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25th April 2017

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MetalTalk is going progressive for our Gig Of The Week as Steve Hackett comes to Dublin on Wednesday April 26th, followed by the start of his UK tour in Cardiff on April 28th. Hackett will be touring throughout the UK for the next three weeks with the final show at the prestigious London Palladium on May 19th.

He will be performing songs from his new album, 'The Night Siren', which hit the Top 40 in the national album charts, plus he'll be revisiting the Genesis album 'Wind And Wuthering'.

It’s forty years since Hackett recorded his last studio album with prog giants Genesis before leaving the band to embark on his highly successful solo career. That album was 'Wind And Wuthering'. Now Steve and his incredible band celebrate this classic work's fortieth anniversary by treating audiences to thrilling renditions of tracks from the album.

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The show features more Genesis gems, including fan favourites such as 'The Musical Box' as well as 'Inside & Out' which was released on an EP shortly after 'Wind And Wuthering' and 'One For The Vine' which have never been performed by Steve and his band until now.

Watch the new promo video for '50 Miles From The North Pole':

Steve told us:

"I'm thrilled to bring my latest show of Genesis and Hackett numbers to the UK, adding additional numbers such as ‘One For The Vine’ and celebrating the fortieth anniversary of 'Wind And Wuthering', one of my favourite Genesis albums and popular with Genesis fans the world over."

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Wednesday 26th April: ​Dublin, Vicar Street
Friday 28th April: ​Cardiff, St. David's Hall
Sunday 30th April: ​Reading, Hexagon
Monday 1st​ May: Birmingham, Symphony Hall
Wednesday 3rd May: ​Sheffield, City Hall
Thursday 4th May: ​Bristol, Colston Hall
Friday 5th ​​May: Manchester, Bridgewater Hall
Sunday 7th ​May: Liverpool, Philharmonic
Monday 8th​ May: Portsmouth, Guildhall
Wednesday 10th​ May: Southend, Cliffs Pavilion
Thursday 11th May: Nottingham, Royal Concert Hall
Saturday 13th ​May: Oxford, New Theatre
Sunday 14th May: ​Cambridge, Corn Exchange
Tuesday 16th May: ​Glasgow, Royal Concert Hall
Wednesday 17th May: ​Sage, Gateshead
Friday 19th May: ​London, Palladium

Tickets available right here. There is no support act.

Joining Steve on the tour are musicians Roger King (keyboards), Gary O'Toole (drums/percussion), Rob Townsend (saxes/flutes), Nick Beggs (bass, stick and twelve string) and Nad Sylvan on vocals.

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We have three sets of prints featuring the artwork to 'The Night Siren' which have been personally hand signed by Steve Hackett himself. To be in with a chance of winning one, simply answer this question.

On 'The Night Siren' album, Kobi Farhi duets with Mira Awad on the track 'West To East'. Which Heavy Metal band is Kobi Farhi the lead vocalist for?

A) Orphaned Land
B) Rotting Christ
C) Firewind



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Competition closes midnight April 28th and usual MetalTalk competition rules apply.

MetalTalk's Andy Rawll recently spoke to Steve Hackett at Gibson Brands in London about 'The Night Siren' and you can watch that interview again right 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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