The acronym stands for Adrian Smith And Project. This rock unit started off as a sideline interest for the Iron Maiden guitarist Adrian Smith (b. 27 February 1957, Hackney, London, England), under the unlikely moniker The Entire Population Of Hackney, after a jam session at the Marquee Club in 1986. He intended to use it as an outlet for more conventional songs that did not fit into the Iron Maiden concept. Recruiting guitarists Andy Barnett and Dave Colwell (who had formerly worked alongside Smith in the 70s band Urchin), bass player Robin Clayton, keyboard player Richard Young, and drummer Zak Starkey (b. 13 September 1965, London, England), they recorded the heavy rock-orientated Silver And Gold in 1989. Smith decided to leave Iron Maiden at this point to concentrate fully on his solo career. His output, however, proved uninspiring and Silver And Gold sold poorly. Smith was next seen as a guest with Iron Maiden at the Donington Festival in 1992, before forming a new band called the Untouchables. However, they did not record, and he subsequently recorded two albums with Psycho Motel before rejoining Iron Maiden at the end of the decade.
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