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DJ Neal Kay Recalls When Steve Harris Called Him To Help Get Bruce Dickinson Into Iron Maiden
The Metal Voice's Jimmy Kay talks to legendary DJ Neal Kay in an exclusive live interview about the rise of Iron Maiden & NWOBHM. These stories and more told in Neal Kay's new official biography by author Stjepan Juras with a Forward by Iron maiden's Steve Harris.
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"I got a phone call from Steve Harris (Iron Maiden) one day and Steve said to me what do you think of Bruce Dickinson. I said I think he is with the wrong band (Samson at the time), that was my comment. Steve said yeah he is an animal. Steve said listen I want you to contact Bruce and I want you to ask him to meet you at your next gig over at East London. Get him down there. I want you to give him this phone number and tell him to phone me. Steve said I can't do it myself because I am in Iron Maiden, I already have enough trouble with Paul Samson, unbelievable trouble. Steve said it is like a delicate situation. So I phoned up Bruce and I said I got a message for you from Steve. I want you to come down and meet me at my show. So Bruce turned up and sat down. I said there is a phone number here, Steve Harris wants you to phone him privately because I have a funny feeling that your life is about to change. I ain't making any guarantees no promises but reading between the lines if you don't do this you will be missing out on a great future. Do it, do it.I gave him the phone number and the rest is history."
Neal Kay is a former London-based disc jockey, who was an important factor in the rise of the new wave of British heavy metal (NWOBHM), and the rise of Iron Maiden late 1970s and early 1980's
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Neal Kay is a NOWBHM legend for whose biographical book the legendary bass guitarist and founder of the band Iron Maiden Steve Harris decided to write foreword. That fact alone speaks to how crucial Neal Kay was to Iron Maiden’s early success, and in this book we’ll find out everything that hasn’t been talked about to date! Strictly limited to 333 copies, hardcover, full color edition, with a special certificate signed and dedicated by Neal Kay, is called the ‘Soundhouse Premium’ edition and will be a gem in any serious book collection.
The special, luxurious, hardcover, full color edition of this book with the cover page printed in gold print is a unique edition that only the first 333 fans will be able to buy and which will never be on sale again. What makes this edition special? In addition to being a very heavy, large format book, printed on the highest quality paper, every customer of the ‘Soundhouse Premium’ edition will receive a special A4 hard paper certificate of authenticity of this edition of the book as a gift with the original ‘The Soundhouse Tapes’ sleeve text written by NEAL KAY back in 1979. NEAL KAY will sign each original text with a personalized dedication to each customer in a way that this classic document that witnessed the rise of the IRON MAIDEN will be perfect for framing. Each certificate will be numbered and protected by holographic printing. A special addition to this edition (in case the buyer is the owner of the original EP ‘The Soundhouse Tapes’), will be a very special gift that will put a ‘dot on and on’ to their collector’s treasure.
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