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Steve Göldby

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"I wlll be the watcher, and I will never sleep..."
Lemmy, 1993

Life changed forever yesterday and it is very difficult to find words for this.

At 1.30am on the morning of Tuesday 29th December 2015 the biggest Motörhead fan I have ever known, Ripsaw, burst into my room, thrust a Motörhead coffee mug into my hand, filled it with Jack Daniels and broke the news. That's probably how Lemmy would have done it.

We spent the next few hours playing Motörhead albums and drinking in Lemmy's honour and to his memory and feeling very, very sad in the knowledge that we would never see Motörhead play again.

He was Motörhead and he played rock n' roll and I really thought he would outlive every one of us. His legacy most definitely will.

The word "legend" is horribly over-used these days but for Lemmy, it is not negotiable.

Motörhead changed everything. My own first experience of the greatest rock n' roll band ever was in 1979 when the video for 'Bomber' was first aired on British TV and it was, and still is, life defining.

Motörhead gave us something to believe in. They transcended not just heavy rock but music itself and one of my favourite stories from the many that have emerged this last few hours is from former England football star Stuart Pearce, whose love of heavy music is well known.

He told a nice story on talkSPORT radio about when The Stranglers were playing with Motörhead and he popped backstage to say hello to them. On the way out of the backstage area he passed by Motörhead's dressing room and had a quick look in. "It was like Beelzebub's back yard," said the former Manchester City manager and he described the decision to walk past the carnage as a "career defining moment" as he pondered on how his life could have been altered if he had entered the lion's den.

But he was about much more than the well documented hedonistic lifestyle and his music and lyrics are a legacy that will probably never be bettered.

I have often wondered what life would have been like if there had never been a Motörhead. It certainly would not have been as colourful or exciting. I can't clearly remember a time when there wasn't a Motörhead.

But that is now the case and we are left with some amazing memories and a lifetime to ponder a true legend whose like we may never see again.

Ripsaw slugged back the last of the Jack Daniels at 7.00 yesterday morning then went to work. That's probably exactly what Lemmy would have done.

The poster for the forthcoming gig in late January was still on display outside Hammersmith Odeon yesterday afternoon. That gig should still go ahead as a tribute to Lemmy, the very greatest rocker of all time.





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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