In 1990, Adrian Smith made the decision to leave Iron Maiden after joining one decade earlier and contributing to six albums. He was replaced by Janick Gers and in our recent interview discussing his new book, Monsters of River and Rock — My Life as Iron Maiden's Compulsive Angler, he recollected what it was like watching the band perform without him.
"I didn’t do anything musically for a couple years and I gradually got back into it and realized I needed to do it as it’s a big part of my life," said Smith of exiting one of metal's most successful bands 30 years ago. "I didn’t really follow Maiden," the guitarist and lifelong fisherman continued, "because I didn’t want to get hung up about it and start feeling bad. I got married, had kids, got a house and started writing my own music and I was happy."