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'Future Past'

Phil Kane

phil kane

michael thompson band future past

The Michael Thompson Band's first album, 89s 'How Long', became a bit of a cult classic but didn't sell diddly squat, despite the critics and those in the know loving it.

In the years since, Thompson has acquired a huge customer base of A-list clients that clamour for his services, him being the go to guitarist for stars ranging from Barbara Streisand and Celine Dion, through *NSYNC to The Scorpions and Vince Neil. That's as well as working with his other outfit TRW. Now, he's back for another go with his second album 'Future Past'.

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Apart from the wonderful Larry King replacing Moon Calhoun on vocals, little else has changed over the intervening twenty three years. Just like its predecessor, 'Future Past' is an almost flawless collection of quality high end melodic rock songs.

The writing is top notch, the playing is tight, the production is not too pristine leaving just enough of a rough edge to give the album grunt and the keyboards have been prevented from swamping the lot.

If you've never heard any of MTB's stuff, think Dare with better songs and not so many ballads and you will be pretty much bang on the money. Generally speaking, 'Future Past' pretty much takes up where the first album left off and ticks all the right AOR boxes.

The album fair overflows with killer tracks too. There's 'Here I Am', the type of exhilarating song that Bon Jovi have been known to shit at will. 'High Times' and 'Can't Miss' have the ringing chimes of the eighties and 'Bring Me Down' has a serious bit of poke about it despite the deceptive ballad opening.

'Can't Be Right' has a beefy groove that is tempered by a subtly chiming keyboard while 'Future Past', the very Magnum 'Beautiful Mystery' and 'Fight For Your Life' are finely crafted chunks of West Coast rock.

In fact there is not a bad track on here and 'Future Past' is another perfect album for that sunny afternoon/convertible with top down/long straight road combination.

An AOR tour de force.




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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