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'Viva Hysteria!'

Nik Underwood

nik underwood

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It can be very easy to dismiss Def Leppard 2013 as some kind of has-beens or irrelevant fossils on today's musical landscape with 'Viva Hysteria!' being a blatant further milking of their back catalogue's biggest cash cow.

But let us start with the undeniable facts. 'Hysteria' was, and some 26 years after it's release remains, a GREAT record. 20 million copies, seven singles, 15 month world tour etc etc... I know sales don't necessarily equate to quality but it totally deserves it's place in rock history for not only the number it shifted but also because it stands as a vindication of the band's determination and vision to actually get the record made. Anybody not familiar with the troubled history of the album would do well to have a Google (or ask your Dad).

Having seen the band live on a few occasions in venues large and small and knowing how great they can be I was really looking forward to what the PR blurb says would be "an all-out, no-holds-barred covert extravaganza".

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We get a brief history of Leppard, 'Hysteria' front to back bookended with 'Rock Of Ages' and 'Photograph' and an in-store acoustic medley to send us home humming. But is it any good?

Frustratingly while the band look great, and sound great it's all just a little toothless. Slickly directed by Madonna and Rihanna collaborator Christian Lamb (which may go some way to explaining the cameras lasciviously lingering on Phil Collen's glistening pecs) everything seems bright and sparkly but without a whole lot of soul.

Confined in the relatively small Hard Rock Hotel's venue, The Joint in Las Vegas, the Lepps should have been snarling and hungry animals in front of a rabid crowd but for whatever reason nothing seems to ignite. Perhaps it was the Vegas setting that makes this all a bit cabaret and I can't help but wonder what the result might have been had it been the Sheffield City Hall in front of some diehard rockers rather than the bold and the beautiful on show here.

'Pour Some Sugar On Me' does it's best to get things going but there's no danger on the fourth wall being demolished. Where is the demolition woman with a wrecking ball when you need her?

'Viva Hysteria!' certainly won't revolutionise the performance film or enhance the 'Hysteria' legacy but it will still be a fun night out at the pictures in the company of like-minded individuals, and cheaper than a gig ticket.

You can check out which cinemas Viva! Hysteria will be shown globally by clicking here.

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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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