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  MARK TAYLOR'S BIG CITY NIGHTS

DEF LEPPARD/WHITESNAKE
SSE Wembley Arena, London
Friday 18th December 2015


Photos by Sean Cameron

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A value for money package featuring the true Rock Of Ages with a double headline from Def Leppard and Whitesnake, with Black Star Riders opening rising from the ashes of Thin Lizzy with a roof raising 'Whisky In The Jar' getting everyone in party mood.

Despite being 64 years old David Coverdale still struts the stage in tight trousers, hair flowing and thrusting his mic stand from the hip. The girls go wild.

His voice has a vintage rasp but this is more of a celebration with his young guns paying homage to his Deep Purple past with Metalized versions of 'Burn', the soulful 'Gypsy', the hard funk drive of 'You Fool No One' and a full length version of the bluesy 'Mistreated' along the acoustic 'Soldier Of Fortune'.



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Naturally the fourteen song set had its fair share of Whitesnake classics with Coverdale getting up close and personal way out on the ramp which stretched out halfway across Wembley. Heroic shapes were shown for 'Still Of The Night'. A top class performance of showmanship.

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Def Leppard have had more than their fair share of high and lows in their lengthy career and this show was like a documented roller-coaster ride through their career with a collage of memories during 'Hysteria' and again later on with 'Photograp'h with teary memories of a young Leppard enjoying their success, pictured with images of their principal songwriting guitarist Steve Clark who passed away in 1991.

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With a new eponymous album to boot Def Leppard get rolling with 'Let's Go'. 'Dangerous' was the only other new offering sensibly sticking to the hits mainly from the multi-million selling 'Hysteria'.

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Their polished style of arena rock still kicks butt with 'Animal', 'Armageddon It' and 'Rocket' thrusting into overdrive. Joe Elliott gets acoustic on 'Two Steps Behind' and the ballads flow with 'Love Bites' and 'When Love And Hate Collide'.

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If you wanna get rocked then Wembley was the place to be. It was easy to forget what year we were in, it was just like 1987 all over again. Marvellous.

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02.02.16




WACKEN WINTER NIGHTS IS HEAVY METAL WONDERLAND

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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