ANNOUNCEMENT FROM NEAL KAY
"It is with great sadness that I have to inform all who
new him, that John Sheehey, our long-standing Soundhouse
lighting engineer and good friend passed away in the
evening of Thursday the 3rd of January. He had been
fighting cancer for a long period of time.
John was a very good friend to me personally, and was a
100%ER to The Soundhouse and all its members. He never
once let us down in any way and was frequently a great
source of fun with his gentle laughter and fully
expected rather coarse comments which he threw at one
and all from time to time. Often being accused of being
"miserable" this was in fact just his way with the
He was a very hard worker and a well-respected member of
The Soundhouse roadcrew, often going the "extra mile"
just to ensure that everything was as good as it could
be for the show and that we were "on top line".
He totally believed in us and all we did and enjoyed and
if I could include a little Jethro Tull or Who in the
show, then John was a happy man!
When we started to go into East London, he quickly made
friends over there as well, and on occasion, when I had
a bigger gig to do, John would come with me to do lights
at those shows too.
He was, in truth a kindly soul who was totally reliable
as a great worker, a fellow comrade-in-arms and a very
I will miss him very much".
to the official
site for The Heavy Metal
Soundhouse and Bandwagon Reunion. Based in London, the Heavy Metal Soundhouse spans from 1975 to present,
and is renowned as the birthplace of the NWOBHM.
The history and
archives relating to the
includes Iron Maiden,
Lemmy and Motorhead,
Ted Nugent, Rainbow, Judas Priest, Pete Townshend, April Wine,
Samson, Angelwitch, Praying Mantis, Saxon and many more ...
testimonials from Steve Harris, Sammy Hagar, Ted Nugent, Kevin
Heybourne, Geoff Barton of Sounds, Malcolm Dome of Record Mirror,
MTV, The 80’s Pure Pop
The BBC h2g2 Website,
Matthias Mader of Iron Pages,
Bob McGrath of Record
Paul De Noyer of NME
was 1975 when I first walked
into the Bandwagon one Wednesday night in September, to answer a call from the
stage in search of a Presenter of Rock. I confess that I had
absolutely no idea where treading that path would lead, or to the
incredibly colourful and diverse characters that would subsequently
surround me at all levels of my life in Rock 'n' Roll from both sides
of that stage!
It has taken me almost
until now, when life finds me in my late middle age, to realise and
understand fully just how important those far-off times have been to
all who grew up with, became a part of, or were touched by the
magical Soundhouse Years.
Together, we created a
real Tour de Force as far as the music industry was concerned, and
as the years went by, a real 'family of friends' was forged lasting
right up to current times. Indeed, in some cases, even leading to
marriage, family and beyond!
They were our
formative years in more ways than one, and, as I look across the
period that spans our life and times, our many achievements, the few
failures, the happy and sad parts, from the outrageous to the truly
crazy and totally insane, I do so with a fondness of memory for all
who took part, and, for one last time, the wish to do it all again
without the slightest change!!!
The Soundhouse Website
is a celebration of our lives together, and a lasting testimony of
what can be achieved by ordinary people who banded together in
difficult times, in order to fight for, and share in a passion for
the music that they all loved so very much, and the resulting way of
life that came from it! I welcome all of you to it and thank all who
helped create our 'little piece of history'.