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7th March 2012

marco mendoza

Marco Mendoza has announced his first ever solo tour of the UK for this April.

Marco will play four dates - Sutton-In-Ashfield, Bradford, Nuneaton and London - with tickets on sale now by clicking here. The tour dates in full can be found at the bottom of this page.

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Whilst Marco Mendoza is probably best known for his role as bass player with the legendary Thin Lizzy, Whitesnake and Ted Nugent, there is much more to him than that. For over two decades now he has become the first choice collaborator for many big names, with over twenty impressive album releases and countless successful tours to his name.

In the early nineties he began his recording career with renowned Black Sabbath drummer Bill Ward, before starting a long working relationship with celebrated guitarist John Sykes, recording and touring with Blue Murder and Sykes' solo band throughout the nineties and eventually joining the guitarist in a reformed Thin Lizzy alongside Brian Downey, Scott Gorham and Darren Wharton. During this period he also recorded with artists as diverse as Tommy Shaw, Roch Voisine and Right Said Fred, as well as putting out a live album with his jazz trio Mendoza Heredia Neto.

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The new millenium saw some heavy touring by Thin Lizzy, with Mendoza also taking some time out to tour and record with Ted Nugent for his 'Full Bluntal Nugity' and 'Craveman' albums, whilst his appearance on David Coverdale's 'Into The Light' album eventually saw him joining Whitesnake for huge arena tours and festival dates, one of which was released as the 'Live... In The Still Of The Night' concert DVD.

During down time from Whitesnake he was also a member of the supergroup Soul Sirkus, recording an album and touring the US and UK alongside Journey members Neal Schon, Deen Castronovo and Jeff Scott Soto. Another spell with Thin Lizzy was punctuated by working with ex-Cranberries singer Dolores O'Riordan and George Lynch's reformed Lynch Mob, the talented bassist somehow finding time to also make his first solo album 'Live For Tomorrow' in 2007.

Having released more records with the likes of Derek Sherinian, Dolores O'Riordan, Lynch Mob, ex-Judas Priest singer Tim 'Ripper' Owens, and his own project, Casa Mendoza, 2012 sees Marco Mendoza as an indispensible member of the most successful Thin Lizzy line-up since their reformation, as well as touring his own material and performing clinics whenever possible. This is his first solo tour of the UK, so take this opportunity to see this charismatic musician up-close and personal. You won't regret it!

April 19th - The Diamond, Sutton-In-Ashfield, Nottinghamshire, NG17 4GH
April 20th - Rio's Live, Bradford, Yorkshire, BD1 2AL
April 21st - Queens Hall, Nuneaton, Warwickshire, CV11 5LA
April 22nd - The Borderline, London, W1D 4JB
April 23rd - Spring And Airbrake, Belfast

Tickets are on sale now and you can get yours by clicking here. Hurry - they are already selling fast...



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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