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19th July 2012

denim and leather festival

Praying Mantis, Weapon, Stampede, Gaskin plus special guests Agincourt will rock Wolverhampton's Slade Rooms on Saturday September 29th this year. And as if that wasn't enough, the night is compered by the legendary Krusher Joule.

Plus there will be a meet and greet with all the bands, as well as a load of authentic NWOBHM merchandise on sale. Doors open at 4.00pm and tickets are priced at £15 advance and £17.50 on the door. Earlybird ticket special - £14 until July 29th from

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Gigblasters and Rock Rotation Radio are proud to bring a night of New Wave of British Heavy Metal back to the country where it all started. Featuring a host of originals, it is going to be a night of entertainment that hasn't been seen on these shores for a long time. Heavy Metal music at its best, back where it started.

New Wave of British Heavy Metal launched a plethora of bands, bands today still influenced by the movement. Is it any wonder so many of the original bands are still going?

All you need to read is the following from the Metallica Biography 'Damage Incorporated', published 2006:

"Metallica opened its early live sets (and 'Kill 'Em All' album) with 'Hit The lights', a song that begins with a noisy 2–chord flourish meant to evoke the opening of a concert. However, in a further illustration of NWOBHM's important role in Metallica's musical direction, the opening chords – drum fills and all seem to have been lifted directly from Weapon's 'Set The Stage Alight', The 1980 release from the influential fledgling NWOBHM band."


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