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November 2012

tony mottram

Classic rock n' roll cock up of the 80s

I was comissioned by Sounds to shoot for an article and another muso mag Soundcheck needed a fresh cover shot so the PR's for AC/DC asked if I could add this into the schedule.

Of course, if it's worth £s I thought and decided to take a small studio light for the colour cover shot.

As I boarded the train up to Diss Norfolk at Liverpool Street Station, London, suddenly another photographer that had done a fair amount of work with the band showed up 'giving it large' that they were his band and he did all their British photography!

"Bollocks to that", I told him, that's why the Mmag wanted me, a fresh set of eyes, to do this job! Also I had another shoot other than Sounds to do and had lights!

The argument ensued as the whistles were blowing and the porter was waving his flag. I won, and off he went with his tail between his legs!

Thank goodness for bars on trains!

When I arrived at the rehearsal castle and asked where to set up the lights and can I shoot the Sounds images on the roof, no-one seemed to know anything about the two shoots and the band didn't seem to be bothered about any of the photos! Typical!!!

One of the hardest shoots, struggling to get any motivation from Angus or the band, but yes, I pulled it off in the minimum of time, Angus with his SG for Soundcheck in 24 frames on a Hasselblad camera, a rapid group shot of the most disinterested group of pro musicians I'd met to that date, in less than 36 frames of 35mm film.

Then how I managed to get the guys onto the roof maybe only can be understood by the presence of Brian's air rifle which as you can see was fully loaded and yes the shot of it stuck in my lens will arrive very soon!

Now, was a phone call made to Norfolk by a miffed London photographer?! Eh... ROCK N' ROLL!



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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.


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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