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Tina Saul

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As AC/DC's 'For Those About To Rock (We Salute You)' blasts out from the PA, it's clear that each and every person in the Forum tonight has waited nine years too long to see Godsmack hit our shores once again. It's the first night of their European tour and as they burst onto stage to 'Straight Out Of Line' the pent up energy comes flooding out of the crowd, and when Sully welcomed London, the Forum showed their appreciation back ten fold.

Out came the talk box for start of 'Re-Align' and the atmosphere intensified but it's when the opening to 'Awake' played that mosh pits kicked off all around the venue, and not just at the front. We'd got a spot near the stage but decided to move back a bit past the bar, where a bunch of kids had even got a moshpit going - seriously, at the bar!

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Frontman Sully kept the audience in the palm of his hands, guitarist Tony Rombola pulled off some almost Schenker-esque riffs, and bassist Robbie even got to sing a bit of 'We Will Rock You', but it was Shannon Larkin who stole the show for me with his lunatic drumming. His arms looked double jointed and I've never seen anyone pound skins like he did, and was just mesmerising to watch.

As they launched into 'Whatever' Sully took this as an opportunity to test the audience, saying he had the feeling London would be the best audience of the tour and encouraging his adoring fans into joining in by throwing out pints of beer. He asked them to go wild after the singalong and my god they did exactly that. I haven't seen a moshpit that intense or heard fans singing quite so long in a very long time, which just served to prove that this is a band that still have a future this side of the pond, even after their hiatus.

A short break before the encore, which started with the calming track 'Serenity' before bringing the night to climax with 'I Stand Alone', lending to a huge amount of people taking it upon themselves to throw plastic glasses in every direction, especially people upstairs who were likely retaliating for the people downstairs getting the free booze earlier.

An amazing return and I hope that they keep to their promise of coming back soon, which Sully mentioned several times throughout the show, even saying "we'll see you guys next June" at the end. So is that a hint that there could be festival appearances pencilled in to their calendar for 2013? I really hope so. And when they do come back, after seeing them at Cruefest 2 in Dallas, and witnessing the truly spectacular double drum duel between Sully and Shannon, I pray that it makes it over here next time.

Straight Out Of Line
The Enemy
Forever Shamed
The Oracle
Cryin' Like A Bitch
Keep Away (including We Will Rock You by Queen and Walk by Pantera)
Love Hate Sex Pain

Serenity (Acoustic)
I Stand Alone


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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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