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With Richie Sambora bowing out on this World Tour on the eve of the opening night in Washington for another stint in rehab (or because the pay cheque wasn't big enough, depending on whose story you believe) many fans felt the game was up for Bon Jovi as a band, especially as their latest album 'What About Now' is considered by many as their weakest piece of work to date, although it still went to the Number One spot Stateside.

With Sambora bowing out, ticket sales have been hit a little with most ardent Bon Jovi fans citing "No Sambora, No Jovi" and I must include myself amongst that number. However the car crash voyeur in me was curious to see how Jon boy and his boys could carry it off with aplomb with stand in guitarist Phil X ,who has stepped briefly into Sambora's cowboy boots before on the previous tour.

Fortunately, I was given a ticket on the day of the gig for the Golden inner circle and how could I refuse on this hot summer day with the promise of a few light ales before the show by the Serpentine Lake in Hyde Park... Whoa!! I'm halfway there... Wooaaahhh!!!... Yep you get the picture.

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At 7.20pm Bon Jovi hit the stage with 'Rockin' All Over The World', not in homage to Status Quo as some may think, but to the writer of the song by John Fogerty of Credence Clearwater Revival fame. With second song 'You Give Love A Bad Name' followed by 'Raise Your Hands' it was business as usual.

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There was a lot less posing going on from JBJ this time knowing he had to deliver the goods. In fact the whole band seemed to have raised their game. Phil X (Real name Xenidis) concentrated on his parts with respect to Sambora, but he certainly stamped his own identity on the show without any signs of egotism. As the show went on, X was on blistering form with an exquisite solo on 'Dry County'.

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With an hour's worth of well earned encores Bon Jovi played a blinder and proved why they are the mega stars that they are. A three hour show of anthems. Love them or loath 'em , most bands can only dream of having a songbook like Bon Jovi's and getting this kind of adulation.

Set list:
Rockin' All Over The World
You Give Love A Bad Name
Raise Your Hands
Born To Be My Baby
Lost Highway
It's My Life
Because We Can
What About Now
We Got It Goin' On
Keep The Faith
Someday I'll Be Saturday Night
In These Arms
Captain Crash & The Beauty Queen From Mars
We Weren't Born To Follow
Who Says You Can't Go Home
I'll Sleep When I'm Dead
Bad Medicine

Dry County
Wanted Dead Or Alive
Love's The Only Road
Have A Nice Day
Livin' On A Prayer

These Days
Blood On Blood

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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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