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4th January 2017

phil lynott

Today, 4th January 2017, is the thirty-first anniversary of the great Phil Lynott's passing and the tributes and memories on social media have been relentless. Here's a selection of some that really tuoched us.

Famed producer Chris Tsangarides said the following on Facebook:

"It seems like a lifetime ago that my friend and mentor Phil Lynott passed away. He was a true inspiration and the definition of a rock star! I can only imagine what more we could have achieved had he lived. I still remember the sound of his voice and his dry humour.

"His wife Caroline once said to me that he must really love you. 'Why is that?' I replied? 'Because you're the only person that can get away with calling him Phil and not Phillip!' That still tickles me and It comforts me to know that there was a mutual love and respect for each other.

"My thoughts are with his mother, wife and daughters today. God bless my old friend, thanks for the faith you showed in allowing me to record your music! xx"

Black Star Riders guitarist Scott Gorham, Phil's Thin Lizzy bandmate from 1974 onwards, also used Facebook to express his sentiments while BSR themselves posted a great shot of Phil and Scott from the Lizzy heyday.

Darren Wharton, Dare leader and Thin Lizzy keyboard player on four studio albums posted the following on behalf of his bandmates while Frankie Banali, Quiet Riot drummer Frankie Banali posted some excellent pictures of Phil:

D'Addario, the world's largest manufacturer of musical instrument strings paid tribute with the following tweet while Universal Music Ireland also paid their respects:

The tributes came from far and wide with French politician Marine Le Pen and TV Channel RTE both posting their appreciations.

This is by no means a comprehensive collection of the postings made today, just a selection of some that caught our eye.

Together they state just how much Phil Lynott meant to everyone and how his music and memory will always be with us.




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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