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'Perfect Strangers' Live (DVD, 2CD+DVD, 2LP+2CD+DVD)
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WOW. Now this was a good time for the British rock scene, when one of the greatest rock bands of all time reformed. And they looked, and sounded, all the better for being back after the break.

After several line-up changes and drug problems in the the mid 70s, founder members pianist Jon Lord and drummer Ian Paice decided to break up the band, and eight years later they got back together, this time with the monumental Mark II line-up that last recorded in 1973.

Lord had been playing with Whitesnake up the start of 1984, Ian Paice with Whitesnake then Gary Moore, guitarist Blackmore and bassist Roger Glover had worked together in Rainbow, while Gillan had fronted both Black Sabbath and his own band. The resulting 'Perfect Strangers' LP received much acclaim and rightly so.

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I remember their sole UK performance at the Knebworth Festival (I was 15 at the time) and thought it fantastic. This live show, from Australia on the same tour shows just how good the band were (still are).

Opening with 'Highway Star', the band are full of energy, and 'Nobody's Home' goes down well too. Another classic is 'Strange Kind Of Woman'. Ritchie plays an extended bluesy intro to 'Gypsy's Kiss', and 'Perfect Strangers' and 'Knocking At Your Back Door' prove how good the new album was.

The guitar work is fantastic, as is the guitar/keyboard (which was integral to Deep Purple's sound).

'Lazy' sees a Paice drum solo (as well as some shred from Blackmore on the intro), and 'Child In Time' gets a rare outing.

Despite Gillan's aging voice it works very well here. One of the chief highlights and surprises of the show is, however, 'Difficult To Cure'. Annexed with Lord's keyboard solo, the Rainbow reworking of Beethoven's Ninth goes down a storm. An extended guitar intro, Blackmore looks in his element, but the most energetic is Ian Gillan, having his own private party on his congas.

An extended 'Space Truckin'' includes a guitar solo, while 'Black Night' and 'Speed King' are nothing short of thrilling and enthralling. Then there's the show closer, 'Smoke On The Water'. 'Nuff said.

The energy and chemistry were right on here, the band sounding fresh. This is as good as classic hard rock gets; 70s British rock for the 80s, and it's still relevant, and still enjoyable.

The DVD may have limited appeal on its own, but the format options that mix both audio and DVD are pretty essential as a record of the era. Top marks for both classic music/performance and the importance of the documentation of this tour.

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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.


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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