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  19th April 2010


lou reed

Lou Reed's Metal Machine Trio UK And European April 2010 Tour coincides with the digitally remastered edition release of Reed's 1975 seminal album 'Metal Machine Music' - released in 5.1 Surround Sound on double vinyl, Blu Ray & Audio DVD.

Lou Reed's Metal Machine Trio: MM3 will be performing what is being described as 'A Night of Deep Noise' that features Lou Reed on processed and unprocessed guitars, Ulrich Krieger on tenor sax and live-electronics, and Sarth Calhoun on continuum and live processing – a collaborative affair that will see all three musicians improvise music and make soundscapes. The Metal Machine Trio originally debuted at the REDCAT Theatre in Los Angeles in October 2008.

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Each concert will feature no songs and no vocals. The trio will utilise guitars, saxophones, continuum, plus an array of electronic treatments that will venture into deep acoustic space. The collaboration will draw on new music, free jazz, avant-rock, noise and ambient in a set of intense conceptual pieces and intuitive improvisations.

The Metal Machine Trio concerts will be influenced and inspired by Lou Reed's seminal 1975 album Metal Machine Music. The concerts won't duplicate the original album but will instead opt for entirely new unique music, noise and soundscapes.

Lou Reed and Ulrich Krieger originally met each other in 2002 for the premiere of Krieger's transcription and arrangement of Metal Machine Music - Reed's seminal guitar feedback epic, performed by the Berlin-based chamber orchestra Zeitkratzer. Reed was so impressed with Ulrich's transcription, that he flew to Berlin to perform guitar with Zeitkratzer's live interpretation of the album.

To coincide with the UK and European tour dates, Lou Reed will release a newly re-mastered edition of the original 1975 Metal Machine Music album on 180 gram double gatefold vinyl, Audio DVD and Blu-ray. Each format features a stereo reproduction of the original quadraphonic master, playable on home theatre systems.

The re-mastered edition of the album will be released domestically in the UK first week in April 2010, and will coincide with the UK and European tour dates. Further info about the re-mastered edition of the 1975 album can be found at

Lou Reed on the re-mastered edition of Metal Machine Music:

"The original. The one that started it all. Noise Rock. Industrial Road. Underground for years, it survived on the power of the idea. No key. No Vocals. No set rhythm. Feedback forever. Supervised by Lou Reed and faithfully re-mastered to the last squeal. The out of print "Quad" has been replicated for all formats including a perfect vinyl version playable on your stereo turntable with the original rear sections moved to the centre of the front left speakers. It's worth getting a turntable to hear this. I myself bought a Linn to celebrate the great sound and am playing it through Wilson Watts and Puppies. Here it as we did on Scott Hull's Duntechs. Straight from the original Bob Ludwig tapes. An act of love for an act of sound."

Lou Reed - Electric & Processed Guitars & Mini Continuum
Ulrich Krieger - Saxophone & Electronics
Sarth Calhoun - Live Processing & Continuum Fingerboard

Please visit Lou Reed's website for further information about MM3's recent live album Lou Reed's Metal Machine Trio: The Creation of the Universe, released on MP3, Lossless FLAC and 2-disc CD -

Lou Reed's Metal Machine Trio: 2010 European Tour

The Cambridge Junction
Saturday 17 April
Box Office: 01223 511 511,
Book Online:
Tickets: £25 adv
The Junction, Clifton Way, Cambridge, CB1 7GX

Oxford O2 Academy
Sunday 18 April
Box Office: 0844 477 2000
Book Online:
Tickets: £25 adv
O2 Oxford Academy, 190 Cowley Road, Oxford OX4 1UE

London Royal Festival Hall
Ether Festival
Monday 19 April
Box Office: 0844 875 0073
Book Online:
Tickets: £45, 40, 32.50, 27.50, 25, 22.50
Royal Festival Hall, South Bank Centre, London SE1 8XX

La Cigale, Paris, France
Wednesday 21 April
Box Office: 0892 683622
Book Online:
Tickets: €70, 60, 50
La Cigale, 120 Boulevard Rochechouart, Paris 75018

A/B, Ancienne Belgique Brussels, Belgium
Domino Festival
Thursday 22 April
Box Office: (+32) 2 548 24 24
Book Online:
Tickets: €35
A/B - Ancienne Belgique, Anspachlaan 10,Brussels 1000

DR Koncerthuset, Copenhagen, Denmark
Saturday 24 April
Box Office: (+45) 3520 6262
Book Online:
Tickets: DKK300, 425, 500, 575
DR Koncerthuset, Emil Holmes Kanal 20, 0999, Copenhagen

Sentrum Scene, Oslo, Norway
Monday 26 April
Box Office: (+47) 815 33 133
Book Online:
Tickets: NOK485
Sentrum, Arbeidersamfunnets Plass 1, Oslo N-0181

Ole Bull Scene, Bergen, Norway
Bergen Festival
Tuesday 27 April
Box Office: Bergen (+47) 55321145
Book Online:
Tickets: NOK520
Ole Bull Scene, Øvre Ole Bullsplass 3, Bergen, 5012

Teatre Principal de Palma, Mallorca, Spain
Festival Alternatilla
Friday 30 April
Box Office Info: (34) 971 21 96 96
Phone Sales: (34) 902 33 22 11
Book Online:
Venue Website:
Venue Box Office Sales: Tuesdays to Fridays 17:30 to 21:00
(closed Mondays, Saturdays and Sundays except on show days)
Festival Allternatilla, Teatre Principal de Palma, Palma, Mallorca



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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