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19th January 2012

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Anvil have wasted no time in replacing longtime bassist Glenn Gyorffy (aka Glenn Five) after he officially left the band this week. Anvil have chosen Sal Italiano, a bassist from a Long Island, N.Y., Iron Maiden cover band as Five's replacement.

Glenn Five spent nearly 16 years with Anvil, joining the band in 1996 and stuck with the band throughout a low point in their career which was documented in the now-legendary movie 'Anvil: The Story of Anvil'.

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Five released an official statement yesterday, where he explained that he felt 'limited creatively' with Anvil. "I have a wide taste in music and I feel that it's time to broaden my horizons", he also said.

Anvil frontman Steve 'Lips' Kudlow was quick to comment on the departure of Glenn Five, posting a detailed and in-depth look into the situation and the future of the band on Anvil's official Facebook page.

"We hired an old friend to do the tour and are currently working with a new improved bassist. There was no major issue in fixing this at all and in fact everything was sorted out within a few hours of Glenn departing.

"Glenn tried to make it difficult by leaving without proper notice but we've been preparing for this for quite sometime. This did end up for the better as it is a huge improvement with our new guy both musically as well as personally.

Anvil 2012 Tour Dates

Live Wire Concert Club Mentor-On-The-Lake, Ohio, USA January 27, 2012
Ollie's Point Amityville, New York, USA January 28, 2012
Jammin Java Vienna, Virginia, USA January 29, 2012
Sellersville Theater Sellersville, Pennsylvania, USA January 31, 2012
The Melting Point Athens, Georgia, USA February 3, 2012
Hard Rock Cafe Atlanta, Georgia, USA February 4, 2012
The Roosevelt 2.0 Tampa, Florida, USA February 5, 2012
Siberia New Orleans, Louisiana, USA February 7, 2012
Juanita's Cafe and Bar Little Rock, Arkansas, USA February 8, 2012
Warehouse Live Houston, Texas, USA February 9, 2012
Backstage Live San Antonio, Texas, USA February 10, 2012
Trees Dallas, Texas, USA February 11, 2012
Average Joe's Rock Bar Laredo, Texas, USA February 12, 2012
Whiskey A Go Go Hollywood, California, USA February 15, 2012
The Boardwalk Orangevale, California, USA February 16, 2012
El Corazon Seattle, Washington, USA February 18, 2012
Backstage Live Tacoma, Washington, USA February 19, 2012
Station 4 St. Paul, Minnesota, USA February 22, 2012
Reggie's Rock Club Chicago, Illinois, USA February 23, 2012
The Token Lounge Westland, Michigan, USA February 24, 2012
Annabelle's Akron, Ohio, USA February 25, 2012


Parque Independência São Luís, Brazil April 21, 2012 for Metal Open Air 2012
Tauberfrankenhalle Lauda-Königshofen, Germany April 28, 2012 for Keep It True XIV
Sonar Baltimore, Maryland, USA May 26, 2012 for Maryland Deathfest X
Rejmyre, Sweden August 10, 2012 for Skogsröjet
Catton Hall Walton-upon-Trent, England August 12, 2012 for Bloodstock Open Air



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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