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19th July 2017

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Ace Of Spades, the Motörhead celebration act led by Bass Assassin #2, Alan Davey, will headline this year's Bulldog Bash on Saturday August 12th.

This performance takes on extra special significance because Motörhead's road crew will reunite another time, another place once again as when they were told about this date, they immediately stepped forward and offered their services to Ace Of Spades.

So still loving the life they lead on 12th August will be Lemmy's long-time roadie Tim Butcher, Phil Taylor and Pete Gill's drum roadie for twelve years Goom, and Eagle, Motörhead's sound man.

Bulldog Bash takes place at Shakespeare County Raceway, which is situated just outside Stratford-upon-Avon.

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Alan commented on social media:

"'Iron Horse/Born To Lose' will have to be in the set for this one...!

"Ace Of Spades had our first rehearsal today. I gotta say that Garry Bowler and Neil Archer were exceptional. You guys were great to play with and we nailed all eighteen songs. We did Lemmy RIP and Animal Taylor RIP proud!"

Drummer Garry Bowler has played with Wurzel, ex-Iron Maiden and Lionheart guitarist Dennis Stratton and ex-Gillan/Ozzy guitarist Bernie Torme. He was also asked to replace Philthy Animal Taylor after he left Motörhead for the second time and recorded four demo tracks for the 'March Or Die' album.

Guitarist Neil Archer is formerly of Motörheadache and has toured with Chicken Shack and formed a band with Robert Plant for a charity event.

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Ace Of Spades are already announced for the Sunday night of this year's Beermageddon and will also play a full-on dedicated Motörhead set.

Beermageddon organisers told us when Ace Of Spades were announced:

"Like any lover of heavy music, a huge hole was left in our hearts when Lemmy passed in 2015 and here at Beermageddon we have always wanted to pay tribute to the legend, but it had to be done right, and at the right time.

"This is where Alan 'Boomer' Davey steps in. He is the only bassist Lemmy ever credited as a fellow 'Bass Assassin', on Motorhead's 'Orgasmatron' album, and he is bringing a very special show to Beermageddon..."

Ace Of Spades is an act that Alan began back in 1999, and at the Brixton Academy Hawkestra gig in 2000 he was endorsed by Lemmy himself. The Beermageddon organisers added:

"If Ace of Spades is good enough for Lemmy, it's damn well what we want at Beermageddon!"

Beermageddon takes place on 25th, 26th, 27th August 2017 at Stoke Prior Sports & Country Club. Tickets are available at a superb price of £40 and that includes free parking and camping.


Ace Of Spades and Gunslinger have a busy time ahead with the following dates confirmed:

Gunslinger dates:
October 13th: Hitchin, Club 85
October 14th: Ipswich, Venue 77
October 20th: Newcastle-Under-Lyme, The Rigger
October 21st: Nottingham, The Doghouse

Ace Of Spades dates:

August 12th: Bulldog Bash, Shakespeare County Raceway, nr Stratford-upon-Avon
August 27th: Beermageddon Fest, Stoke Priory
November 2nd: Stourbridge, River Rooms
November 4th: Rotherham, Cutlers Arms
November 17th: Liverpool, The Zanzibar Club
November 18th: Blackpool, Waterloo Music Bar
November 24th: Newc U Lyme, The Rigger
November 25th: The Station, Cannock
December 1st: Evesham, The Iron Road
December 3rd: Sutton in Ashfield, The Diamond
December 16th: Ashford, The Windmill Inn
January 12th: Poole, Mr.Kyps
January 13th: Bristol, The Fleece

Stand by for more big news from Alan and Ace Of Spades real soon. Good things are happening for this unique tribute to the greatest rock'n'roll band ever.


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'Motörhead In Full Flight' is a deluxe 128-page hardcase book complete with a set of prints encased in a metal flight case.

This predominantly photographic book of largely unpublished, never before seen images brings together a mixture of concert photos and off stage shots from the late 70s through to the late 80s, covering the classic line-up with Phil Taylor and Fast Eddie Clarke through to the four-man line-up with Phil Campbell, Würzel and Pete Gill.

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The never before seen images include shots from recording sessions and video shoots plus back stage at the tenth anniversary gig at Hammersmith, June 1985. There are even some hilarious photos of Lemmy during a beer tasting session and many more of the band's legendary frontman as you have never seen him before.

Includead are four prints ideal for framing, one band shot and one each of Lemmy, Phil Taylor and Fast Eddie Clarke.

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This strictly limited edition hardback is bound to sell quickly and become a future collector's item, making it an essential addition to any self-respecting fan's Motörhead collection.

These books will be shipped by a signed courier service. We cannot ship to PO Boxes so when you order please ensure you include a full delivery address where there will be someone to sign and receive it.

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The 300 will sell fast and definitely go on to become collector's items so order yours now right here to avoid disappointment. Orders are shipping from now.

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Publication date: 7th July 2017
ISBN: 978-1-908724-74-8
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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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