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11th October 2011

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Those good people at Monsters Of Rock Cruise have announced the final line-up for the cruise, which will begin in Fort Lauderdale, FL, sailing from February 25th to 28th 2012 aboard the MSC Poesia, destination Nassau, Bahamas and Key West.

The initial lineup was announced in June with Tesla, Cinderella, Kix, Stryper, Y&T, Lynch Mob, Firehouse, Faster Pussycat, Eric Martin from Mr Big, John Corabi, Black 'n' Blue, Keel, Bang Tango, and Sunset Strip Rockers XYZ, with Big John from VH1's Rock Of Love and Eddie Trunk from VH1's That Metal Show.

The organisers have now revealed the final performers and have given us a lowdown of each. Read on...

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"And now the final performers...

First up... This band has a tie to Guns N' Roses... Most people don't know it, but when these LA rockers were playing the Coconut Teaser, Axl Rose was in the audience, saw them perform, and went back to GnR's label and told them to sign them ASAP! Another label won out the battle.... and 'One Night Stand' hit the airwaves via the Warner Brothers label.

Please welcome Rhino Bucket to the cruise!!

These AC/DC style rockers will bring their gritty rock to the MOR cruise with a couple of surprises! Joining Georg Dolivo onstage performing 'One Night Stand', 'Blood On The Cross' and 'Ride With Yourself'... why that's Brian Forsythe from Kix on guitar, Simon Wright (former AC/DC and DIO) on drums, along with Reeves Downes on bass!

Let's get mellow for a moment... OK... not too mellow, but enjoy some Latin rhythms crossed with classic hard rock songs...

MOR cruisers please meet FLAMETAL!!

Ben Woods takes an interesting twist to songs by Ozzy, Rainbow and Iron Maiden... We will let the music do the talkin' on this one! Ben combines his wealth of talent of flamenco guitar with his love of Heavy Metal and the outcome is original... check it out Flametal will be doing performances at the pre-cruise party as well as onboard the MOR cruise... Enjoy!

Next up, our travels take us north, and we had to cross into Canada for this one! These rockers were early Heavy Metal favorites of MTV. Currently these Canadian stars are doing dates with Anvil in Europe and knocking it out of the park!

Please welcome, all the way from Toronto, Canada... HELIX!!

Brian Vollmer (Vox) and his band have toured the world with the likes of Kiss, Alice Cooper, Motley Crue, Whitesnake and Motorhead over the past 30 years and have had hits like 'Heavy Metal Love' and 'Rock You'. They even made an appearance on cult favorite Trailer Park Boys, 'The Big Dirty' motion picture in 2009.

You know we couldn't leave it there, so in true Classic and Current fashion.... Welcome the reunited ODIN!!

These guys ruled the Sunset Strip... Randy O and the boys set the bar on how to Rock in LA in the mid 80s. Odin released 'Don't Take No For An Answer' and, of course, were a main feature in the film, 'The Decline of the Western Civilization... The Metal Years'. Recently they rocked the Sunset Strip again... killing it at the Whiskey!!

Fast-forward to today... Welcome DC4 to the stage!!

The Brothers Duncan (from Odin) formed a new band with former DIO guitarist Rowan Robertson!! DC4's aggressive style will bring a modern edge to our High Seas bash! If you get a chance check them out @

PS... We will be doing a screening of 'The Decline Of Western Civilization... The Metal Years' during the MOR Cruise!!

All that music... I think we are going to need another ringleader to help make announcements and maybe DJ some music...

Entering the arena... Please welcome LUC CARL!!

LUC spins the music of this era everyday on Sirius /XM's HAIR NATION channel. Luc brings a lot to the table for an emcee/DJ... kind of a renaissance man of rock! Daily you might find Luc on XM's Hair Nation, or running a nightclub, or just running! Seriously running. This guy is not only a long distance runner, but also a certified trainer! Luc ties all these experiences up in his soon to be released book 'The Drunk Diet' and we are hoping for some demos on the ship!!

And finally...

These guys were actually one of the first bands we wanted, but were in the middle of one of this summer's hottest selling tours. You can always Rock in America with these Damn Yankees...


Not only will Jack Blades, Kelly Keagy, Brad Gillis, and Joel Hoekstra bring their monster songs like 'Don't Tell Me You Love Me', 'When You Close Your Eyes', 'You Can Still Rock In America', and the power ballad 'Sister Christian'... They will also be doing a special acoustic performance, and maybe a surprise song or two as well!

All right! There is the OFFICIAL 2012 Monsters of Rock Cruise Artist Lineup... Hope you like what we have created...

Enjoy the Experience!"



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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