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4th November 2011

cory smoot, the real-time conversational translator, will host a two part Live & Global event from the Red Carpet and Backstage at this year's prestigious Orange Amplification Classic Rock Roll Of Honour in association with The event is being hosted by Ortsbo spokesman and partner, Gene Simmons.

Classic Rock Live & Global will be a combination worldwide chat and webcast, streamed live from the historic Roundhouse in London. Fans and press from around the world will be able to ask their questions in up to 53 different languages using's seamless translation technology while watching a live video stream at

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Questions will be asked in any one of's 53 native languages, and then instantly translated into English. The question is answered in English, and the questioner gets the answer back in their own language. All viewers can pick any of the 53 languages to view and understand the event.

Part one of this web interactive event will be broadcast from the Red Carpet at 1800 London time on November 9 until 1915. Later that night, as the awards are presented, the winners and presenters will move to the Press area which will be active from 2115 until approximately 2330.

With over 32 million monthly unique users spending well over 250 million minutes of engagement each month, is proud to announce its first live event outside North America.

Scheduled to appear and/or perform at this year's Classic Rock Roll Of Honour are Brian May, Chrissie Hynde, Duff McKagan, Ian Anderson, Pete Townshend, Peter Frampton, Randy Bachman and Roger Daltrey, as well as Jeff Beck who is set to receive the Living Legend Award during the ceremony, and host Gene Simmons.

An ambassador for the Ortsbo brand, Simmons has praised translation technology by stating "Ortsbo takes a sledgehammer to the Tower of Babel that is modern communication. It connects humanity. We are all one people."

Fans (and press members who can't attend the event) will be able to view and participate in the chat by pre-registering at and logging on November 8th to watch the live event. Members of the press should click the 'Press' button for registration, and qualified persons will be placed in a separate press queue. A limited number of press members will be admitted to the actual event.

This is a great way to view and join in in all the backstage activities surrounding the Classic Rock Roll Of Honour. Deemed by Music-News as "one of the most respected and highly anticipated music events of the year", the show is organized by Classic Rock Magazine and features reader-voted award categories such as Best New Band, Album of The Year and Band of the Year.

This Live & Global highlights the fifth time has used its chat platform to host a global interactive chat event. Previous events have featured KISS's Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley, two-time MVP and NBA superstar Steve Nash, three generations of the legendary Andretti racing family and a global chat with the 2011 IZOD IndyCar Championship contenders.



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.

If you are interested in going to Wacken 2018 and have questions, please fill out the form below and we will contact you with answers to all your enquiries. You are under no obligation whatsoever by filling this form out. We won't add you to any mailing lists or send you loads of spam - all we will do is help you get to Wacken as easily and inexpensively as possible.



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