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  8th March 2010


Billy Idol will be hitting the road with a new powerhouse band when this summer with performances at major festivals across Europe with North American dates set to follow.

Longtime guitarist Steve Stevens joins Stephen McGrath on bass and Derek Sherinian on keyboards, plus acclaimed guitarist Billy Morrison and drummer Jeremy Colson. Morrison, one of the founders of CAMP FREDDY and front man for CIRCUS DIABLO, has previously played in THE CULT, STIMULATOR, DOHENY and INTO A CIRCLE, while Colson is Morrison's collaborator in Circus Diablo and is known for his work with STEVE VAI, with whom he's worked since 2002.

The legendary rocker's 2010 summer trek starts with two shows in Russia (Moscow on June 5th and St Petersburg on June 7th) and will be followed by a performance at the Sweden Rock Festival and his second appearance at Download Festival at Donington Park in his native UK.

European tour stops include multiple dates in Germany, along with Switzerland, Serbia, Macedonia, Czech Republic plus more. The US dates should be announced in the coming weeks.

Along the tour, Idol will be performing classics from his complete career. As leader of the group responsible for starting a youth cult, GENERATION X, he was one of the original British punks who gave the rock establishment a good kick up the arse with such classics as 'Ready, Steady, Go', 'Wild Youth', 'Your Generation' and 'Dancing With Myself', the latter of which marked the transition to Idol's solo career when it appeared in remixed version on his 1981 Don't Stop EP.

Other show-stoppers will likely include hits from the Grammy and MTV nominee's multi-platinum selling career including 'Hot In The City', 'White Wedding', 'Eyes Without A Face', 'Flesh For Fantasy', 'To Be A Lover' and the number one hit 'Mony Mony'. He long ago found a way to take that sneering punk attitude into the pop and rock mainstream, carving out songs that have lasted a lifetime. All of these classics are included on 2008's The Very Best Of Billy Idol: Idolize Yourself, a career-spanning CD, Deluxe Edition CD/DVD and digital collection (Capitol/EMI). His immortal 'Rebel Yell' was also featured on 2008's Guitar Hero World Tour game.

Tour dates:


5 - Moscow, Russia - SCCH Russia
7 - St. Petersburg, Russia - Ice Hall
9 - Helsinki, Finland - Ice Hall
11 - Malmo, Sweden - Sweden Rock Festival
13 - Donington Park, UK - Download Festival
16 - NR Nurenburg, Germany - Arbenburg, Burg
18 - Athens, Greece - Karaiski Stadium
20 - Skopje, Macedonia - Skopsko Lizgaliste
21 - Belgrade, Serbia - Belgrade Arena
22 - Zagreb, Croatia - T Music Festival
24 - Ljubjiana, Slovenia - Hala Tivoli
25 - Vienna, Austria - Danube Island Free Festival
27 - Prague, Czech Republic - Sasazu
29 - Ravensburg, Germany - Oberschubenhalle


1 - Sopron, Hungary - Volt Festival
3 - Germany - TBA
4 - Bremen, Germany - Freeload Festival
8 - Bonn, Germany - Museumplatz
9 - Huttweil, Switzerland - Rocksound Festival
11 - Weert, Holland - Bospop Festival



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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