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20th August 2013

sunflower jam

The Sunflower Jam concert recorded at the Royal Albert Hall in 2012 will be released as a double disc DVD on September 16th featuring the majority of the concert plus highlights from the previous Jam from 2011.

Last year's event featured such artists as Deep Purple's Ian Paice, Bruce Dickinson, Alice Cooper, Uli Jon Roth, Brian May with Kerry Ellis, Mark King, Alfie Boe, Steve Balsamo plus rising rockers The Temperance Movement, whilst the bonus material from the previous year will feature Joe Bonamassa, Danny Bowes, Gray Brooker and Deep Purple performing 'Smoke On The Water' with comedian Bill Bailey.

What will be of significant interest is the last ever live performance of Jon Lord who performed his musical piece 'Bouree' and the track 'It's Not As Big As It Was' with Rick Wakeman.

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The charity was formed by Jacky Paice to help those affected by leukaemia and cancer.

The next Sunflower Jam will take place next year at the Royal Albert Hall in London on April 4th 2014 and will be a tribute to the music of Jon Lord who sadly departed this world shortly before the Sunflower Jam of 2012.

Guests taking part in next year's event include Deep Purple members Ian Paice, Roger Glover, Steve Morse and Don Airey plus Bruce Dickinson, Rick Wakeman, Alfie Boa, Paul Mann with legendary DJ Bob Harris hosting the event with more names to be added.

You can read Mark Taylor's MetalTalk review of the The Sunflower Jam 2012 right here....

The DVD will be released on September 16 with pre-orders starting today (August 20th).

Disc 1 — The Sunflower Superjam 2012
Ain't No Telling – The Temperance Movement
Behind Blue Eyes – Bruce Dickinson
Black Night – Bruce Dickinson
Elected – Alice Cooper
Emerald – Bruce Dickinson
I Want To Know What Love Is – Alfie Boe
Lessons In Love – Mark King
Pictured Within – Steve Balsamo
Rock n' Roll – Alfie Boe
Sails of Charon – Uli Jon Roth
School's Out – Alice Cooper
Since You've Been Gone – Brian May & Kerry Ellis
Smoke On The Water – Ensemble
Something About You – Mark King
This Wheel's On Fire – Sandi Thom

Disc 2 — The Sunflower Superjam 2011
Bohemian Rhapsody – Newton Faulkner
Born To Run – Danny Bowes
Bourée – Jon Lord
Eleanor Rigby – Rick Wakeman
Good Golly Miss Molly – Gary Brooker
I Just Want To Make Love To You – Margo Buchanan
It's Not As Big As It Was – Jon Lord & Rick Wakeman
Life on Mars – Newton Faulkner
Midnight Blues – Joe Bonamassa
Pictured Within – Steve Balsamo
Smoke on the Water – Deep Purple feat. Bill Bailey
The Ballad of John Henry – Joe Bonamassa
The Thrill Is Gone – Joe Bonamassa
Whiter Shade of Pale – Gary Brooker
Freedom Jazz Dance – Brian Auger
Born Free – Brian May & Kerry Ellis *
I Loved A Butterfly – Brian May & Kerry Ellis *
Substitute – Margo Buchanan *
Help Me – Sandi Thom *
November Rain – Sandi Thom *
Only Friend – The Temperance Movement *

* — bonus tracks from the 2012 Superjam



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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