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Loopyworld - The Iron Maiden Years
(IzzyFlynn Publishing)

liz medhurst
Liz Medhurst

iron maiden
Front cover by Derek Riggs, creator of Eddie

Heavy Metal and rock has not always been solely about the music. It's about the stories too, and the whole way of life.

Reading the memoirs of Steve Loopy Newhouse immerses you into this world and describes simply and effectively what it is like to be at the sharp end, living life on the road.

A roadie with Iron Maiden from their early days through to being a huge sensation, Loopy has written a compelling tale which is essential reading for fans of the genre and those who are genuinely interested in having insight into this world.

The written stories started life right here on MetalTalk in 2012 and rightly became one of our most popular columns. The book expands on those columns and also adds much much more, from recently rediscovered diaries and what a find they were. It is fascinating, engaging and often hilarious stuff, with heavy doses of poignancy dotted about too.

It takes a certain type of person to be able to work as crew and these tales of what it is really like to be a road dog bring new appreciation for the required stamina, tenacity and the capacity to accommodate large quantities of alcohol, tedious grind, high jinks and manic periods in quick succession.

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There is an all-star cast of characters here, with many Metal household names making cameo appearances. We get to find out more about Iron Maiden and the band dynamics but the focus always stays on the crew and Loopy's experience, giving "Loopyworld" its USP.

Loopy tells it as it is, for example not holding back with his opinions on manager Rod Smallwood or ex-drummer Clive Burr, however there is no spite here, merely a factual retelling of what he experienced at the time. It's real and honest and there is no shortage of outrageous rock and roll antics.

It's not a perfect book, it must be said. In places it's hard to follow the chronology and context of where we are in the story and the reason for this is explained in the epilogue. The narrative jumps about a bit too, reintroducing characters that have to be scrolled back to for a reminder of who they are and where they fit in and a good many of them appear to be called Paul!

This does not distract from the achievement and the quality of the tale however. Even without editorial polish it is a book that keeps you reading and wanting to know more. A flashback to the heady days when NWOBHM, and Iron Maiden in particular, rose to conquer. The scenes are set so well you can pretty much smell the stale beer and fag smoke from the venues.

The book also contains dozens of colour pictures, flyers, tickets and backstage and production information that is as informative as it is nostalgic. A brilliant curation of this period in history.

This is no ordinary Iron Maiden book. Loopy has pulled off the feat of making the band supporting characters, which in turn enhances their own stories, and has documented important historical and cultural information while being highly entertaining.

One for Maiden fans and anyone interested in what really happened in the engine room of Metal, with the constant hiring and firing, the sometimes brutal reality of the front (and back) line and above all the passion that keeps the show on the road.

A highly recommended read.

To order Loopyworld - The Iron Maiden Years, use PayPal at A new website will be available soon, Although it is very basic at the moment it will contain future reference to new and forthcoming books.





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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