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  'RHINO' EDWARDS ANNOUNCES UK TOUR, RICK PARFITT CHARITY RELEASE AND JOHN COGHLAN NEWS
23rd March 2017



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Taking time out from Status Quo's hectic touring schedule, bass player John 'Rhino' Edwards has announced a headlining tour of the UK and Europe for his band Rhino's Revenge, this coming May.

The tour is in conjunction with the 'II' album that was released in late 2015 and was reviewed by our resident Status Quo expert, Johnny Main right here.

The tour kicks off at The Iron Road in Evesham on Friday 5th May before shows at the 100 Club, London (12th), The Holbrook Club, Horsham (13th), Bootleggers, Kendal (18th) and Ivory Blacks, Glasgow (20th). After that, the band head across to mainland Europe for two already sold out shows, the first at Ma Kelly's, Frieschepalen on Thursday 25th May and then the next day they're scheduled to appear at Das Parkhaus in Duisburg.

A previously announced show at in Lambres-lez-Douai in France on Saturday 27th May has been cancelled due to a Quo show at the PGA Championships at Wentworth being scheduled on the same date.

In addition to general admission tickets, VIP packages are available and they include admission, a meet and greet with Rhino' Revenge, a memento laminate and lanyard, a Rhino-branded gift and a voucher offering a 25% discount on anything - other than CDs - bought from the merchandise stand.

Massive Wagons Pay Tribute To Quo Star Parfitt With Charity Release

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As previously reported on MetalTalk.net, Lancashire noise monsters Massive Wagons have written a new single, 'Back To The Stack', in tribute to one of their musical heroes, Status Quo legend Rick Parfitt. A studio version of the single is now scheduled for release on Monday 24th April, with all proceeds from the sale of the track going directly to the Teenage Cancer Trust.

'Back To The Stack' is, musically and lyrically, packed full of deft nods to the late Status Quo legend and is a truly fitting homage to Parfitt. Frontman Barry Mills urges everyone to get involved, saying: "Why don't you raise your glass for Rick, cos I'm raising mine!"

The single will be available to buy from the official Massive Wagons site at massivewagons.com.

'Back To The Stack' is the first tasty musical morsel to emerge from the writing sessions for Massive Wagons' fourth studio album, which follows on from the success of 2016s critically lauded third album, 'Welcome To The World'.

The band have just completed a UK Tour and MetalTalk caught up with them at the show in Glasgow and you can see what happened right here.

Massive Wagons still have a handful of dates confirmed, culminating with an appearance at the Stone Free Festival at London's O2 Arena in June where they'll perform on the Big Entrance Stage. The Stone Free Festival is headlined by Ritchie Blackmore's Rainbow and the event also boasts performances from Blue Öyster Cult, Sweet, The Answer, Gun and many more.

John Coghlan To Join British Rockers Walkway Onstage

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British rockers Walkway recently recorded a version of the evergreen Status Quo track 'Rain' as a very special tribute to Rick Parfitt, with none other than original Status Quo drummer John Coghlan.

The band, who were formed in 2007 and hail from Diss in Norfolk, have supported Black Stone Cherry, Slade, Bernie Marsden, Graham Bonnet and Status Quo themselves over the years and are quickly gaining momentum as one of the UK's most exciting young bands.

Walkway exclusively spoke to MetalTalk saying: "We can't wait to release this new record, and it is by far our best and contains our strongest material to date - we're sure rock fans are going to love it.

"We're really pleased to have a tribute to the great Rick Parfitt on the album, who we played with many times and who was a fan of our band.

"We wanted to do something special so thought what better way than cover 'Rain' and we were very happy to have John Coghlan playing on the track to give the song a more authentic stamp, and make the tribute that little more special. We'd like to thank both John and Gillie Coghlan for making this possible and for their time."

Following on from the recording, Coghlan has arranged to attend Walkway's upcoming show at Fat Lil's in Witney on Friday 31st March where he'll get up on stage and perform with the band.

Walkway/John Coghlan pictures – © Walkway 2017 (with permission) John Rhino Edwards photo – © Carlan Brain Main exclusively for Main Stage Photography 2017 (with permission).





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WACKEN WINTER NIGHTS IS HEAVY METAL WONDERLAND

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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