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When this double headlining bill was first announced it certainly did raise many eyebrows with the two bringing their very different styles to the table. It could have been a bit of a red herring. Glenn Hughes and Fish are an odd pairing...

In fact I had visions of them backstage with the former Marillion frontman being a serious man with a strong political views who will have to pander to the camp manner of Glenn Hughes in very much the same way that George Galloway purred into the lap of Rula Lenska on Celebrity Big Brother.

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It was Fish who looked like the cat who got the cream as he joined his band for the epic opener 'The Perception Of Johnny Punter'. With long time guitarist and buddy Frank Usher, he and the rest of the band looked like members of the CAMRA real ale drinking club.

Fish was covered in a red and white cloth and could have been mistaken for Yasser Arafat who shares just as many political stances and whether you agree with Fish or not you can't help but commend the man for having such passionate views, some of which were rattling those here who stand on the Right.

A very good well balanced set featuring tracks from throughout his history, it was the final two songs that really stole the day. 'Vigil' from his fantastic debut album 'Vigil In The Wilderness Of Mirrors' was a real joy but the big surprise came with 'Forgotten Sons' the Marillion classic proving that Fish still has plenty of fire in his belly.


Glenn Hughes made his name with Deep Purple but his name is back in big lights after his recent collaboration in the supergroup Black Country Communion. Tonight Hughes is back with his own band which features Swede Soren Anderson on the six string.

Known as 'The Voice Of Rock', Glenn Hughes is actually the voice of the Amazon whose high pitched wails and screams can clear a jungle. Making up for those 'lost' years, Glenn Hughes is a man possessed giving it his all and prancing around the front of the stage with his bass held vertically and throwing shapes like you or I would in front of the mirror dreaming of the big time. Hughes is the ultimate star.

Surprisingly Hughes opted not to play any Purple numbers tonight, something which he is akin to move himself away from although I'm sure the fans won't let him get away with that for too long. But no one was complaining with three numbers from the excellent 'Hughes/Thrall' album and two numbers from his early days in Trapeze including a storming 'Medusa'.


On the previous solo tour there was no Black Country Communion material, despite the album just being out so it was interesting to hear an acoustic version of 'Cold' and the blasting encore of 'One Last Soul'.

There was some mixed feelings about the set list but there was no denying that Glenn Hughes is formidable and could sing a nursery rhyme and it would still cause an avalanche of devotion.

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Fish setlist:

The Perception Of Johnny Punter
Long Cold Day
Innocent Party
So Fellini
Open Water
Forgotten Sons

Glenn Hughes setlist:

Muscle And Blood
Never Say Never
Oil And Water
First Step Of Love
Keepin' Time
Can't Stop The Flood
I Got Your Number
Soul Mover
Black Country (Snippet)
One Last Soul




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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