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9th May 2017

tony mottram

When Gary Moore passed away six years ago in 2011, I went through my photo files and carried on scanning more of my photographs, but I noticed that one particular session, a favourite of mine, was missing.

At the time of the 'Out In The Fields' single, Gary, Phil Lynott and the band performed in military jackets. I was working as a freelance photographer for Metal Hammer, RAW and many other magazines, including with a Swedish journalist, Fia Persson, for OKJE & Expressen magazines based in Stockholm.

I was sure I had kept a couple of samples from this shoot and given some to the photo agency I was using at the time. But when I couldn't find any in my files, I contacted the agency but they didn't have any either. I tried to contact Fia Persson & OKJE magazine but no luck...

I have been lucky not to have lost many photographs over the years and not lost any sessions. Usually I have one or two samples or out takes. Over the past six years this has been bugging me.

Ha - I was starting to doubt I'd even done these photographs. I racked my mind - where did I shoot it? was it in Germany? Was it in London? I am still looking for my diaries of the period... would OKJE still have some of my originals? Where is Fia? Can she help?

Then last month via Facebook and Neil Carter's post, I was made aware that a new magazine in Sweden published a Gary Moore and Thin Lizzy feature, using a couple of my photographs from the very 'Out In The Fields' shoot I had done.

A friend of mine, Phil, now based in Gothenburg, helped me see a hard copy of the magazine, then I contacted the writer of the feature and told him I membered shooting the pictures in the car park of the TV studio and it was one of my 'make 'em laugh' pics. Ever see Gary smiling? Ha! Tough guy!

Jorgen the writer agreed they are my original transparencies and he kindly returned them back to me. Result!

If anyone has the original OKJE magazine from 1985-86 I'd Love to see it! If anyone knows where Fia is now I'd like to catch up with her. Also if these images are out there anywhere, please let me know.

tony mottram

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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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