Legends at Drummerzone uploaded a full video of last year’s “An Evening With Nicko McBrain” event at The UK Drum Show in Manchester, United Kingdom.
McBrian is known to use single bass drum throughout his musical career.
When asked about refusing to use double bass playing, he said:
“I was quoted years ago saying it’s very undrummerish, it’s very unmusical. And I really spoke out of turn, because it’s not that. I just felt that I didn’t wanna use two, because I found one was hard enough.
“Why compound the issue with two? But in fact, when you learn to play with two bass drums and you use your left limb, it becomes easier to do quarter-note fills and stuff like that… So I just thought, ‘I’m not gonna use two. I’ve been practicing on one forever.’ And I just didn’t have that gene in me that said, ‘Yeah, go for it.’ I mean, I’ve sat at home and played with a double pedal, and believe me, once you get into it, it’s very hard to remove yourself from it, ’cause you start thinking, ‘Oh, that sounds really good.’
[Laughs] So I decided — made a conscious decision not to go with two bass drums or one bass drum with two pedals. I have used a double-bass pedal on a song called ‘Face In The Sand’ off ‘Dance Of Death’.”
“So, the double-pedal thing, it’s like anything else — you practice it and you get through it and it’s not a chore. And when it is, then you think, ‘Well, I have to use two,’ like I did in ‘Face In The Sand’. Adrian [Smith, MAIDEN guitarist] wanted a particular rhythm to it; I tried it on one [but] my stamina wasn’t there.”