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Wed 9th Jan 2013

"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 world!!
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 good friend.

I will miss him very much".

Neal Kay.


About The Soundhouse>>

Welcome 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 "The Soundhouse Story" includes Iron Maiden, 'The Soundhouse Tapes', Lemmy and Motorhead, Ted Nugent, Rainbow, Judas Priest, Pete Townshend, April Wine, Samson, Angelwitch, Praying Mantis, Saxon and many more ...

With Soundhouse testimonials from Steve Harris, Sammy Hagar, Ted Nugent, Kevin Heybourne, Geoff Barton of Sounds, Malcolm Dome of Record Mirror, MTV, The 80s Pure Pop Website, The BBC h2g2 Website, Matthias Mader of Iron Pages, Bob McGrath of Record Collector and Paul De Noyer of NME ...

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Captain Kay's Ongoing Mission ...

>> It 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'.

Neal Kay



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