White Wizzard released a cover of Iron Maiden’s classic “Flight Of Icarus” where the music video is also a tribute to the iconic British band. Mikey Dean Gremio, a singer that has toured with the band several times, handles the lead vocals.
“During Covid, I’ve been writing songs for a new White Wizzard album, and in the meantime, we thought it would be fun to do a couple of covers”, says band leader Jon Leon. “As many know, LaRue and I were Iron Maiden fanatics as kids, and it’s clear that they are one of White Wizzard’s biggest inspirations. I wanted to do something from Piece Of Mind because it was always my fave album by them, but instead of doing a more progressive song, I felt ‘Flight Of Icarus’ would be interesting because not a lot of bands have done it. It may seem simpler on the surface, but there are a lot of hidden dynamics that were fun for all of us to discover. I feel like everyone did justice to the original while kind of putting our own stamp on it. For being self-produced and tracked in bedrooms, it’s not too shabby! We had some fun with the video too, and anyone that has seen the original should get a kick out of it.
This is also the first thing we’ve ever released with Mikey on vocals, which is pretty crazy when you consider that he has done more than double the number of White Wizzard shows live than any of our former studio vocalists. He also saved the day many times in the past when a singer would pull out of a tour at the last minute. He was always pro and never missed a show even when we were out practically 60-plus days straight, so it’s cool to be getting him on some White Wizzard recordings. Some originals will follow, and I promise they will kick maximum ass. We look forward to touring in 2022, and we will be releasing another album then. Stay tuned!”