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16th November 2017

bucket and co

Bucket & Co will be performing a one-off date at The Cavern in Raynes Park, London on Thursday 14th December.

Dave 'Bucket' Colwell has assembled a stellar line-up for the gig. Joining the guitarist will be bassist Dave Boyce (ex-Quireboys/Skyscraper), drummer Benji Reid (ex-Praying Mantis), Bonafide guitarist Mikael Fassberg and the vocals will be supplied by special guest Paul Manzi from Cats In Space.

bucket and co

Colwell, or Bucket as he is more commonly known, tells MetalTalk:

"I have been playing other countries a lot this year and wanted to do a Christmas gig for friends and fans who have supported us.

"We will be playing several songs from my solo album, 'Guitars, Beers & Tears', along with favourites from my time in Bad Company, Humble Pie and other affiliated bands.

"It's a bit of a warm-up gig before my New Zealand tour with my pals Rick and Ronan."

As he mentioned, Bucket will be touring throughout New Zealand in January with the band Rock Steady featuring members from the multi platinum selling bands Bad Company and Foreigner in an all-star classic rock supergroup playing the hits of Bad Company, Free and Foreigner.

Joining Bucket will be musicians Rick Wills, formerly of Foreigner, vocalist Ronan Kavanagh and special guests and Kiwi Legends Gordon Joll and Bruce Madden.

bucket and co

2018 New Zealand Summer Tour Itinerary
2nd January: Duke of Marlborough Russell Bay Of Islands
3rd January: Mangawhai Tavern, Mangawhai
4th January: Boiler Room Whakatane
5th January: Totora St Mt Maunganui
6th January: Mayfair Theatre New Plymouth
9th January: Playhouse Theatre Nelson
13th January: Rock In The Vines Linden Valley Estate Napier
18th January: Bluesmoke Christchurch
19th January: Altitude Bar Hamilton
20th January: Kumeu Classic Car and Hot Rod Show Auckland
21st January: Kumeu classic car and Hot Rod Show Auckland
25th January: Smash Palace Gisborne
26th January: Feilding Events Centre Manawatu
27th January: Upper Hutt Cossie Club Wellington




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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