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  MARK TAYLOR'S BIG CITY NIGHTS

SEBASTIAN BACH: ISLINGTON ACADEMY, LONDON

Pictures by Michelle Woods

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The fans may want a full scale Skid Row reunion but when it comes to the crunch they will settle for the singer who despite now being in his mid forties, is still as youthful and wild as ever before. Sebastian Bach drove the ladies wild in the nineties with his androgynous looks and bad boy image and many of those girls are still sexily dressed tonight, hoping to catch the eye of the wild one.

Support was originally due to come from Stormzone but after some dummy throwing antics, were thrown off the bill to be replaced at the last minute from upcoming rockers The Howling. Not that I cared one iota, as I was in the Nags Head pub around the corner getting lubricated and ready for someone that defines the art of being a Heavy Metal singer.

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As the band geared up and the chords for the intro to 'Slave To The Grind' were heard, out from the wings Sebastian Bach exploded onto the stage like a bucking bronco with his long mane swirling around and as he grabbed the microphone the wild stallion headbanged the mic stand smack on the forehead. Not that it mattered to the crazy horse too much as he carried on regardless looking at his band mates for clarification of any blood before he gets a towel from the roadies to clear up the splatter of blood.



The voice was a little hoarser than usual but Bach's energy levels were running on a high as ever before. The set was built around Skid Row classics and tracks from his latest solo album, 'Kicking And Screaming'.

When Sebastian Bach is not singing, he likes to talk. He cheekily invites Axl Rose onto the stage only to jokingly tell us he is not really here. "If Axl was joining me on stage, he wouldn't be here on time."

Bach also tells us of his love of England: "I want fish and chips with vinegar or bangers and mash with HP Sauce." And when one punter comments about his nationality, "Don't hate me for being Canadian, we're part of the Commonwealth. We've got the Queen on our Dollar bills."

As much as the audience loves Bach and his antics, he can still rub some folk up the wrong way. Normally men who are a little jealous of our Metal hero with one guy near me walking out after shouting "Fuck you Sebastian" with his middle digit finger raised to the air, not that anyone was taking any notice.



'18 & Life' and the ballad 'I Remember You' ensure mass sing alongs and after a riveting 'Tunnelvision' Bach refuses to leave the stage and plays the encore straight away and dedicates the next song to his young fine guitarist Nick Sterling, who at 21 years of age lived up to his name by giving a sterling performance. As Bach said: "It's good to have someone on stage who is still in his youth", before a blistering and fist raising 'Youth Gone Wild'.

Love him or loath him Sebastian Bach still gives 100% and that tattoo on his right arm wasn't such a bad idea after all. He still lives and breaths rock n' roll.



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Set list:

Slave To The Grind
Kicking And Screaming
Dirty Power
Here I Am
Big Guns
(Love Is) A Bitch Slap
Stuck Inside
Piece Of Me
18 & Life
American Metalhead
As Long As I Got The Music
Monkey Buisness
My Own Worst Enemy
I'm Alive
I Remember You
Tunnelvision
Youth Gone Wild

Click here for Mark's video interview with Sebastian Bach

30.7.12




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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