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Canada's The Metal Voice recently spoke with former Iron Maiden drummer DOUG SAMPSON who appeared on Iron Maiden's The Soundhouse Tapes EP as well as the Metal For Muthas compilation in 1980. Following is an excerpt from the transcript: When asked about Paul Di'anno's audition for Iron Maiden: "We were knocked out by Paul Di'Anno's audition. From that minute he auditioned he was the vocalist for Iron Maiden. we heard a phenomenal voice one that really suited the band at that particular time, this was a different league, Di'Anno took it to another level. And Paul got the job obviously." When asked about his memories of the recording of Iron Maiden The SoundhouseTapes EP: "I don't think we did any gigs at that point. Steve Harris said we really need to get a demo together. We would all pay and chip in and we would go to this place called Spaceward Studios, on New Years Eve. It was great it was the first time me and Steve Harris had been to a studio. Dave had done a bit of recoding before. More than anything I can remember doing 'Strange World'; my personal memories of that was just so haunting it just took on a different feel, it was quite eerie. When I hear it now it still brings back memories of that recording session." When asked about his memories of the recordings of Sanctuary and Wrathchild on the 1980 Metal for Muthas compilation: "That was the first time we went to the EMI studio for us to do them and that was a different league as well, this was not a demo this was done in a proper studio.That was quite a jump from what we have been doing. I remember we stayed there right ot the early hours of the morning, me Paul and Dave just crashed out in the corridor at the studio and slept on the floor and I think the executives couldn't believe what they were seeing." When asked if he would even consider working again with Paul Di'Anno or any other former Iron Maiden members: "It's funny you should ask because their maybe a possibility that we actually do something with Paul Di'Anno. Hopefully, that would be a great great honor to do something with Paul Di'Anno. Nothing confirmed yet. That might be something in the future, fingers crossed. Dianno is the man, there is no two ways about it, hopefully everything will work out I really really hope so."
MARCO MENDOZA is currently in Denmark recording his long-awaited new solo album, Viva La Rock, with producer and guitar player Soren Andersen (Glenn Hughes, Mike Tramp). The new album is the first solo album in eight years from Mendoza. Viva La Rock is a tour de force of 10 soulful hard rocking songs inspired by Mendoza's roots from the 70s up 'til the bands he has been involved with in recent years, including Whitesnake, Thin Lizzy and Ted Nugent, and currently The Dead Daisies. Mexican/American-born Mendoza is mostly known for his bass playing, but on Viva La Rock he will underline how gifted a singer he is. The recording line-up for the album: Marco Mendoza - Vocals / Bass, Soren Andersen (pictured below with Mendoza) - Guitars, Morten Hellborn - Drums.
Longtime HardRadio friends HARDLINE is touring in support of thier newest album, Human Nature, as well as celebrating the 25th anniversary of the debut album, Double Eclipse. Following are the band's winter tour dates. November 24 - Madrid, Spain - Icon Stage. 25 - Victoria-Gasteiz, Spain - Jimmy Jazz. 26 - Barcelona, Spain - Sala Boveda. December 1 - Athens, Greece - Crow Club. 2 - Ludwigsburg, Germany - HEAT Festival. 5 - Gothenburg, Sweden - Sticky Fingers. 6 - Stockholm, Sweden - Klubben. 7 - Oslo, Norway - Hard Rock Cafe. 9 - Copenhagen, Denmark - High Voltage.
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