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31 July 2014

If Rock'n'Roll is personified by the Stones and Pop music by the Beatles, then Stoner was born with Kyuss. From the heavy, suffocating, arid Coachella Valley and the mystic Californian Desert around, came this legendary band 25 years ago - reaching definitive cult status with three genre-defining masterpieces 'Blues For The Red Sun', 'Welcome To Sky Valley', as well as '...And The Circus Leaves Town' until their split in 1995.

After sharing a dream-come-true experience with fans in major festivals and great venues around the world fronting Kyuss Lives, legendary singer and frontman John Garcia recorded a follow-up to his legacy as Vista Chino with this critically acclaimed 'Peace' LP.

The next chapter is a long awaited intimate project: the upcoming and hotly anticipated solo album of John Garcia - a masterpiece by the most distinctive voice of the entire Desert & Stoner Rock scene - to be released worldwide in July & early August of 2014 on Napalm Records.

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This record is full of first-class, catchy rock numbers that commute equally between Classic Rock and concise Stoner elements.

John Garcia has delivered a multi-faceted and extremely intense solo album that will stir up more dust than a sandstorm in the Californian desert. Robby Krieger ( The Doors ), Danko Jones, Tom Brayton, Mark Diamond and also Garcia's old cohort in Kyuss Nick Oliveri show up as guest musicians to round out John's solo masterpiece.

To celebrate his new release, John Garcia will hit the stages for an extensive European tour, not only presenting his solo record live, but also playing legendary Kyuss songs from 'Sky Valley', 'Blues for the Red Sun', '..And The Circus Leaves Town' - including some rarities never played live - to 'Slo Burn', this tour will be a highlight and resumé of legendary tunes that he has created in his career.

John will be hitting the road with the following, fantastic musicians on stage:
Ehren Groban - Guitar ( War Drum ), Mike Pygmie - Bass ( You Know Who ), Greg Saenz - Drums ( You Know Who, The Dwarves ).

Get ready, for one of THE most highly anticipated tours in 2014:

05.11. NOR - Oslo, Vulkan Arena
06.11. SWE - Stockholm, Debaser
07.11. SWE - Gothenburg, Sticky Finger
08.11. GER - Rostock, Mau Club
09.11. GER - Berlin, Lido
11.11. NL - Hertogenbosch, W2
12.11. B - Antwerp, Trix
13.11. GER - Bremen, Aladin
14.11. GER - Köln, Werkstatt
15.11. GER - Bochum, Matrix
17.11. GER - München, Strom
18.11. CH - Luzern, Schüür
19.11. CH - Düdingen, Bad Bonn
20.11. I - Bologna, Locomotive Club
21.11. I - Roma, Init Club
22.11. I - Mezzago (MB), Bloom
25.11. P - Lisboa, RCA Club
26.11. ESP - Barcelona, Bikini
27.11. ESP - Madrid, Sala Arena
28.11. ESP - Bilbao, Kafe Antzoki
02.12. F - Paris, Glazart
03.12. UK - Southampton, The Talking Heads
04.12. UK - Manchester, Academy
05.12. UK - Sheffield, Corporation
06.12. UK - London, Islington Academy

08.12. GER - Osnabrück, Bastard Club
09.12. GER - Frankfurt, Zoom
10.12. A - Vienna, Viper Room
11.12. GER - Dresden, Beatpol
12.12. GER - Jena, F - Haus



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.

If you are interested in going to Wacken 2018 and have questions, please fill out the form below and we will contact you with answers to all your enquiries. You are under no obligation whatsoever by filling this form out. We won't add you to any mailing lists or send you loads of spam - all we will do is help you get to Wacken as easily and inexpensively as possible.



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