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1st March 2012


Nazareth gave us some goodies to give away in a competition exclusive to readers and here's the winning entries.

We asked you what year the band were founded and the answer was 1968. The winning entry for a pair of tickets to the gig of the winner's choice and a copy of Nazareth's new album 'Big Dogz' is:

Tom Baines from Liverpool

And a copy of the album goes to our two runners-up:

Kin Broke
Lynne D

We'll be in touch with you very soon...


Nazareth are one of the UK's finest ever classic rock bands. The band are perhaps best known for their breakthrough albums, 'Razamanazz' and 'Loud n Proud' (both 1973) and their chart-storming singles, 'Bad Bad Boy', 'Broken Down Angel', 'Love Hurts', 'My White Bicycle' and their remarkable adaptation of Joni Mitchell's 'This Flight Tonight'. Since then the band have released a steady stream of top-notch albums and retained a steadfast, almost rabid fan base across the world.

Nazareth has sold an impressive over 60 million records in their 40 year music career worldwide for which they count as one of the best known and most successful Scottish bands ever. On their new album 'Big Dogz', they have returned to their roots, pure rock music with its rough edges, like it's straight from the 70s. Exactly how rock should sound – and that's how Nazareth lays it down.

Formed in 1968, Nazareth sprung from the ashes of a semi-professional local band, 'The Shadettes', eventually taking their name from the opening line from 'The Weight' - the classic song by The Band. Releasing their first album in 1971, the band still features the gravel-voiced Dan McCafferty and bassist Pete Agnew, alongside lead guitarist Jimmy Murrison and Lee Agnew who has more recently taken over the drum stool for so long occupied by the sadly departed Darrell Sweet.

For their 40th anniversary, Naz decided to record a come-back album. earMUSIC released 'The Newz' in 2008, proving once again that Nazareth is fully committed to rock and always satisfy with great songwriting and a fresh sound. The contemporary production brilliantly held true to their roots and really emphasize the extraordinary voice of Dan McCafferty.

'Big Dogz' was recorded in Prague and mixed in Basel, produced by guitar player Jimmy Murrison and young Swiss sound-wizard Yann Rouiller, the album has a challenging approach to production. In contrast with rock music's current tendency to be clean and overproduced in order to be perfect and easily consumed, Nazareth's album focuses on capturing the dangerous and challenging edge that rock music should have, too often lost in the chase for perfection. For this reason, Nazareth have always truly concentrated on bringing out that dirty, challenging, edginess of real rock; that sound that rock music must have.

Nazareth really manages to be different. On the new album, you'll find what the band has always portrayed: four guys who live rock, who record together in the same room to show who they really are and what they want.

'Big Dogz' is a pure rock diamond, one that is sure to become one of the highest points of their grandiose career and follow the success of past albums like 'No Mean City' and 'Hair Of The Dog'.

Founding member Pete Agnew says: "They say you can't teach an old dog new tricks, but having recorded the new album 'Big Dogz' I don't agree. We've got some tasty bones here!

"Our friends at earMUSIC offered us the opportunity to mark some new territory and the 'Nazhounds' are delighted to be back among their pack. We're straining at the leash to tour this puppy. We reckon it's bitchin'! So get ready, because in 2012 the Big Dogz gonna howl!!"

Support on all dates is from Juall and Deborah Bonham.


SAT 10TH: GLASGOW, Classic Grand
SUN 11TH: INVERNESS, Ironworks
TUES 13TH: DUNDEE, Dexters
SAT 17TH: YORK, The Duchess
FRI 23RD: DERBY, Assembly Rooms (Darwin Suite)
SAT 24TH: BILSTON, Robin 2
SUN 25TH: GRIMSBY, Yardbirds Rock Club

You can get buy tickets by clicking here.



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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