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Barry Purkis taks to Jummy Kay from The Metal Voice about the recording of an Iron Maiden rehearsal back in 1977.  His recording, originally made on a reel-to-reel tape machine, has garnered a lot of interest fom Iron Maiden and Rock music fans alike, not least because it has been officially said for decades that Maiden recordings prior to The SoundhousTapes didn't exist, or if they did, then Iron Maiden Bass Player and co-founder Steve Harris would have possession of them.  Even Barry Graham Purkis on his facebook page calls it "the tape they say never existed".  Our Youtube playlist has all the clips that have been released so far on the Iron Maiden 1977 rehearsal tape .  
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Thunderstick, Barry Graham Purkis, Iron Maiden 1977 rehearsal tapes featuring Steve Harris, Dennis Willcock, Tony Moore, Terry Wapram and Thunderstick
On Steve Harris - "Steve Harris would make an effort to come up to my house in South East London and we would go through basic drum parts. I never done that before. I never actually sort of knocked it down to where you only have the bass and drums so you are building a rhythm section, then we would rehearse with the whole band back in the East end."

On Dennis Willcock -  “I thought at the time when I first joined it was a joint effort of both Steve Harris and Dennis Wilcock. Dennis being the singer, he was the man at the time responsible for the logos and stuff like that. The Iron Maiden type face that Iron Maiden still uses to this day was formulated back in those days, we are talking 1977. And Dennis, he had such a large input into the band at the time. I really did think that the two of them were co-running as it were.

Iron Maiden Audition - “I answered an ad and auditioned much like many other drummers sitting in a corridor with non-stop drummers all the way down... NEXT... NEXT and I got the gig. They also advertised for a keyboard player at the same time and that's when this guy Tony Moore came on board and that was it. The lineup was myself, Steve Harris, a singer named Dennis Willcock, a guitarist named Terry Wapram, and Tony Moore on keyboards."  See the advert in Melody maker he answered below.

Jimmy Kay asked Barry if he would ever release the tapes of the 1977 Iron Maiden rehearsal - "“Who knows, I have put these 30 second bursts on my Facebook and the kind of interest it generated is quite phenomenal, there are certain people saying that they look on it as the heavy metal holy grail to have something such as that, a 1977 recording of those songs. There is no way I can go out and release them cause I could imagine the full force of Iron Maiden’s legal team would come down on me because the songs there in contain Steve Harris compositions. However, I own the tape. I own my performance on that tape. However I don't own the copyright of the songs."


Thunderstick is currently raising money for his forthcoming 2017 album.  Take a look at his Pledge page and see how you can become part of Iron Maiden's Legacy, you can even get your name on the album cover - take a look here Thunderstick Pledge

Above is a picture of the actul tape case from Thunderstick

Thunderstick proving MAIDEN77 was right all along

Barry Graham Purkis actively urges viewers to visit Maiden77 on facebook to discover the truth,  This is a hell of an endorsement for a facebook page that has suffered all sorts of ridicule and name calling when it fist aired it's discoveries on the early years of Iron Maiden about 2 years ago.  Turn yourself into n educated fan of Iron Maiden and vist Maiden77 on facebook.
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