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Interview with Iron Maiden legends

Paul Golder writes for the Brentwood Gazette

We turned up the amps to 11 last week in the studio in honour of a visit from Paul Day and Steve “Loopy” Newhouse.

Paul was the very first vocalist for Iron Maiden when they originally formed in the mid-1970s, and Steve acted as was roadie for the metal legends when they toured between 1978-1984.

Despite little radio or television support, Iron Maiden are considered one of the most successful heavy metal bands in history, with The Sunday Times reporting in 2017 that the band have sold over 100 million copies of their albums worldwide.

Wednesday night presenter Nick Field welcomed Paul and Steve to his show to chat about their tour stories and meeting up with three of the original Iron Maiden line-up for the first time in a few decades!

Steve recently published a book about life on tour in that era, entitled Loopyworld: The Iron Maiden Years, while Paul is currently gearing up for playing live at Cart Day, an all-day event taking place at the Cart & Horses in Stratford which took place last weekend.

The interview can be heard again at and Steve’s book can be ordered from

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