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5th March 2012

steve miller

A quick two years after his first European tour in more than a quarter-century, Steve Miller is coming back. An eleven-city, eight-country tour by the Steve Miller Band will start October 20 at London's historic Roundhouse and finish on November 4 in Vienna, Austria.

Two years ago, on his first tour of Europe since 1982, Miller was greeted in 2010 by capacity crowds and widespread acclaim, a triumphant, seven-city swing culminating in a sold out show at London's Royal Albert Hall before rock royalty such as Jimmy Page and David Gilmour, filmed and recorded for DVD.

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"A masterclass," said The Independent. "By the time the band finished and they took a bow the scenes in the stalls and in the boxes were more like complete abandon – nearly two hours of fine music and excellent songs had reminded the audience just how good music can be," said Music News. "Buy the DVD," said Record Collector Magazine.

The first announcement of 2012 touring plans by the Steve Miller Band follows three of the busiest, most productive years of his long career, an artist at the peak of his powers, in demand around the world, whether as the headliner chosen to inaugurate the new $2.5 million TV home of 'Austin City Limits' or collaborating with country superstar Kenny Chesney on the Country Music Television special, 'Crossroads'.

He released not one, but two new albums – the number one blues album, 'Bingo', and its successor, 'Let Your Hair Down' – the first new Steve Miller Band records in eighteen years ("cause for celebration," said the Huffington Post). The two albums featured artwork by noted Pink Floyd artist Storm Thorgerson and the final recordings of longtime Steve Miller Band member Norton Buffalo, Miller's partner in harmony for thirty-three years, who died from cancer in October 2009.

His US tour last year began with a series of small theaters through the East and South with Gregg Allman as his supporting act. Among the highlights of the 60-city tour were shows at the Allman Brothers' Wanee Festival, playing for 38,000 fans at Pittsburg's PNC Park or a free Fourth of July concert for 150,000 under the St. Louis Gateway. At the same time, Miller found time to perform with jazz guitarist Howard Alden at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York and play with some youth symphonies across the country on behalf of Kids Rock Free, a program of music education for children Miller supports.

One of rock music's all-time greats, the Steve Miller Band has sold more than 30 million records in a career spanning more than 40 years. His trademark blues-rock sound made him one of the key artists in classic rock radio. Call him Maurice, the Space Cowboy, the Gangster of Love or Whatever you like, the Steve Miller Band is brand name rock that millions have come to trust.


Saturday, October 20: Roundhouse, London, England
Sunday, October 21: Glasgow Royal Concert Hall, Glasgow, Scotland
Tuesday, October 23: Ancienne Belgique, Brussels, Belgium
Wednesday, October 24: O13, Tilburg, Holland
Thursday, October 25: Oosterpoort, Groningen, Holland
Sunday, October 28: AVO Sessions, Basel, Switzerland
Monday, October 29: Alte Oper, Frankfurt, Germany
Tuesday, October 30: Circus Krone, Munich, Germany
Wednesday, October 31: Tempodrom, Berlin, Germany
Friday, November 2: Olympia Theater, Paris, France
Sunday, November 4: Gasometer, Vienna, Austria.

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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.


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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