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8th July 2016

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West Ham Boss has Another Life which could Split opinion...

Iron Maiden's Book Of Souls World Tour is now in it's final month and there are just thirteen dates remaining of this mammoth global expedition that has re-written Heavy Metal touring history.

No other band on the planet could have even considered doing what Maiden have done this year, playing in six of the world's seven continents (they'll probably do Antarctica next time round) over a four month period using their own gigantic 747 as the tour bus which was actually piloted by the band's singer just a few short months after he defeated cancer.

You know all this anyway but it's well worth repeating because it's Metal history and it will probably never be superceded by any band, ever.

Maiden play the Spaladium Arena in Split, Croatia on 27th July and it will be the second time they have played in Split, the first being in 2008 at Poljud Stadium. Split is the home town of West Ham United manager Slaven Bilić and Maiden want the former Hajduk Split defender to join them on stage.

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Maiden's affiliation with West Ham United has been well documented over the years and Steve Harris almost became a West Ham player in the late 70s but chose to go down the music route instead. Steve is a big Slaven Bilić fan and the former manager of the Croatian national side also happens to be a musician and Iron Maiden fan himself. In 2008 Bilić was at the Split concert as a fan.

Steve told Croatian daily newspaper Slobodna Dalmacija: "I have known Bilić for a number of years now. The first time I met him was when he played for West Ham. My son George was the mascot when we met at the game and we have stayed in contact. We saw each other over Christmas and chatted. I know he is one of our big fans.

"Bilić is really a great guy and is doing a fantastic job at West Ham. With regards to being a guest at the concert, I am not sure if he will be in Split, but if he can make it we will see... he is a sought-after man and he has to do his job first."

This is Iron Maiden and if they want something to happen, it almost certainly will. This is just a hunch but we're wondering whether Slaven will reciprocate and we'll see Maiden play at West Ham's shiny new stadium next year?

AC/DC became the first band ever to play the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Stadium in Stratford, London last month and an Iron Maiden gig there would also be truly spectacular.

Remaining Book Of Souls World Tour dates:
Saturday 9th July – Main stage, Viveiro
Monday 11th July – MEO Arena, Lisbon
Wednesday 13th July – Barclaycard Center, Madrid
Thursday 14th July – Estadio de La Cartuja, Seville
Saturday 16th July – Parque de Can Zam, Barcelona
Wednesday 20th July – Plaine de L'Asse, Nyon
Friday 22nd July – Mediolanum Forum, Milan
Sunday 24th July – Capannelle Racecourse, Rome
Tuesday 26th July – Piazza Unità d'Italia, Trieste
Wednesday 27th July – Spaladium Arena, Split
Saturday 30th July – Piața Constituției, Bucharest
Tuesday 2nd August – Rockhal, Esch-sur-Alzette
Thursday 4th August – True Metal Stage, Wacken Festival



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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