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  RICK PARFITT POSTHUMOUS SOLO ALBUM ON THE WAY
1st December 2017



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When the awful news broke on Christmas Eve 2016 that legendary rocker Rick Parfitt had passed, fans around the world were devastated that one of rock's most iconic performers had been silenced.

However, unknown to almost anyone, Rick had in fact virtually completed his first solo album whilst undergoing a period of recuperation after his heart attack in July.

That album, poignantly titled 'Over And Out', will now be released on Friday 23rd March 2018 through earMUSIC.

Featuring ten brand new songs, including the title track that broke hearts anew when it was played at Rick's funeral, this is an album of depth and passion. Created by Rick Parfitt and producer Jo Webb, the record is a true labour of love and showcases the softer side of Rick as a writer, artist and performer away from the Quo maelstrom, as well as the purest rock'n'roll sound of earlier Status Quo records.

Despite the fact Rick had finished recording his guitar and vocal parts, a recording session was planned for February 2017 as certain tracks were not totally finished when Rick died. The call to help ensure that his work could be completed was answered by musicians of the calibre of Queen's Brian May and Muse's Chris Wolstenholme, both of whom were close to Rick.

Rick's son, Rick Parfitt Jnr, was also involved in the creative process, as were John 'Rhino' Edwards and Alan Lancaster, amongst many others. All of those involved in completing the songs that Rick had written for 'Over And Out' have done him proud in bringing his vision to fruition.

Rick's music always featured two elements - the raw rock'n'roll sound and a great passion for melodies. 'Over And Out' offers the best of both worlds. It has been recorded and written with a band's spirit between Rick and Jo. They shared various mixes, reflecting the sound of the sessions and the spirit that was present in the 'room'.

The album has also been mixed by top producer Ash Howes, offering a different view on the songs but also leaving a dilemma open for interpretation: Wwhich one would Rick prefer?

The polished, big sounding mixes or the original band mixes, raw and full of musical honesty?

Those who were close enough to him over the years would probably say... "both". This is why the album will be available in its finished form, but also as a raw and pure version, for the fans of the rockier side of Rick's music in special collectors editions.

This album is the record that Rick Parfitt had been itching to write. His forced departure from Quo's live performance circuit, whilst very hard for him to take, did at least free up the time that was needed to create 'Over And Out'.

'Over And Out' is but the latest element of the incredible legacy and body of work that Rick Parfitt leaves. A testament to his talent, his winning way with words, an incredible joie de vivre and a spirit that never flagged. He'll be missed but 'Over And Out' is a great way to remember him. Gone but not forgotten.

'Over And Out' tracklisting:
Twinkletoes
Lonesome Road
Over And Out
When I Was Fallin' In Love
Fight For Every Heartbeat
Without You
Long Distance Love
Everybody Knows How To Fly
Lock Myself Away
Halloween



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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