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16th April 2017

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It's over two weeks since April Fool's Day came and went but some media outlets are looking like Easter turkeys today as a very obviously fake news story caught them out and left them with chocolate egg all over their faces.

Earlier today, Easter Sunday, 16th April 2017, an email was sent out to most leading UK print and online media outlets by a previously unheard of website called The Metal Den stating that Lars Ulrich had retired from Metallica. The wording on the original message is:

"Sad news for Ulrich fans. Speculation had been rife that Metallica's drummer will announce his retirement from music, at age 53. Now it seems as this is really going to happen, with immediate effect.

"'Being a musician isn’t fun anymore.

"As we get older, there are phases of life that we enter into, and being a musician just isn't fun anymore.' The report hinted that he may branch out into other creative fields he is better at (and more interested in), though they didn't provide any details.


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Shortly after The Metal Den email was sent, the hashtag #ThankYouLars was trending on Twitter which caused a UK national free daily newspaper to seize upon the 'news' and publish it on their website.

The hashtag was, however, not about Lars Ulrich at all but was referencing an American baseball player and an education consultant. The newspaper's article was removed an hour later.

A London based UK rock radio station are also reporting the 'story' in their regular news but we can confirm that it is absolutely untrue. Ironically, the story is being aired alongside an advert for KFC which concludes with the statement:

"That's not fake news, just finger lickin' good news."

A handful of other rock and Metal sites have also gone to press without checking facts first so we want to assure all Metallica fans that this story is completely and absolutely untrue and we've had that confirmed by the Metallica camp this afternoon.

Metallica always, without fail, announce their own news through their official media channels before it is released to the press and if it's not on, it just isn't true so rest assured, Lars is absolutely not leaving the band he co-founded in 1981 on the eve of their mammoth 'WorldWired' tour which hits the UK in late October for dates in London, Glasgow, Manchester and Birmingham, their first in this country for several years.




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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