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  IRON MAIDEN DRUMMER NICKO McBRAIN: "BRUCE DICKINSON IS MY HERO"
12th June 2016



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Iron Maiden drummer Nicko McBrain gave an interview on Friday to Paul Anthony of Planet Rock ahead of Maiden's much-anticipated closing set at Download Festival tonight, Sunday 12th June 2016, and said that Bruce Dickinson is his hero.

Bruce gave everyone a fright last year when he announced that he was receiving chemotherapy and radiation treatment for a tumour on his tongue but he recovered in true trooper fashion and is now absolutely smashing it on stage on The Book Of Souls World Tour, as well as piloting Ed Force One, the most incredible tour bus in the history of music.

Nicko was full of praise for the way the Maiden frontman has handled the band's intense touring schedule just a few months after undergoing his treatment.

"I've gotta be honest... Bruce is my hero," Nicko said. "We all know... it's well documented what he went through with his illness and whatnot and then he comes out and learns how to fly a 747. And it's so strange, because Bruce isn't a particularly big guy. He's a strong lad, but when you go up to the flight deck and you see this massive big cockpit and there's Bruce sitting there...

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"It's such a great thing to see Bruce... Having him on a 757 is a lot smaller but he's gone along, he's done all the exams for the 747 pilot license and he had 100% on his written exam, which is hats off.

"And then he gets up on stage - believe me... I mean, just listen to the performance of 'Death Or Glory'. You know, that's just a little bit of what he gives in these live shows. And we're all having such a great time."

And in case you haven't seen it yet, here is the performance of 'Death Or Glory' that Nicko was talking about.



Click here for our report of yesterday's arrival of Ed Force One at East Midlands Airport...

Click here for Chris Dale's first hand account of the early days of Bruce Air. It's an eye-opener...

Click here for Mark Taylor's first hand account of Maiden's very recent gig at Waldbühne Amphitheatre, Berlin...


Remaining Tour Dates:

JUNE
Wed 15 Oslo, Norway Telenor Arena
Fri 17 Gothenburg, Sweden Ullevi Stadium
Sun 19 Dessel, Belgium Graspop Metal Meeting
Tue 21 Herning, Denmark Jyske Bank Boxen
Thu 23 Kaunas, Lithuania Zalgirio Arena
Sat 25 Moscow, Russia Olimpiyskiy
Wed 29 Hameenlinna, Finland Kantolan Tapahtumapuisto

JULY
Fri 1 Sopron, Hungary Volt Festival
Sun 3 Wroclaw, Poland Wroclaw Stadium
Tue 5 Prague, Czech Republic Eden Arena
Wed 6 Zilina, Slovakia Zilina Airport
Sat 9 Viveiro, Spain Resurrection Festival
Mon 11 Lisbon, Portugal MEO Arenav
Wed 13 Madrid, Spain Barclaycard Center
Thu 14 Seville, Spain Olimpic Stadium
Sat 16 Barcelona, Spain Rock Fest
Wed 20 Nyon, Switzerland Paleo Festival
Fri 22 Milan, Italy Mediolanum Forum
Sun 24 Rome, Italy Rock In Rome Sonisphere
Tue 26 Trieste, Italy Piazza Dellà Unita D'Italia
Wed 27 Split, Croatia Spaladium Arena
Sat 30 Bucharest, Romania Constitution Square

AUGUST
Tue 2 Esch-sur-Alzette, Luxembourg Rockhal
Thu 4 Wacken, Germany Wacken Open Air




WACKEN WINTER NIGHTS IS HEAVY METAL WONDERLAND

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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.

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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.



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.

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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.

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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