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25 January 2014

Glenn Hughes has stated that he will be appearing at the Sunflower Jam to be held at the Royal Albert Hall in London on Friday 4th April.

This year's Sunflower Jam charity event will be a celebration of the life and works of Jon Lord on a bill that that already features such established names as Deep Purple, Paul Weller,Bruce Dickinson, Rick Wakeman, Joe Brown, Alfie Boe, Millar Anderson and Paul Mann.

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Glenn Hughes made the announcement via his official Facebook page saying "Jon and I were very close at the end of his life ... I'm so glad to announce that I will perform at Jon's tribute show Saturday April 4th : in London : The Royal Albert Hall....My manager and I have been working with Jon's manager , Tarquin and Jacky Paice and Vicky , Jon's wife , so that I could clear my schedule to appear - to thank Jon and our MK3 &4 fans for their love glad to announce this to you ..".

As excited fans left their comments in reply to the announcement by the former Deep Purple member of the Mk III/IV line up , Hughes later added "I actually announced to you that I will play with Paicey and the guys for Jon at the Royal Albert Hall before the press announced it .. So you heard it from me .. I had to move some things around to make it happen .

"When Jon joined me onstage at the O2 !Child line Rocks show in 09 , hairs on my arms was raised ... the greatest rock Hammond player of the 20th /21st century .....I Say this with love and respect to all deep purple fans from MK 1 onwards - we created our own style .. Always took chances and we were FEARLESS ...."

Ritchie Blackmore has already said he would not be appearing and despite rumours Glenn also that stated that David Coverdale will also not be appearing by adding "David cannot attend : I will gladly be there for him to share his love for Jon .. "

Click here for MetalTalk's review of last year's Sunflower Jam...



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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