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mick underwood

Mick Underwood is a seasoned drummer who has played with many of rock n' roll's greats. From receiving drum lessons at a very young age from none other than the recently departed Jim Marshall, playing with Ritchie Blackmore in the Outlaws, Episode Six, the short lived Quatermass and with Paul Rodgers in Peace, but he is more fondly remembered for when he joined up with his former buddy from Episode Six and Deep Purple's legendary singer Ian Gillan in the much underrated, much loved and highly successful act Gillan.

A band who between 1979 and 1982 made five infectious albums, all of which made the UK Top 20 with the 'Glory Road' album hitting number three in August 1980, kept off the top by Roxy Music's 'Flesh And Blood' and AC/DC's 'Back In Black' mega seller. Just eight months later 'Future Shock' went straight in at number two, beaten the the top slot by Adam And The Ants 'King Of The Wild Frontier'.

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Gillan toured the length of the country, including a headlining slot at the Reading Festival in 1981 as well as many memorable TV appearances before it all ended at Wembley Arena on the 'Magic' tour before Ian Gillan controversially joined Black Sabbath.

Since then little has been heard of Mick Underwood, although he has been happily playing near his home in the West of London, most notably in Raw Glory with Cosmo from the Heavy Metal Kids. Many would love to see a Gillan re-union but with Ian Gillan still coining it in around the world with Deep Purple, that's highly unlikely to ever happen.

Mark caught up with Mick at his recet London gig and here's what he had to say...

Click here for the review of Mick Underwood's Glory Road's recent London gig...

mick underwood

mick underwood




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.

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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