Ian picked up a guitar at 14 years old, taking lessons from his friend’s dad who played classically. Influenced by Queen and the New Waveof British Heavy Metal (NWOBHM) Ian was keen to write and play music, which he did through a series of popular heavy rock and metal bands in the Bristol area.
His first band was No Surrender, a classic three-piece outfit, where he sang and played bass. The rest of the 80s and 90s were taken up with live dates, recording and sound engineering, honing his stage presence with roles as both bassist (Joker’s Wild) and as a vocalist (Osmium).
12 years ago, he became part of Priest Unleashed, a renowned Judas Priest tribute act, formed to take part in a “Decade of Donnington” festival. It was through Priest Unleashed he became friends with Metallised drummer, Elliott Porter, at that time playing with Iron Maiden tribute, Powerslaves. They kept each others numbers, and when Metallised started the search for a singer, Ian was Elliott’s first recommendation.
Shure SM58A microphones
Shure wireless systems
TC Helicon effects
NWOBHM (all of it!)
You may not know this
Ian, Elliott, Nigel and Phil shared the stage many times during their time gigging in the 80s and 90s. You may not know this. Neither did they.