Gig Of The Week / M3 Festival make you love ’80s arena rock

For more than ten years, the M3 festival has been building to become an internationally recognised ’80s arena rock experience, drawing fans from six continents, 20 countries and every state in the USA.

If the 2021 edition of the festival found people united by rock music again after the terrible Covid-19 break, then this year’s festival is set to be embraced as a full return to normal.

Rock fans will descend on the Merriweather Post Pavillion site this weekend with the kick-off party set for, Friday 6 May 2022, featuring local heroes Kix, alongside Doro, Lizzy Borden and Count’s 77.

Kix, the hometown heroes, always bring their A-game and their performance last year was no different with an impressive sixteen song set. That performance saw guitarist Bob Paré, who most definitely proved himself, join the lineup, with Ronnie “10/10” Younkins unable to perform with the band for the foreseeable future due to addiction issues.

“The band has always stated in interviews and press releases that when Ronnie is fully healthy and able, he will be welcomed back to the band with open arms,” Kix recently said. “That remains to be true.” MetalTalk send their best wishes to Ronnie.

Photo of the band Blue Öyster Cult
Blue Öyster Cult, will debut at the M3

Saturday 7 May will include performances from Tom Keifer, Extreme, Blue Öyster Cult, Stephen Pearcy, Tony Harnell, the voice of TNT, Heaven’s Edge and Vain.

Blue Öyster Cult released The Symbol Remains in October 2020, and this is one of their finest albums for years. All fourteen tracks are a distillation of what we love about them, MetalTalk said.

“Our years of touring are now limited,” Donald ‘Buck Dharma’ Roeser told MetalTalk in 2020. “We won’t do this forever… 2022 is the 50th anniversary of Blue Öyster Cult’s first record, so we will probably do something to commemorate that.” This does whet the appetite for their upcoming set.

Erik Grönwall joins Skid Row.
Erik Grönwall, Skid Row. Photo: Robert Sutton

Sunday 8 May has Tesla, Skid Row, Stryper, Yngwie Malmsteen, Zebra, The Quireboys, Leatherwolf and Burning Witches treading the boards.

Skid Row recently released the title track from their upcoming album, The Gang’s All Here, the first track to feature former H.E.A.T vocalist Erik Grönwall who replaced ZP Theart. The album is due on 14 October 2022.

“It has been a long time in the making,” Rachel Bolan and Snake Sabo said, “and a lot of hard work has been put into it by the band and our producer Nick Raskulinecz. And the addition of Erik has lifted the songs to new heights.”

Burning Witches, a Swiss/Dutch band have a classic, traditional Metal vibe, but a fantastic performance recently in Glasgow, showed that they could throw themselves into intense, high energy Metal too. It’s great to see a band of this calibre playing across the pond.

Tickets are available from and from the Merriweather Post Pavilion, 9:30 Club, The Anthem and Lincoln Theatre, during normal box office hours.

You can read MetalTalk’s coverage of the 2021 festival at

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