Janick Robert Gers started playing the guitar first when he was eleven, and he played his first gig at grade school. Then he played in a band called ‘White Spirit’, and around 1975, they turned pro – doing mostly covers of Led Zeppelin and Pink Floyd, and touring extensively in the North East of England. Gers then joined Gillan, a group formed by former Deep Purple vocalist Ian Gillan. In 1990, he played guitar on the first solo album of Iron Maiden vocalist Bruce Dickinson, Tattooed Millionaire. In March 1990, during the recording of the album, he was asked to join Iron Maiden. He has remained with the band ever since, and along with Dave Murray are the only 2 guitarists to ever play with all 3 Iron Maiden recording vocalists. Gers’ main influences are Ritchie Blackmore, Jeff Beck and Irish blues guitarist Rory Gallagher. He is noted for his energetic stage presence.