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3rd June 2017

rock am ring

The Rock Am Ring festival in western Germany was evacuated yesterday, Friday, because of a "terrorist threat".

The organisers asked fans to leave the Nuerburg Arena in a "calm and controlled" way.

"Due to a terrorist threat the police have advised us to interrupt the festival," they said.

The organisers posted this message earlier this morning which translates to:

"Program for the second day starts as planned."

Rammstein were supposed to headline last night with Friday's other bands including Welshly Arms, In Flames and 2Cellos. Rock am Ring celebrates its 30th anniversary this year

In August of last year, a failed asylum seeker from Syria blew himself up outside an open-air concert in the south German town of Ansbach. Security had prevented him from getting into the concert area and he detonated a rucksack filled with explosives in a local beer garden, killing himself and wounding fifteen others.

Police in the nearby city of Koblenz said that in light of the recent attack in Manchester, security at this year's Rock Am Ring had already been boosted, with some 1,200 personnel on duty.

Last year, the same festival was disrupted by a storm when thirty people were taken to hospital due to lighting strikes.

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monsters of rock

Monsters Of Rock In Full Flight is strictly limited to 300 worldwide and is available from 30th November but those ordering before 31st October will have their name published within a dedicated page in the book.

It's a deluxe 128 page hardback book in a metal flight case with a narrative by Jerry Bloom.

When promoter Paul Loasby put on the first Monsters Of Rock Festival in 1980 he could probably never have imagined it would become an annual event that would endure for so many years.

Featuring bands from the UK, Germany, Canada and USA, Loasby chose to stage the event at the Donington race circuit in the middle of England and it would prove to be a defining moment for many of the bands on the bill.

Not least for headliners Rainbow as it was the their last ever show to feature drum legend Cozy Powell. As it would happen it turned out to be the last for vocalist Graham Bonnet as well. For many of the other bands on the bill such as Scorpions, Judas Priest and Saxon, they were all on the ascendancy and would soon go on to even greater success.

Now in celebration of this first ever Monsters Of Rock Festival comes this hardback book full of glorious photos of the bands that took to the stage for that inaugural event including back stage shots. Most of these shots have not been published before which add to the uniqueness of this deluxe 128-page book which is packaged in its own flight case.

Also included are stories surrounding the event with tales and recollections from those who were there, including artists and fans alike. Each book will be signed by the author. The 300 will sell fast and definitely go on to become collector's items so order yours now right here to avoid disappointment.


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