metal talk
facebook
Type band name, album name, artists name etc here...
Search all our articles by typing band name, album name, artists name etc here...
news now
metal talk






  LOOPY'S WORLD: PART FOUR - THE EARTH IS GETTING GREENER

Steve 'Loopy' Newhouse

steve newhouse

Pin It
Share |


loopyworld

Back in those days Steve Harris used to store all the band's gear in his Nan's front room in a house in Leytonstone, in the good old East End of London. But feeling that things were moving quickly, Steve managed to arrange a loan of about £3,000 and used the money wisely. We ended up with our own PA and, with Vic's help we also got the now infamous Green Goddess.

She was a GMC Redline Lorry with space in the cab for a driver and two companions. The back of the truck had more than enough room to store all the band's equipment and PA and we did a few gigs with Vic or Pete driving and two guys sitting up front, with the remainder sitting in the back with the gear.

This was obviously not the best way to travel with the rest of us huddled together, using sleeping bags and laying on the speakers or drum riser for comfort but this discomfort didn't last long. After doing a successful show at a USAF (United States Air Force) Base at Upper Heyford, Oxfordshire, things, yet again, moved quickly.

Article continues below...

   


But before I get into that, a little personal view of the gig at the Air Base.

I remember it being a really hot day. It was July 4th, Independence Day, 1979. When we arrived in the Green Goddess we had no idea what to expect. On arrival at the main gate we were given directions to the Mess Hall, where "you will deploy, and make good" (military speak for set up the band's gear). OK, we can do that, we thought.

All of a sudden things were a blur of activity. Our equipment was out of the truck and "ready to be assembled", (more military talk) and so, ready we were.

We were playing there with fellow rockers, Urchin, whose lead singer and lead guitarist, Adrian Smith, was one of Dave Murray's best friends. I also knew at this time that Steve Harris liked Adrian.

Dave had often said that Adrian was his ideal guitar partner. Steve approached Adrian a few times asking him to join the band but while Urchin was still kicking up some dust on the London circuit, Adrian kept declining.

As the event at Upper Heyford got under way, the audience went wild. Mostly young American servicemen with a few of our finest English headbangers (you know who you are) to mix things up a bit.

This was Iron Maiden's finest hour and a bit so far. I remember Dave standing on a table and doing his own rendition of Jimi Hendrix's version of Star Spangled Banner.

As expected, the crowd went mad and wanted more. I think Iron Maiden did five encores that night, and it became obvious to all of us that the American market for Heavy Metal, and Iron Maiden, was well and truly open.

But the hype was short lived after the fantastic events of the day.

One of the guys travelling with us, and had helped us at gigs a few times, but was never officially part of the crew (and will remain nameless for obvious reasons), decided it would be really funny to take a crap out the back of the truck whilst it was moving. I don't know whether this guy knew it or not but we were being followed by other vehicles, and yet, amazingly, nothing was ever reported.

It soon became obvious that nobody had any toilet paper or tissues so, being the drunk that he was, he just pulled his pants up and stunk the van out all the way back to the East End of London.

Of course, as soon as we got back to Steve's, those of us in the back complained about our old friend's behaviour and he was quickly removed from ever helping us again.

Shortly after this episode, and conveniently during a spell of rehearsals, the Green Goddess got a make-over.

A shutter was built into the side of the truck, allowing access to the side of the vehicle. Once the shutter was raised, I was gobsmacked. A partition had been built in, showing three bunk beds on the right, two bunks on the left, and a huge space above the drivers cab, enough to sleep four people side by side comfortably, but there was always five of us, so most of the time it was a squeeze.

Also, two windows had been cut in the front of the Goddess above the driver's cab so we could see where we were going. We even had a two way radio fitted, between the driver and the crew compartment, although I don't think it ever worked properly, especially in one instance I recall requesting a piss stop that I finally got over an hour later.

The space at the top above the cab was where we all felt most comfortable. I don't know if it was because we could see out of the window or if it was just pure camaraderie, but this was something special with four, sometimes five of us all huddled together in our sleeping bags. It was always such a laugh. The constant jokes and stupidity was endless.

There was this one occasion whilst lying in my sleeping bag that I just happened to look at Doug, who simply said: "Will you look into my eyes when I come?" Murray, Di'Anno and Lights were rolling around laughing, when I said, straight faced: "Go on then." That was enough to send everyone into fits of apoplexy.

And then there was the occasional brush with the law.

On one occasion we were on our way to do a gig in Newport, Gwent when our journey along the M4 seemed to go horribly wrong. Having missed our exit, Vic decided it would be a good idea to cut across the central reservation, into the oncoming traffic and basically did a u-turn. On the M4???? Of course, it didn't take long for the police to turn up and pull us over.

With Pete, Vic and Steve sitting in the cab and the rest of us watching through the windows above, the whole situation didn't take long to get resolved. Vic got a slap on the wrist, but that was all.

I think what remained with me more than anything was the look on the Officer's face as he looked up at the front of the van and realised there was five of us looking back.

We were quickly sent on our way with a warning. Now, I'm not really sure if the Officer felt intimidated by us watching him, but it was definitely one of the funnier moments of our time spent in the Green Goddess.

Bless her, she got us to places all over the country and, the way things were going, she didn't have a choice. At the time, with popularity gaining momentum, we were being sent from places like Blackpool to Aberdeen overnight and then back to Liverpool the following evening.

This sort of gigging was the way it was done back in those days. We were getting our gigs through an agency, which would just find us slots anywhere. Much later we got an agency that could find us four or five gigs in close proximity and therefore make a tour worth doing, financially at least. But it took over a year to get that sorted out.

Whilst in Birkenhead doing a gig with a million stairs (in fact I think it was called the Stairway Club, but they forgot to mention the million bit), Paul, using his charm, managed to chat up two local girls and it seemed we were all going to get cleaned up.

Most of us hadn't had a bath in weeks and our sleeping bags were beginning to smell really bad. Initially, these two young ladies were going to take us back to their place and let us all have a shower, until somebody said something about who was going to get shagged first, and the two girls buggered off and left us to fend for ourselves.

Living off our wits with an extremely limited budget, something had to give.

Being the last date of a mini tour, there was only one thing left to do and the decision was unanimous. We drove straight back to London that night and it was agreed that we would come off the road for a while to recharge our batteries, rehearse the new material that Steve had been working on, and ultimately, look for a second guitarist.

Click here for the Loopyworld index for the rest of this amazing story...




26.11.12



Pin It
Share |







 
fm FM ANNOUNCE EUROPEAN TOUR FOR 2015/2016
Eleven countries and twenty seven dates for the mighty FM...

black stone cherry BLACK STONE CHERRY RELEASE LIVE DVD FILMED IN BIRMINGHAM, UK
The release showcases the band's long-standing love affair with their British audience...

black sabbath BLACK SABBATH ANNOUNCE 'THE END' WITH FINAL TOUR DATES
North America, Australia and New Zealand dates already declared with more to follow...

arthur brown ARTHUR BROWN PRESENTS THE WORLD'S FIRST PERFORMANCE OF "BRAIN MUSIC" ON SEPTEMBER 12TH
Arthur Brown, the innovator and pioneer, presents 'Psychosonic', another astonishing first with the marriage of brain waves and technology...

stonewire STONEWIRE ANNOUNCE UK TOUR FOR AUTUMN 2015
A welcome return to the road for StoneWire - gutsy passionate blues rock at its best...

ugly kid joe UGLY KID JOE ANNOUNCE NEW ALBUM AND UK TOUR
After a 19 year break the chemistry flows so well it's as though they never left...

desertfest FIRST ACTS ANNOUNCED FOR DESERTFEST LONDON 2016
Electric Wizard will headline, with Elder, Conan and more...

bernie torme GUITAR LEGEND BERNIE TORMÉ RELEASES NEW ALBUM 'BLACKHEART' ON 2nd OCTOBER AND ANNOUNCES UK TOUR
"We will be doing some new stuff, but also plenty of the old classic tracks from Gillan and other parts of my nefarious past..."

therion THERION CONFIRM NEW SINGER BEFORE THEIR NEXT APPEARANCE AT THE FEMME METAL FESTIVAL IN THE NETHERLANDS
The Swedish symphonic Metallers welcome Chiara Malvestiti to the line up...

opensight OPENSIGHT UNVEIL FINAL DETAILS FOR EP LAUNCH GIG
The gig will take place on 4th September at The Black Heart, Camden...

absolva ABSOLVA REVEAL FIRST VIDEO FROM THEIR FORTHCOMING NEW ALBUM
The mighty Absolva have revealed 'No One Escapes' as the first video and song from the forthcoming 'Never A Good Day To Die' album...

nicko mcbrain AN AUDIENCE WITH NICKO McBRAIN ANNOUNCED FOR THIS SUNDAY IN LONDON
Nicko will not be doing any drumming at the event but it will a chance for fans to meet the legend up close and personal...

lemmy MOTORHEAD 40th ANNIVERSARY TOUR ALL GOING WRONG AS ANOTHER GIG IS PULLED AFTER THREE SONGS
Lemmy let out a sigh and announced: "I can't do it", before leaving the stage with the rest of the band...

edagr winter EDGAR WINTER ANNOUNCES EUROPEAN TOUR
"Are Y'all ready for The Monster?" Edgar Winter hits European shores including a UK date in December...

ghost GHOST ANNOUNCE UK LEG OF EUROPEAN HEADLINE TOUR
Prepare for the full Ghost experience with tickets available from 4th September...

iron maiden IRON MAIDEN RELEASE VIDEO GAME BASED ON 'SPEED OF LIGHT'
This is your chance to control Eddie Donkey Kong style...

lemmy MOTORHEAD PULL SALT LAKE CITY CONCERT AFTER FOUR SONGS
A statement on the official Motorhead Facebook page said: "The people are great, but the air is just too thin..."

heavy metal kids HEAVY METAL KIDS ANNOUNCE GARY HOLTON TRIBUTE GIG
The show marks the 30th anniversary of Gary's death. He passed away at the age of 33 due to his excessive rock 'n roll lifestyle...

the sword THE SWORD TO COMMENCE UK TOUR IN SEPTEMBER
The tour is in support of their fifth album 'High Country'...

wolf GENTLEMANS PISTOLS ANNOUNCE LONDON SHOW AT THE UNDERWORLD
"We hope you can dust off the Monday blues and join us for a debauched evening of wine, whiskey and song..."

wolf WOLF ANNOUNCE TOUR WITH ENFORCER
"This package is so much Metal that everyone coming to the shows will have a hard time passing airport security and metal detectors for a foreseeable future..."

jared james nichols JARED JAMES NICHOLS TO RELEASE 'HIGHWAYMAN' EP
The EP features the new single 'We're An American Band'...

michael monroe MICHAEL MONROE REVEALS 'BLACKOUT STATES' ARTWORK + CO-HEADLINE TOUR WITH HARDCORE SUPERSTAR
"It has all the ingredients of a perfect rock n' roll record - strong melodic songs with great meaningful lyrics that defy all clichés..."

turbowolf TURBOWOLF ANNOUNCE UK, EUROPE & US TOUR DATES
"Seeing all your wonderful faces, staring into those expectant eyes, and giving you all exactly what you're looking for, and maybe a little bit more..."

mike shinoda MIKE SHINODA'S FORT MINOR TO PLAY FIRST LONDON SHOW IN 10 YEARS
Shinoda will fit in these special one man shows around Linkin Park's European tour...

babymetal BABYMETAL TO HEADLINE WEMBLEY ARENA NEXT APRIL
Can't wait till April? Two new live DVD releases have also been confirmed for October release...

cats in space CATS IN SPACE ANNOUNCE THE RELEASE OF DEBUT ALBUM 'TOO MANY GODS' FOR OCTOBER 2015
Welcome to a new brand of Power Pop Rock from a band with a stellar CV...

nightwish NIGHTWISH TO RELEASE 'ENDLESS FORMS MOST BEAUTIFUL' TOUR EDITION
The special edition is released on October 30th and comes with a DVD stuffed to the brim with bonus features...

iron maiden IRON MAIDEN ANNOUNCE MASSIVE 2016 WORLD TOUR
The new Ed Force One will take the band, crew and over 12 tons of equipment more than 55,000 miles (88,500km) around the planet...

glenn hughes BREAKING NEWS: GENE SIMMONS' HOME SEARCHED UNDER WARRANT IN CONNECTION WITH CHILD PORNOGRAPHY INVESTIGATION
Police have confirmed that neither the Kiss bass player or any members of his family are considered to be suspects in the investigation...

glenn hughes GLENN HUGHES UNVEILS OFFICIAL PHOTO OF NEW BAND
Glenn hits the UK for live shows in October. "There is no greater high than performing and to reach out to my fans..."

gentlemans pistols GENTLEMANS PISTOLS PREMIERE NEW TRACK 'THE SEARCHER' ONLINE
"The song is about becoming apathetic towards things you once enjoyed and searching for where you are going in life..."

vreid NEW ALBUM FROM NORWEGIAN METALLERS VREID IS RELEASED IN OCTOBER
"This is the definition of our lives and heritage...the fire burns stronger than ever..."

napalm death NAPALM DEATH JOIN UK LEG OF "DEATHCRUSHER" TOUR
The Deathcrusher tour contains the very best in Grindcore...

blitzkrieg EXCLUSIVE: BLITZKRIEG RELEASE 30TH ANNIVERSARY EDITION OF 'A TIME OF CHANGES'
The classic album has been completely re-recorded and contains two bonus tracks...

w.a.s.p. W.A.S.P. PREMIERE NEW SONG - 'LAST RUNAWAY'
"The song is an intensely personal account of what happened to me, not only then but over the years and the success that followed after..."

nervosa NERVOSA UNLEASH NEW VIDEO FOR 'INTO MOSHPIT'
The band are currently on tour in the UK...

metal allegiance METAL ALLEGIANCE POST STUDIO TRAILER FOR 'DESTINATION: NOWHERE'
The track features Matt Heafy on vocals and guitar. A special launch show has been arranged to celebrate the album release...

uriah heep URIAH HEEP STAGE CLASSIC REUNION WITH CORE MEMBERS OF THE CLASSIC 1970S LINE-UP
Ken Hensley and Lee Kerslake are welcomed to the Moscow Crocus in October for the exclusive event...

rage against the machine RAGE AGAINST THE MACHINE 'LIVE AT FINSBURY PARK' TO BE RELEASED
The free concert held after the success of the Christmas Number One campaign is now available in a quality package...

helloween HELLOWEEN ANNOUNCE LONDON FORUM SHOW FOR FEBRUARY 2016
"We feel pleased and honoured to yet again come to London UK..."

monkees THE MONKEES PLAY LONDON HAMMERSMITH EVENTIM APOLLO ON SEPTEMBER 4th
The set will include selections from the pyschedelic cult classic 'Head'...

rammstein RAMMSTEIN UNLEASH NEW 'RAMMSTEIN IN AMERIKA' DOCUMENTARY AND 'LIVE FROM MADISON SQUARE GARDEN' DVD
The incredible package is immaculately filmed and bursting with content...

amulet AMULET LAUNCH VIDEO FOR 'BLOODY NIGHT' & ANNOUNCE TOUR DATES
Be prepared for a Heavy Metal attack...

guitar of your dreams MAKE'N MUSIC ANNOUNCES $3,250 GUITAR GIVEAWAY
Calling all guitarists - there isn't a cooler giveaway throughout the entire industry...

dan patlansky JOE SATRIANI EXTENDS EUROPEAN TOUR WITH DAN PATLANSKY AS SPECIAL GUEST
This part of the tour now encompasses 10 countries, 25 shows and 33 days...

tad morose TAD MOROSE TO TOUR EUROPE IN SEPTEMBER WITH SILENT CALL
The Swedish double bill celebrates the release of Tad Morose's new album 'St Demonius'...

iron maiden IRON MAIDEN PREMIERE VIDEO FOR 'SPEED OF LIGHT'
The brand new track is taken from 'The Book Of Souls' double album due out on September 4th...

pentagram PENTAGRAM ANNOUNCE UK AND EUROPE SHOWS
"We all are itching to perform some of our songs off of our new album 'Curious Volume' for you..."

born again BORN AGAIN - HEAVY METAL SOUNDHOUSE DAYS REVISTED AT THE BLACK HEART CAMDEN
Relive the glory days on the 22nd August with the best music around...

wildfire FIRST BANDS ANNOUNCED FOR WILDFIRE FESTIVAL 2016
Scotland's stellar Rock and Metal festival starts the buzz for 2016 with six quality names...

hotei HOTEI TO RELEASE DEBUT INTERNATIONAL ALBUM 'STRANGERS' ON OCTOBER 16TH
With an impressive range of guests, the world renowned Japanese guitarist and songwriter unleashes an epic album...

rich robinson RICH ROBINSON ANNOUNCES ACOUSTIC TOUR FOR SEPTEMBER / OCTOBER 2015
The Black Crowes' guitarist presents a stripped down, storytelling evening...

sonic syndicate SONIC SYNDICATE ANNOUNCE NEW BASS PLAYER AFTER THE DEPARTURE OF KARIN AXELSSON
The band premiere the new line up with the profound video for 'Diabolical Work Of Art'...

motorhead MOTÖRHEAD ADD EXTRA LONDON SHOW TO 2016 EUROPEAN TOUR WITH SAXON AND GIRLSCHOOL
We suggest ear-plugs and fortitude, because Lemmy, Phil and Mikkey are more intent than ever on showing at great volume that they are Motörhead and they play rock n' roll...

venrez VENREZ PREMIERE NEW LYRIC VIDEO AHEAD OF MICHAEL SCHENKER EUROPEAN TOUR
'Children Of The Drones' is the title track of the new album...

majesty GHOST PREMIERE 'MAJESTY' FROM FORTHCOMING ALBUM 'MELIORA'
Papa Emeritus III and his nameless ghouls will return to North America and Europe with a tour this autumn...

imperial state electric IMPERIAL STATE ELECTRIC SUPPORT GRAVEYARD & RELEASE NEW ALBUM
The release of Imperial State Electric's 'Honk Machine' brings their live show to the UK for the first time...

chantel mcgregor CHANTEL McGREGOR ANNOUNCES HER NEW ALBUM 'LOSE CONTROL' AND UK TOUR DATES
After four years of touring and festival appearances, Chantel returns with a vengeance with ten new songs...

lynne jackaman SOUL-ROCK SONGSTRESS JACKAMAN PERFORMS NEW EP 'NO HALO' LIVE IN LONDON
The show at Camden's Barfly on September 24th is set to be memorable for all the right reasons...

steve hackett STEVE HACKETT RELEASES THIRD REHEARSAL VIDEO CLIP FOR 40TH ANNIVERSARY TOUR IN OCTOBER
Preparations appear to be going very well indeed...

steve n seagulls STEVE'N'SEAGULLS ANNOUNCE THE SEAGULL HAS LANDED UK TOUR & NEW VIDEO
Anyone for hillbillified Iron Maiden...?

gentlemans pistols GENTLEMANS PISTOLS ANNOUNCE TRACK LISTING AND UNVEIL THE ARTWORK FOR 'HUSTLER'S ROW'
"A turbulent voyage of the sweetest sufferings and the most inexpensive of thrills..."

queensryche QUEENSRŸCHE REVEAL ALBUM COVER ART AND TRACK-LISTING FOR 'CONDITION HÜMAN'
The hard rock giants continue to thrill with their latest offering...

udo U.D.O. SAYS FINAL FAREWELL TO ACCEPT'S CATALOGUE
In a surprise announcement Udo Dirkschneider has confirmed that he will no longer play songs from the Accept library after one final tour...

operation mindcrime OPERATION: MINDCRIME REVEAL 'RE-INVENTING THE FUTURE', THE FIRST SINGLE FROM NEW ALBUM
The release from Geoff Tate's current project marks the first of a trilogy of albums...


metal talk
© All written site content is copyright MetalTalk.net 2008-2015, unless otherwise stated, and is not to be used without prior permission.
Ads raid data recovery