24
Feb
11

Inainte de Maiden – Povestea lui Steve Harris part 1

Stephen Percy Harris s-a nascut in data de 12 martie 1956 in Leytonstone, Anglia. La o luna dupa nasterea lui Harris, Elvis Presley debuta cu rock’n’roll-ul sau “periculos” in chart-urile muzicale americane,creand astfel o portita pentru viitoarele generatii rock. Pe masura ce Steve crestea si se indrepta cu pasi repezi spre adolescenta, existau putine dovezi asupra viitorului sau in domeniul muzical.Impreuna cu 3 surori , Steve a fost crescut mai mult de mama sa, tatal sau lucrand ca sofer de tir pentru perioade lungi de timp.

Tanarul Harris era obsedat de sport, in special fotbal , iar in 1972 cand a terminat liceul Leyton County High , a fost acceptat in randurile echipele sale preferate de fotbal, West Ham United, intr-o perioada de proba.Clubul de fotbal s-a format dintr-o coeziune cu firma Thames Ironworks and Shipbuilding Ltd si , in mod intamplator, fusese original poreclita “The Irons”.Numai in 1900 echipa si-a insusit numele de West Ham United de indata ce clubul a devenit o companie limitata, porecla schimbandu-se si ea in “The Hammers”. Cand Harris s-a alaturat clubului , “The Hammers” erau calificati intr-o pozitie destul de joasa si numai in 1975 – 1976 au putut sa se bucure de trofee. Totusi, in acest timp Harris se concentra pe muzica.

” I was on their books for about eight months and at that time I was playing every day of the week between West Ham , my Saturday and Sunday clubs, and school. I played Saturday afternoons for Melbourne Sports Reserves and on Sundays for Beaumont Youth, which is where I got “discovered” by a famous West Ham scout called Wally Serpa. I couldn’t believe it when I heard West Ham were interested. It was great , but fourteen is the wrong age really because all I wanted to do was start having a few beers and meet a few birds – which doesn’t mix with playing football. They want you in bed early and all that stuff. In a sense it disillusioned me because I thought , ” if I can’t be dedicated to the club I really love then what’s it all about? ” It did me in a bit,really. If it had been a couple years later it maybe would’ve been a different story.”

Dragostea lui Steve Harris pentru West Ham era una fanatica, dar nu indeajuns de mare  pentru a considera o cariera in fotbal . Si-a dat seama pe parcurs ca muzica i-ar putea aduce un stil de viata mai putin exigent. Un prieten al sau , Pete Dale, i-a trezit interesul pentru muzica . A inceput sa imprumute albume de la Pete – Genesis , Jethro Tull , Black Sabbath . Initial acele stiluri i s-au parut “ciudate” dar cu timpul a ajuns sa le indrageasca. Astfel ca in 1972 , la varsta de 16 ani, Steve s-a hotarat sa invete un instrument.

” Like many others, I started by learning the guitar. I even spent a few years learning the classical guitar, then I gave up because I got bored of it. In fact, I wanted to play the bass”

Influentele studiului de bass a lui Harris erau variate . In acea perioada se concentra mult pe stilul lui Chris Squire de la Yes si cel a lui John Entwistle de la The Who. Inspiratia a mai venit si de la Martin Turner ( Wishbone Ash) si Rinus Gerritsen ( Golden Earing), acesta din urma jucand un rol important in viitorul musical a lui Steve .

Harris nu a luat lectii de bass , a preferat sa invete singur dupa albumele sale preferate : “I used to listen to early Free, early Sabbath, stuff like that. I liked some of the Free bass lines, fairly simple, but really nice technique.”

A compus primul sau cantec la 16 ani – Burning Ambition – care mai tarziu va aparea pe single-ul de debut Iron Maiden – Running Free din 1980.

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