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  LOOPY'S WORLD: PART THIRTEEN C - KISS IN EUROPE PART 3

Steve 'Loopy' Newhouse

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So, knowing it was going to be a pig of a journey and not wanting to be caught out like last time, Pete, Michael and myself set off at 5.00pm for the trek north through the Dolomites towards Austria.

We had heard that a storm was coming and tried to stay ahead of it but, if I'm honest, I think we drove straight into it. With thunder and lightning going off all around us and visibility down to a few feet in front of the vehicle, we had no choice but to slow down to a snail's pace.

The thought of getting to Munich late after having a week off wasn't good, so we persevered. As slow as it was, we finally got through the storm and made our way through the Dolomites into Austria and into Munich, Germany where we met up with the rest of the band the day before the show.

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After the lazy week in Jesolo, it was time to get back to the job in hand.

We found that most border control's on this leg of the tour seemed to be much more relaxed. We came out of Italy into Austria and from Austria into Germany with no trouble at all.

And being the navigator, even though I had my big European Road Map, I found travelling in Europe so effortless. Everything was easy to read, the roads were good, and all we had to do was be there on time.

Which, to be honest, was child's play.

Although most of the shows in Germany were indoors, we did do an outdoor show, in Kassel I think, where it rained for a while. But other than that the whole German tour was a lot of fun.

The fans were amazing where ever we played but I started to notice Iron Maiden t-shirts everywhere that were not official merchandise. On this tour the official shirt was the first album cover.

Having a bit of time to spare I started to wander round the local arena and was blown away by the amount of stalls selling bootleg t-shirts.

The best part was they looked better than the official stuff, so I bought a couple. You can never have enough t-shirts.

It was strange seeing the members of Kiss without their make-up, but it became an everyday thing.

We got to know them and their crew really well over the next few months, meeting up at the same hotels, same bars etc. Plus we also got to find out a lot about the places we were visiting.

In Genoa, Italy, I had run out of cigarettes so went to find an offy (off license, drug store, tobacconist, whatever). I ended up at the docks being propositioned by a hooker who was willing to give me a fag if I gave her £20 and said that she'd given me a blow job. I went without.

Turned out there was a cigarette machine in the hotel lobby; I just hadn't seen it.

At the Forest National in Brussels the only way to access the backstage area was to reverse down a long corridor, which was fairly wide but with not much overhead clearance. Between the three of us (Pete, Michael and myself), we managed to get our truck as far back as it could go. It turned out that it was the furthest back any truck that size had ever been.

To celebrate this we wrote our names on the wall above the back stage area and added the date and time. It was still there when I went back two years later with More.

We did two nights at the Hippodrome in Paris. The venue was a huge marquee big enough to hold 15-20,000 people.

Now the main component of most of the bigger marquees is plastic, and if you can imagine 20,000 people smoking and sweating in this colossal plastic tent, then something was bound to get nasty sooner or later.

And not to disappoint, it happened on the first night. Maiden had just finished their set and we stashed the band's gear backstage ready for the show the following night.

Kiss went on stage to the opening number, 'Detroit Rock City', which incorporated two huge, and can I add, extremely loud bangs. The shockwave went up and rippled the roof. Within seconds the whole place was covered in a rain of sweat and nicotine.

Everything got covered in large brown blobs, the stage, the equipment, the band, the fans, our stuff backstage and anybody lurking within range.

Luckily the Maiden boys, Rod and all the crew, were gathered in the makeshift portacabin that served as our dressing room. When we got outside and saw the mess we all realised that the following day was going to be an early start. It took us ages to get everything back to the way it should be.

Needless to say, after the second show, we took our gear straight out of the venue to a waiting truck and packed it all away there. Once bitten, twice shy as they say.

You had to feel for the Kiss crew though; they had to work through the night to clear up the mess for the second show and then had to clear it all up again the following night.

Not that we were that bothered really. We were on our way south to Lyon.

In Lyon, Kiss were headlining a show in what I think was a Town Hall or at least a very public building, next to the river. The sun was very bright, streaming through the windows so before Kiss went on stage somebody was given the job of shutting all the curtains down one side of the building.

When Kiss tour Europe, and certainly in this case, they carry two sets of S's. They use the Gestapo SS type S's in Europe other than in Germany where they use standard S's. Both sets work the same way with rotating lights, flashing at the same time and unless you've seen it you wouldn't know the difference.

Whilst in Switzerland, Clive and I were given the opportunity to visit the Paiste factory. Clive had a deal with Paiste cymbals, and had been given the chance to test out a new cymbal called RUDE.

The RUDE cymbal was developed for drummers like Clive, the real power drummer. They were thicker than normal but still had the same ring and tone.

When we received the first batch of Rude we decided there was no time like the present to test them out. So I replaced all Clive's existing crash cymbals with RUDE's. Clive sat behind the kit and started to play.

If I remember rightly, within five minutes we heard a clunk and a two inch piece of metal hit the floor. Clive had actually shattered the side of one cymbal, hence the piece on the floor, and had split another.

"They can go back", he said. And they did.

We were picked up from Zurich station by one of the top people at the time and we were allowed to call him Bobby. It was about 40 minutes to the factory and my immediate reaction was not only how small the place was, but also how clean. Even a swear word would have messed this up.

Being a Sunday everything is shut in Switzerland. Mind you, I'm talking 1980 here. Things may have changed by now. Not been there for many years. Let's move on...

Once inside this tiny factory we were given the grand tour and shown how the cymbals were made (in theory, as all the staff were having a jolly on their day off).

I have to admit, it was interesting stuff. We got shown how they make gongs too and, as a parting gift, Clive and I were presented with miniature gongs, about a foot across, to take home. We were also given a gong to take back to the Kiss drum roadie as he couldn't make the trip.

My gong is at my Mum's flat and has proved to have been useful. It was used by Mark Stewart, the drummer for Di'Anno, when we toured with Thin Lizzy in 1983.

Now, not a lot of people know that.

Clive and I were given a lift to the station to make the four hour journey to Stuttgart to catch up with the rest of the band. When we finally arrived at the hotel all hell had broken loose.

From what I understand, Dave Murray had been on one of his benders and had tried to throw a wardrobe down the stairs of the hotel. So rock n' roll.

When Clive and I got there, we were told to stay away. There were armed police everywhere and they were trying to take Dave into custody.

I don't know what happened next but everything calmed down very quickly and Dave was left alone to sleep it off.

Thinking back to that little spat in Jesolo, it was time for the band to do their thing. Harry called the band into a meeting to get things sorted. No management, no crew, just the band.

It obviously worked as the rest of the tour went better than we could have possibly hoped.

Lasting memories? There are a few, and I might leave this open for obvious reasons.

How to flick a plectrum with stunning accuracy. Having watched the Kiss band and crew do this and learning how to do it just as well was a lot of fun. 10/10.

Watching Ace fall on his arse after a few cans of Special Brew. He didn't know the stuff existed until the UK leg of the tour. He had a whole load of the stuff shipped over to Europe and spent the rest of the tour trying to stand up.

My personal favourite is the last night 'after tour' party. I got Paul Stanley to sign a dollar bill, which I still have, somewhere. He put the star sign over the eye of Lincoln? (What do I know?). I remember the food was good, and the beer expensive.

Pete and Michael headed off for the long journey home by sea and I got booked on the flight home with the band, through personal choice I might add. Although, if I could take one thing back, I wish I had gone back by ferry.

I was in such a rush to get home to my girlfriend but nobody had bothered to tell me she'd being seeing someone else whilst I was away.

These things happen of course but, back then, it wasn't meant to happen to me. But that's what they all say, isn't it?


Click here for the Loopyworld index, including Steve's tribute to Clive Burr...




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guns n roses GUNS N' ROSES TO RELEASE 3D CONCERT 'APPETITE FOR DEMOCRACY 3D: LIVE AT THE HARD ROCK CASINO - LAS VEGAS' INTERNATIONALLY
This is the first official Guns N' Roses live concert film since 1992's 'Use Your Illusion' concert video and features brand new live performances of classic GN'R tracks...

blues pills BLUES PILLS KICK OFF THEIR HEADLINING EUROPEAN TOUR
The three month tour takes in seven UK dates, including an upgraded venue in Manchester...

tesseract TESSERACT SIGN TO KSCOPE
The band have a new creative energy after reuniting with singer Dan Tompkins and have already written half of their third album, the follow up to 'Altered State', slated for a 2015 release...

primordial PRIMORDIAL TO RELEASE NEW FULL-LENGTH THIS NOVEMBER VIA METAL BLADE RECORDS
"We feel revitalized, the hunger never left and we are ready for another chapter to be written in our history..."

ill nino ILL NIÑO PREMIERE NEW MUSIC VIDEO FOR 'I'M NOT THE ENEMY'
The video tells a bold story of youthful injustice, overcoming social stereotypes and the dreams of constructing a better life...

devin townsend DEVIN TOWNSEND LAUNCHES ZTV AND NEW ZILTOID SITE
"I'm really excited to present to you the new Ziltoid website, and the first of three ZTV episodes leading up to the album release..."

judas priest JUDAS PRIEST OPEN US TOUR WITH NEW SONGS AND CLASSICS: SPOILER ALERT - FULL SETLIST HERE
The legendary British Metallers are touring in support of of their new 'Redeemer Of Souls' album...

tony wright TONY WRIGHT RELEASES FIRST SOLO ALBUM 'THOUGHTS 'N' ALL' ON 17TH NOVEMBER
The Terrorvision frontman has made a personal, heartfelt and passionate reflection of his journey...

off PUNK/HARDCORE LUMINARIES OFF! RETURN TO THE ROAD
There will be six UK dates before the band head off to mainland Europe...

queensryche BREAKING NEWS: QUEENSRYCHE ANNOUNCED AS HARD ROCK HELL VIII HEADLINERS
Following the official cancellation of W.A.S.P., Hard Rock Hell are pleased to announce that Queensryche will be stepping up to the top slot...

motorhead LEMMY TALKS TO FULL METAL JACKIE ABOUT HIS HEALTH, THE NEXT ALBUM AND THE MOTORBOAT CRUISE
Lemmy Kilmister was the guest on Full Metal Jackie's weekend radio show this weekend...

hellion HELLION ANNOUNCE NEW 'KARMA'S A BITCH' MINI ALBUM & SINGLE
Hellion's strongest line-up to date unleash first new material in over a decade...

blaze bayley BLAZE BAYLEY RELEASES 'SOUNDTRACKS OF MY LIFE' DVD
Blaze and backing band Absolva are captured in a performance celebrating 30 years in the business for Blaze...

black sabbath BREAKING NEWS: BLACK SABBATH TO RECORD NEW ALBUM AND DO ONE FINAL TOUR
Just as we told you back in May, Black Sabbath's Hyde Park performance on 4th July was not the last ever Sabbath gig...

def leppard DEF LEPPARD ROCK THE NFL AT WEMBLEY
A stage was set up on the pitch with the band performing in front of beautiful cheerleaders...

slipknot SLIPKNOT RELEASE 'THE DEVIL IN I' OFFICIAL VIDEO
Find out more about the new masks as the build up to the release of '.5:The Gray Chapter' continues...

sy keeler ONSLAUGHT'S SY KEELER TO SIT OUT FORTHCOMING US/CANADA/SOUTH AMERICA TOUR
Ex Anthrax legend Neil Turbin steps into the breach as the health issues of Sy Keeler's son mean he is needed at home...

vivian cambell VIV CAMPBELL TO UNDERGO STEM CELL TREATMENT
Trixter guitarist Steve Brown will fill in for Def Leppard's autumn dates...

haken HAKEN LAUNCH 'DARKEST LIGHT' VIDEO
"We've managed to chop the old song in half, cut away all the excess fat and produce a 6 minute rowdy riff roller-coaster that will surely find a home in the heavier side of our live show..."

the dead daisies THE DEAD DAISIES RELEASE 'THE FACE I LOVE' VIDEO
Get a look at the title track of the new EP here. A new album will follow in 2015...

primordial PRIMORDIAL ANNOUNCE UK DATES IN FEBRUARY 2015
There will also be an album launch in Dublin in November for 'Where Greater Men Have Fallen'...

protokult SING ALONG TO 'GET ME A BEER!' LYRIC VIDEO BY PROG FOLK METALLERS PROTOKUL
"For those of you who can't understand what the hell Martin is spewing, now is your chance to sing along! Get yourself a cold one and enjoy!"...

whitesnake WHITESNAKE ANNOUNCE NEW LIVE DVD/CD WITH CLASSIC AND RARE PERFORMANCES
"It's still hard for me to find the words when remembering that half the incredible band who originally recorded the 'Slide It In' album with me have passed away," says Coverdale...

metal church VOCALIST RONNY MUNROE QUITS METAL CHURCH
The band posted a statement on their official Facebook page assuring fans that the band is alive and well and that "big announcements" are expected soon...

bloodbath BLOODBATH STREAM FIRST NEW TRACK FEATURING NICK HOLMES AND REVEAL ALBUM TRACKLISTING
Sweden's masters of horror Bloodbath are set to release their fourth album of supreme death Metal, 'Grand Morbid Funeral', on 17th November 2014...

ac/dc AC/DC ANNOUNCE NEW ALBUM, 'ROCK OR BUST', AND CONFIRM DEPARTURE OF MALCOLM YOUNG
AC/DC have announced details of their 17th studio album, their first for six years and their first ever not to feature Malcolm...

lordi LORDI RELEASE FIRST SINGLE FROM NEW ALBUM 'SCARE FORCE ONE'
Tour dates to follow for the Finnish sensations. "The overall sound of the band is more modern this time, and we've tried out some new tricks here and there..."

bloodstock CANNIBAL CORPSE WILL PLAY AN EXCLUSIVE UK SHOW AT BLOODSTOCK 2015
Cannibal Corpse, Sepultura and Ihsahn join the line-up that also includes Within Temptation and Opeth...

helix HELIX ANNOUNCE TOUR OF EUROPE
This will be the first Euro tour for Helix since heading out with Kiss and Ian Gillan in the 1980s...

threshold THRESHOLD DISCUSS HOW THEY FOUND THE NEW ALBUM ARTWORK ON THE INTERNET
Damian Wilson and Richard West discuss Threshold's new album 'For The Journey', out today...

quireboys THE QUIREBOYS RELEASE 'THIS IS ROCK N ROLL II' IN ADVANCE OF NOVEMBER TOUR
Re-packaged, re-styled and with 4 bonus tracks, the rare 2001 classic from The Quireboys will be available on 23rd October...

gwar GWAR REVEAL TWO NEW MEMBERS - BLÓTHAR AND VULVATRON
Meet the latest warriors to don the latex and styrofoam and join the intergalactic crew for Gwar's "Eternal" tour...

fear factory FEAR FACTORY SIGN TO NUCLEAR BLAST ENTERTAINMENT
The journey continues for one of the groundbreaking Metal bands of our time, with new material to be released in 2015...

tank TANK BEGIN WORK ON NEW ALBUM; BAND CONFIRMED FOR BANG YOUR HEAD
The band are scheduled to enter the studio in November with a release planned for early February...

blitzallica DIAMOND HEAD TO HEADLINE COUNTY DURHAM'S BLITZALLICA IN OCTOBER
Plus legendary Metal party band Dumpy's Rusty Nuts and old favorites Holosade who are reforming especially for this headbanging estravaganza...

saille SAILLE COMMENT ON FORTHCOMING THIRD ALBUM
"'Eldritch' differs quite a bit from our two previous albums," keyboardist Dries Gaerdelen says...

winger WINGER RELEASE VIDEO FOR 'BETTER DAYS COMIN'
Winger have released a new music video - the title track from their Billboard chart breaking album...

voodoo six VOODOO SIX ANNOUNCE SIX HEADLINE SHOWS IN EUROPE
This Autumn, Voodoo Six will play six headline shows in Germany, Belgium, and The Netherlands...

michael schenker MICHAEL SCHENKER ANNOUNCES DECEMBER UK TOUR
Schenker will perform songs from the new album, which features the new single, 'Lord Of The Lost And Lonely' plus all the classics...

johnny thunders LOOKING FOR JOHNNY: THE LEGEND OF JOHNNY THUNDERS MOVIE TO BE RELEASED NEXT MONTH
When Johnny Thunders died in New Orleans on April 23rd 1991, he left behind a mystery...

metallica METALLICA TO RELEASE 27 LIVE ALBUMS BEFORE THE END OF THE YEAR AND APPEAR IN THE GUINNESS BOOK OF RECORDS
To commemorate the anniversary of the LiveMetallica.com site, the band are offering CDs and LPs of every gig they played in 2014...

kobra and the lotus KOBRA AND THE LOTUS AND THE TREATMENT ANNOUNCE UK TOURS
Kobra And The Lotus will be kicking off their Headline Tour on 24th September in support of their latest record 'High Priestess'...

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