"In fact, we had to make the decision for him. When we asked him if the success of his band, ASAP, and of his album, Silver And Gold, would make him leave Iron Maiden, he didn't want to give a straight answer, which was for us a positive answer. We didn't really fire Adrian, we only made him face his responsibilities, and he had the choice. You know, when something's not quite right within a band, you have to find a solution right away, as painful as it may be."

Nicko McBrain talking about Adrian Smith's departure, November 1990.