As we reported a few weeks ago, singer, songwriter and heavy metal enthusiast Ryan Adams is set to release his latest effort Ashes & Fire in October. Adams is currently across the pond promoting the disc and paid BBC Radio 2 a visit. In addition to discussing the writing process of the albums lead single Lucky You and working with producer Glyn Johns, the former Whiskeytown front man took time to pay tribute to one of his heavy metal heroes.
Along with Lucky You, Adams performed a haunting solo-acoustic version of Iron Maiden’s 1986 classic Wasted Years. While the legendary fret work of duel axe men Dave Murray and Adrian Smith translates well to the acoustic format, it’s Adam’s vocals that really make this version stand out. Gone are the operatic shrieks of Maiden frontman Bruce Dickinson, and in their place one will find the soothing Southern vocals that Adams has perfected over the past fifteen years.
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While Adams was busy serenading Maiden’s homeland, Dickinson was busy helping Adams adopted home town of New York City. Daily Mail reports that Dickinson (who kills time between world tours by working as a commercial airline pilot) was one of the first approved for take off from Newark Airport in the wake of Hurricane Irene. Dickinson used Maiden’s Boeing 757 (known as Ed Force One) to fly 200 passengers from the states to Reykjavik, Iceland.
There is no word if Dickinson will give Adams a ride back to the state when he is finished promoting Ashes & Fire in Europe.