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  MOTÖRHEAD'S COVER OF DAVID BOWIE'S 'HEROES' PREMIERES AT WACKEN
7th August 2017



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Motörhead's cover of David Bowie classic 'Heroes' got its very first public airing this weekend and was revealed as next year's Wacken Hymn at the world's biggest and best Metal festival.

Motörhead Music are to release 'Under Cöver', an album of Motörhead playing cover versions, in September 2017 and the compilation includes the previously unheard version of 'Heroes' which was recorded during the 'Bad Magic' sessions in 2015 by Cameron Webb. It was one of the last songs the band recorded together.



A 75,000 strong crowd gathered in a mud-drenched Wacken as Alice Cooper put on a spectacular display which closed with his band's version of 'Ace Of Spades' for which bass player Chuck Garric took the lead vocal.

"This one's for Lemmy," cried Alice as a stellar performance was brought to a close with the Motörhead standard. Wacken organiser Thomas Jensen then took to the stage and addressed the masses.

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Thomas stated during his 'Heroes' introduction:

"There can't be a Wacken without Lemmy, we all know that so we have the honour to present you the 2018 Wacken Hymn, which will be Motörhead's epic take on David Bowie's 'Heroes'.

"So let me tell you, Lemmy wanted this song, during the recordings of 'Bad Magic, the latest album... he wanted this song to be on the album.

"And let's make it that he can hear us when we are all singing it."

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The song was then premiered, along with its official video as images of Lemmy and Motörhead appeared on the giant screens.

This is the complete, professionally shot, video of Alice Cooper's performance from Saturday in full. 'Ace Of Spades' starts at 1:14:48 and Thomas unveiling the first ever public airing of 'Heroes' follows immediately afterwards.



Phil Campbell told us about 'Heroes' when the release of 'Under Cöver' was first announced:

"It's such a great Bowie song, one of his best, and I could only see great things coming out of it from us, and so it proved to be. And Lemmy ended up loving our version."

"He was very, very proud of it,” added Mikkey Dee. "Not only because it turned out so well but because it was fun! Which is what projects like this should be – fun!"



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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.

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