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DAN REED: Camden Underworld London


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With the Dan Reed Network, Dan the man had it all, or so it seemed. Having the debut album produced by Bruce Fairbairn and released on the Mercury bandwagon label, massive world tours with Bon Jovi and the Rolling Stones. It was as if the fame and riches would come flooding in.

But two decades ago, this really wasn't what Dan Reed was looking for in life. Having already committed commercial suicide in the eyes of his record company by completely shaving of his long dark mane the big break was lost in biblical proportions.

Dan Reed took a long hiatus from the music spotlight becoming an actor, club owner and construction worker but it was his travels and long spells in India where Dan found a real spiritual awareness and happiness and the confidence to return to his love of music.

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'Coming Up For Air' in 2010 was a welcome return back but a laid back one. With his new solo album, 'Signal Fire', Dan Reed has arguably made his finest record to date. An album full of strong messages of hope, peace, enlightenment, strength and courage. An album that Jon Bon Jovi has been trying to make for many years now.

The Underworld was treated to an excellent electric set with a backing band of seasoned musicians, but this was Dan's show and his star shone brightly with many new followers recruited to his cause. With a well balanced set of tracks from his two solo albums and some Network classics played at a different pace, Reed and band didn't set a foot wrong all night.

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With a sound of clarity the show opened with a trio of tunes from 'Signal Fire' with 'All I Need Is You' being a dynamic opener expressing the thoughts of Dan, where he is today and the world in which we live in. Later another new track in 'Avalanche' was an uptempo rocker that really struck a chord.

'Rainbow Child' was the first of the Network era and this was speeded up played in a Tom Petty style that worked brilliantly. In fact all of the Network tunes had a new fresh tangent on them including an acoustic take on 'Stronger Than Steel'.

Dan was in good playful mood too, saluting bassist Karl Sweeney who stepped in to help out at short notice for this tour and gave an impressive version of Paul Simon's 'You Can Call Me Al'.

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Dan even delighted the fans by announcing that the Dan Reed Network will be returning to the UK for a reunion show in Chelmsford for the Enchanted Festival and if all goes well there will be more UK dates in the future.

A fantastic show where Dan Reed can only go from strength to strength from here and in which many rock fans should take plenty of notice of where he is at now. Class! Class! Can I have your attention please? Thank you!

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Set List:
All I Need Is You
Signal Fire
Only Love
Coming Up For Air
Rainbow Child
Losing My Fear
You Can Call Me Al
Stronger Than Steel
End Of The World
Get To You

Brave New World
Cruise Together





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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