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  LOOPY'S WORLD: PART FIFTEEN A - MORE OR LESS

Steve 'Loopy' Newhouse

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The European tour that followed had a support band called More, and they were excellent. London based and loud, they were lead by ex-Maiden front man, Paul Mario Day.

I hadn't seen Paul for a few years and I was beginning to wonder where he had got to. We had known each other for ages. We used to hang about together as teenagers.

People were always a bit wary of Paul, mainly because he rode a motorbike and in those days, that meant trouble. It was absolute rubbish of course, but that was the perception of a biker back then.

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My dad wouldn't take any kind of crap from anyone, but he realised that Paul was a good guy and put a roof over his head for many months. Paul was also a good mechanic and got the old man out of a scrape or two.

Paul was also my introduction to Iron Maiden.

Paul had invited me and a few others to see the band play at the Cart And Horses pub in Stratford. Unfortunately, only two of us made it, me and my old mate Tee Green.

We only had enough funds between us for a pint, but we watched Paul and the band do their thing for as long as we could before making the long journey home on foot. All I remember about the gig was Paul wearing a hat (possibly a top hat) and that he walked around in circles a lot. It was loud, there was no getting away from that. We could still hear it five minutes after we left.

So, back to Maiden in Europe.

With the Maiden set up getting more and more professional I found I had a bit of spare time on my hands so I would help out the support act, More.

This would include getting the band's gear on stage, getting their drinks and towels ready and making sure the set list was where they could see it. Paul Day, being an old mate from way back when and having the same sense of humour, decided to change the wording to some of the set list, including a lot of references to me splitting with my girlfriend.

As it worked out it did me a favour. I found I was laughing about it so much that I stopped caring about my past and looked more to the future. No pun intended.

A lot of things happened on the European Tour. Some things stand out but a lot are lost to the magical thing called memory. Or lack of, in my case.

As I have mentioned before, Adrian's roadie, Stewart, was a bit of a mess, but he was dedicated.

Halfway through the French leg of the tour Stewart had to go and find somebody to repair Adrian's Mesa Boogie. He was gone for a couple of days but, to be honest, no one missed him.

We were doing a show somewhere in the south of France and, after the soundcheck, it was customary to take the guitars off the stage to a back stage area so they could be re-strung and cleaned for the show.

So, me being the little trooper I was and having nothing else to do (meaning Clive was happy for once), thought it would be a good idea in Stewart's absence to pick up Harry's bass and Dave's Strat and follow the band off stage.

The rest is a bit of a blur. As I trod on the top step of the stairs leading down to floor level they collapsed under me. All I remember was me, in a heap on top of the collapsed stairs, holding two and extremely rare guitars in the air.

A few things come to mind about this event. One, I had saved a couple of good guitars form certain doom and two, what would have happened if it had been the band instead of me?

Should I have sued somebody? In which case, who? The band, the promoter? Everybody?

As it turned out all I got was severe bruising under my left arm, which can just about be seen on this picture of me. But, like most things, you learn from it. I learned to leave shit alone.

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I never received any compensation from my injury but am learning now that it has lasting effects. My rib cage is one inch higher on my right and I suffer from multiple muscle spasms in my right upper chest, whatever that means. Basically it feels something close to a heart attack and, whichever way you look at it, it isn't funny.

Rod, being the arse that he is, simply said, "Can you walk?" And like the kind of guy I was said: "Of course, or I wouldn't be here would I?"

To which he replied, and I'm not making this up: "So what you sitting there for? You have a job to do."

And that, my friends is what I had to deal with, and he wonders why I wouldn't do him a favour every now and then. Fuck him too. I managed to make it through the rest of the tour unscathed and still gave it my all.

We finished the European tour and certain phone numbers were exchanged, i.e., me and Paul Day and that was the end of that.

For a while.


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




21.1.14




WACKEN WINTER NIGHTS IS HEAVY METAL WONDERLAND

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

If you are interested in going to Wacken 2018 and have questions, please fill out the form below and we will contact you with answers to all your enquiries. You are under no obligation whatsoever by filling this form out. We won't add you to any mailing lists or send you loads of spam - all we will do is help you get to Wacken as easily and inexpensively as possible.

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