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micki free

Micki Free was in London to play a rare intimate gig at the 12 Bar Club, a haven for travelling musicians who can go window shopping in Denmark Street area, more affectionately known as Tin Pan Alley. Only two years before Micki Free was opening the Hype Park Calling shows in front of thousands and even getting Bill Wyman from the Rolling Stones to guest with him. Tonight was a much more of an intimate gig in front of fans who found out by word of mouth and fellow industry types from the press and the record label.

It's been eighteen years since I last saw Micki Free in action and that was just down the road at the Marquee Club in Charing Cross Road back in 1994 with the cult AOR band Crown Of Thorns and unlike myself Micki Free still looks as young as ever and is full of life.

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Free is a man of many styles who in the past has put the spunk into funk in Shalamar as well as getting to his roots with some Native American flute music, but tonight was all about the electric blues performing tracks from his new album 'Tattoo Burn'.

Now when I say that this was a solo gig, I mean this really was a solo gig as the only thing to keep Free company was his beloved Gibson Custom Shop NAMM 1961 Korina Flying V guitar which almost looked as sharp as the man himself.

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Now you know when a man is full of confidence when he walks on stage in tight trousers and bright red Chelsea Boots. As he warmed his instrument up, freely playing riffs to feel the vibe and interjecting with the crowd saying "Can you feel the love?" Yes, Micki Free likes to make his guitar sing.

It was like Micki Free was performing in his living room and had invited his best buddies along for a cool beer and a listen whilst making eye contact and saying "Hi" to everyone. Those gathered here listened intently as he delighted us with the new material telling a story about each of the songs.

He was joined by a bassist for a few songs, Franz Piombino, whom Free had only just met a couple of days before in a restaurant and he provided a very solid bass to accompany Free.

Micki Free couldn't resist the temptation to throw in a bit of Jimi Hendrix and a dash of the Stones to balance the set out. This was a gig with a difference and admittedly not one worth travelling the length of the country for, but I do wish more artists would do gigs like this, because it was an endearing show where you felt that the artist was your best friend and would happily play anything you wanted.

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Set List

Tattoo Burn
Greens & Barbeque
Six Feet Down In The Blues
Red House
Voodoo Chile Blues
There's A Hole In The Heart Of The Blues
Five Minutes 'Til Christmas
Jumping Jack Flash
Wounded Knee
Angels In The Room
Mojo Black Coffee
Born Under A Bad Sign
Foxy Lady

Click here for's review of Micki Free's new album...

Mark interviewed Micki Free before he played and here's what he had to say...




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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