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MICHAEL ANTHONY: WORDS AND MUSIC - Excursions In The Art Of Rock Fandom


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Before you get too excited, this is not a new autobiography from Michael Anthony, the wild Jack Daniels drinking bass man from Van Halen and Chickenfoot but rather Michael Anthony from Cardiff, a music loving rock fan who has put together an insightful read of his collective thoughts of what it means to be a loyal fan and what the words and music of his favourite artists mean to him.

Whilst Anthony is very sincere on his topic, talking how it felt being a young teenager witnessing Saxon in concert for the first time and his outpourings over the lyrics of Marillion, this weighty book does meander on at the best of times.

Most of his research is taken directly from quotes from the pages of Classic Rock Magazine and from the sleeve notes from the inlay cards of CDs. Quite frankly, what Anthony discusses here is no different from the conversations of many groups of friends huddled around pub tables talking about their favourite bands up and down the country.

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He does talk with enthusiasm about The Doors, understanding the real Jim Morrison and about his love of Deep Purple and the whole Purple family tree and this will please connoisseurs of the band.

Fans of 80s progressive rock will find plenty of interest in this book as bands like Pallas and Twelfth Night hardly get a mention anywhere these days.

There is an interesting chapter where Anthony compares the Devil worshipping lyrics of Black Sabbath to the Christian lyrics of Geoff Mann, the Twelfth Night frontman, and finds a positive light in both.

The last chapter is an in-detail look at the first High Voltage Festival held in 2010 and headlined by ZZ Top and Emerson, Lake and Palmer, but do we really need to know such mind numbing details of how he checked into his hotel, waited for a bus but then had to get a taxi to the site, then walked around the perimeter fence and then had his first drink of the day... an ice cold water! Sex, drugs and rock n' roll this ain't.

If you consider yourself a bit of an anorak and have plenty of time and your hands then this book is actually an interesting read but for those who live in the fast lane then you may want to change the cassette over.


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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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