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10th August 2017

peter and the test tube babies

Peter Bywaters, singer of Punk Rock icons Peter And The Test Tube Babies, has been deported from the USA after being refused entry and subsequently interrogated for six hours at San Francisco airport.

The band were due to play at the Punk Invasion Festival in Santa Ana, Orange County last weekend but Bywaters was put on a plane back to London.

During the course of his six hour interrogation at the hands of CBP (Customs and Border Protection) officers, he was confronted with photos and videos of himself dressed as President Donald Trump taken during his last German tour where the frontman was particularly scathing about Trump and American politics in general.

Here's some footage from that notorious tour:

Bywaters has his passport and phone taken, he was finger printed, DNA swabbed, photographed and forced to make a sworn statement before being escorted to his seat on the plane.

During the eleven hour flight home he was denied any alcohol. When he asked why, he was told: "It is United Airlines policy to refuse alcohol to deportees on all of our flights."

Back in London Bywaters got his phone and passport back and stated:

"A US tour or festival will never ever happen again!"

Peter And The Test Tube Babies played the festival with the help of guest vocalists Joey of Narcoleptic Youth, Ron of Lower Class Brats, Gabe of Oi Scouts and Mike of Blank 77.

'That Shallot', the new Peter And The Test Tube Babies album, will be released on September 15th via Nuclear Blast imprint label Arising Empire. It's the band's first new album since 2004.

New single, 'Crap Californian Punk Band', featuring Lars Frederiksen from Rancid, will be released on September 1st and you can catch Peter And The Test Tube Babies live at the following dates:

September 29th: Stoke, Venue 11
September 30th: North East Calling, Sunderland
October 1st: Manchester. Venue TBC
October 6th: London, 100 Club
October 7th: The Great British Alternative Festival, Skegness
November 4th: Midlands Calling - Wolverhampton, Wulfrun hall
November 24th: Southampton, Talking Heads
November 25th: Ramsgate, Elephant & Castle
December 29th: Brighton, The Prince Albert
December 30th: London, New Cross Inn

Peter And The Test Tube Babies are:
Peter Bywaters - vocals
Derek 'Del' Greening - guitar
Nick Abnett - bass
Sam Fuller - drums




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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