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  MARK TAYLOR'S BIG CITY NIGHTS

CHICKENFOOT
'III'
(eOne Music)
Released: 27th September 2011


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Chickenfoot return with their second album, cheekily titled III. Don't you just love the humour from our fellow musician friends? Surely the best musician gag is this one. A drum and a cymbal both roll down and fall of a cliff... B'doom, tsssh!

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In fact Sammy Hagar could've easily called it HSAS II. Firstly he had the supergroup he formed with Journey's Neil Schon in 1983 along with Kenny Aaronson and Michael Shrieve and now with Chickenfoot he has musicians with the same initials. Please step forward Joe Satriani, Mike Anthony and Chad Smith.

I'm sure if you are reading this you won't need me to tell you about the pedigree of these guys?

The debut, released in 2009, didn't exactly set the world alight but for those who were lucky enough to witness the band live at Shepherd's Bush Empire. London that year know that Chickenfoot have a whole lot more to offer and are a band to be taken seriously. This is more than just a busman's holiday.

Chickenfoot III is a far superior album to the debut. This album flows with a high level of consistency with the band sounding like they are having fun in the studio. With the majority of the tracks written by Hagar and Satriani the two have combined their talents to make an album full of songs that will sound great on American Rock Radio.

I would go as far as saying this is the best album featuring Sammy Hagar since Van Halen's '5150'.

Those looking for some instrumental guitar wizardry from Satriani would be advised to stick to his solo albums as this album is what great musicians are meant to do and that is to make great, listenable, hummable, singalongable music.

Every song has it's touch of panache. 'Last Temptation', 'Alright Alright', 'Up Next', 'Lighten Up', 'Big Foot' and 'Dubai Blues' are full on belters that wouldn't be out of place on those latter day Van Halen albums which have that trademark backing vocal from Mike Anthony.

'Come Closer' has a relaxing lounge summer breeze vibe going on and is good enough for a single release, as is 'Different Devil'. The hazy 'Something Going Wrong' is something going right but the most controversial song on the album is 'Three And A Half Letters' where Hagar reads out letters from his fellow patriotic soldiers returning from overseas wars to find there is no work for them when they return to civilian life.

A highly enjoyable album for those who like their rock to rock in the classic way. I look foward to their third album, 'Chickenfoot V'.



23.10.11




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WACKEN WINTER NIGHTS IS HEAVY METAL WONDERLAND

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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