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29th November 2017

rick parfitt

Harrogate based independent Barrel And Squidger Records have announced a limited edition 7" vinyl release to honour fallen Status Quo guitarist Rick Parfitt who died on 24th December 2016.

The 'Rock Remembers Rick' EP, is being released in memory of the late great Rick Parfitt OBE, with all proceeds going to children's cancer charity The Shona Smile Foundation. The The triple A-side EP release will be available on very limited edition 3-track 7" vinyl as well as a two-track download. Both formats are available to preorder directly from Barrel And Squidger Records at

The digital version will be available from Friday 15th December 2017 with the vinyl version being released on the first anniversary of Parfitt's death, Sunday 24th December.

Walkway featuring John Coghlan perform 'Rain', a cover of the 1976 Status Quo classic, which was written by Parfitt and was included on the 'Blue For You' album as well as being released as a single which reached number seven in the UK charts. Norfolk based rockers Walkway's re-recording is featured on their 'WWIII' album and marks original Status Quo drummer Coghlan's first UK vinyl single in over thirty years.

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Lancashire noise monsters Massive Wagons penned their own tribute to Parfitt, titled 'Back To The Stack', and this is the vinyl debut of the track, which has cemented itself in the boys' live shows. This track is exclusive to the 7" format and will not be available as part of the download package.

Chris Ready of Walkway told us:

"We are both delighted and honoured to have our tribute to Rick included on this Rock Remembers Rick release.

"Not only does it honour one of Britain's finest rock stars, but it also helps raise awareness and funds for The Shona Smile Foundation. We are extremely proud to be part of it."

The final track is 'Christmas Eve (Nanana)' and features CJ Wildheart, Boss Caine, Ben Marsden and Jason Hodgson along with Sound Of Status and The Quo Choir.

The track is a radical rewrite of the 1971 Status Quo album track 'Nanana', which has been adapted with permission of original songwriters Francis Rossi and Bob Young, to become a reflective and celebratory Christmas Eve ode to Parfitt.

Wildhearts guitarist CJ is accompanied by York Americana stalwart Boss Caine and The Main Grains' Ben Marsden with new lyrics by Jason Hodgson. Swedish sensations Sound Of Status lead a 1,000-strong crowd in an outro sing-along which was recorded at the recent Status Quo Fan Club convention, held at Butlins in Minehead where Quo stalwarts Rossi and Parfitt first met back in 1965.

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Massive Wagons

Massive Wagons frontman Barry Mills spoke exclusively to MetalTalk about the release, telling us:

"Jason Hodgson from Barrel and Squidger Records caught us supporting The Wildhearts at the Ritz in Manchester, and after the show he approached us about 'Back To The Stack'. He said how he loved the track and the sentiment, and we struck up an instant friendship. He's a really great guy and wanted to do what he could to promote the track.

"Jason's spread the good word far and wide, so when he came to us about releasing the vinyl well, it's a total no brainer!! Onboard with Walkway, Coghlan, CJ Wildheart and co, all for Rick and a fantastic charity! Mega, sign us up! Honoured beyond words."

You can see the official video for 'Back To The Stack' by Massive Wagons here:




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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