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whitesnake made in japan

Does the world need another Whitesnake live release, I hear you cry? Of course it does if you're a Whitesnake fan.

Iron Maiden fans have been kept happy in recent times with almost every tour being documented in one way or another and it's only fitting that Coverdale and co treat us with this neat package in the Year Of The Snake.

Recorded at the Loud Park Festival from Saitama Super Arena Japan on the Forevermore World Tour, the performance was initially recorded for Japanese TV but after three songs were broadcast the Whitesnake camp received demands for the whole show to be made available. The Deluxe package features a Live DVD and CD featuring the entire set from that day plus another CD featuring sounchecks and acoustic numbers.

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So let's start with the DVD. The most recent DVD from Whitesnake was 'Live... In The Still Of The Night' filmed in 2004 at Hammersmith Apollo and released two years later. Whilst that release used some imaginative camera angles there was an annoyance at some of the arty black and white footage used. Thankfully this Japan show is filmed in glorious colour throughout.

What is of most interest is the new material from 'Forevermore' with the eponymous title track, the bluesy swing of 'Steal Your Heart Away' and 'Love Will Set You Free' being the main highlights on here.

Lots of camera action on Coverdale naturally plus the duelling antics of slingers Reb Beach and Doug Aldrich although it does take a bit of getting used to seeing the unfamiliar faces of bassist Michael Devin, drummer Brian Tichy (Now replaced by Tommy Aldrige) and guest keyboardist Brian Ruedy.


Bizarrely Briian Tichy does a drum solo at one stage where upon for some reason he brings out two kitchen knifes to thrill although he doesn't throw one in the air and catch it one handed... That would've been one drum solo I would've stayed away from the bar for.

The bonus footage on the DVD is unimaginative and holds no ninja surprises with slideshows and a couple of alternative videos. Footage of the band travelling through Japan or tomfoolery antics backstage or even live footage from the extra shows they did in Japan days after this show where they played a longer set would've made it a lot more interesting.

The live CD is the first from Whitesnake since 'Live... In The Shadows Of The Blues' from 2006. 'Made In Japan' has a much better clearer production and is an enjoyable listen, however you may want to get up and put the kettle on and make yourself a cup of Yorkshire Tea during the drum solo, but once again the tracks from 'Forevermore' are a treasure to own and you'll be reaching for the air guitar long before 'Still Of The Night' reaches it's climax.


The second live CD features Sound Check and acoustic versions of tracks from the last two Whitesnake albums and whether they were actually recorded on this Japanese jaunt is neither here or there as it sounds the band are having a blast with Coverdale being himself using some comical expletives away the from the paying fans. They have done an acoustic album before with 'Starkers In Tokyo' but that was done in front of business executives. A future acoustic album of Whitesnake classics recorded in a bar would be most welcome on this evidence.

All in all, this is a worthy addition to your Whitesnake collection. Domo arigato Mr Coverdale Roboto.

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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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