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  BREAKING NEWS: MEMBERS OF THE YELLOW DOGS MURDERED BY FORMER ASSOCIATE IN NEW YORK SHOOTING
11th November 2013





News has broken of the gunning down of two members of Iranian Rock band The Yellow Dogs plus another victim by a former friend, who killed himself after the murders. The shooting took place in Brooklyn, New York, where the band were based.

This genuinely horrific turn of events puts most band feuds into sharp perspective. It is not currently clear what led to this massacre apart from it had begun with a "petty conflict" and details are still being determined.

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From news reports released to date, it seems that brothers Sourosh Farazmand, guitarist, and drummer Arash Farazmand, and their friend author/musician Ali Eskandarian were killed as Raefe Ahkbar, a member of The Free Keys, weaved through the property shooting on sight, before going to the roof and shooting himself in the head. Another musician Sasan Sadeghpourosko was shot in the arm and is currently in hospital.

The vocalist and bass player of Yellow Dogs were not present in the property at the time of the shootings.

Ali Salehezadeh, the manager of The Yellow Dogs made the following statement:

"The shooter was in another band from Iran and the two groups were acquaintances in the past. A personal conflict between the guys resulted in the dissolution of their relationship in 2012."

He also confirmed the stunned shock of the band's friends and family: "People don't own guns in Iran," he said. "We don't have this problem there. It doesn't exist."

New York Police Department have yet to release full details while investigations continue, but have said that the conflict appeared to be about money.

Yellow Dogs left Iran for the US in 2010 after appearing in a film about the country's illegal underground music scene. The film, 'No One Knows About Persian Cats', won a prize at the Cannes Film Festival. In a horrible irony they were forced to seek political asylum in the US which was granted shortly before this incident






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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.

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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.



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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.

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