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Steve 'Loopy' Newhouse

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Just over a month ago I posted a little blog about Iron Maiden recording the Spaceward Demo, which as we all now know, became 'The Soundhouse Tapes'. And of course, if it hadn't been for the success of the Soundhouse Tapes, then where would Iron Maiden be now?

Ultimately, the demo led to the band playing bigger venues, getting Rod Smallwood on board as their manager, and eventually conquering the world.

So, why am I back a month later, talking about the same subject again?

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Two things:


The photo of Paul Cairns with the rest of the band, standing outside the pub next to the studio was not doctored in any way. Nelson, Paul's dog taking centre stage, was a clue. I actually remember Paul saying he had slept in his van, and Nelson had kept him warm. I have no idea what triggered this memory, but I'm stuck with it now.


Paul's account of his part in the recording of the Demo, according to Stjepan Juras' book, 'The Clairvoyant'.

In the book, Stjepan was contacted by Ricardo Lira, a Brazilian fan, who questioned the guitar sounds and suggested there must have been another guitarist involved at the time.

Stjepan did his homework, and finally managed to get in touch with Paul Cairns.

Paul's very detailed account of the part he played on each track was enough to get me thinking that the only way he would know this stuff was if he was actually there.

My problem with the whole thing was the involvement of Paul Cairns. It now appears I may be wrong.

What follows is something I found on Facebook recently. But, before I post this, I must add that I have tried to contact the band to get some kind of response. I have even tried to get some kind of response from Paul himself. Neither has come back to me, which is expected from Maiden, but not from Paul Cairns.

If the guy wants recognition for his work, I can help. If not, then why bother...

Read on.

Paul Cairns > Nicko McBrain

"Hi Nico..Paul "Mac" Cairns here..also a born again brother in saved 6 years ago,our local bapist church here in Dover, Kent UK(Salem baptist Church Dover)...I was a member and guitarist in Iron Maiden back when Doug Samson was the drummer,passed the to speak! fact it is me And my guitar intro's that the world first heard about IRON MAIDEN. played intro on PROWLER.... listen to the start of "Prowler"..and also on all those tracks that followed ,eg..2nd solo on Strange World etc..all me man.. featured on "The SoundhouseTapes"..which we cut on a chilly new years eve at Spaceward Studios(I never knew why I was not given any recognision,it certainly was not Dave that played all guitar parts..noway,I did my part in the studio,you can hear my guitar parts easy,they are very different to Dave' the time I was still am a huge Jimmy Page fan..all my guitar parts on the demo ...Strange World second solo..Invasion etc.......Nico,will you PLEASE do me a small favour,and I would be very very thrilled and pleased..would you tell Steve H and Dave M... that I would be honoured and very humbled to be recognized as a member IRON MAIDEN that actually played on THE SOUNDHOUSE TAPES at Spaceward Studios,way back on that chilly December New Years Eve... in 1978... and what that tape subsequently produced for the band, via Nea Kay's efforts,...namely deserved worlwidesuccess,Steve's great songwritingskills,a skilled band of troubadours,who could have even guessed.. .at those early sessions at Spaceward Studios,Ruskin gigs etc...etc..and so...Rock on brother Nico...give all praise and glory to the great to meet up with you one day ..God Bless ..Paul .email: some early pics of Maiden to show you...scary!!!)

"see my band on ...southern country rocks ...(gotta love those country licks"

Paul even left his home phone number at the end of his rant, but I have removed it for his own protection.

What Paul also failed to realise is not one of the members of the current Iron Maiden line up have a Facebook account i.e. Steve Harris has a Greek email address... go figure.

I can't help feeling that this is a cry for help.

Why wait 30 odd years to make a claim about what happened?

Why is Paul talking to a brick wall when I have all the contacts he needs?

And why have I just posted another two and a half pages on Paul Cairns when I have Maiden stuff to post?

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Wacken Winter Nights 2018 takes place between February 23rd and 25th 2018 and the great news is that you can now experience a full-on, top class German Metal Festival easily and affordably.

It only takes an hour to fly to Hamburg from London and we've had longer journeys than that within the capital and they were certainly more expensive than the £33 air ticket that just appeared in our 'flights to Wacken Winter Nights' search.


Wacken Winter Nights is organised by the same team who are responsible for the world's greatest Metal festival, Wacken-Open-Air and the 2018 bill includes Skyclad, Orphaned Land, Elvenking, Finntroll, Grave Digger, Aeverium, Comes Vagantes, Coppelius, Corvus Corax, Die Pressgëng, Elvellon, Heimataerde, Hell-O-Matic, Ignis Fatuu, Ingrimm, Irdorath, Johnny Deathshadow, Krayenzeit, Letzte Instanz, Mr Hurley und die Pulveraffen, Pampatut, Pat Razket, Schandmaul, Sündenrausch, The Aberlour's, The Moon And The Nightspirit, Torfrock, Visions Of Atlantis, Vroudenspil, Wind Rose and more.

Besides this rich billing of superb Metal bands, there is so much more to see in the festival area including the medieval market and also the walking acts and jugglers you will meet at the theme worlds, including Robert Blake, three-time World Cup winner of street magic.

Wacken Winter Nights is something not to be missed and you can check out the amazing ticket and accommodation prices right here.

We just priced up the whole four day trip with hotels, flights, shuttles and festival tickets for less than £300 and we don't think you will get a better value festival than that, anywhere.


MetalTalk recently sat down with Wacken founder and owner Thomas Jensen and that interview will be online next week and it's a fascinating insight into how Wacken originated from nothing to become the world's premiere Heavy Metal event.


Wacken 2018 takes place from 2nd to 4th August 20218 and as with Wacken Winter Nights, if you have never experienced all it has to offer, then you owe it to yourself to remedy that.

Already announced for Wacken 2018 are Judas Priest, Nightwish, Running Wild (exclusive), Arch Enemy, Dirkschneider, Doro (Special Anniversary Show), In Extremo, Sepultura, Amorphis, Amaranthe, Firewind, W.A.R., Belphegor, Mantar, Knorkator, Deserted Fear, Watain, Night Demon, Epica, Knorkator, Belphegor, Firewind, Deserted Fear and many more and we'll have more Wacken 2018 announcements during December.

As well as being the greatest Heavy Metal festival in the world, it is without a doubt the Mecca of Metal and the one thing that every single person who loves our music should have on their bucket list.

For 2018, MetalTalk have joined forces with Wacken-Open-Air to help you get to Wacken easily and inexpensively and you can peruse the ticket and travel options right here.

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