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Tina Saul

20th April 2011

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A touching reason why the internet really does help the music industry - contrary to popular belief.

I was having a discussion last night, which has been ongoing over the last few years, around internet killing music. Sounds a bit familiar to me, 'Video Killed The Radio Star' spring to mind anyone? It's not killing it, but changing it.

Just a couple of hours before I'd seen an article that not only touched me beyond belief, but proved that digital channels go beyond helping music, and actually deliver a platform to facilitate something much more. And this article showed me that it can truly help fans and bands connect, in a completely different way.

The essence of the story is this: 62 year-old Lawrence Ori, suffering from the degenerative condition, supernuclear palsey, was nearing the end of his days and his dying wish was to meet Aerosmith's Steven Tyler.

Through the power of the internet and some creative thinking, his dying wish was realised. With the help of Passages Hospice Dream Foundation, Steven spoke to Lawrence! Here lies a man on his deathbed and he gets to speak to his hero, and not only that, but his friends and family got to experience it with him too. Steven even asked what his favourite Aerosmith track was, and on replying 'Dream On', Steven sang a bit to him. There and then on Skype.

Only a matter of hours later Lawrence sadly passed on, listening to 'Dream On' and undoubtedly with the biggest smile as Steven's final words to him were "Love you man. Great to meet you".

In your last few hours on earth, how better to spend it than having a livelong dream come true, and even better is having your nearest and dearest all there to share it.

I'm not saying this is a new thing, but it is different. There are lots of people that have had something similar happen in the past, but this is an opportunity to point out that new technologies can change things for the better.

It wasn't just a stroke of luck that the dying man and idol were in the same place at the same time; the internet breaks down those borders. And it can break down others too.

The entire industry has to realise that it's all different today, and it will be even more different tomorrow. And that's everyone: from bands to labels, from press to fans. Embrace the change and move on. Who knows? You could make someone's dream come true one day.

To view the article and video,l click here. Be warned, you will need tissues to hand.

And I kid you not, as I was writing this article on my commute home last night, 'Dream On' came on random...



Wacken Winter Nights 2018 takes place between February 23rd and 25th 2018 and the great news is that you can now experience a full-on, top class German Metal Festival easily and affordably.

It only takes an hour to fly to Hamburg from London and we've had longer journeys than that within the capital and they were certainly more expensive than the £33 air ticket that just appeared in our 'flights to Wacken Winter Nights' search.


Wacken Winter Nights is organised by the same team who are responsible for the world's greatest Metal festival, Wacken-Open-Air and the 2018 bill includes Skyclad, Orphaned Land, Elvenking, Finntroll, Grave Digger, Aeverium, Comes Vagantes, Coppelius, Corvus Corax, Die Pressgëng, Elvellon, Heimataerde, Hell-O-Matic, Ignis Fatuu, Ingrimm, Irdorath, Johnny Deathshadow, Krayenzeit, Letzte Instanz, Mr Hurley und die Pulveraffen, Pampatut, Pat Razket, Schandmaul, Sündenrausch, The Aberlour's, The Moon And The Nightspirit, Torfrock, Visions Of Atlantis, Vroudenspil, Wind Rose and more.

Besides this rich billing of superb Metal bands, there is so much more to see in the festival area including the medieval market and also the walking acts and jugglers you will meet at the theme worlds, including Robert Blake, three-time World Cup winner of street magic.

Wacken Winter Nights is something not to be missed and you can check out the amazing ticket and accommodation prices right here.

We just priced up the whole four day trip with hotels, flights, shuttles and festival tickets for less than £300 and we don't think you will get a better value festival than that, anywhere.


MetalTalk recently sat down with Wacken founder and owner Thomas Jensen and that interview will be online next week and it's a fascinating insight into how Wacken originated from nothing to become the world's premiere Heavy Metal event.


Wacken 2018 takes place from 2nd to 4th August 20218 and as with Wacken Winter Nights, if you have never experienced all it has to offer, then you owe it to yourself to remedy that.

Already announced for Wacken 2018 are Judas Priest, Nightwish, Running Wild (exclusive), Arch Enemy, Dirkschneider, Doro (Special Anniversary Show), In Extremo, Sepultura, Amorphis, Amaranthe, Firewind, W.A.R., Belphegor, Mantar, Knorkator, Deserted Fear, Watain, Night Demon, Epica, Knorkator, Belphegor, Firewind, Deserted Fear and many more and we'll have more Wacken 2018 announcements during December.

As well as being the greatest Heavy Metal festival in the world, it is without a doubt the Mecca of Metal and the one thing that every single person who loves our music should have on their bucket list.

For 2018, MetalTalk have joined forces with Wacken-Open-Air to help you get to Wacken easily and inexpensively and you can peruse the ticket and travel options right here.

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