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After reforming for a stunning performance at the High Voltage Festival in 2010, the four original members of Argent are back one more time on a very cold evening and the onset of heavy snow doesn't stop the fans from venturing out to see what could be the last time the band play together.


Warm up duties fell to Martin Turner's Wishbone Ash and the original bassist/vocalist led his merry men through a set of Ash classics. Opener 'The King Will Come' is a majestic epic followed by the American breeze sound of 'Front Page News'. Guitarist Danny Wilson takes on the vocals for 'Rock 'N Roll Widow' which now starts with a slow spoken intro before the song takes us to more common ground. 'Argus' favourites 'Warrior', 'Throw Down The Sowrd' and 'Blowin' Free' are aired before they wind up their short set with the rocking 'No Easy Road' and the hard blues of 'Jailbait'.

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The first half of Argent's show features tracks from their first four albums with both parts of 'It's Only Money' and a honky tonky 'Keep On Rolling' soon followed by other lesser known delights of the jazz funk of 'Be Free' and the swing of 'Sweet Mary'.


The show then ups a gear with the Russ Ballard penned 'Liar', later a big US hit for Three Dog Night. Although originally a hit for the Zombies, 'She's Not There' was the second song Rod Argent ever wrote as a young teenager and features some exemplary Hammond work.

More stories were then shared as Rod Argent and Ballard go back to back on the keyboards for the delicate 'I Don't Believe In Miracles', another Ballard composition that Argent didn't record at the time but gave to Zombies singer Colin Blunstone.

Although not strictly Argent related, it was still a joy to hear 'Since You've Been Gone', one that Ballard would later write as a solo artist and would become a smash hit for Rainbow.


No one has ever bettered Argent's own 'Hold You Head Up', featuring another long work out on the Hammond with the show winding up with 'God Gave Rock 'N Roll To You' in extended pure prog fashion, later popularised by Kiss but not nowhere near as dangerous.

They don't make bands like this any more. A classy evening.

Set list

It's Only Money (Parts I&II)
Keep On Rolling
I Am The Dance Of Ages
Be Free
Sweet Mary
She's Not There
I Don't Believe In Miracles
Since You've Been Gone
Hold Your Head Up
God Gave Rock 'N Roll To You




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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