Like his bandmate Dave Murray, Gers currently uses the Marshall JMP-1 preamp through a Marshall 9200 (discontinued) poweramp. He uses Ernie Ball Regular Slinky Nickel-wound guitar strings. He does not use the B strings, however, so the strings go 10-10-17-26-36-46.


Iron Maiden

•    1990: No Prayer for the Dying
•    1992: Fear of the Dark
•    1995: The X Factor
•    1998: Virtual XI
•    2000: Brave New World
•    2003: Dance of Death
•    2006: A Matter of Life and Death
•    2010: The Final Frontier

Bruce Dickinson

•    1990: Tattooed Millionaire

White Spirit

•    1980: White Spirit

•    1981: Double Trouble
•    1982: Magic


•    1985: I Will Be There EP


•    1990: Vigil in a Wilderness of Mirrors

Ian Gillan

•    2006: Gillan's Inn

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