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12th April 2017

guns n roses

Guns N' Roses have just completed the Asian leg of their 'Not In This Lifetime' tour and are now preparing to hit Europe in late May for a twenty date run that extends into mid-July, but fans travelling to the first gig of the European leg need to make sure they book a journey to the correct place.

The tour dates were announced in early December and all publicity materials clearly stated "Slane Castle, Dublin, IE" but Slane Castle is not in Dublin at all.

Slane Castle is in County Meath which is a full fifty-three kilometres from Dublin and a bus or train journey from Dublin Airport to the Castle takes just under two hours. It's sixty kilometres from central Dublin and more than two hours on public transport.

There is a huge rivarly between Dublin and Meath, which mainly stems from their GAA Gaelic football battles.

County Meath is known as The Royal County, so a lot of Meath people think they have one over the Dubliners, but Dublin is the capital city of Ireland, a fact which those from Dublin are fond of reminding residents of Meath.

Meath people are very proud of Slane Castle so it being referred to as Dublin apparently hits a nerve.

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This is not the first time that there has been confusion over the Gunners European dates, as when the multi-platinum selling band played Milton Keynes Bowl on the 'Use Your Illusion' tour in 1993, Axl did refer to the venue as London, which to be fair is only a short helicopter ride away.

However, on the current tour, which features the reunion of Axl Rose with Slash and Duff McKagan, the band were greeted with boos as they came on stage after the concert announcer mistakenly shouted out "Sydney!", forgetting the band were actually playing a show in Melbourne.

This is actually a really easy error to make as a lengthy tour can cause geographical disorientation and plenty of frontmen have got a place name wrong before.

The Simpson's mocked this common occurrence in an episode with Spinal Tap when Derek Smalls addressed the crowd:

"Nobody rocks like... [looks on back of bass guitar where he has placed sticker with the name of city they are playing]... Springfield."

Then later in the same episode, David St Hubbins said:

"Goodnight Springton! There will be no encores!"

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MetalTalk can happily report that Guns N' Roses, whose line-up is completed by guitarist Richard Fortus, drummer Frank Ferrer and keyboardists Dizzy Reed and Melissa Reese, are well back on form on the current 'Not In This Lifetime' tour, performing mammoth shows with tracks from all of their albums even including the most recent 'Chinese Democracy' opus.

See what happened at The Gunners' recent Bangkok show right here.

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Guns N' Roses tour dates, supports in brackets:
Saturday May 27th: Slane Castle, Co Meath, IE (Royal Blood, Mark Lanegan, Otherkin)
Tuesday May 30th: Estadio San Mames, Bilbao, ES (Mark Lanegan, Tyler Bryant)
Friday June 2nd: Passeio Martimo De Alges, Lisbon, PT (Mark Lanegan, Tyler Bryant)
Sunday June 4th: Estadio Vicente Calderon, Madrid, ES (Mark Lanegan, Tyler Bryant)
Wednesday June 7th: Letzigrund Stadium, Zurich, CH (The Darkness, Phil Campbell And The Bastard Sons)
Saturday June 10th: Autodromo Internazionale Enzo E Dino Ferrrari, Imola, IT (The Darkness, Phil Campbell And The Bastard Sons)
Tuesday June 13th: Olympiastadion, Munich, DE (The Kills, Phil Campbell And The Bastard Sons)
Friday June 16th: London Stadiumm, London, GB (The Kills, Tyler Bryant)
Saturday June 17th: London Stadium, London, GB (The Kills, Tyler Bryant)
Tuesday June 20th: Stadion Energa Gdansk, Gdansk, PL (Killing Joke, Virgin)
Thursday June 22nd: Messe, Hannover, DE ((Killing Joke, Phil Campbell And The Bastard Sons)
Saturday June 24th: Werchter Classic, Werchter, BE (The Pretenders, Wolfmother, Channel Zero, Fleddy Melcully)
Tuesday June 27th: Telia Parken, Copenhagen, DK (Biffy Clyro, Backyard Babies)
Thursday June 29th: Friends Arena, Stockholm, SE (The Darkness, Backyard Babies)
Saturday July 1st: Kantolan Tapahtumapuisto, Hämeenlinna, FI (The Darkness, Michael Monroe)
Tuesday July 4th: Letnany Airport, Prague, CZ (Biffy Clyro)
Friday July 7th: Stade De France, Paris, FR (Biffy Clyro, Tyler Bryant)
Monday July 10th: Ernst Happel Stadium, Vienna, AT (Wolfmother, Tyler Bryant)
Wednesday July 12th: Goffertpark, Nijmegen, NL (Biffy Clyro, Tyler Bryant)
Saturday July 15th: Hayarkon Park, Tel Aviv, IL (Tyler Bryant)
Thursday July 27th: The Dome At America's Center, St. Louis, MO
Sunday July 30th: U.S. Bank Stadium, Minneapolis, MN
Wednesday August 2nd: Sports Authority Field At Mile High, Denver, CO
Tuesday August 8th: Marlins Park, Miami, FL
Friday August 11th: BB&T Field, Winston-Salem, NC
Sunday August 13th: Hersheypark Stadium, Hershey, PA
Wednesday August 16th: New Era Field, Buffalo, NY
Saturday August 19th: Parc Jean Drapeau, Montreal, QC
Monday August 21st: TD Place Stadium, Ottawa, ON
Thursday August 24th: Investors Group Field, Winnipeg, MB
Sunday August 27th: Mosaic Stadium, Regina, SK
Wednesday August 30th: Commonwealth Stadium, Edmonton, AB
Friday September 1st: BC Place Stadium, Vancouver, BC
Sunday September 3rd: The Gorge, George, WA
Wednesday September 6th: Sun Bowl Stadium, El Paso, TX
Friday September 8th: Alamodome, San Antonio, TX




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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