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  5th April 2010



Megadeth frontman Dave Mustaine has checked in with the following post about the band's 'Rust In Peace' 20th anniversary tour:

"Droogies! For just one second I wished you could feel what I felt whilst standing on the stage of the Hollywood Palladium this past Wednesday, March 31st, 2010, which was the end of our Rust In Peace 20th Anniversary Tour in North America.

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"I was overwhelmed with a flood of emotions, ranging from complete euphoria to outrage to shyness to inebriating pride! You see, David Ellefson called this one correctly when he said, 'LA was going to be our homecoming.' Man, I saw friends from the very beginning, our former managers, agents, lawyers, business managers, publicists, and the security pit was absolutely insane when we went out. I was told that there was 34 photographers in there and they were all top notch photogs so we couldn't scratch any of them.

"Probably the most rewarding thing was seeing our old manager Ron Laffitte and our old agent Andy Somers. They seemed genuinely happy for us, and they couldn't believe what a hunk Justis, the little boy they knew as an infant, turned out to be. Remember Justis was just born when Ron and Andy handled us and now he is 18 years old, as tall as me and way better looking (but that ain't hard). I also got the pleasure of bragging about how my new manager Mark Adelman and my new agent Scott Sokol have done such a great job getting us back on top - this was not a dig - it was just a very happy kid telling his friends that he is finally happy again.

"You have no idea what I have felt like all these years knowing that these friendships were damaged by me and my behavior, and I was so blessed to see all of our old friends, and former staffers... and see them smiling! In closing, there is no closing Megadeth! Shawn, Chris, and David are in a world all of their own when they get together, and I have never seen Shawn get so excited about playing with a bassist or Chris have someone else to talk all of that music theory to (Martian talk to me), and I have to tell you, David Ellefson is playing better, singing better, performing better, and I have never felt better about our relationship than I do this exact moment.

"Again, God came to the scene of the crash, pulled me out, set me in the presence of the three best friends a guy could ever want, and said, 'Just do something good with these gifts I have given you.' You will be getting to see and hear the 'gifts' yourselves too, and very soon! We will be releasing a video for 'The Right To Go Insane' in the near future as well as commencing on our Central and South American tour this month and next month. There are still three more dates to be announced, if memory serves me correctly for our trip down South. Well, creatures are stirring in my head and I better get to the gym and over to the studio to get the day started off right. I just want to thank you today for everything that you mean to me. I will give you an update about the video and the RIP DVD asap!"



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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