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9th May 2011

judas priest

Judas Priest have released the very first photo of the new line-up. Richie Faulker replaced the retiring KK Downing last month and the band are currently preparing for the 'Epitaph' World Tour.

The band issued a statement at the time of KK's retirement and said the following about Richie;

"Fate also stepped in and delivered the perfect replacement, 31-year-old British guitar player Richie Faulkner. He has blended into the band perfectly and is a great talent who is going to help set the stage on fire."

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Priest plan to stop touring after the 'Epitaph' tour but will continue to record and will release a new studio album in 2012.


7th June 013, Tilburg, Holland
9th June Sweden Rock Festival, Sweden
11th June Sauna Festival, Tampere, Finland
14th June Spektrum, Oslo, Norway
15th June Edward Greig Plass, Bergen, Norway
17th June Copenhell Festival, Copenhagen, Denmark
19th June Hellfest, Nantes, France
20th June Le Zenith, Paris, France
22nd June Fiera Arena/Gods of Metal, Milan, Italy
23rd June Sonisphere Festival, Basel - St. Jakobs, Switzerland
25th June Graspop Festival, Dessel, Belgium
27th June Zenith, Munich, Germany
28th June 02 Arena, Prague, Czech Republic
29th June Stadthalle, Vienna, Austria
1st July Belgrade Arena, Belgrade, Serbia
3rd July Romexpo, Bucharest, Romania
5th July Water Park, P Faliro, Athens, Greece
6th July Kautatzogleio Stadium, Thessaloniki, Greece
8th July National Hippodrome Of Bankya, Sofia, Bulgaria
10th July Kazlicesme Festival Site, Istanbul, Turkey
15th July Newport Centre, Newport, UK (with Queensryche & Rival Sons)
16th July The Apollo, Manchester, UK (with Queensryche & Rival Sons)
17th July The Dome, Doncaster, UK (with Queensryche & Rival Sons)
19th July SECC, Glasgow, UK (with Queensryche & Rival Sons)
20th July Newcastle Arena, Newcastle, UK (with Queensryche & Rival Sons)
21st July Wolverhampton Civic, Wolverhampton, UK (with Queensryche & Rival Sons)
23rd July High Voltage Festival, London, UK
24th July BIC, Bournemouth, UK (with Queensryche & Rival Sons)
27th July Atlantico Pavillion, Lisbon, Portugal
29th July Coliseum, La Coruna, Spain (with Motorhead and Saxon)
30th July La Cubierta, Madrid, Spain (with Motorhead and Saxon)
31st July Bec, Bilbao, Spain (with Motorhead and Saxon)
2nd August Badalona, Barcelona, Spain (with Motorhead and Saxon)
5th August Wacken Festival, Germany
7th August Colmar Wine Festival, Colmar, France
9th August 02 World, Berlin, Germany
10th August Spodek - Metal Hammer Festival, Katowice, Poland (with Tank)
11th August Sziget Festival, Budapest, Hungary
10th September Portuguesa Stadium, Sao Paulo, Brazil
11th September Citibank Hall, Rio De Janeiro, Brazil
13th September Chevrolet Hall, Belo Horizonte, Brazil
15th September Nilson Nelson, Brasilia, Brazil
20th September Movistar Arena, Santiago, Chile
23rd September Coliseo El Campin, Bogota, Colombia
27th September Nuevo Estadio Nacional, San José, Costa Rica
30th September Mexico City Sports Palace, Mexico City, Mexico
1st October Telmex Theater, Guadalajara, Mexico
3rd October Banamex Theater, Monterrey, Mexico



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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