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25th November 2011


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Gun's contemporary take on authentic rock gave them an edge over their peers during the mid-80s. Formed in Glasgow by the Gizzi brothers, they came to re-invent the rock 'n' roll genre. Their debut album, 'Taking On The World', brought with it many successful singles, appearances, and guest slots with acts such as; The Rolling Stones, Bon Jovi, Simple Minds, Bryan Adams and Def Leppard.

With critically acclaimed albums, singles, many awards and line up changes under their belt, Gun decided to call it a day in 1998. Fast forward 10 years to 2008 which saw Gun being awarded with the prestigious Nordoff Robbins Tartan Clef award for 'Scotland's Best Live Band', leading to the band reuniting to an enthusiastic response.

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A 20th anniversary 'Taking On The World' tour was followed with the Gizzi brothers settling into writing mode, resulting in mini album 'Popkiller'. The band hit the road again in 2008/2009 with a well-received UK and European tours including a UK tour with Lynyrd Skynyrd. Enthused by their return to the live scene and the positive response from a loyal fan base, Jools and Dante decided to go into the studio to record a new album. Fellow Glaswegians Paul McManus on drums and Derek Brown on bass completed the new line up.

2011 has seen the band go from strength to strength. When not playing gigs in the UK and Europe they have spent the rest of their time writing new material for their as yet untitled new album, due to be release in 2012. The summer also saw the band hit the festival scene with slots through the summer, with sets including a mix of greatest hits and new material.

The latter part of the year has seen the band demoing tracks and preparing to head into the studio. The new album will be recorded at the infamous Rockfield Studios in Wales. The album, their first full length album in fourteen years, sees them working with producer Dave Eringa, the mastermind behind artists such as The Manic Street Preachers and Ocean Colour Scene.

With buzz starting to build around their return, the band are excited about returning to the live scene again in 2012. As a pre-cursor to this Gun will headline Glasgow's infamous King Tuts Wah Wah Hut in December 2011, with a second night being added due to phenomenal demand. A sneak preview of an album track, 'Last Train From Central', can be found at

Saturday 17th December 2011 Glasgow, King Tuts Wah Wah SOLD OUT
Sunday 18th December 2011 Glasgow, King Tuts Wah Wah

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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.


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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