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  STEVE HARRIS BRITISH LION LIVE WITH 50 SHOT GALLERY
Islington Academy, London and O2 Academy, Birmingham


John Oakley and Tony Mottram

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Maiden's pulling power is legendary, as attested to by the fact many a fan has made the trip from as far as Japan, Greece and Switzerland to make these gigs. It's a nice opportunity to renew acquaintances with guys I've seen at different venues across the world in my fanboy obsession with the world's best Metal band.

On to the gig - tonight the venue is packed, and sweaty. It's all songs taken from the Steve Harris solo album, 'British Lion', and as such I'd expected quite a light reflective set, but live these songs come across as heavy as Maiden classics and are delivered by Steve's trademark mentality - energy and ferocity.

Close your ears and you could be watching 'Aces High' being played. Steve becomes the bassist frontman for the band, turning the songs into Maidenesque singalongs, with a crowd who lap up every moment and comply dutifully.

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It's lovely to see Steve up close and personal in such a small venue, something I've not seen since his guest slot with his daughter's solo debut at the short lived new Marquee Club or before that when Blaze era Maiden played Rock City. That in essence is the unique selling point behind these shows, and the value to many a fan here.

The songs are played with a remarkable passion and reminded me of Bruce's 'Tattooed Millioniare' London solo show way back when, when Janick was introduced and the Maiden boys came on for the encore to delight one and all. No guest appearances tonight but the show still went with a bang.

The evening drew to a close with a cover of UFO's 'Let It Roll' and then the Steve penned 'Eyes Of The Young'. One has to ask... would the crowd be here for the band if Steve wasn't in it? Still, it's a good opportunity and was a great night out.

But in context, it's a sad week for the Maiden family with the Clive Burr funeral the day before and the announcement of the death of long time drum tech Steve 'Gaddsy' Gadd. My deepest sympathies to all who knew and worked with them.

Steve kept the Maiden flag flying tonight with his usual professionalism in what must have been a very emotional time.

Roll on DONINGTON (and taking my liver in my own hands in Portugal and Spain with Mark Taylor and our own Peninsular War Tour).

Plus England only drew...

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Tony Mottram took these excellent shots at the Birmingham gig. Click the small image to see the full size version...

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WACKEN WINTER NIGHTS IS HEAVY METAL WONDERLAND

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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