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6th February 2014

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UFO keyboardist and guitarist Paul Raymond has made public a newly recorded piano version of the classic track 'Love To Love' which originally appeared on the UFO album 'Lights Out' from 1977 and was written by Michael Schenker and Phil Mogg.

The recording can be heard in the video below.

Paul Raymond says about the recording: "I recorded this track along with several others as the background music for my wedding. I thought it was fitting to include some images taken on the day, however to protect the privacy of family and friends I have stuck to images of our surroundings rather than the wedding party."

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A version of the Derek & the Dominoes classic 'Layla' can also be seen on Paul's official YouTube channel with more recordings from that day to hopefully be uploaded soon.

'Lights Out' was the first album to feature Paul Raymond in UFO after he replaced Danny Peyronel. Earlier this year Raymond celebrated 50 years in the music industry. Paul commented on the landmark: "I became a full-time professional musician on 12th January 1964 which means I'm celebrating 50 years in the music industry.

"There have been highs and lows over the years but on the whole the business has been good to me. I'd like to thank all the musicians I have worked with over the years for their part in my musical history. From Plastic Penny in the very beginning via Chicken Shack, Savoy Brown, UFO (in several incarnations), MSG and Waysted through to my own band Paul Raymond Project (PRP). Thanks to all the fans for their continued support - I hope I have many years in front of me to carry on making and sharing my music."

Paul Raymond will soon be back out on the road with UFO where the band will headline Hard Rock Hell AOR II on March 22nd. You can see all the planned dates here.


MetalTalk's Mark Taylor spoke to Paul Raymond in an interview for Record Collector last year before his Paul Raymond Project show at the Borderline in London where he speaks about his 'Terms & Conditions Apply' album and his long illustrious career and you can hear that below. UFO's latest album 'Seven Deadly' is out on SPV.



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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