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28th May 2013

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Just when The Quireboys were well in the ascendancy again and it looked as though they were about to re-achieve past glories, the line-up has collapsed amidst a shroud of mystery.

The rhythm section, drummer Matt Goom and bass player Dave Boyce have departed the band for reasons that are being kept under wraps at the moment.

Both have made statements saying that it was simply "time to move on" and that their time with the band had brought wonderful memories. Both also expressed very best wishes for the future to their now former band mates.

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And in the aftermath of the split, Dave Boyce has revealed details of his new project, Skyscraper. Dave exclusively told MetalTalk: "Skyscraper was a project I was working on with producer Martin Kronlond when I was asked to join Quireboys.

"It started of as a project with singer Lee Small and guitarist Tor Talle and I was brought in to do sexy bass for them. The original record label decided to pull out before hearing the finished product and I ended up buying the recording rights.

"I had just finished putting the sexy bass down with Pedro Ferriera at his studio when Paul Guerin called me and asked if I would some gigs in Scandinavia with The Quireboys which was an offer I couldn't refuse.

"Lee Small had some work on the last Shy album to do and Tor had a few sessions on in Norway so we thought we would do the work for a couple of weeks and come back to Skyscraper, which in my case turned into two years rocking with The Quireboys.

"I have no idea where that time went lol, but now seems the right time to get things going again. The album is being mastered as we speak in London and I have been waiting for the right time to get it out there - we are still looking for a label but I am in no rush to give it away so will be looking at gigs and options on release in the next couple of months."

It was only five days ago that The Quireboys announced "a new multi lingual website, new manager, new agency, new album and modern sound" (here), and stated that "2013 can only be the year for The Quireboys". Let's hope they can replace Matt and Dave quickly and keep on track for that.

The Quireboys have made no comment on the split so far.

News on Skyscraper will appear on MetalTalk as soon as we have it.



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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