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  BLACK SABBATH AND SLIPKNOT ANNOUNCED FOR JAPANESE OZZFEST
1st November 2012



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Black Sabbath and Slipknot have been confirmed for the Japanese installment of Ozzy Osbourne's travelling festival, Ozzfest, set to take place May 11-12, 2013 at Makuhari Messe in Chiba City which is outside Tokyo.

"Ozzy and I want to tell you that May 2013 we will bringing Ozzfest to Japan for the first time ever," Ozzy's wife/manager Sharon said in a video announcement which you can see below). "We are so excited. Please be there because we love you Japan."

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Ozzfest, which began in 1996, has not been a travelling festival since 2007s free edition. The show morphed into a one-off event in Dallas in 2008, also featuring Metallica, before taking 2009 off.

The 2010 US Ozzfest played in just six cities, with Ozzy Osbourne co-headlining with Motley Crue and the rest of the main stage filled out by Halford, the solo band of Judas Priest singer Rob Halford, along with Devildriver and Nonpoint.

The Ozzfest festival faced increased competition in recent years from the annual Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem tour, as well as the Uproar festival.

Black Sabbath yesterday announced dates for an Australian tour next April 2013. The confirmed dates are:

Apr. 25 - Entertainment Centre, Brisbane
Apr. 27 - Allphones Arena, Sydney
May 01 - Rod Laver, Melbourne
May 04 - Perth Arena, Perth

General public tickets go on sale midday Thursday November 8th and an exclusive presale will be available to Live Nation members from 9.00a.m. Friday November 2nd until 5.00p.m. Monday. More dates will announced later today for Japan.

Singer Ozzy Osbourne and bassist Geezer Butler are currently working with producer Rick Rubin at Shangri La Studio's in Malibu on their first recording project together in 34 years. Tony Iommi has already recorded all his guitar parts earlier in the UK. Fifteen songs have been written for the CD, with twelve making the final cut and the additional three serving as bonus tracks for different special editions. Sabbath have one song title confirmed which is 'God Is Dead'.

According to SiriusXM Liquid Metal DJ Jose Mangin, Ozzy Osbourne spoke to Tony Iommi recently and the singer said: "He is in good spirits and recovery is coming along very well from his cancer scare earlier this year."

As for how Rubin influenced the band's approach to writing together again, Butler explained: "He sat us down, put the first album on and said 'listen to this', imagine it's 1969, you've just done that, what would you do next?"

Tony Iommi added: "It's taken on the flavour of the old stuff in the way we put things together, but with a different look on it."

Once again Black Sabbath drummer Bill Ward will not be part of the Australian/Japan dates nor will he partake in any recording of the album, due to a contractual dispute. Although it's not officially announced it's likely that Tommy Clufetos will perform drumming duties once again.

Since Tony Iommi was diagnosed with lymphoma cancer Black Sabbath have only performed three shows with an intimate show in Birmingham, UK and headlining sets at the Download Festival UK and at Lollapalouza in the US.






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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