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A Book By Erwin Lucas

Steve 'Loopy' Newhouse

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At just over 650 glossy pages, and three years of research, this is every Iron Maiden fan's dream.

This book catalogues everything you ever wanted to know about every member of Iron Maiden and more. And the attention to detail is quite staggering.

When this arrived on my doorstep on Saturday morning, I had a quick flick through and was astounded by the information obtained therein.

So, a couple of things went through my mind, for instance, did it mention me? And sure enough, in a couple of sections, there I was. Even with photos taken from my loopyworld page, but I'll let it go this time.

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The other thing being, how much information had Erwin got about my old best mate, Paul Di'Anno, and his line ups after he left the Maiden family?

Erwin didn't miss a thing.

What we have here is a genuine masterpiece.

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Without going too overboard, the book is a who's who of all the members of the band, dating right back to the earliest line up, and shows a comprehensive list of what every member did before and after Iron Maiden and also shows a list of what recordings were made and pretty much what they are doing now.

It shows each members other projects, however large or small, who was involved in those projects, what they recorded, and the list goes on.

When I delved a little deeper, I learned things about a few people that I knew as good friends at the time that I still don't believe now.

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For instance, I knew that Paul Todd only lasted a few days with Iron Maiden, but he went on to play guitar for More, alongside Paul Mario Day, one of my best friends.

I worked for More for over a year but I had no idea about Paul Todd being part of the set up. But then I also thought that Andy Burton was the drummer on the album. No, that was Frank Noone.

It also shows how poor Tony Parsons, fired from Iron Maiden just before they signed the contract with EMI, went on to join Dennis Willcock, Iron Maiden’s singer before Di'Anno, in the band Gibraltar.

It also told me that my ring tone, 'City Of Golden Gates' by Attick Demons, track three from the album 'Atlantis', was preceded on track two by Di'Anno singing on the title track.

It goes to show how little I know.

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It tells you about the bands that Doug Sampson was in before he joined Maiden (Janski???) and all about the other members of the band from my era. A kind of "what Harry did next" sort of thing.

It's no wonder Erwin Lucas spent three years researching this. It really is the real deal.

The first one hundred copies were of the hardback variety (now sold out), numbered (mine was 79) and personalized, but it is now available in a paperback version and I think I might get that as well, purely for reference you understand.

Don't want to ruin my new shiny hardback version now, do I?

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Maybe I haven't done this book justice by only doing a short review, but I firmly believe you should check it out for yourselves. You will not be disappointed.

To order your copy, go to or to get in touch with the author, go to





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.

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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