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Name: David Michael Murray
Born: December 23, 1956 Edmonton , London , England
Genre(s) Heavy metal
Affiliation(s) Iron Maiden
Label(s) EMI
Notable guitars: Fender Stratocaster
Years active 1975 - present

David Michael Murray is guitarist and songwriter best known as one of the original members Iron Maiden. He joined the band just two months after their inception in 1975.

As a boy, Murray was a fanatical football player and fan as well as a keen cricketer. But his family was poor his father was disabled and his mother worked part-time as a cleaner and the family never settled anywhere long enough for Murray to establish himself in any of the schools' teams he could have played for. By his reckoning, he had been to a dozen different schools by the time he left for good at the age of 16

Murray developed an interest in rock when he was 15 after hearing "Voodoo Child" by Jimi Hendrix on the radio. He got his first guitar and formed his first band, a trio called Stone Free. This band also included Adrian Smith (Guitar/Vocals) who would later become a member of Iron Maiden.

From there, Murray had played with a number of different bands before meeting Steve Harris and joining Iron Maiden for the first time in 1976. Murray was fired from the band briefly following an argument with then vocalist Dennis Wilcock. Murray rejoined Smith in a band called Urchin. During this short tenure with the band he recorded one single titled "Black Leather Fantasy". Following the single Murray left Urchin and returned to Iron Maiden as Wilcock had left the band during Murray 's hiatus.

Murray 's guitar style throughout his career has been mainly of the legato based solo variety. This can be seen in songs from their first self titled album, such as "Phantom of the Opera", to songs from their latest release A Matter of Life and Death, such as the new single "The Reincarnation of Benjamin Breeg". Murray 's sound and style can be distinguished from Janick Gers' and Adrian Smith's style, mostly because of his frequent use of the neck pickup. Murray has also written for the band, though not often compared to some of the other band members. Usually leaving lyrics to someone else, he has written songs such as "The Prophecy" and "Charlotte the Harlot".

Murray and Steve Harris are the only members of Iron Maiden to have appeared on every one of the band's albums. Dave recently had his birthday on stage at Earls Court on the 23rd of December (2006) where he had 'Happy Birthday' sung to him by the crowd and band.

In his spare time Murray is an avid golfer, as seen in the Rock in Rio DVD. Murray and his wife Tamar have one daughter named Tasha.

Equipment

Throughout his career, Murray has used and endorsed Marshall Amplifiers and has used Fender Stratocasters almost exclusively. His black 1957 Strat (used from circa 1976-1990) now resides in a glass case at his home. Although he has been seen with the occasional Gibson, ESP, or acoustic, Murray 's primary instrument has primarily been a Stratocaster. He used the DiMarzio Super Distortion and [PAF] in his strats before switching to Seymour Duncan JB's and Hot Rails in the 1990's.

Guitars

3 Fender Custom Shop Stratocasters with Floyd Rose tremolo systems.

Guitar Specs

Ernie Ball Strings(.009, .011, .014, .024, .032, .042)

Seymour Duncan Hot Rails Pickups

Guitar Effects, Controllers and Processors

Dunlop Wah Controller

Rocktron All-Access Foot Controller

Amplifiers

280-Watt Straight-Front Marshall 4x12s Loaded with Celestion G12 "Vintage" 75-Watt Speakers

Two Marshall JCM 2000 DSL100 Dual Super Lead Amplifiers

Units and Tuners

Boss Tu-12H Digital Tuner

Peterson 490 Autostrobe Tuner

Shure U4D UHF Wireless Unit

Dunlop DCR-1SR Rack CryBaby Wah

Custom-Built Pete Cornish Routing and Power Supply Units

Marshall JMP-1 Valve Midi Preamp

Marshall JFX-1 Effect Unit

Reference: Guitar World January 2007

 

Discography

Iron Maiden

Iron Maiden (1980)

Killers (1981)

The Number of the Beast (1982)

Piece of Mind (1983)

Powerslave (1984)

Live After Death (1985)

Somewhere in Time (1986)

Seventh Son of a Seventh Son (1988)

No Prayer for the Dying (1990)

Fear of the Dark (1992)

A Real Live One (1993)

A Real Dead One (1993)

Live at Donington (1993)

The X Factor (1995)

Virtual XI (1998)

Brave New World (2000)

Rock in Rio (2002)

Dance of Death (2003)

Death on the Road (2005)

A Matter of Life and Death (2006)

Flight 666 (2009)

The Final Frontier (2010)

Guest appearances

Hear 'n Aid (1985) "Stars"

Psycho Motel (1997) "With You Again"

 

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