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  COMMUNICATION TIPS FOR EUROPEAN FESTIVALS, OR HOW TO LEARN A LANGUAGE IN AN EVENING
CHRIS DALE'S METAL MELTDOWN
1 June 2013


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Festival season is upon us and with so many great European Metal Festivals this year I'm sure some of you are thinking of popping out to one or two?

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Sweden Rock Festival

Maybe Sweden Rock Festival or the Italian Gods of Metal? Hellfest in France is good and the Wacken and Bang Your Head festivals in Germany are always great. In fact methinks our illustrious leader at Metaltalk, Steve Goldby, might be going to another good one this year, Graspop in Belgium.

One thing that sometimes puts folk off going over to Europe more often is trying to talk to the locals. Yes, I know we can always make ourselves understood in English. Them foreigners all understands us really, don't they? We should just shout a bit louder surely?

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Well no, actually. Have you ever noticed that when you've tried that tactic you've got spit in your burger, you've not pulled any local chicks/guys and most worryingly the bar's closed early?

Yeah, that's because you didn't say "Bonjour", which you knew how to say anyway but you didn't actually do it.

Très bien! Well done! But let's make this year's festivals more fun.

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These are French Girls. You should make the effort to say "Bonjour!" to them

This is how to learn a Western European language in one evening to a very basic level but a level nonetheless. If you follow this course in full you will get you by for a few days in that country and you never know, you might even make friends over there.

Celtic and Slavic languages aren't so easy for the beginner and Hungarian, Finnish, Estonian, Albanian, Greek and Basque are impossible to all but the most patient of minds. So, being lazy we're going to focus on the major Western European languages instead.

French, German, Spanish, Italian, Dutch (or Flemish), Swedish and Danish are easy to have a go at using this method. Other languages are trickier but can be done. You just might have to concentrate a bit more.

Steve Goldby is going to try this crash course to learn Flemish in time for Graspop as our guinea pig with you.

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Our editor, your guinea pig, Steve Goldby

Six Things You Need

There are six things you're going to need. Make sure you have them all before you start this course!

1. A phrasebook in the language you're going to learn. A dictionary is handy too but we'll get by with just the phrasebook most likely. Maybe have a browse through the phrasebook on the way home from the shops, that'll help a bit. Showing some level of interest is going to pay dividends on this project.

2. A bottle of wine or four beers from the country that you are trying to learn the language of. On the way home from the shops try to read the label on them. I bet you can understand half of it already. No? Try harder, read it all again.

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German Hefe Weizen Bier - all these are excellent but not all in one sitting!

3. A foreign film of your choice obviously made in the language that you're trying to learn but with English subtitles. Don't get one that's dubbed into English, that won't help. And don't get a silent movie or a porn film, they don't say much. If you like get a porn one as well (for extra vocab not usually included in your phrasebook) but primarily you need to focus on a proper story type film first.

4. A working pen and some paper, preferably a little notebook you can stick in your pocket and refer to later.

5. Absolute conviction in yourself that you do actually speak the language fluently and have done ever since you can remember. Confidence is a major pass/fail hurdle. You either do the speak the language or you don't. You're doubting yourself a bit but you're wrong - you do actually speak it. Let's go forward like that.

6. You'll also need the patience to put up with my patronising tone, I basically don't believe you will ever follow this through rigidly.

Ten Steps to Learn a Language

There are the ten stages of learning. You will only be required to actually learn anything in one of them. This course should all be done in one evening, preferably the night before you travel. Put aside a whole evening for this. You need to have no distractions and tolerant neighbours.

Step 1

OK, so firstly as we've accepted that we already speak the language, let's remind ourselves of the words we know. We know at least ten words of that language already. Think about it and write them down.

You know, "Bonjour" means hello in French right? And you know therefore that "Bon" means good and "jour" means day. That's three French words you know. You know "Grand Prix" means big prize. That's five French words you've got. Think of another five without straining yourself.

You know "Fungi" means mushrooms on your Pizza in Italian. You know "Pizza" means that bready thing with tomatoes and cheese in Italian too. "Pasta" means well, pasta. "Penne" type pasta means pens, they look like fountain pen nibs and well, "Penne" just is pens. Hadn't you worked that out?

"Farfalle" is butterflies, those little action man bow tie pastas. OK, you might not have known that but now you've got five Italian words... and you did know them all really.

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Farfalle - Pasta Butterflies

Oh and butterfly in French is Papillion like the book with a picture of a Butterfly on. So now you've got six French words.

You might not think you need to know the word for butterflies in a language but in my experience it never hurts to know more. I was once thrust against my will into a German conversation about snails. Luckily and purely by chance I had overheard the word "Schnecken" a few days beforehand.

I have since found myself in three conversations on different occasions about snails with German speakers. What's the chances of that?

You never know when any clue will rear its ugly head.

When you're actually over there never turn your hearing off. Listen to those foreigners constantly. They will be your tutors, without knowing it, they'll give loads of clues away all the time.

So going back to our ten words that we already know for each language...

If you're learning Spanish think about everything Manuel said in Fawlty Towers ("Que?" means "what?") or everything Clint Eastwood's victims said before he blew holes in their guts ("Hola amigo" means "Hello, friend").

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Clint Eastwood- he probably killed more Spanish speakers on the big screen than any other actor in cinema history

If you're learning German think about car adverts (you had worked out that a Volkswagon was a Folks Wagon, yes? There's even more obvious stuff in there when you listen.

Oh, and Michael Schumacher's family used to make shoes OK?

Really, you've got a lot more. Think about them for a while then make your list of ten words. Really write a list on the note paper you've got.

If you can't think of ten after really trying hard, have a look on the labels of the bottles you bought. Can you see the word for water there? Or brewery? If you've got wine it's probably saying the colour and maybe if its dry or sweet.

If you're still really stuck peek in the phrasebook, then physically kick yourself really hard for not remembering the obvious. Then make a written list of ten.

If you can already count to ten in the language you're going to speak tomorrow then your list now has twenty words. If you can't already count to ten, then have a quick look at them in the phrasebook, remember the easy ones and forget the rest.

Oh look! All the words for one (1) start with a vowel followed by an N.

The words for two start with a T, Z (with a T sound) or D followed by a U or W then a vowel. It's like 'Countdown'.

The words for three start with a Th (as in our stupid language), T or D, followed by an R and a vowel. Who'd have thunk it, eh?

That's right all these languages are related. We're not actually doing anything very difficult here.

The other numbers follow similar patterns but let's not worry about that too much, keep your drinks rounds short and sweet. The waiter can always give you change when you're into multiple Euros over there.

Do bear in mind that you don't have to know what they're saying to keep up a conversation. That's quite important to grasp.

You can keep up a conversation in a foreign language simply by saying the word "Really?" ("Vraiment?" in French, "Echt?" in German) every now and then until you catch a word or phrase that you do genuinely understand.

Don't feel guilty, foreigners here do the same with us all the time. Never give up the pretence that you'd don't actually speak their language. Self belief is going to win this game or lose it.

Step 2

I'm going to give you another bonus ten or twenty words that you already know. In English when we put "tion" at the end of a word, that word's pretty much going to be the same in all the European languages but with slight variations on the "tion".

For example in Italian they use "zioni" or "zione" instead so information is "informazioni". In German they use "Informationen" the same in Swedish, in Portuguese its "informação" and in French its simply "information". This also works for publication, defamation, multiplication and all sorts of useful words. But now you know them all anyway.

tourist info
I wonder what all this Italian stuff says? Maybe it's the Official Tourist Information? I wonder if we're in the Province of Vicenza?

The same goes for words ending in "ology" or "ism". They're the same in most languages with regional variations. Have a look in your phrasebook and you'll spot a few more.

How many words is that you've got now? Ten you knew before, plus basic counting, plus "tion", "ology" and "ism" words, that got to be 30 at least?

Step 3

Now here's ten really important words that are either exactly the same or at least understandable in every major Western European language. Sometimes they mumble them in a slightly different way but it really all makes sense if you immerse yourself in their mindset.

Toilet
Phone (or Telephone)
OK
Hamburger
Pizza
Wifi
Taxi
Hotel
Police
Ambulance

Have a look in your phrasebook. See what I mean? That's good to know isn't it? The really essential emergency ones are all made easy.

ambulance
A Danish Ambulance, I think. I can't really read Danish but I'm guessing its an ambulance.


Right that's at least 40 words we've got now. Have you written them all down?

Step 4

Now you're going to have to learn some stuff. I promise this is the only time you'll have to do this. Have a look in the phrasebook for the words for:

Yes
No
Hello/Good day
How are you?
Please
Thank you
Goodnight
Where is...?
May I have a...?
Cheers/Good health!

That's ten phrases though you may have known some before. Write them down.

The way to learn and practice them is reading the pronunciation notes in the front of the phrasebook. Try your best to emulate the noises they recommend. Even though they sound odd, trust the phrasebook. Practice this firstly by repeating the phrases, quietly but out loud while sitting down.

Then do it loudly while marching up and down the room. You literally must walk up and down your living room saying the phrase out loud, imagining you are greeting someone else marching the other way. "Bonjour, comment ça va?" you must shout to them in French.

Shouting is great practice. Do all ten, even if you knew them before.

Step 5

Sit down, that was exhausting. Now how many have you forgotten? Don't worry about it. Never worry about any of this. Remember you already speak the language so it's not a problem if you forget a word.

How was your accent? The trouble is we've been speaking this English language so long we've got comfortable with our style of mouth movements. Our style will not work in this new language that we suddenly speak. We must speak like them.

If I tell you to speak like them, you'll speak half like them and half like you do already. So speak more like them than they do.

Speak French like Renee on 'Allo 'Allo, speak like the Swedish chef on the Muppets. say "Pasta just lika Mama usta make!" in an over the top fashion if you're trying to learn Italian.

They do all actually speak like that over there.

Now march up and down the room practicing your ten phrases that you've learned shouting with an accent. Twice up and down the room for each phrase.

Did I mention you'd need peace and quiet for this? You've got like fifty words of the language now. And you've spotted a few similarities with English and other languages too haven't you?

Haven't you?

Oh come on, I told you to concentrate!

french wine
French Wines. Don't get all of them! Choose one or two between friends.

Step 6

Have you not opened that wine yet? Sorry, I should have said to open it earlier. So go on, open it now or a beer. And read the label again, can you understand more? Write down the words you do understand. Someone might want a chat about yeast over there.

Now read the label out loud while marching up and down the room. Just do it. Then put the film on.

Step 7

The film's great isn't it? Out the window with Hollywood blockbusters from here on. I hope you've got something quite depressing, maybe in black and white?

man bites dog
Man Bites Dog- A Typically Cheery Belgian Movie

Listen to what they're saying. They pronounce it all funny and fast don't they? That's what they do over there. We'll have to watch out for that. Forewarned is forearmed.

But you can understand a bit here and there can't you? The hello, yes and no? A bit more maybe? Draw a tick on your paper every time you understand a word. Do a big tick every time you understand an unexpected word.

How many ticks have you got at the end? If there's less than twenty ticks you've either fallen asleep or watched the porn film first. I told you not to do that.

Step 8

Before we watch the film again we'd best have another glass. And we'd best look up the words for wine and beer in the phrasebook while we're here, eh?

I told you I wouldn't make you learn any more words didn't I? I'm not making you learn these either.

Just have a look out of curiosity. You can also look up coffee if you want to too but I'm not going to force you.

Wine is "Wein", "Vino" or something similar in all of them isn't it? Of course it comes from the vine. We knew that anyway. Coffee, Café, Kaffee are all pretty samey too.

Beer is one of four options.

Option 1- It's Beer, Bier, Bière or Birra. This'll work in English, German, Dutch, French and Italian. Easy right?

Option 2 - It's Ceres, Cerveza or Cervassa in Latin languages such as Italian, Spanish, Catalan and Portuguese. That's cos its made from cereal, right? Do note though they each pronounce it quite differently so have an extra look in the pronunciation section of the phrasebook.

Option 3 - It's Øl in Scandinavian languages such as Swedish, Danish, Icelandic and Norwegian. That's why we have Ale, those clever Vikings! While they were busy raping and pillaging our blessed islands, they left a really useful word behind.

Option 4- Most of the Eastern European Slavic languages call beer "Pivo". But that's not tricky is it? It sounds kind of fun to start with.

They all call Vodka, Gin and Whiskey the same things and Cola too which is handy. Brand names are brand names all over. And so are band names. You can literally have a conversation with a drunk German metal fan by looking at his t-shirt, reading the band logo on it and saying "Kiss! Ja, sehr gut! Ja!" over and over.

He'll probably buy you a beer.

It might be worthwhile looking up the word for water, just in case. Now I'm asking you to learn another word and I said I wouldn't do that. Sorry. Ignore it if you really want to.

Now's probably a good time to set your alarm clock and pack your passport, toothbrush and change of socks if you've got an early flight tomorrow.

Step 9

OK, the film's going on again. I know it might be painful but this time we're in it!

Every time you see the character with the most ridiculous moustache you must greet him as an old friend, "Hallo! Hoe gaat het?" you'll shout at him if you're learning Dutch or Flemish. "Goed, bedankt" he'll most likely return.

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Two Typical European Actors- Edouard Baer and Gerard Depardieu

Then when we see the female with the most eyeliner pretend she's your other best friend. All continental films feature characters with moustaches and too much make up don't they?

Likewise when they go into a bar or restaurant in the film, you should order drinks and food too. Remember the "I would like a... please?" and "Thank you" bit we did earlier?

Join in the chit chat whenever the feeling takes you. Put more ticks on your bit of paper if it'll make you feel better. Then go to bed. Remember you've got to get up early tomorrow!

Step 10

Now go to the country and read the phrasebook on the flight.

Then start speaking the language. Just do it. When their customs guy asks for your passport say "Hello" to him in his language. When he gives it back say "Thank you" in his language.

He will most likely ignore you.

That means you've blended in perfectly, he ignores everyone. You are now speaking the language to the people! You win!

Continue to do this.

Don't back down when you fail a few times. Shit happens. Have no embarrassment on this topic. Who cares if some person you've never met thinks you have a limited mental age? What's he to Hecuba or Hecuba to him?

Start the next conversation with the next stranger you meet completely afresh.

Here's an example of the benefits of just giving it a go that I once had.

I was working as a roadie late at night on a gig in Italy. When we finally got back to the hotel after packing down the gig our English tour manager was there to tell us the bar had closed. The band all had drinks they'd ordered before but there was none for the thirsty crew. "Sorry guys, Cor blimey guvnor!" he said.

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Venice- this is what Italy looks like

I wandered up to the bar where the bartender was packing down for the night with the lights off. I said "Ciao!" to him (we all know that don't we? It kind of means hello and also goodbye in Italian).

"Come stai?" I said. That's what the phrasebook said meant "How are you?"

The barman started telling me his life story in Italian. That was fine by me. I said "Non, certo?" ("No, really?") every now and then.

It was a great chat. I think he was mostly saying something about how he had worked too many long shifts recently but I may be wrong. He could have been telling me about his unhealthy fetish for elephant dung for all I know really.

So then after a while of his banter I asked "Posso avere encora una bierra?"

"May I have..." is a super useful phrase on many occasions, see what the phasebook says.

"Posso avere"- (Is it) possi(ble to) 'ave?

"Encora"- another, as in "Please come back and play Rock and Roll All Nite in the encore".

"Una", I think I mentioned that one (1) was going to start with a vowel and have an N sound in it? The Countdown game.

"Bierra"- err... that means beer.

None of this was rocket science.

Then he said "Quanto Birra?" Taking a wild guess, I reckoned "quanto" had something to do with quantity and I already knew that birra meant beer, so the answer had to be a mumbled "quarter" while holding up my thumb and three fingers to represent each of the four crew.

A useful point to note is that while most English speakers hold up fingers for one to four and only use their thumb for five when signalling, many Europeans start with the thumb and then count onto the fingers. Bear that in mind and it's easier than learning loads of number words!

Of course the Italian word for four is not "quarter". It is in fact "Quattro", but I was in the ballpark and having a guess and giving it a go is the name if the game. The main point is he understood me and served us four beers.

This happened only because I tried to speak to him in Italian. I didn't speak good Italian. I spoke just about passable Italian and that will honestly score you loads more points over there than shouting in English.

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NB None of this advice should be taken if you are trying to have a serious conversation in a second language. Do not sign legal documents, police statements, martial contracts or international weapons treaties based on learning a language overnight. The author and MetalTalk will not be held accountable for any injuries or time spent in foreign prisons that may arise from misunderstandings abroad.

Aside from that enjoy the festivals.

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Wacken Open Air, Germany



MORE CHRIS DALE'S METAL MELTDOWN COLUMNS HERE...

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March 2015: Matthew Trippe RIP - The strange case of the man who would be Nikki Sixx
November 2014: Kiss: 'Love Gun' Deluxe Edition
October 2014: Mr. Big – Live Review at Koko, London
September 2014: Mr. Big: 'The Stories We Could Tell' album review
September 2013: Intensive Bass Course with Billy Sheehan
August 2013: Booking Agents vs Promoters
July 2013: Rock and Metal Pub Quiz
June 2013: Communication Tips For European Festivals, Or How To Learn A Language In An Evening
May 2013: Storm Thorgerson (1944-2013) RIP
April 2013: Daily Mail Columnist Richard Littlejohn Sinks To New Low With Anti-Heavy Metal Article
April 2013: The Future Of Classic Bands
March 2013: Smashing Pumpkins Video Shoot
Febuary 2013: Ten Years On Total Rock
January 2013: Kiss Follow Up To Monster 2013
December 2012: Kiss Reformation Magick
November 2012: Exclusive Interview With Geoff Tate
November 2012: Morally Worrying Session
October 2012: Kiss 'Monster' Review
October 2012: The Best Invention Of All Time
September 2012: A Conversation With Rudy Sarzo
August 2012: Scream For Me Sarajevo Part 3
July 2012: Scream For Me Sarajevo Part 2
June 2012: Scream For Me Sarajevo Part 1
May 2012: Managers v Producers
April 2012: Kiss 'Monster' Album Preview
March 2012: London Venue's Nazi Past?
February 2012: How Not to Join the Ozzy Osbourne Band
January 2012: Metal Evilution
December 2011: Take Your Pick Competition
November 2011: The Pandora's Box Of Pop
October 2011: Tank Tour Diary 2011
September 2011: Festival Stage Collapses
August 2011: Bruce Air, The Early Days
July 2011: European Festival Round-Up
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"...normally I would have hit him in the face but I didn't want to knock that really bad fucking wig off his head..."

venom VADER ANNOUNCE UK EXCLUSIVE SPECIAL SET THIS SEPTEMBER SUPPORTING VENOM INC
Death Metal legends Vader released the "absolute heaviest" studio album of their career last year, according to frontman Peter W...

status quo STATUS QUO ANNOUNCE UK WINTER TOUR
Francis Rossi, Rick Parfitt, Andy Bown, John 'Rhino Edwards and Leon Cave will plug back in and bring their thunderous electric live show back to the nation's venues...

borknagar BORKNAGAR WORKING ON NEW STUDIO ALBUM
The original Borknagar vocalist Kristoffer Rygg (aka Garm/Fiery G Maelstrom/Trixter G) has already recorded vocals for two songs...

wasp W.A.S.P. ANNOUNCE TEN DATE TOUR OF UK AND IRELAND IN SEPTEMBER
W.A.S.P. have announced a ten date tour of the UK and Ireland to promote their highly anticipated and long awaited new album 'Golgotha'...

dew scented DEW-SCENTED TO RELEASE NEW ALBUM 'INTERMINATION' ON 12th JUNE
The German/Dutch thrash commandos have finished recording their third full length studio release for Metal Blade...

joe lynn turner JOE LYNN TURNER SAYS RAINBOW REUNION IS "PROBABLE"
"We are talking, but we have not sat in the same room yet to discuss anything..."

new england EXCLUSIVE: NEW ENGLAND - AOR LEGENDS RELEASE FIRST NEW MATERIAL IN 33 YEARS
This will be the first brand new material from New England in decades...

black sabbath OZZY OSBOURNE CONFIRMS THAT BLACK SABBATH WILL RETIRE AFTER 2016 FAREWELL TOUR
"The plan is that next year we'll do the final Black Sabbath tour and then it's over..."

motorhead MOTORHEAD ANNOUNCE FIRST BATCH OF DATES FOR EU TOUR WITH SAXON AND GIRLSCHOOL
This year is Motorhead's 40th anniversary and we always knew that a big tour would take place...

michael schenker MICHAEL SCHENKER'S TEMPLE OF ROCK ANNOUNCE JANUARY 2016 UK TOUR
Schenker will perform tracks from 'Spirit On A Mission' plus all the MSG, UFO and Scorpions rock classics...

venom MANTAS, ABADDON AND DEMOLITION MAN REUNITE TO CREATE VENOM INC: TOUR DATES ANNOUNCED
...now there is a second Venom on the circuit...

kamelot KAMELOT PREMIERE MUSIC VIDEO OF 'INSOMNIA' FROM UPCOMING ALBUM 'HAVEN'
It's time to step into the cinematic, epic and emotionally dynamic world of Haven. Check it out here...

the darkness THE DARKNESS LAUNCH NEW VIDEO FOR 'OPEN FIRE'
The Darkness have announced details of the first single from their forthcoming fourth album 'Last Of Our Kind'...

motorhead MOTORHEAD CANCEL MONSTERS OF ROCK, BRAZIL PERFORMANCE AS LEMMY TAKES ILL
Lemmy is undergoing tests in hospital and Motorhead's slot was filled by a jam session...

doro pesch DORO ANNOUNCES UK TOUR THIS NOVEMBER AND LIVE DVD
Internationally renowned rock and Heavy Metal legend Doro Pesch has just announced a run of three UK shows this November...

epica DUTCH SYMPHONIC METAL STARS EPICA ANNOUNCE UK TOUR WITH SWISS FOLK METALERS ELUVEITIE
"Both bands bring their unique flavour to Metal and are known as top live acts, so we are certain that every single night is going to be one to remember..."

iggy pop IGGY POP TO FEATURE ON GUITAR LEGEND HOTEI'S NEW SINGLE
"In creating this song, I knew that it needed a vocalist with a strong personality to fully bring it to life..."

armored saint ARMORED SAINT DEBUT 'MESS' FROM 'WIN HANDS DOWN'
"Possibly the heaviest song Armored Saint has ever written..."

cradle of filth CRADLE OF FILTH UNVEIL THE COVER ARTWORK FOR 'HAMMER OF THE WITCHES'
"...themes rife with heady witchcraft, be it persecution, retribution or unfettered spiritual liberation..."

heidevolk MARK BOCKTING AND RAEMON BLOEM DEPART HEIDEVOLK
Heidevolk, Mark and Reamon have all made statements which you can read in full here...

phil rudd AC/DC DRUMMER PHIL RUDD PLEADS GUILTY TO DRUG POSSESSION AND THREATENING TO KILL CHARGES
Phil remained silent in court except when asked to enter his plea and also refused to answer questions as he left the courthouse...

inglorious EXCLUSIVE: INGLORIOUS RELEASE VIDEO OF 'FOOL FOR YOUR LOVIN'' AHEAD OF LONDON HIPPODROME SHOWCASE
The video was recorded completely live and recorded and mixed by Steve Rispin at Liscombe Park Studios...

majesty GUITARIST TRISTAN VISSER LEAVES MAJESTY
The split appears to be amicable and without bad blood. Tristan has left to pursue a solo career...

uriah heep JUDAS PRIEST AND URIAH HEEP MEMBERS IN ALL-STAR METALWORKS JAM AT DAVEY RIMMER'S WEDDING
Other guests included all the members of Uriah Heep plus numerous faces from the London scene...

alestorm BREAKING NEWS: GUITARIST DANI EVANS LEAVES ALESTORM
"I hold nothing but respect for the guys and there is no bad blood between us..."

ozzy osbourne BREAKING NEWS: OZZY OSBOURNE HITS BACK AT BILL WARD: "BE HONEST WITH BLACK SABBATH FANS"
"Deep down inside you knew you weren't capable of doing the album and a 16 month tour..."

kiss KISS ANNOUNCE EUROPEAN TOUR FOR MAY/JUNE 2015
"Prepare yourself for the greatest show on earth as Kiss are coming to OWN Europe..."

bill ward BILL WARD POSTS LONG STATEMENT ON HIS FEELINGS ABOUT BLACK SABBATH CONTINUING WITHOUT HIM
"The continuing misguided information about me has established a necessity on my part to confront these issues..."

origins of iron ORIGINS OF IRON: AN ALBUM FULL OF EX-IRON MAIDEN MEMBERS AND THEIR MUSIC
After the success of the highly rated encyclopaedic book, 'Outside Iron Maiden' the author and organisers hatched a plan...

graham parker GRAHAM PARKER AND THE RUMOUR TO RELEASE 'MYSTERY GLUE' ON MAY 18th AND ANNOUNCE UK TOUR
'Mystery Glue' is a real return to form for this seminal British songwriter and powerhouse band...

giants of rock MICHAEL SCHENKER'S TEMPLE OF ROCK TO HEADLINE GIANTS OF ROCK FESTIVAL 2016
Other acts already confirmed are Wishbone Ash featuring Andy Powell plus two of the finest bands to ever come out of Dunfermline...

aerosmith AEROSMITH BLUE ARMY TOUR 2015 SUMMER TREK TO KICK OFF JUNE 13th
Following their wildly successful and acclaimed 2014 Let Rock Rule tour, Aerosmith will return to the road June 13th...

accept ACCEPT ANNOUNCE NEW GUITARIST AND DRUMMER AND POST NEW VIDEO CLIP
Looking back on 2014, it was the best year in the band's career so far...

bernie torme BERNIE TORME ANNOUNCES 'BLACKHEART' NEW ALBUM AND TOUR SCHEDULED FOR OCTOBER 2015
"We did a storming little UK tour end of last year following the release of the 'Flowers & Dirt' album and I really caught the bug to play live again..."

behemoth BEHEMOTH RELEASE NEW VIDEO FOR 'MESSE NOIR' WITH PRODUCER ZEV DEANS
The combination of visual and auditory elements could not be more ideal...

conan CONAN ANNOUNCE UK HEADLINE TOUR IN JUNE
""As we gear up to record the follow up to 'Blood Eagle', we welcome you to join us on our only run of UK shows in 2015..."

muskel rock MUSKEL ROCK ANNOUNCES SPECIAL HEADLINERS
Let Them Eat Metal On Metal because there's Thunder On The Tundra at this year's Muskel Rock Festival in Sweden...

primus PRIMUS ANNOUNCE 'AN EVENING WITH PRIMUS' JUNE UK DATES
Primus are set to return to the UK for the first time since 2012 for three special shows...

babymetal BABYMETAL TO FINALLY RELEASE SELF-TITLED DEBUT ALBUM IN UK VIA earMUSIC
Babymetal are a divisive phenomena in the Metal world today...

ac/dc AC/DC OPEN ROCK OR BUST WORLD TOUR WITH SURPRISE SETLIST INCLUSIONS: WARNING - CONTAINS SPOILERS
The Rock Or Bust world tour resumes on April 17th during Coachella's second weekend before the band hit Europe in May...

six feet under SIX FEET UNDER ALL SET TO RELEASE THEIR ELEVENTH STUDIO ALBUM 'CRYPT OF THE DEVIL'
The band's eleventh studio recording boasts ten murderous slabs of audio repugnance...

gwar METAL BLADE TO RE-ISSUE GWAR's 'AMERICA MUST BE DESTROYED'
'America Must Be Destroyed' is definitely their "heaviest" album. The hardest vocals, and the hardest music...

black sabbath BREAKING NEWS: TONY IOMMI POSTS POSITIVE HEALTH UPDATE AFTER BLACK SABBATH PULL OUT OF OZZFEST
Sabbath have given no reason for their decision to pull out and Tony posted the following message just after 6.30 this evening...

twisted sister BREAKING NEWS: TWISTED SISTER ANNOUNCE AJ PERO TRIBUTE CONCERT, FAREWELL TOUR AND AJ'S REPLACEMENT
"Dee Snider and the boys made the decision last month to call it quits - just one week before drummer AJ Pero died from a heart attack."

patti russo PATTI RUSSO ALL SET FOR APRIL/MAY UK DATES
Patti Russo made her name as Meat Loaf's female lead vocalist between 1993 and 2013 and tonight she sets out on a set of April and May UK dates...

skyclad MARTIN WALKYIER GOES SKYCLAD ANNOUNCED AS BEERMAGEDDON SATURDAY NIGHT HEADLINER
"Once again we will witness Skyclad in it's true glory, as intended from conception, the Skyclad that impacted Metal like no incarnation since..."

iron maiden IRON MAIDEN CATALOGUE NOW MASTERED FOR ITUNES
"I honestly feel that there is a massive improvement in the quality of these classic albums..."

skid row JOHNNY SOLINGER LEAVES SKID ROW; REPLACEMENT NAMED ALREADY
"We had a lot of great times together and created a lot of great music. We wish him nothing but the best."

sos festival SOS FESTIVAL ANNOUNCES SIX MORE BANDS
Skarlett Riot, The Raven Age, 13 Stars, Heartbreak Remedy, Liz Owen & Charlotte Hackett are added to the loaded bill this July...

ginger GINGER WILDHEART ANNOUNCES "SONGS & WORDS TOUR" APRIL/MAY 2015
"This is a tale of redemption, self discovery and, ultimately, battling the odds and winning on my own terms..."

megadeth ANGRA GUITARIST KIKO LOUREIRO JOINS MEGADETH
He will be Megadeth's tenth guitarist in the band's thirty year history and he replaces the departed Chris Broderick...

odium CANADA'S ODIUM ISSUE STUDIO UPDATE AND OFFER FREE SONG DOWNLOAD
As the album comes together in the studio, Odium have no plans to slow down on the live performance front...

videscape VIDESCAPE IS THE NEW WAY FOR MUSICIANS TO MAKE MORE MONEY FROM VIDEOS AND AUDIO
VidEscape is perhaps not a site many musicians and bands are familiar with but all that could change in the coming months...

van halen VAN HALEN SHUT DOWN HOLLYWOOD BLVD FOR SPECIAL JIMMY KIMMEL LIVE PERFORMANCE
The band performed a forty five minute set to fans who were given free tickets to attend the outdoor event...

status quo STATUS QUO TO ROCK ROCHESTER CASTLE FOR A RECORD FIFTH TIME
The Quo will perform at the picturesque Norman castle grounds on Wednesday July 15th with support from Steve Harley And Cockney Rebel...

skarlett riot SKARLETT RIOT ANNOUNCE UK TOUR
Dubbed the 'We Will Rise' Tour to promote their new EP, 'We Are The Brave', the band will be joined on the trek by The Raven Age...

whitesnake BREAKING NEWS: DEF LEPPARD/WHITESNAKE/BLACK STAR RIDERS ANNOUNCE DECEMBER UK TOUR
Tickets go on sale at 10.00am on 1st April from Live Nation UK with pre-sale and VIP ticketing information coming soon...

doro DORO CONFIRMED FOR ROCK IN RIO AND ANNOUNCES HUGE EUROPEAN TOUR
"This is amazing and a dream coming true. I think that we might also play my hymn 'All We Are'."...

wasp W.A.S.P. SIGN TO NAPALM RECORDS WITH NEW ALBUM SET FOR RELEASE THIS AUGUST
Almost six years have passed since the world saw a new studio album from Metal icons W.A.S.P...

evil scarecrow EVIL SCARECROW SET OFF FOR 'ROAD TO DOWNLOAD' TOUR
Grab the chance to catch the Nottingham maestros of Metal around the UK before their appearance at Download...

bruce dickinson IRON MAIDEN ISSUE BRUCE DICKINSON HEALTH UPDATE AS NEW PHOTOS OF BRUCE EMERGE
Things are looking very positive concerning the Bruce Dickinson cancer situation...

iron maiden IRON MAIDEN TO RECEIVE O2 SILVER CLEF AWARD
The iconic band have won the Outstanding Contribution To UK Music category...

the darkness THE DARKNESS REVEAL FIRST SINGLE 'OPEN FIRE'
The single and the forthcoming album 'Last Of Our Kind' promise an explosion of rock following the band's break ...

thunder THUNDER APPEAR ON WEEKEND WOGAN BBC RADIO SHOW
Thunder's new album 'Wonder Days' went straight into the Top Ten of the UK album charts and they have just completed a highly successful UK tour...

aj pero BANDMATES AND STARS PAY TRIBUTE TO TWISTED SISTER AND ADRENALINE MOB DRUMMER AJ PERO
Pero was on tour with Adrenaline Mob when members of that band were unable to rouse him on their bus on Friday morning...

red dragon cartel RED DRAGON CARTEL NAME MICHAEL THOMAS BECK IN LEAD VOCALIST CHANGE UP
Darren James Smith is out, and a new era begins. The saga continues...

walls of jericho WALLS OF JERICHO ARE ENTERING THE STUDIO
The band will start work shortly on their first full length album since 2008...

beyond forgotton shores DORMANT INFERNO & DIONYSUS ANNOUNCE SPLIT RELEASE 'BEYOND FORGOTTEN SHORES'
India's Transcending Obscurity label produces a Doom Metal double...

icon I.C.O.N SIGN TO METALBOX RECORDINGS
With a follow up album to 'New Born Lie' on the way and an extensive touring schedule, 2015 sees I.C.O.N in full flow...

soldierfield SOLDIERFIELD RELEASE OFFICIAL VIDEO FOR 'THE ONLY WAR'
The video is from the latest acclaimed release 'Catharsis'...

serpentine SERPENTINE ANNOUNCE THE RELEASE OF THEIR ALBUM 'CIRCLE OF KNIVES'
The new studio album contains ten brand new songs from the melodic rock quintet...

rival sons RIVAL SONS HAVE RECORDED EXCLUSIVE RECORD STORE DAY TRACKS
The limited edition 7" contains two previously unreleased songs...

styx STYX RELEASE 'LIVE AT THE ORLEANS ARENA LAS VEGAS'
The definitive live show is available on DVD, CD, Blu-ray and digital formats...

electric wizard ELECTRIC WIZARD CONFIRM FULL SUPPORTING CAST FOR HEADLINE SHOW AT THE ROUNDHOUSE IN LONDON
The Cosmic Dead, Purson and Moss are added to the May 15th bill...

mike porcaro MIKE PORCARO OF TOTO DEAD AT 59
The rock world was shook again on Sunday morning, March 15th 2015...

sick of it all SICK OF IT ALL LAUNCH NEW VIDEO FOR 'GET BRONX'
"This video serves to show people across the world that as gritty and unpretentious as hardcore music is, it still translates to the big stage and doesn't need a tiny, intimate atmosphere to work..."

steve hackett STEVE HACKETT LAUNCHES 'THE WHEEL'S TURNING' LYRIC VIDEO
"In contrast to the primal and gothic nature of much of the album, 'The Wheel's Turning' has a fun and nostalgic vibe..."

corbitt WARBEAST'S BRUCE CORBITT ISSUES UPDATE FOLLOWING HIS HEART SCARE
Bruce has been undergoing tests and has an important message to share...

enter shikari ENTER SHIKARI ANNOUNCE INTIMATE DOWNLOAD FESTIVAL WARM-UP SHOW
Catch the band at Bristol in June before their slot headlining Download's second stage...

tony iommi TONY IOMMI, NAPALM DEATH AND LAMB OF GOD APPEAL TO INDONESIAN PRESIDENT FOR BALI NINE DUO CLEMENCY
All artists are hopeful that their words will be persuasive and encourage President Widodo to grant clemency...

serpentyne MEDIEVAL FOLK ROCKERS SERPENTYNE UNLEASH NEW VIDEO FOR 'VALKYRIES'
Over the last few years their live show has become quite the spectacle...

tank TANK REVEAL ALBUM ARTWORK FOR 'VALLEY OF TEARS'
"He's injected so much new energy and inspiration into the band since joining us in 2013..."

mike portnoy MIKE PORTNOY IN MEGA "DO YOU KNOW WHO I AM" MOMENT AFTER HAVING TO WAIT AT HOSPITAL
However well intended, the post comes across as though he is expecting to jump the queue due to his "status"...

armored saint ARMORED SAINT TO RELEASE NEW ALBUM THIS SUMMER
"There's everything from classic Armored Saint rocker songs to epic songs and we all dug deep deliver something special..."

david gilmour DAVID GILMOUR ANNOUNCES 2015 SHOWS
The dates will coincide with the release of his as yet untitled fourth solo studio album...


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