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'Rock n' Roll Ride'
Release Date: 26th March 2012

Phil Kane

phil kane

jack blades rock n roll ride

Now this is how it's done. It's an unfortunate fact that the old guard can still knock stuff out that leaves the young guns standing and 'Rock n' Roll Ride' is a case in point. Not content with the busy of Nightranger, ol' Jack has rounded up a few of his pals, Brad Gillis, Kelly Keagy, Joel Hoekstra, Eric Levy and Robin Zander, and with their help knocked out a cracker of a melodic rock album.

What makes 'Rock n' Roll Ride' such a good album is that they've mixed things up a bit, going beyond the usual rocker/ballad mix. Of course there are the shin kickers with the likes of 'Say You Will', the title track and 'Back In The Game' and for all you pussycats there are (mercifully only) a couple of ballads with 'Hey Now' with its gospel keyboards and 'Hardest Word To Say'.

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Then the album diversifies further with the cheesy 'Love Life' and 'Born For This' and their upbeat us-against-the-world drive that Bon Jovi pretty much invented. 'Don't Give Up', 'Anything For You' and 'West Hollywood' are the sort of laid back small town story telling that Tom Petty and Springsteen are renowned for.

In lesser hands the album would probably be a disjointed mess but not with this lot. Primarily a rock album, it's eclecticism means it could also hold its own as a proper chunk of rocked up Hicksville Americana.

'Rock n' Roll Ride' is a big, well rounded rock album that has it's curves in all the right places and a great groove. A good album to have on as you drive with the sunroof down and the wind in your hair.




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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