Drummer Nicko McBrain loves God

The drummer with million-selling heavy rock band Iron Maiden has become a Christian. Nicko McBrain, who recently finished an 18-month world tour in support of the band's Brave New World album, is now a part of the worship team at Spanish River Church in Florida, USA. The 48-year-old musician became a Christian through the witness and prayers of his wife Rebecca. McBrain, while visiting the Spanish River Church, found himself weeping. "I just sat there thinking, 'I didn't drink last night…why can't I stand?'" he told Willow Creek Association News. After praying to receive Christ, he began to read the Bible hungrily. "I had this love affair with Jesus going on in my heart."


An Iron Maiden fan became a Christian after McBrain shared his testimony at a church sponsored coffee house. "The way the Holy Spirit touched that room that night was immense," McBrain said. "I've never felt that way, before or since." Though he has played before 250,000 people, McBrain said he was more nervous when he began playing with the church worship team.

 McBrain told the News that after praying, he felt that he should remain with Iron Maiden, but "there's a greater calling on my life." He is considering enrolling in some seminary classes. "Without this church and this relationship with God, I don't know where I'd be right now. I just know that I want to be able to use my life for God.”

Founding bass player Steve Harris seems to be Christian as well and has written many new songs for the band portraying God in positive light. The 2006 album "A Matter of Life and Death" has many uplifting songs about the purpose of life and finding Jesus Christ. The song "For the Greater Good of God," for example says, "Please tell me now what life is, Please tell me now what love is, Well tell me now what war is, Again tell me now

what life is. [course] For the greater good of God. He gave his life for us, He fell upon the cross. To die for all of those who never mourned his loss. It wasn't meant for us to feel the pain again. Tell me why, tell me why." The next song of the same album repeats in the course over and over, "Lucifer was just an angel led astray. Free your soul and let it fly, give your life to the Lord of Light!" Although the band is not open in interview about faith, its clear they are wising up a bit, and a once thoroughly lyrically occultic band is giving God some glory in the end.

Cross Rhythms editor Tony Cummings commented, "It's wonderful news about the conversion of Nicko McBrain, but also somewhat ironic. Back in the '80s and '90s all these books from evangelicals were appearing denouncing the music of heavy rock bands like Iron Maiden, Anthrax and Megadeth as 'satanic.' Now in the last couple of years we've seen Iron Maiden's Nicko McBrain, Anthrax's Daniel Spitz and Megadeth's Dave Mustane and Ellefson all become Christians! Thankfully, some Christians were praying rather than playing the Pharisee."