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6 February 2014

Status Quo, in conjunction with Wychwood Brewery, have announced the release of 'Piledriver' Beer named after the bands fifth album that was originally released in 1972, which is also being released as a 2 disc Deluxe Edition.

The beer, Quo's first ever, is described as being inspired by the re-release of 'Piledriver', the first album produced by the band themselves which contains classic Quo songs like 'Don't Waste My Time' and 'Paper Plane' and reached number 5 in the UK album charts.

Described as being a "traditional malty amber ale, balanced with a bold fruity hop character" and has an ABV (Alcohol By Volume) of 4.3%. 'Piledriver' Beer is set to sit alongside Iron Maiden's best selling 'Trooper' Ale as well as similar products marketed by AC/DC, Motörhead and even 'Whip Ale' which is produced by Queensrÿche guitarist Michael Wilton.

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Wychwood Brewery was founded by Paddy Glenny in 1983, and is located in the town of Witney, Oxfordshire. The Brewery is currently owned by Refresh UK (a subsidiary of Marston's) and their flagship brand is Hobgoblin. The brewery produces around 50,000 barrels (8,200,000 litres) of cask ale each year, and is the UKs largest brewer of organic ales.

The classic line up of Status Quo featuring stalwarts Rick Parfitt and Francis Rossi alongside ex-bass player Alan Lancaster and ex-drummer John Coghlan have announced a final series of dates in Europe and the UK during March and April, and they recently confirmed that legendary guitarist Wilko Johnson will be supporting the band on selected dates. The support band for the other dates has yet to be confirmed.

Johnson didn't expect to still be alive this year after being diagnosed with metastatic pancreatic cancer in early 2013. After being told by Doctors that he had only nine or ten months to live, Johnson undertook a farewell tour and a farewell album with The Who's lead singer Roger Daltrey has just been released.

After the announcement was made, Quo's Francis Rossi said "(Wilko) is a true British original. We're delighted to have him on the road with us - and we know the Quo audience will welcome him and his extraordinary band with open arm"' while Rock Parfitt advised fans to "get there early; you don't want to miss this!"

'Piledriver' Deluxe Edition Tracklist:
Disc One

Don't Waste My Time
Oh Baby
A Year
Unspoken Words
Big Fat Mama
Paper Plane
All the Reasons
Roadhouse Blues

Disc Two
Don't Waste My Time (John Peel Sessions)
Oh Baby (John Peel Sessions)
Unspoken Words (John Peel Sessions)
Paper Plane (John Peel Sessions)
Softer Ride (John Peel Sessions)
Paper Plane (John Peel Sessions)
Softer Ride (John Peel Sessions)
Don't Waste My Time (John Peel Sessions)
Junior's Wailing (BBC 'In Concert' 1973)
Someone's Learning (BBC 'In Concert' 1973)
In My Chair (BBC 'In Concert' 1973)
Railroad (BBC 'In Concert' 1973)
Don't Waste My Time (BBC 'In Concert' 1973)
Roadhouse Blues (BBC 'In Concert' 1973)
Bye Bye Johnny (BBC 'In Concert' 1973)
Don't Waste My Time (Live at Reading Festival 1973)

Here's a full list of the final tour dates featuring the original line up of Status Quo:
Tuesday 18th March - O2 Arena, Berlin
Wednesday 19th March - Konig Pilsener Arena, Oberhausen
Friday 21st March - Schleyerhalle, Stuttgart
Sunday 23rd March - Zwolle, IJsselhallen
Tuesday 25th March - Lotto Arena, Antwerp
Wednesday 26th March - Palais Des Sports, Paris
Friday 28th March - Eventim Hammersmith Apollo, London (with support from Wilko Johnson) Saturday 29th March - Eventim Hammersmith Apollo, London (with support from Wilko Johnson)
Monday 31st March - Eventim Hammersmith Apollo, London (with support from Wilko Johnson)
Thursday 3rd April - Civic Hall, Wolverhampton
Saturday 65th April - 02 Apollo, Manchester
Sunday 6th April - 02 Apollo, Manchester (with support from Wilko Johnson)
Tuesday 8th April - 02 Academy, Glasgow
Wednesday 9th April - 02 Academy, Glasgow (with support from Wilko Johnson)
Thursday 10th April - Civic Hall, Wolverhampton (with support from Wilko Johnson)
Saturday 12th April - 02 Arena, Dublin
The 'classic' line up of Status Quo are:
Francis Rossi - Lead Guitar/Vocals
Rick Parfitt - Rhythm Guitar/Vocals
Alan Lancaster - Bass/Vocals
John Coghlan - Drums

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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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