White Spirit is dross. Gers isn't even the worst thing about that band, go figure...
I remember being excited by the idea of Maiden with three guitarists when Adrian first came back, but I’ve been disappointed ever since. To my amateur ears, Maiden has never done anything terribly innovative with the extra guitar. Instead, they’ve just split up the guitar three ways instead of two. I don’t think Janick is bad, but he is clearly not as good as Adrian or Dave. Less Adrian and Dave is a net negative for the band.
Dr Nick said:
I can't warm to his soloing. That Gillen clip was OK, but the White Spirit stuff was just soooo sloppy - dodgy/absent vibrato, missed/dead notes, off-key bends, iffy timing...everything that annoys me. Especially on a record - no excuse. Play it again and fix it.
He’s awful but has gotten 3% less sloppy in recent years.
I never had a problem with Gers outside from the fact that he was the third guitarist...Iron Maiden wasn't a Southern Rock (or Uber-Prog) band with a need for that imo. It just seemed strange. But Janick has his moments imo. He's also kind of fun to watch sometimes.
Can you imagine if JP added a third guitarist?