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6th August 2013

ugly kid joe

California's hard rock heroes Ugly Kid Joe make a welcome return to the scene.

Founded 1990 in Isla Vista, they gave the world hits like 'Everything About You', 'Neighbor' and 'Cat's In The Cradle'. Their debut EP 'As Ugly As They Wanna Be' became the biggest selling EP ever and 'America's Least Wanted', released in 1992, is still a must-have release for legions of rock fans worldwide.

After releasing two more albums, 'Menace To Sobriety' (1995) and 'Motel California' (1996) the band retired in 1997.

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'Stairway To Hell', the band's first studio recordings since 'Motel California' paves the way for the band's triumphant comeback.

The catchy and unmistakable UKJ sound served up with three extraordinary acoustic tracks like the million-seller 'Cat's In The Cradle'.

As a collectable treat for all fans the album will be released together with a special bonus DVD including the 2012 Download Festival gig, two new video clips and a 'making of' segment.

In October and November Ugly Kid Joe will tour, hitting the stage in no less than 13 countries.

UK tour dates (with Skid Row)

Oct 22nd Mo'Club Southampton ENG
Oct 23rd The Vault Rugby ENG
Oct 24th NQ Live Manchester ENG
Oct 25th Rock City Nottingham ENG
Oct 26th Central Station Wrexham WAL
Oct 28th The Garage Glasgow SCO
Oct 29th The Limelight Belfast Nor. IRE
Oct 30th The Button Factory Dublin IRE
Nov 1st Lemon Grove Exeter ENG
Nov 2nd Wulfrun Hall Wolvs Wolverhampton
Nov 3rd Sub 89 Reading ENG
Nov 4th Concorde 2 Brighton ENG
Nov 5th Electric Ballroom London ENG
Nov 7th Waterfront Norwich ENG



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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