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Linda McDonald is the drummer of the all-female tribute band The Iron Maidens (billed as the "World's Only Female Tribute to Iron Maiden"). In addition, she is a member of the Ozzy Osbourne tribute band The Little Dolls (billed as "All Female, All Ozzy, All The Time...Covering All Eras Of Ozzy") and the cover bands Valley Dolls and [407964]. Prior to those works, McDonald was the drummer/co-founder of the all-female heavy metal band Phantom Blue from its inception in 1987 to its demise in 2001.


Of Irishmarker and Japanesemarker descent, Linda McDonald was inspired to take up instruments after listening to her brother's copy of Iron Maiden's Maiden Japan live EP. While she took up piano, guitar and violin, her self-taught drumming skills stood out the most. Following a short stint with a three-piece female band called Andromeda, McDonald became a founding member of Phantom Blue. And while the band found some success with their self-titled debut album in 1989, the rest of their career was marred by instability with management, record labels and numerous personnel changes. By the late 1990s, McDonald was the only original member of Phantom Blue. Their last recording was the EP Full Blown (1998) before they went their separate ways in 2001.

Shortly after Phantom Blue's demise, McDonald - along with fellow band mate Josephine Soegijanty and ex- Bandit member Sara Marsh - joined vocalist Jenny Warren and bassist Melanie Sisneros to form The Iron Maidens, an all-female tribute band to Iron Maiden. McDonald and Marsh have remained the original band members since then. As a member of The Iron Maidens, McDonald's stage name is "Nikki McBurrain," an amalgamation of Iron Maiden's former drummer Clive Burr and their current drummer Nicko McBrain. And much like McBrain with his drum kit, McDonald has hers decorated with a Sooty puppet.

In addition to The Iron Maidens, McDonald and Marsh are members of The Little Dolls, an all-female tribute band to Ozzy Osbourne. The band is named after a song from Osbourne's 1981 album Diary of a Madman. For this band, McDonald's stage name is "Brandy Castillo," named after the late Randy Castillo. The Little Dolls' cover of "I Don't Know" is featured on the 2006 various artists compilation album Girls Got Rhythm!. McDonald also drums for the female cover bands Valley Dolls and Unholy Pink (featuring Marsh and fellow Maidens guitarist Courtney Cox).

Aside from Clive Burr and Nicko McBrain, McDonald also cites Simon Phillips, John Bonham, Alex Van Halen and Phil Collins among her influences. Her musical preferences vary from Barry Manilow to System of a Down.

McDonald, along with The Iron Maidens bandmates Sara Marsh and Courtney Cox, joined former Phantom Blue members Kim Nielsen-Parsons, Gigi Hangach and Tina Wood for a reunion at a benefit concert on May 26, 2009 at the Whisky a Go Gomarker in Hollywood, Californiamarker. The concert was for the benefit of brain research in memory of Phantom Blue co-founder Michelle Meldrum, who died of a cystic growth in her brain on May 21, 2008.


Phantom Blue

The Iron Maidens

The Little Dolls


Equipment Endorsers

Linda McDonald is currently endorsed by Paiste cymbals; Vic Firth drum sticks; Drum Workshop drums, pedals and hardware; Coffin Case and Monster Energy Drink. In the past, she used Tama drums while touring with Phantom Blue.


Linda has been featured in The Los Angeles Times, Guitar World, Metal Edge, Modern Drummer, DRUM! Magazine, Kerrang, Rip, Aardshock, Metal Hammer, L.A. Weekly, L.A. New Times, OC Weekly, Chicago Local Live Magazine, Portland Tribune, Playboy, Hustler, Orange County Register, The National Enquirer, FHM, Maxim, two MTV videos, ABC’s Livin’ Large TV Show, 54321 on Fox Sports Net, two Hard N' Heavy video magazine episodes, Gibson Lifestyle , KCAL-TVmarker's 9 on the Town, and The Tonight Show with Jay Leno.


  1. Phantom Blue - Linda McDonald's Bio
  2. Drum! Magazine No. 132, June 2007
  3. The Little Dolls - Linda McDonald
  4. Linda McDonald's MySpace Profile
  5. The Iron Maidens Forums - Phantom Blue Reunion Show on May 26, 2009.
  6. All Access Magazine - Girls Got Rhythm
  7. Gibson Lifestyle - Meet the World's Only All-Female Iron Maiden Tribute Band

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