I've spent more time playing Iron Maiden than any other band and, as a result, Nicko McBrain has really influenced my style. His combination of speed, really cool fills & great single kick playing are not only fun to emulate, but really improve your awareness of what's possible in a more limited musical environment (unlike Tool, for example). Iron Maiden is one of the all-time greatest bands and if you're a young drummer you need to explore their catalog!!
It is critical that every drummer develop their own unique style and interpretation. Therefore, I do not memorize any song exactly. I have spent 30 years playing drums and have developed my own style, which I prefer. I keep my playing within the framework of the song and will play a part exact if that part is either iconic (like Phil Collins In The Air Tonight) or critical to the success of the song.
Thank you for watching and lots of success drumming!!