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Tina Saul: Pictures by Noel Buckley

20th June 2011

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The infamous Hammy O was packed to capacity on this grim Monday evening, with everyone waiting for Whitesnake to arrive on stage.

Shortly after the 'Forevermore' backdrop was raised, the lights dropped, signature opener 'My Generation' played and the Snake appeared on stage, performing 'Best Years' as if it was an encore, rather than the opening of a set.

Although this tour is to support the release of Whitesnake's eleventh studio album, 'Forevermore', there were plenty of classics peppered in the set to keep everyone happy.

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Cov seemed quite content with the ladies in the crowd too, pointing out some racks in the front row of the circle. On catching a white rose that someone had thrown at him, he replied with; "Roses? Do I do the rose thing?".

Then the romance continued when before launching into 'Forevermore' David Coverdale said that he'd been on "a journey for thirty years and these are love songs to you lot". There were a few ladies who were disappointed that Doug Aldrich kept his top on throughout the gig, and there were a couple more disappointments to come.


First off was the sound. You could barely hear the guitars and, whereas I love to hear great drumming, I don't want it so loud that it's to the detriment of the rest of the band. By the time they played 'Steal Your Heart Out', the fifth track of the set, the sound was sorted, but it also bought one of the first solos, followed shortly after by an extended guitar duel, and then a very long drum solo.

All in all, there were thirty minutes of solos which had a massive impact on the atmosphere and it took a while to get it back. Maybe it would have been better if they hadn't come back with 'Fare Thee Well' after the solo performances. Oh well, at least it gave the audience a chance for a pitstop or three.

But when they launched into the Bobby 'Blue' Bland cover 'Ain't No Love In The Heart Of The City', Mr Coverdale said "You're Famous For It" and he was right, the whole audience was united and everything was restored – a very magical moment.

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Next up was 'Fool For Your Lovin'' and then the absolute cherry on the top was Bernie Marsden joining the band for the last song of the set 'Here I Go Again'.

The encore was exactly as expected; 'Still Of The Night' followed by David Coverdale singing Deep Purple's 'Soldier Of Fortune'. And finally as 'We Wish You Well' played, the whole band seemed to thank each and every member of the audience.

Well, thank you Whitesnake, my disappointment was well and truly quashed, and all I can remember is a truly awesome night out.



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.

If you are interested in going to Wacken 2018 and have questions, please fill out the form below and we will contact you with answers to all your enquiries. You are under no obligation whatsoever by filling this form out. We won't add you to any mailing lists or send you loads of spam - all we will do is help you get to Wacken as easily and inexpensively as possible.



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