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25 February 2014

intrepid fox

After reporting yesterday on iconic Rock and Metal venue The Intrepid Fox's imminent closure (Click here for details), a further statement has been made.

We're not quite sure what to make of this one - it's true that the Tower card in Tarot represents a collapse of the old and building of the new, but knowing the fate of Bugsy Siegel three months after the re-opening of the Flamingo Hotel we are hoping that there won't be an exact repeat of history.

Anyway, check out and enjoy the full story below, along with the line-up for this weekend.

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Statement number 2 from The Intrepid Fox:

THE INTREPID FOX's view from the bar: past, present and future...

"In March of 1951, testifying before the Kefauver Senate Crime Investigating Committee, Virginia Hill stated that (Benjamin 'Bugsy') Siegel had told her the Flamingo Hotel was 'upside down'-though she was able to cast no light on what he might have meant by that statement."

Colin Lepovre. Siegel Agonistes.

In 1938 Ben Siegel, an "associate" of the Luciano crime family, travelled to Italy with the countess Dorothy DiFrasso. Shortly after the visit it was discovered that a card was missing from the Sforza Castle playing card collection: a mixture of incomplete decks including modern suits, but also some from a Tarot deck painted in 1499. The missing piece was the Tower card. It was claimed to have never been part of the collection due to it being considered an ill omen by some.

As with all esoteric interpretations of Tarot cards, multiple meanings can be ascribed to cards and their juxtaposition and alignment. The Tower follows immediately after The Devil in all tarot decks. In the 17th Century Tarot of Paris the image shown is of the Devil beating drums before the mouth of Hell. A burning building, struck by lightning; falling figures; the biblical story of Babel; the Harrowing of Hell; danger; chaos; destruction; crisis. Who would want such a card?

But other interpretations exist: sudden change, explosive transformation, liberation. And reversed: "to be currently in a harsh and chaotic situation, but exiting in a good manner. Indeed you are falling but landing with your feet over the soil"...

Interesting man, 'Bugsy' Siegel. Hated his nickname's implication of "crazy". Boyhood friend of Al Capone. Handsome and charismatic he hung out with Frank Sinatra and Cary Grant in Hollywood. On meeting the Nazi's Goring and Goebbels, whilst in Italy, offered to whack 'em, coz he thought they were dicks. Erratic, visionary, bootlegger, gambler: one of the founding members of the infamous Murder Inc. By 1947 had built the insanely opulent Flamingo Hotel in Vegas: his Tower in the wasteland.

Gangsters...I guess at least you knew where you stood with 'em. What do we get nowadays? Corporate fuckin' gangsters. Nameless, faceless, soulless: hiding behind their high-priced lawyers. Instead of a gun they use a wrecking ball, a clause in a contract. Lurking with their cronies behind closed doors, hatching their plans to carve up our world. Planning colossal skyscrapers for fuckin' yuppies who never create but rather exploit resources and "commodities". Furthering their insatiable lust for more fuckin' wealth they could ever hope to spend in their hopefully short lifetimes. The people we trusted our money with and they rewarded us by plunging us into a global recession.

And who are the first to feel the effect of this new breed of fascism? Those society deem misfits. Well fuck 'em I say: let's party...!!! This weekend, upstairs in "THE BOM SHELTR", a welcome live return for blistering rockers HORNET on Fri 28, followed by club "BEDLAM's METAL ASYLUM". Sat 1 we have the snarling boys from dirty, gutter rock club night "KICK IN THE TEETH". I can think of a few candidates in Armani's that could benefit from that...Downstairs, as always, THE LIVING DEAD CREW rattle up the usual mish-mash of the best in hard rock, metal and punk. Check out the calendar at for details and come down and get fucked up with us (oh sorry, drink responsibly with us...ooops!).

So for this week the always friendly fox has two messages; a thanks to the awesome Five Finger Death Punch for their words of inspiration and to the fuckers who want to destroy our world: c'est la vie, adios, good riddance, fuck you...

THE INTREPID FOX now has five weeks before its eviction from its home here on St. Gile's High St. Every week we shall be posting a new statement at 5pm on the Tuesday. We ask our many friends out there to please share... This city is under siege: watch this space for the coming of "La Familia"...



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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