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  COMMUNICATION TIPS FOR EUROPEAN FESTIVALS, OR HOW TO LEARN A LANGUAGE IN AN EVENING
CHRIS DALE'S METAL MELTDOWN
1 June 2013


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Festival season is upon us and with so many great European Metal Festivals this year I'm sure some of you are thinking of popping out to one or two?

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Sweden Rock Festival

Maybe Sweden Rock Festival or the Italian Gods of Metal? Hellfest in France is good and the Wacken and Bang Your Head festivals in Germany are always great. In fact methinks our illustrious leader at Metaltalk, Steve Goldby, might be going to another good one this year, Graspop in Belgium.

One thing that sometimes puts folk off going over to Europe more often is trying to talk to the locals. Yes, I know we can always make ourselves understood in English. Them foreigners all understands us really, don't they? We should just shout a bit louder surely?

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Well no, actually. Have you ever noticed that when you've tried that tactic you've got spit in your burger, you've not pulled any local chicks/guys and most worryingly the bar's closed early?

Yeah, that's because you didn't say "Bonjour", which you knew how to say anyway but you didn't actually do it.

Très bien! Well done! But let's make this year's festivals more fun.

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These are French Girls. You should make the effort to say "Bonjour!" to them

This is how to learn a Western European language in one evening to a very basic level but a level nonetheless. If you follow this course in full you will get you by for a few days in that country and you never know, you might even make friends over there.

Celtic and Slavic languages aren't so easy for the beginner and Hungarian, Finnish, Estonian, Albanian, Greek and Basque are impossible to all but the most patient of minds. So, being lazy we're going to focus on the major Western European languages instead.

French, German, Spanish, Italian, Dutch (or Flemish), Swedish and Danish are easy to have a go at using this method. Other languages are trickier but can be done. You just might have to concentrate a bit more.

Steve Goldby is going to try this crash course to learn Flemish in time for Graspop as our guinea pig with you.

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Our editor, your guinea pig, Steve Goldby

Six Things You Need

There are six things you're going to need. Make sure you have them all before you start this course!

1. A phrasebook in the language you're going to learn. A dictionary is handy too but we'll get by with just the phrasebook most likely. Maybe have a browse through the phrasebook on the way home from the shops, that'll help a bit. Showing some level of interest is going to pay dividends on this project.

2. A bottle of wine or four beers from the country that you are trying to learn the language of. On the way home from the shops try to read the label on them. I bet you can understand half of it already. No? Try harder, read it all again.

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German Hefe Weizen Bier - all these are excellent but not all in one sitting!

3. A foreign film of your choice obviously made in the language that you're trying to learn but with English subtitles. Don't get one that's dubbed into English, that won't help. And don't get a silent movie or a porn film, they don't say much. If you like get a porn one as well (for extra vocab not usually included in your phrasebook) but primarily you need to focus on a proper story type film first.

4. A working pen and some paper, preferably a little notebook you can stick in your pocket and refer to later.

5. Absolute conviction in yourself that you do actually speak the language fluently and have done ever since you can remember. Confidence is a major pass/fail hurdle. You either do the speak the language or you don't. You're doubting yourself a bit but you're wrong - you do actually speak it. Let's go forward like that.

6. You'll also need the patience to put up with my patronising tone, I basically don't believe you will ever follow this through rigidly.

Ten Steps to Learn a Language

There are the ten stages of learning. You will only be required to actually learn anything in one of them. This course should all be done in one evening, preferably the night before you travel. Put aside a whole evening for this. You need to have no distractions and tolerant neighbours.

Step 1

OK, so firstly as we've accepted that we already speak the language, let's remind ourselves of the words we know. We know at least ten words of that language already. Think about it and write them down.

You know, "Bonjour" means hello in French right? And you know therefore that "Bon" means good and "jour" means day. That's three French words you know. You know "Grand Prix" means big prize. That's five French words you've got. Think of another five without straining yourself.

You know "Fungi" means mushrooms on your Pizza in Italian. You know "Pizza" means that bready thing with tomatoes and cheese in Italian too. "Pasta" means well, pasta. "Penne" type pasta means pens, they look like fountain pen nibs and well, "Penne" just is pens. Hadn't you worked that out?

"Farfalle" is butterflies, those little action man bow tie pastas. OK, you might not have known that but now you've got five Italian words... and you did know them all really.

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Farfalle - Pasta Butterflies

Oh and butterfly in French is Papillion like the book with a picture of a Butterfly on. So now you've got six French words.

You might not think you need to know the word for butterflies in a language but in my experience it never hurts to know more. I was once thrust against my will into a German conversation about snails. Luckily and purely by chance I had overheard the word "Schnecken" a few days beforehand.

I have since found myself in three conversations on different occasions about snails with German speakers. What's the chances of that?

You never know when any clue will rear its ugly head.

When you're actually over there never turn your hearing off. Listen to those foreigners constantly. They will be your tutors, without knowing it, they'll give loads of clues away all the time.

So going back to our ten words that we already know for each language...

If you're learning Spanish think about everything Manuel said in Fawlty Towers ("Que?" means "what?") or everything Clint Eastwood's victims said before he blew holes in their guts ("Hola amigo" means "Hello, friend").

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Clint Eastwood- he probably killed more Spanish speakers on the big screen than any other actor in cinema history

If you're learning German think about car adverts (you had worked out that a Volkswagon was a Folks Wagon, yes? There's even more obvious stuff in there when you listen.

Oh, and Michael Schumacher's family used to make shoes OK?

Really, you've got a lot more. Think about them for a while then make your list of ten words. Really write a list on the note paper you've got.

If you can't think of ten after really trying hard, have a look on the labels of the bottles you bought. Can you see the word for water there? Or brewery? If you've got wine it's probably saying the colour and maybe if its dry or sweet.

If you're still really stuck peek in the phrasebook, then physically kick yourself really hard for not remembering the obvious. Then make a written list of ten.

If you can already count to ten in the language you're going to speak tomorrow then your list now has twenty words. If you can't already count to ten, then have a quick look at them in the phrasebook, remember the easy ones and forget the rest.

Oh look! All the words for one (1) start with a vowel followed by an N.

The words for two start with a T, Z (with a T sound) or D followed by a U or W then a vowel. It's like 'Countdown'.

The words for three start with a Th (as in our stupid language), T or D, followed by an R and a vowel. Who'd have thunk it, eh?

That's right all these languages are related. We're not actually doing anything very difficult here.

The other numbers follow similar patterns but let's not worry about that too much, keep your drinks rounds short and sweet. The waiter can always give you change when you're into multiple Euros over there.

Do bear in mind that you don't have to know what they're saying to keep up a conversation. That's quite important to grasp.

You can keep up a conversation in a foreign language simply by saying the word "Really?" ("Vraiment?" in French, "Echt?" in German) every now and then until you catch a word or phrase that you do genuinely understand.

Don't feel guilty, foreigners here do the same with us all the time. Never give up the pretence that you'd don't actually speak their language. Self belief is going to win this game or lose it.

Step 2

I'm going to give you another bonus ten or twenty words that you already know. In English when we put "tion" at the end of a word, that word's pretty much going to be the same in all the European languages but with slight variations on the "tion".

For example in Italian they use "zioni" or "zione" instead so information is "informazioni". In German they use "Informationen" the same in Swedish, in Portuguese its "informação" and in French its simply "information". This also works for publication, defamation, multiplication and all sorts of useful words. But now you know them all anyway.

tourist info
I wonder what all this Italian stuff says? Maybe it's the Official Tourist Information? I wonder if we're in the Province of Vicenza?

The same goes for words ending in "ology" or "ism". They're the same in most languages with regional variations. Have a look in your phrasebook and you'll spot a few more.

How many words is that you've got now? Ten you knew before, plus basic counting, plus "tion", "ology" and "ism" words, that got to be 30 at least?

Step 3

Now here's ten really important words that are either exactly the same or at least understandable in every major Western European language. Sometimes they mumble them in a slightly different way but it really all makes sense if you immerse yourself in their mindset.

Toilet
Phone (or Telephone)
OK
Hamburger
Pizza
Wifi
Taxi
Hotel
Police
Ambulance

Have a look in your phrasebook. See what I mean? That's good to know isn't it? The really essential emergency ones are all made easy.

ambulance
A Danish Ambulance, I think. I can't really read Danish but I'm guessing its an ambulance.


Right that's at least 40 words we've got now. Have you written them all down?

Step 4

Now you're going to have to learn some stuff. I promise this is the only time you'll have to do this. Have a look in the phrasebook for the words for:

Yes
No
Hello/Good day
How are you?
Please
Thank you
Goodnight
Where is...?
May I have a...?
Cheers/Good health!

That's ten phrases though you may have known some before. Write them down.

The way to learn and practice them is reading the pronunciation notes in the front of the phrasebook. Try your best to emulate the noises they recommend. Even though they sound odd, trust the phrasebook. Practice this firstly by repeating the phrases, quietly but out loud while sitting down.

Then do it loudly while marching up and down the room. You literally must walk up and down your living room saying the phrase out loud, imagining you are greeting someone else marching the other way. "Bonjour, comment ça va?" you must shout to them in French.

Shouting is great practice. Do all ten, even if you knew them before.

Step 5

Sit down, that was exhausting. Now how many have you forgotten? Don't worry about it. Never worry about any of this. Remember you already speak the language so it's not a problem if you forget a word.

How was your accent? The trouble is we've been speaking this English language so long we've got comfortable with our style of mouth movements. Our style will not work in this new language that we suddenly speak. We must speak like them.

If I tell you to speak like them, you'll speak half like them and half like you do already. So speak more like them than they do.

Speak French like Renee on 'Allo 'Allo, speak like the Swedish chef on the Muppets. say "Pasta just lika Mama usta make!" in an over the top fashion if you're trying to learn Italian.

They do all actually speak like that over there.

Now march up and down the room practicing your ten phrases that you've learned shouting with an accent. Twice up and down the room for each phrase.

Did I mention you'd need peace and quiet for this? You've got like fifty words of the language now. And you've spotted a few similarities with English and other languages too haven't you?

Haven't you?

Oh come on, I told you to concentrate!

french wine
French Wines. Don't get all of them! Choose one or two between friends.

Step 6

Have you not opened that wine yet? Sorry, I should have said to open it earlier. So go on, open it now or a beer. And read the label again, can you understand more? Write down the words you do understand. Someone might want a chat about yeast over there.

Now read the label out loud while marching up and down the room. Just do it. Then put the film on.

Step 7

The film's great isn't it? Out the window with Hollywood blockbusters from here on. I hope you've got something quite depressing, maybe in black and white?

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Man Bites Dog- A Typically Cheery Belgian Movie

Listen to what they're saying. They pronounce it all funny and fast don't they? That's what they do over there. We'll have to watch out for that. Forewarned is forearmed.

But you can understand a bit here and there can't you? The hello, yes and no? A bit more maybe? Draw a tick on your paper every time you understand a word. Do a big tick every time you understand an unexpected word.

How many ticks have you got at the end? If there's less than twenty ticks you've either fallen asleep or watched the porn film first. I told you not to do that.

Step 8

Before we watch the film again we'd best have another glass. And we'd best look up the words for wine and beer in the phrasebook while we're here, eh?

I told you I wouldn't make you learn any more words didn't I? I'm not making you learn these either.

Just have a look out of curiosity. You can also look up coffee if you want to too but I'm not going to force you.

Wine is "Wein", "Vino" or something similar in all of them isn't it? Of course it comes from the vine. We knew that anyway. Coffee, Café, Kaffee are all pretty samey too.

Beer is one of four options.

Option 1- It's Beer, Bier, Bière or Birra. This'll work in English, German, Dutch, French and Italian. Easy right?

Option 2 - It's Ceres, Cerveza or Cervassa in Latin languages such as Italian, Spanish, Catalan and Portuguese. That's cos its made from cereal, right? Do note though they each pronounce it quite differently so have an extra look in the pronunciation section of the phrasebook.

Option 3 - It's Øl in Scandinavian languages such as Swedish, Danish, Icelandic and Norwegian. That's why we have Ale, those clever Vikings! While they were busy raping and pillaging our blessed islands, they left a really useful word behind.

Option 4- Most of the Eastern European Slavic languages call beer "Pivo". But that's not tricky is it? It sounds kind of fun to start with.

They all call Vodka, Gin and Whiskey the same things and Cola too which is handy. Brand names are brand names all over. And so are band names. You can literally have a conversation with a drunk German metal fan by looking at his t-shirt, reading the band logo on it and saying "Kiss! Ja, sehr gut! Ja!" over and over.

He'll probably buy you a beer.

It might be worthwhile looking up the word for water, just in case. Now I'm asking you to learn another word and I said I wouldn't do that. Sorry. Ignore it if you really want to.

Now's probably a good time to set your alarm clock and pack your passport, toothbrush and change of socks if you've got an early flight tomorrow.

Step 9

OK, the film's going on again. I know it might be painful but this time we're in it!

Every time you see the character with the most ridiculous moustache you must greet him as an old friend, "Hallo! Hoe gaat het?" you'll shout at him if you're learning Dutch or Flemish. "Goed, bedankt" he'll most likely return.

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Two Typical European Actors- Edouard Baer and Gerard Depardieu

Then when we see the female with the most eyeliner pretend she's your other best friend. All continental films feature characters with moustaches and too much make up don't they?

Likewise when they go into a bar or restaurant in the film, you should order drinks and food too. Remember the "I would like a... please?" and "Thank you" bit we did earlier?

Join in the chit chat whenever the feeling takes you. Put more ticks on your bit of paper if it'll make you feel better. Then go to bed. Remember you've got to get up early tomorrow!

Step 10

Now go to the country and read the phrasebook on the flight.

Then start speaking the language. Just do it. When their customs guy asks for your passport say "Hello" to him in his language. When he gives it back say "Thank you" in his language.

He will most likely ignore you.

That means you've blended in perfectly, he ignores everyone. You are now speaking the language to the people! You win!

Continue to do this.

Don't back down when you fail a few times. Shit happens. Have no embarrassment on this topic. Who cares if some person you've never met thinks you have a limited mental age? What's he to Hecuba or Hecuba to him?

Start the next conversation with the next stranger you meet completely afresh.

Here's an example of the benefits of just giving it a go that I once had.

I was working as a roadie late at night on a gig in Italy. When we finally got back to the hotel after packing down the gig our English tour manager was there to tell us the bar had closed. The band all had drinks they'd ordered before but there was none for the thirsty crew. "Sorry guys, Cor blimey guvnor!" he said.

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Venice- this is what Italy looks like

I wandered up to the bar where the bartender was packing down for the night with the lights off. I said "Ciao!" to him (we all know that don't we? It kind of means hello and also goodbye in Italian).

"Come stai?" I said. That's what the phrasebook said meant "How are you?"

The barman started telling me his life story in Italian. That was fine by me. I said "Non, certo?" ("No, really?") every now and then.

It was a great chat. I think he was mostly saying something about how he had worked too many long shifts recently but I may be wrong. He could have been telling me about his unhealthy fetish for elephant dung for all I know really.

So then after a while of his banter I asked "Posso avere encora una bierra?"

"May I have..." is a super useful phrase on many occasions, see what the phasebook says.

"Posso avere"- (Is it) possi(ble to) 'ave?

"Encora"- another, as in "Please come back and play Rock and Roll All Nite in the encore".

"Una", I think I mentioned that one (1) was going to start with a vowel and have an N sound in it? The Countdown game.

"Bierra"- err... that means beer.

None of this was rocket science.

Then he said "Quanto Birra?" Taking a wild guess, I reckoned "quanto" had something to do with quantity and I already knew that birra meant beer, so the answer had to be a mumbled "quarter" while holding up my thumb and three fingers to represent each of the four crew.

A useful point to note is that while most English speakers hold up fingers for one to four and only use their thumb for five when signalling, many Europeans start with the thumb and then count onto the fingers. Bear that in mind and it's easier than learning loads of number words!

Of course the Italian word for four is not "quarter". It is in fact "Quattro", but I was in the ballpark and having a guess and giving it a go is the name if the game. The main point is he understood me and served us four beers.

This happened only because I tried to speak to him in Italian. I didn't speak good Italian. I spoke just about passable Italian and that will honestly score you loads more points over there than shouting in English.

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NB None of this advice should be taken if you are trying to have a serious conversation in a second language. Do not sign legal documents, police statements, martial contracts or international weapons treaties based on learning a language overnight. The author and MetalTalk will not be held accountable for any injuries or time spent in foreign prisons that may arise from misunderstandings abroad.

Aside from that enjoy the festivals.

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Wacken Open Air, Germany



MORE CHRIS DALE'S METAL MELTDOWN COLUMNS HERE...

March 2015: Matthew Trippe RIP - The strange case of the man who would be Nikki Sixx
November 2014: Storm Thorgerson (1944-2013) RIP
October 2014: Mr. Big – Live Review at Koko, London
September 2014: Mr. Big: 'The Stories We Could Tell' album review
September 2013: Intensive Bass Course with Billy Sheehan
August 2013: Booking Agents vs Promoters
July 2013: Rock and Metal Pub Quiz
June 2013: Communication Tips For European Festivals, Or How To Learn A Language In An Evening
May 2013: Storm Thorgerson (1944-2013) RIP
April 2013: Daily Mail Columnist Richard Littlejohn Sinks To New Low With Anti-Heavy Metal Article
April 2013: The Future Of Classic Bands
March 2013: Smashing Pumpkins Video Shoot
Febuary 2013: Ten Years On Total Rock
January 2013: Kiss Follow Up To Monster 2013
December 2012: Kiss Reformation Magick
November 2012: Exclusive Interview With Geoff Tate
November 2012: Morally Worrying Session
October 2012: Kiss 'Monster' Review
October 2012: The Best Invention Of All Time
September 2012: A Conversation With Rudy Sarzo
August 2012: Scream For Me Sarajevo Part 3
July 2012: Scream For Me Sarajevo Part 2
June 2012: Scream For Me Sarajevo Part 1
May 2012: Managers v Producers
April 2012: Kiss 'Monster' Album Preview
March 2012: London Venue's Nazi Past?
February 2012: How Not to Join the Ozzy Osbourne Band
January 2012: Metal Evilution
December 2011: Take Your Pick Competition
November 2011: The Pandora's Box Of Pop
October 2011: Tank Tour Diary 2011
September 2011: Festival Stage Collapses
August 2011: Bruce Air, The Early Days
July 2011: European Festival Round-Up
June 2011: Bernie Torme Proud To Be Part Of MT Ozzy Article
June 2011: Who's Your Favourite Ozzy Guitarist?
May 2011: Japanese Tsunami Disaster
April 2011: 10,000 Tank Albums!
March 2011: Death Metal Session!
6th February 2011: Gary Moore (4th April 1952 - 6th February 2011)
February 2011: Recording Bass at Steve Harris'
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iron maiden IRON MAIDEN GIVE BRUCE DICKINSON CANCER UPDATE
Bruce is expected to make a full recovery and Rod expects to be able to provide another update after an MRI scan, probably in late May...

sos festival MORE BANDS ANNOUNCED FOR SOS FESTIVAL
SOS Festival announces more bands, including Triaxis and Furyon who headline the Friday and Sunday respectively...

helloween HELLOWEEN ANNOUNCE NEW ALBUM FOR MAY, 'MY GOD-GIVEN RIGHT'
"We tried to built a world of ideas, keeping the 'classical Helloween' elements, like the pumpkins on the one hand and a complete new look on the other..."

michael schenker album MICHAEL SCHENKER RELEASES VIDEO FOR 'LIVE AND LET LIVE'
'Spirit On A Mission', the explosive and celebratory album of all new material is released on March 23rd...

thunder THUNDER ANNOUNCE 'RESURRECTION DAY' AS A SINGLE RELEASE
The new single from 'Wonder Days' celebrates the recovery of guitarist Ben Matthews after serious illness...

joe strummer movie NEW GUESTS ANNOUNCED FOR THE GIG AND LONDON PREMIERE OF 'JOE STRUMMER ON THE RUN'
The film premieres at Koko on 25th March with more special guests including Norman Watt-Roy announced today...

space elevator Y&T ANNOUNCE EUROPEAN TOUR DATES FOR 2015
Still rocking on and as ready as ever, Y&T return to Europe this autumn, with special festival dates in July...

space elevator SPACE ELEVATOR ANNOUNCE SPRING TOUR
Following their strong live debut last year, the band return for a select handful of dates...

the night flight orchestra THE NIGHT FLIGHT ORCHESTRA ANNOUNCE NEW ALBUM RELEASE
'Skyline Whispers', the latest from the Swedish rockers, lands in June...

femme metal FEMME METAL FESTIVAL ANNOUNCES FULL LINE UP
Lacuna Coil and Therion wil headline the international line-up for the October event in Eindhoven...

dimebag darrell DIMEBAG DARRELL'S GRAVE DESECRATED BY FORMER NUCLEAR HELLFROST VOCALIST REECE EBER
Inevitably, Nuclear Hellfrost's social media pages were bombarded by understandably angry and outraged Pantera fans...

iron maiden NICKO McBRAIN GIVES IRON MAIDEN UPDATE - NEW ALBUM IS READY BUT ON HOLD
"Bruce is in great hands back home in England, not only with his family, but his oncologists and all the people that are working with him..."

battle beast FOUNDING MEMBER ANTON KABANEN FORCED OUT OF BATTLE BEAST
"I did not want to leave. The initiative came from the rest of the band, and I am now forced to leave..."

jethro tull IAN ANDERSON CELEBRATES JETHRO TULL WITH NEW SHOW - UK DATES ANNOUNCED
Ian Anderson has announced six dates of a 2015 UK tour, titled 'Jethro Tull - The Rock Opera'...

fm FM PREMIERE 'DIGGIN' UP THE DIRT' VIDEO
Check out the new single from 'Heroes and Villains' right here. FM will be touring the UK in May with Romeos Daughter as special guests...

ian paice IAN PAICE'S SUNFLOWER SUPERJAM - LIVE AT THE ROYAL ALBERT HALL 2012' IS RELEASED ON MARCH 2nd
This spectacular live document is a feast for the eyes and ears...

hrh 9 UFO AND MORE ACTS CONFIRMED FOR HARD ROCK HELL 9
UFO, Toseland, The Screaming Eagles and Trucker Diablo are just some of the acts in today's announcement, joining Saxon this November in Wales...

hackett stolt STEVE HACKETT REVEALS NEW BASS/12 STRING PLAYER FOR UPCOMING TOURO
Multi-talented guitarist Roine Stolt joins the line-up. "It's marvellous to have both Swedish talents Roine Stolt and Nad Sylvan as part of the band for these Hackett solo/Genesis Revisited shows..."

hammerfall HAMMERFALL ANNOUNCE ONE OFF LONDON SHOW IN MAY
"We're pulling out all the stops to make this a triumphant return to British shores and this time there will be no restrictions on lights, sound or production..."

krokus KROKUS ANNOUNCE FIRST US TOUR IN OVER 25 YEARS
Following the Monsters Of Rock cruise the tour continues through several US cities, ending at the legendary Whisky A Go Go in Los Angeles...

wildfire festival WILDFIRE FESTIVAL 2015 ANNOUNCES SUNDAY NIGHT SPECIAL GUESTS, ACOUSTIC LOUNGE AND MORE
For 2015 the Acoustic Lounge is back, bigger and better than ever....

the darkness BREAKING NEWS: THE DARKNESS ANNOUNCE NEW ALBUM AND UNVEIL NEW VIDEO - WATCH IT HERE
Summer 2015 sees the return of multi-award winning music band The Darkness....

jim cregan JIM CREGAN POSTPONES MARCH CREGAN & CO TOUR FOLLOWING CANCER NEWS
Soon I'll start treatment which I'm hopeful will lead to a full recovery and I'll be back doing what I enjoy most, performing with this great band in May and on tour in October..."

hang the bastard HANG THE BASTARD ANNOUNCE TOUR DATES WITH CORROSION OF CONFORMITY & UK HEADLINE DATES
"It's gonna be heavy and it's gonna be loud!!! Bang your heads, we are coming for you!..."

aaron keylock 17 YEAR OLD GUITAR HERO AARON KEYLOCK SIGNS TO MASCOT LABEL GROUP
One of the most exciting and brightest young talents in the UK, Aaron is a mesmerising live performer with over 200 shows to his name...

danko jones DANKO JONES RETURN TO LONDON ON MARCH 18th
The band bring their own brand of bare-bones hard rock that fits well into the paths paved by such bands as Motörhead, and The Ramones...

bruce dickinson BREAKING NEWS: IRON MAIDEN SINGER BRUCE DICKINSON UNDERGOES CANCER TREATMENT
Sometimes a news item breaks that shakes you to your foundations...

rock goddess ROCK GODDESS ANNOUNCE FIRST LONDON DATE IN OVER THIRTY YEARS
The waiting is over. The reformed South London hard rock trio have announced details of their first London concert in over 30 years...

nigel glockler BREAKING NEWS: SAXON DRUMMER NIGEL GLOCKLER PRONOUNCED 100% RECOVERED WITH ZERO DAMAGE
"This means that I am okay to get back to work, but I am told to ease back into it and on my own timeframe..."

scorpions SCORPIONS STREAMING PREVIEW OF EVERY TRACK FROM 'RETURN TO FOREVER', PLUS NEW VIDEO RIGHT HERE
The new Scorpions album, 'Return To Forever' is just days away from its European release now...

carl palmer CARL PALMER'S ELP LEGACY, MARTIN TURNER PLAYS THE MUSIC OF WISHBONE ASH AND THE STRAWBS ON SUPER TOUR 2015
Carl Palmer is a drummer's drummer. A consummate professional, a brilliant technician and a dynamic showman...

geilo MetalTalk COLUMNIST ROGER FAUSKE HEADS OFF ON A TREK ACROSS FROZEN NORWAY
Our heroic voyager will travel over 100km on skis raising money for three worthy charities...

quireboys THE QUIREBOYS RELEASE NEW ALBUM 'ST CECILIA AND THE GYPSY SOUL' ON 30TH MARCH 2015
The album will be part of a luxurious 4CD set, which includes 'Halfpenny Dancer' in the package...

rick springfield RICK SPRINGFIELD TO RELEASE NEW CD/DVD 'STRIPPED DOWN' ON 9th MARCH 2015
"Now, if you can't make it to one of my 2015 Stripped Down dates live, you can enjoy it in the comfort of your own living room...naked, if you want..."

turbowolf TURBOWOLF RELEASE BLISTERING NEW SINGLE 'NINE LIVES'
"Nine Lives is a song about making the most of our limited time; about living with no regrets; about changing our attitudes towards death and about life..."

arch enemy ARCH ENEMY ANNOUNCE NEW LIVE DATES FOR 2015
European fans will see Arch Enemy again in late April. The band are coming back with support from US Metal force Unearth and Drone from Germany...

toto TOTO DEBUT NEW SINGLE 'HOLY WAR'
Toto have announced a March 20th release date for their new studio album 'Toto XIV' in Europe...

motley crue EXCLUSIVE: MOTLEY CRUE PAY TRIBUTE TO GARY GLITTER ON THE FINAL TOUR
Debauched rockers Motley Crue are currently in Japan performing their last Asian dates on their much publicised Final Tour...

music for nations LEGENDARY HEAVY METAL LABEL MUSIC FOR NATIONS IS BACK
As well as reissues, the label will be signing new artists for the first time in over a decade...

satyricon SATYRICON SIGNS WITH NAPALM RECORDS FOR RELEASE OF SPECTACULAR LIVE DVD
"It's not a live album. It's a celebration of what Satyricon stands for as a band..."

absolva ABSOLVA RELEASE NEW VIDEO FOR 'IN SOME WILD UNIVERSE' PLUS TOUR UPDATE
This video features the touring line-up of the band for 2015...

tytan TYTAN AND FRIENDS TO PLAY AT THE WEDFEST
Joining them will also be Midnight Messiah plus the promising young rocking sounds of Bad Touch, Knock Out Kaine and Piston...

rival sons RIVAL SONS WITHDRAW FROM SOUNDWAVE 2015
Australia will have to wait a little longer to see Rival Sons in the flesh as family matters take priority...

the answer HARDCORE SUPERSTAR WILL RELEASE NEW ALBUM 'HCSS' ON 20TH APRIL 2015
"This is nothing less than Hardcore Superstar coming full circle by showing our fans where we come from and what we still believe in..."

the answer THE ANSWER RELEASE BRAND NEW LYRIC VIDEO FOR TRACK 'LONG LIVE THE RENEGADES'
"The song is about just doing what you do best and having a bit of a bunker mentality..."

dead kennedys DEAD KENNEDYS ANNOUNCE UK AND EUROPE HEADLINE TOUR FOR JUNE 2015
US punk pioneers will bring their distincitve sound to four countries over ten dates...

carl sentance BREAKING NEWS: CARL SENTANCE ANNOUNCED AS NEW VOCALIST FOR NAZARETH
Persian Risk vocalist Carl Sentance replaces Linton Osbourne to start the next chapter for the Scottish hard rockers...

rockingham firefest BREAKING NEWS: ROCKINGHAM RELIGHTS THE FIREFEST; GOTTHARD, DAN REED, STAN BUSH AND MORE ANNOUNCED
The AOR flag will be raised high yet again over Nottingham Rock City...

sven dirkschneider U.D.O. ANNOUNCE DIRKSCHNEIDER'S SON AS NEW DRUMMER
"His style of playing drums is fresh and really grooves heavily. It simply is exactly what we need for U.D.O..."

pentagram PENTAGRAM RE-SIGNS WITH PEACEVILLE RECORDS - ALBUM RECORDING UNDERWAY
Through four decades of adversity and triumph, Pentagram have become a legendary international act...

uriah heep URIAH HEEP 2015 UK TOUR ANNOUNCED
This tour follows on from the release of the band's acclaimed album 'Outsider' which enjoyed excellent reviews...

godsmack GODSMACK VOCALIST SULLY ERNA TO MAKE AN ONLINE POKER COMEBACK
For Godsmack fans this could be disheartening as Erna shifts his attention from music to poker...

heidevolk HEIDEVOLK LAUNCH VIDEO FOR NEW TRACK 'WINTER WOEDE'; NEW ALBUM ON THE WAY
The album and video mark the debut of the band's newest members, Kevin Vruchtbaert on guitar and Lars Vogel on vocals...

quo convention FIRST EVER STATUS QUO FAN CLUB CONVENTION ANNOUNCED
There will be live music, very special guests and a packed programme this October for this very special celebration...

queensryche THUNDER CONFIRMED AS VERY SPECIAL GUESTS TO ZZ TOP AT WEMBLEY ARENA PLUS MINI UK TOUR ANNOUNCED
The group's first studio album in six years, 'Wonder Days', reminds us why Thunder are now more revered than ever before...

queensryche QUEENSRŸCHE TO TOUR EUROPE AND RELEASE NEW ALBUM IN 2015
It's a busy year for Queensrÿche with headline shows and festival appearances before the new album release...

dir en grey dir en grey RETURN FOR TWO EXCLUSIVE SHOWS
The Islington O2 Academy will be the scene for Japanese avant-garde Metal in May...

unleashed SWEDISH LEGENDS UNLEASHED REVEAL ALBUM TITLE AND ARTWORK
The founders of the Viking Death Metal movement are back and as brutal as ever...

status quo BREAKING NEWS: STATUS QUO ANNOUNCE 'AQUOSTIC' ROYAL ALBERT HALL GIG IN APRIL
This is the show that wowed the listeners of BBC Radio 2, plus those lucky enough to be in the intimate surroundings of Roundhouse in October...

monument MONUMENT ANNOUNCE UK TOUR
You want great British Metal? You've got it with Monument's headline tour this Spring...

santa cruz SANTA CRUZ REVEAL LYRIC VIDEO FOR 'MY REMEDY'
Get a taste of the new album with 'My Remedy', the third single to be released...

Shattered sun LEGENDARY BRITISH MELODIC ROCKERS FM RETURN WITH 'HEROES & VILLAINS' ON APRIL 17TH
"We're on a roll! Some of the tracks on this album are better than anything that the band has ever produced, and Steve's voice is as good as ever..."

nightwish NIGHTWISH ANNOUNCE ONLY UK DATE THIS YEAR WITH ARCH ENEMY SUPPORTING
"Who would have thought about headlining at Wembley Arena one day when we were starting our UK touring history..."

quireboys THE QUIREBOYS GO UNPLUGGED AND PERSONAL: ACOUSTIC DATES ANNOUNCED
After last year's highly acclaimed unplugged tour, The Quireboys are pleased to announce a very intimate string of evenings early 2015...

killit KILLIT UNLEASH DEBUT VIDEO AND ANNOUNCE FIRST EVER LIVE SHOW
'Shut It Down' is the first single from the album and is out now and available...

state villains STATE VILLAINS TO RELEASE SECOND EP IN SPRING
State Villains have an honesty that harkens back to an era of integrity and a distinct lack of gimmicks...

chris slade BREAKING NEWS: CHRIS SLADE IS BACK IN AC/DC
Chris will rejoin the legendary hard rockers for their appearance at the 57th annual Grammy Awards as well as the band's upcoming tour...

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