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Southern rockers Lynyrd Skynyrd were back in town just a few months after blowing the roof of the Hammersmith Apollo, but this time they were here in the UK to pick up a Classic Rock Award for one of the greatest comebacks ever, plus there's a new album to promote with the very strong and their best album since 'Street Survivors' from 1977, namely 'Last Of A Dyin' Breed'.

The evening is sold out and a this is certainly one Monday Night Special with the crowd in full voice. Guitarist Gary Rossington may be the only fully fledged original member in the band but Skynyrd have never sounded so revitalised and refreshed.

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Singer Johnny Van Zant does a heartfelt and admirable job for his fallen brother Ronnie, unifying with his audience. Rickey Medlocke, with his straight long mane of stallion hair, is a hero for many and plays to perfection. Former Black Crowes bassist Johnny Colt and Peter Keys on the ivories have settled into the band like a hand in a glove. Everyone plays their part and the legend lives up to it's name once again.

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Three tracks from the latest album neatly fit into the set with the title track barnstorming the show into life. 'One Day At A Time' is a raucous slow burner whilst 'Good Teacher' is a real blaster with a Motown feel in full swing.

Regular favourites like 'That Smell' and 'Simple Man' had the Empire in fine fettle. 'Call Me The Breeze' and 'Sweet Home Alabama' were magnificent with glasses raised from all the band and the crowd.

An exhilarating guitar frenzy on 'Freebird' ended a glorious night that flew by far too soon.

Lynyrd Skynyrd mean business and bands as good as this really are the last of a dying breed indeed.

Set List
Last Of A Dyin' Breed
What's Your Name?
Down South Junkin'
That Smell
Saturday Night Special
One Day At A Time
I Know A Little
Simple Man

Medley: Gimme Back My Bullets
Whiskey Rock A-Roller
The Needle And The Spoon
Tuesday's Gone

Good Teacher
Gimme Three Steps
Call Me The Breeze
Sweet Home Alabama


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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.

If you are interested in going to Wacken 2018 and have questions, please fill out the form below and we will contact you with answers to all your enquiries. You are under no obligation whatsoever by filling this form out. We won't add you to any mailing lists or send you loads of spam - all we will do is help you get to Wacken as easily and inexpensively as possible.



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