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I'm saddened today by the death of Dick Wagner - best known as the guitarist who co-wrote 'Only Women Bleed' with shock rock king Alice Cooper. Wagner was one of the greatest unknown guitarists of his era. He was 71.

He played the duel leads on Aerosmith's 'Train Kept A Rollin'' along side Steve Hunter - the pair were called "the best guitar team in the world," by no less than Steven Tyler. Hunter and Wagner were also the team responsible for the brilliant guitar work on Lou Reed's bookend live albums, 'Lou Reed Live', and 'Rock N' Roll Animal', that resulted in the mega hit 'Sweet Jane' that featured one of the greatest guitar intros in recorded history.

Dick also wrote hits for Air Supply, and contributed to many Cooper classics. Oh yeah, the lead on Aerosmith's 'Same Old Song And Dance'? That was Dick.

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He truly lived and breathed the rock n' roll lifestyle and he documented it as well as anyone ever has in his outstanding autobiography, Not Only Women Bleed: Vignettes From The Heart Of A Rock Musician.

In 2007, Wagner suffered a massive heart attack and stroke. After arriving DOA at a Scottsdale, Arizona hospital, he spent two weeks in a coma, and awakened with a paralyzed left arm.

As he slowly recovered, Wagner manifested unusual symptoms, including difficulty walking and concentrating, loss of balance, and symptoms of dementia, threatening his music career and his life.

In 2011, Dick was diagnosed with Normal Pressure Hydrocephalus (NPH), a type of dementia. In late 2011, after successful surgery Wagner was able to make a significant recovery, regaining almost all of the dexterity which had been lost over the course of the disorder's progression.

In his later years, Dick was very active doing appearances at many music and book stores, and he organized, recorded, and released his song and video for 'If I Had Time (I Could Change The World)', to raise money for St Jude's Children's Research Hospital. Also featured on the recording were more than 50 musicians including Mark Farner, Leland Sklar, Elliot Easton, Jennifer Batten, and Trini Lopez.

On a personal note, I last saw Dick at Showcase Guitars in San Jose, California a few months back. He was the first guitar teacher for my one month son. After their lesson, Dick said, "He needs to work on his dexterity, but he's got a great set of hands!"

Dick saw, and did it all - he lived life as it should be lead, and he had become a gentleman. One of the nicest guys you would ever meet, and a tremendous talent. Rest in peace, my friend....




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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