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'Live At Moondance Jam'
(Frontiers Records)
Release Date: 19th November 2013

Gary 'Rockulus' Clarke

Rockulus Maximus

reo speedwagon

What a live bonanza we have here. If you're rather partial to the melodic rock flair that is constantly exhibited within the back catalogue of REO Speedwagon, then this live collection could be something to consider.

The live renditions are faithful to their studio brethren, and all in all the quality has already stood up well as this performance was shown on various outlets earlier in the year. If you witnessed this show on VH1 Classic or Direct TV then hopefully you'll recall the set list which contained such staples as 'Can't Fight This Feeling', 'Take It On The Run' and 'Keep On Loving You'.

For those of you that are die-hard fans, this live affair is notable for including the first ever live version of the song 'In Your Letter' which originally appeared on the mighty fine 1980 studio album 'Hi-Infidelity'. Apart from that, it's a selection that also incorporates fan-favourite 'Golden Country' (originally found on their second studio album released back in 1972) and a larger-than-life version of 'Back On The Road Again' that first appeared on their 1979 studio album 'Nine Lives'.

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To break down their song choices that made it to this veritable feast of classic parping, the earliest one is from their 1971 debut album, '157 Riverside Avenue', with the latest choice from their back catalogue being the radio-friendly 'Can't Fight This Feeling'.

They opted to avoid any of their material after 'Wheels Are Turnin'', but they thankfully avoided repeating what was already made available in 1977 when they released their live album 'Live: You Get What You Play For'.

Although this review is all about the audio version of the concert, don't be fooled in to thinking that it's not available on other formats. It is also ready to view as a DVD or Blu-ray if you so prefer.

The musicianship is great and the songs really have a fresh feel which is the proverbial cherry on the top. 'Like You Do', 'Keep Pushin'' and 'Don't Let Him Go' provide highlights for my ears during this live recording and have sufficient zest about them to keep the listening experience interesting.

The songs don't really translate too radically from what you know and love regarding the studio versions and as with all live albums, they're really an important addition to the true fan whilst providing the casual interested party with a new angle on a familiar song. The quality is good; the performances do the job; what more can you say?

To summarise, this is an album for the real fan of REO Speedwagon who are tired of listening to their copy of 'Live: You Get What You Play For'. But folk like me who were hoping for some newer tracks to make it and even a rendition of 'Only The Strong Survive' (a personal fave), might feel let down a little despite those points about performance and quality made earlier. I suppose that's another inevitable aspect regarding live albums; you can't please everyone all of the time.

1. Don't Let Him Go
2. Keep On Loving You
3. In Your Letter
4. Take It On The Run
5. Keep On Pushin'
6. Golden Country
7. Can't Fight This Feeling
8. Like You Do
9. Time For Me To Fly
10. Back On The Road Again
11. Roll With The Changes
12. Ridin' The Storm Out
13. 157 Riverside Avenue

Neal Doughty – keyboards, organ, piano, synthesizer
Kevin Cronin – lead vocals, rhythm guitar, piano, keyboards
Bruce Hall – bass guitar, vocals
Dave Amato – lead guitar, vocals
Bryan Hitt – drums, percussion





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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