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19th October 2017

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Neal Kay, founder of The Heavy Metal Soundhouse, will be back behind the decks for a one night only Christmas Extravaganza. This will be Neal's last ever DJ set and will take place on Friday 22nd December at The Lounge, Nightclub Kolis, 1 Archway Road, London N19 3TD.

Between 1975 and 1980, Neal managed The Bandwagon Heavy Metal Soundhouse in Kingsbury, North London, a venue that is a hugely important part of Heavy Metal history as it is the very place where Steve Harris first handed Neal a copy of Iron Maiden's fledgling demo tape, setting in motion a series of events that would set Maiden on the road to global superstardom.

The night will include DJ sets from Neal, Born Again and a special collaboration using 'Kay's Soundhouse Classics' which includes songs taken from the very last Soundhouse at the infamous Bandwagon. Additionally, the night will see many special guests.

Neal tells us:

"There I was, deep in slumber in my rocking chair at the Home For Retired Old Rockers, OAPs and Terminal Loonies, when I was awoken by two heavenly visions, approaching from the land of the living.

"The empty bottle of JD fell off my lap and crashed onto the floor, and sitting bolt upright I realised this was no dream! There was no escape - some things just must be done!

"After cracking a fresh bottle, Kayleigh and Michelle made me an offer that I just could not refuse. I grabbed my Zimmer frame, staggered to my feet, cane in hand, and I accepted with honour the opportunity to take to the stage ONE MORE TIME in the name of The Heavy Metal Soundhouse.

"We will deliver to all who turn up, a few hours of an historic Xmas Soundhouse Extravaganza with the sounds that were used back in the day, some from over fourty years ago.

"As long as I can remember how it all works, that is!

"Even further tempting, was the offer of real decks to spin those vital vinyl classic works of greatness, with all the more modern gadgets thrown in as well.

"So, I really am looking forward to this great event on Friday 22nd December, and Michelle, Kayleigh and I together are going to make it a real old-fashioned night to remember!"

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monsters of rock

Monsters Of Rock In Full Flight is strictly limited to 300 worldwide and is available from 30th November but those ordering before 31st October will have their name published within a dedicated page in the book.

It's a deluxe 128 page hardback book in a metal flight case with a narrative by Jerry Bloom.

When promoter Paul Loasby put on the first Monsters Of Rock Festival in 1980 he could probably never have imagined it would become an annual event that would endure for so many years.

Featuring bands from the UK, Germany, Canada and USA, Loasby chose to stage the event at the Donington race circuit in the middle of England and it would prove to be a defining moment for many of the bands on the bill.

Not least for headliners Rainbow as it was the their last ever show to feature drum legend Cozy Powell. As it would happen it turned out to be the last for vocalist Graham Bonnet as well. For many of the other bands on the bill such as Scorpions, Judas Priest and Saxon, they were all on the ascendancy and would soon go on to even greater success.

Now in celebration of this first ever Monsters Of Rock Festival comes this hardback book full of glorious photos of the bands that took to the stage for that inaugural event including back stage shots. Most of these shots have not been published before which add to the uniqueness of this deluxe 128-page book which is packaged in its own flight case.

Also included are stories surrounding the event with tales and recollections from those who were there, including artists and fans alike. Each book will be signed by the author. The 300 will sell fast and definitely go on to become collector's items so order yours now right here to avoid disappointment.


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