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21st July 2012

Weapon. Is Danny hiding a bomb under that hat..?

Four spectators, there so see the Olympic torch's arrival in London today (Saturday 21st July 2012) had their day ruined by over zealous and ignorant security officials when one of their party was ordered to cover up or remove a Weapon t-shirt that she was wearing.

Weapon are one of the longest established Metal bands in the country and have been playing inoffensive rock music to a captive audience since the 80s. It is highly unlikely that they are a subversive movement who are out to disrupt the establishment or promote terrorism in any way.

The security set-up at the Olympics has received a lot of bad publicity this last few days but this incident confirms that the Olympic staff recruiters and the police force really have paid peanuts and got monkeys.

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Eye witness Bob Mitchell described today's bizarre events.

"How's this for fucking crazy - a young girl and friends go off to see the Olympic torch go through their Borough and after waiting for a couple of hours a steward comes over and ask one of the girls to a tent (all four girls went) where several police officers are waiting.

"The girl is asked, 'what does the writing on your t-shirt mean?' and she says its a rock n' roll band's name (Weapon). She is then told she will have to remove or cover it up as it might upset other people as it advertises weapons.

"This is happening as the Army are standing around with guns etc. Now we have all heard of crazy advertising laws surrounding the Olympics, i.e. you can't sell chips on their own at venues as McDonalds has sponorship and also if you wear anything with Pepsi on it you will be asked to remove it or you won't get in as Coca Cola have paid huge amounts also, but a t-shirt with a band's name. Jeez.

"So anyone going to the Olympics, make sure you check and have the right dress code and cheers for spoiling four young girls' day out. Wankers!"

Also today, a policeman on a motorbike made a name for himself by entertaining the waiting crowds with a spot of break dancing. Nero fiddling while Rome burns or PC Harwood celebrating not being prosecuted in the Ian Tomlinson case?

Either way, banning Weapon t-shirts is totally against the Olympic spirit and just shows up Olympic security as brainless and moronic and demonstrates the potential they have to totally ruin what should be a great occasion in what should be a free nation.

Weapon: 'Ready 4 U'



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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