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  SURVIVOR'S FRANKIE SULLIVAN SUES NEWT GINGRICH FOR USING 'EYE OF THE TIGER' WITHOUT PERMISSION
1st February 2012

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Survivor's Frankie Sullivan, co-writer of the 1982 smash hit 'Eye Of The Tiger' has sued USA Presidential hopeful Newt Gingrich for using the song on his campaign trail without permission.

Sullivan sued Gingrich in federal court on Monday, citing the GOP candidate's use of the song at several campaign events without permission. According to the lawsuit, filed on behalf of Sullivan's publishing company Rude Music Inc, Gingrich's transgressions began as early as 2009.

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Sullivan cited political events such as the Southern Republic Leadership Conference and public appearances in Iowa and Pennsylvania as instances of Gingrich's unlawful use of the copyrighted work. The suit also claims a video on the Newt 2012 Inc. website features Gingrich entering a crowded Pennsylvania venue as 'Eye Of The Tiger' plays in the background.

Sullivan told the Sun-Times: "Taking legal action has nothing to do with politics and everything to do with copyright infringement. My legacy, my life, has been 'Eye Of The Tiger'", he said.

Sullivan's co-writer and fellow founding member of Survivor, Jim Peterik, said he "hates suits" and doesn't plan to get involved and said he is fine with politicians using the song, though he might make one exception.

"If someone is out there trying to make a difference, let him do it... unless it was Adolf Hitler," Peterik said.

If successful, Sullivan will be awarded damages, any profits gained from using the song, attorney fees and court costs.

And here's a video of Gingrich using the song at a rally...




WACKEN WINTER NIGHTS IS HEAVY METAL WONDERLAND

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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