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  SAXON ANNOUNCE SPECIAL GUEST FOR LONDON AND HELP FOR HEROES DONATIONS
14th December 2011

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15.12.11: Unfortunately, Don Airey won't be able to join Saxon after all on Monday as his equipment is not back from the Deep Purple tour...

Biff Byford has today announced that Don Airey (Deep Purple, Jethro Tull, Tony Iommi etc) will join them as special guest at their London show at Koko on 20th December.

Airey will perform on the two tracks that he played keyboards on on Saxon's current album 'Call To Arms', 'Mists Of Avalon' and 'When Doomsday Comes', as well as one or two other songs.

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Last week Biff flew from Helsinki to San Francisco to join Metallica for one of their 30th Anniversary shows.

At their London show Saxon celebrate the 30th Anniversary of 'Denim And Leather', when they perform the album in it's entirety. They will also play material from 'Call To Arms' as well as Saxon classics.

Saxon will be selling a special limited edition Union Jack T-Shirt on the UK tour which features the 'Heavy Metal Thunder' cover with the warrior on his horse holding the flag. Fans will be asked to pay £1 extra for the t-shirt, which will be donated to The Help For Heroes Charity.

The band collected over £7,500 for Nordoff Robbins on the last leg of the UK and European tour back in April.

UK December tour dates as follows, support from Hammerfall:

Tues 13th Oxford 02 Academy
Wed 14th Leicester 02 Academy
Fri 16th Edinburgh Picturehouse
Sat 17th Belfast Mandela Hall
Mon 19th Sheffield 02 Academy
Tues 20th London Koko

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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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