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24th May 2013

leon cave

Status Quo have announced that their new drummer is Leon Cave, who most recently played with Status Quo stalwart Francis Rossi on his solo tour in 2011.

Cave replaces Matthew Letley who left after the bands London O2 Arena show in December 2012, only to briefly return to the drum stool in April/May 2012 as The Quo toured Australia, New Zealand and Mexico.

Cave, who was officially announced this afternoon, has been in rehearsal with the band over recent weeks, and will play his debut show on Saturday 25th May (tomorrow) at the Wolkenkratzer Festival in Frankfurt, Germany.

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The 34 year old from London is a versatile and in-demand multi-instrumentalist who also plays guitar and bass. Apart from working in the Francis Rossi Band, he has toured extensively worldwide and recorded with a wide range of artists and producers including Ska Wars, Duncan Millar, The A List and Franz Ferdinand.

Cave commented on his appointment: "I've had to keep this under wraps for a while, but it's been officially announced and I'm happy to tell you that I am now the drummer for Rock legends Status Quo."

Cave playing 'Sleeping On The Job' with Francis Rossi's solo band:

You can catch Status Quo live as part of their 'Bula Quo' World Tour (with support from 10CC) here:

Friday 6th December - Echo Arena, Liverpool
Saturday 7th December - LG Arena, Birmingham
Sunday 8th December - Cardiff Arena, Cardiff
Tuesday 10th December - The Pavilions, Plymouth
Wednesday 11th December - BIC, Bournemouth
Friday 13th December - Brighton Centre, Brighton
Saturday 14th December - Nottingham Arena, Nottingham
Sunday 15th December - O2 Arena, London
Tuesday 17th December - Leeds Arena, Leeds
Wednesday 18th December - The Hydro, Glasgow
Thursday 19th December - Metro Arena, Newcastle

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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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