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MessageSujet: Edition Of Wacken Open Air 2013; Report, Photos    Sam 3 Aoû - 19:50

ANNIHILATOR, DEEP PURPLE Kick Off 24th Edition Of Wacken Open Air; Report, Photos


By "Metal" Tim Henderson

The 24th edition of Germany's Wacken Open Air festival kicked off yesterday (Thursday, August 1st) with our Canadian brethren ANNIHILATOR's first appearance in ten years and the band led by the grinning master of the Flying V (he uses an Annihilation-V) Jeff Waters delivered the fest's first dose of thrashing madness. It's difficult to really pin-point what festival set-time is truly prime-time, but 5 PM in the blazing sun saw tens of thousands revel in the band's catalog including such tasty tidbits as the storming 'King Of The Kill', 'Set The World On Fire', 'Welcome To Your Death', 'The Fun Palace' and the obligatory finale 'Alison In Hell'.



Waters is not only a Canadian hero, but an overall gem in the metal scene, cursed maybe by one ailment; they rarely tour on our shores. This fall they have another healthy run of Europe in support of their new album, Feast, which their label UDR Records proudly showcased on the video screens before the band's set. And it was cool that organizers have a new way of introducing bands as a slot machine appeared on the giant screen rotating the possibilities like potential winning until we struck gold with Annihilator as the photo below showcases. The band aired one new track yesterday called 'No Way Out', the four-piece delivering the neck breaking goods once again. Of note, Annihilator's singer for the past ten years is the multi-talented Dave Padden, a giant on stage whose voice and abilities on the guitar is taking the band to the next level. And the vocal harmonies between Waters, Padden and bassist Al Campuzano collectively throw a curve ball in the thrash world, truly unique.





Must admit that DEEP PURPLE seem to be a bizarre fit at Wacken, but when you step back and view the hard rock/heavy family tree there are numerous roots that need to be recognized and praised, no matter how ancient they may seen and the British icons took matters into their own hands with a wealthy catalog that's second to none. And the not-so-recent addition of guitarist Steve Morse and keyboard maestro Don Airey, sees that classic Deep Purple sound elevated to a different groove, while longtime members Ian Gillan, Roger Glover and Ian Paice just soak in all of the glory they deserve.



So the crowd of 80,000-plus - of all shapes and sizes - lapped it up in front of the Black Stage (the True Metal Stage was empty all day in preparation of RAMMSTEIN's massive stage show). And whether you were a kid who is barely of age to remember this current line-up of the band, or an aging metalhead who was around when 'Hush' ruled the airwaves (which the played as an encore by the way), Purple is a band that satisfies generations. And who can argue with the likes of 'Strange Kind Of Woman', 'Space Truckin'', 'Woman From Tokyo', the glorious 'Perfect Strangers' and the jam-filled monster 'Lazy', which the crowd soaked in with the slowly fading sunset. Speaking of beasts, 'Vincent Price' from the newbie NOW What?! was aired, but the crowds of course craved the classics, but Morse started the opening riffs of GUNS N' ROSES' 'Sweet Child O'Mine' the Wacken masses stared in awe. But when ULI JON ROTH appeared on stage to handle Blackmore's main solo on 'Smoke On The Water' the fans witnessed history (signs in the crowd read 'Smoke On The Wacken'!). And the late Jon Lord was there in spirit as the big screens flashed many classic shots of the keyboard legend. And if you weren't there, no worries, the entire event was filmed for an upcoming 3D DVD/Blu-ray.



But the festivities have only begun … they are forecasting 34 degrees Celsius today (Friday, August 2nd), a vast difference from wet/muddy grounds in 2012! And check out today's line-up: MOTÖRHEAD, IHSAHN, DORO, SABATON, GRAVE DIGGER, AMORPHIS, SOILWORK, ANVIL and ULI JON ROTH!

Stay tuned for more BraveWords updates from the fest!
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MessageSujet: Re: Edition Of Wacken Open Air 2013; Report, Photos    Sam 3 Aoû - 19:50

And follow all the action on Wacken's Facebook.
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MessageSujet: Re: Edition Of Wacken Open Air 2013; Report, Photos    Sam 3 Aoû - 19:51

Reformed EMPEROR To Headline 25th Anniversary Of Wacken Open Air
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Organizers of the Wacken Open Air have just held a press conference where they announced that legendary Norwegian black metallers EMPEROR will be headlining the 25th anniversary of the Wacken Open Open Air, which will be held from July 31st-August 2nd in Wacken, Germany (about an hour outside of Hamburg). Ihsahn (Vegard Sverre Tveitan) and Samoth (Tomas Haugen) were both present at the press conference to answers questions about the band's reunion dates in 2014 as well as the possibilities of a new album.



Emperor's last official studio album was 2001's Prometheus: The Discipline Of Fire And Demise.
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MessageSujet: Re: Edition Of Wacken Open Air 2013; Report, Photos    Sam 3 Aoû - 19:53

MOTÖRHEAD Mainman Cuts Set Short At Wacken Due To Health Issues; On-The-Scene Report Available


MOTÖRHEAD mainman Lemmy Kilmister walked offstage tonight (August 2nd) six songs into the band's set at the famous Wacken Open Air being held in Wacken, Germany. The event was disturbing given the fact that the legendary three-piece had cancelled all of their summer shows due to Lemmy's ongoing health issues; in June doctors ordered him off the road to recover from a hematoma he suffered that month. On-stage Lemmy even referenced the doctors orders saying that he had to quit, but responded 'we'll have to see about that."



With tongue-in-cheek, Motörhead kicked-off their set in front of nearly 100,000 people with 'I Know How To Die', but witnesses - including BraveWords who were backstage - saw that the legendary frontman was not in his usual form. The band stormed on with 'Damage Case', 'Stay Clean', but the set was cut short during their classic 'The Chase Is Better Than The Catch' as Lemmy walked off stage and Phil Campbell took charge until everything went black.

Wacken organizer Thomas Jensen walked on stage and told the crowd (translated from German) … "Lemmy had cancelled all his dates and tried to do Wacken, but this is all he could do."

Motörhead were scheduled to perform for an hour and fifteen minutes. After Jensen's announcement the crowd starting chanting "Lemmy, Lemmy, Lemmy."

The crowd was not upset or disappointed, but concerned for one of the godfathers of heavy metal.

DORO PESCH followed kicking off her 30th Anniversary tour, but made a point in stating to the crowd that "Lemmy was ok."

Stay tuned for more on the scene at Wacken from BraveWords!
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MessageSujet: Re: Edition Of Wacken Open Air 2013; Report, Photos    Sam 3 Aoû - 20:16

Les organisateurs du  Wacken Open Air ont commenté la performance abrégée de Motörhead,  en raison de la santé de chanteur Lemmy Kilmister.

Le groupe a joué seulement six chansons hier soir (vendredi, 2 Août) avant de quitter la scène, il était prévu un set de 75 minutes.


Dans un communiqué publié  aujourd'hui, les organisateurs du Wacken ont déclaré: «MOTÖRHEAD a secoué la scène noire pendant plus de 30 minutes et Lemmy a donné tout ce qu'il pouvait pour  un incroyable spectacle Il va maintenant bien - mais la température et les circonstances ont fait que continuer le spectacle aurait connu une perte de qualité.

«Nous sommes très heureux et fiers que Phil [Campbell], Mikkey [Dee] et en particulier M. Rock 'N' Roll, Lemmy Kilmister, ont joué le  W: O: A 2013 et qu'ils ont fait tout ce qui est humainement possible pour jouer ce concert. Merci beaucoup, les gars! "

MOTÖRHEAD joué les chansons suivantes:

01. I Know How To Die
02. Damage Case
03. Stay Clean
04. Metropolis
05. Over The Top
06. The Chase Is Better Than The Catch
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MessageSujet: Re: Edition Of Wacken Open Air 2013; Report, Photos    Dim 4 Aoû - 20:31



Motörhead : Lemmy s'écroule sur scène au Wakken en Allemagne

Bad news du côté de Lemmy Kilmister. Le frontman de Motörhead a eu un malaise lors du concert du groupe au Wakken Festival en Allemagne le 2 août dernier. Les anglais ont été contraints d'écourter leur set après 6 chansons.

 

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MessageSujet: Re: Edition Of Wacken Open Air 2013; Report, Photos    Dim 4 Aoû - 20:44

DEEP PURPLE - Performance And Behind-The-Scenes Footage From Wacken Open Air 2013 Available

DEEP PURPLE"s German record label, earMusic, has posted footage from the band's appearance at the Wacken Open Air 2013, that took place this weekend (August 1st -3rd) in Wacken, Germany: 

Deep Purple Live at Wacken Open Air 2013 - Intro & Festival Impressions (HD)
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MessageSujet: Re: Edition Of Wacken Open Air 2013; Report, Photos    Dim 4 Aoû - 20:44

BW&BK's Metal Tim Henderson, who was in attendance for the festivities, checked in with his take on Deep Purple's performance:

"Must admit that Deep Purple seem to be a bizarre fit at Wacken, but when you step back and view the hard rock/heavy family tree there are numerous roots that need to be recognized and praised, no matter how ancient they may seen and the British icons took matters into their own hands with a wealthy catalog that's second to none. And the not-so-recent addition of guitarist Steve Morse and keyboard maestro Don Airey, sees that classic Deep Purple sound elevated to a different groove, while longtime members Ian Gillan, Roger Glover and Ian Paice just soak in all of the glory they deserve."

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MessageSujet: Re: Edition Of Wacken Open Air 2013; Report, Photos    Dim 4 Aoû - 20:53

MOTÖRHEAD - Pro-Shot Video Footage Of Wacken Open Air Performance Streaming

MOTÖRHEAD mainman Lemmy Kilmister walked offstage on August 2nd six songs into the band's set at the famous Wacken Open Air being held in Wacken, Germany, due to health reasons.

Pro-shot footage of the first 11 minutes of the band's W:O:A set can be seen below:

Motörhead - Live at Wacken Open Air 2013
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MessageSujet: Re: Edition Of Wacken Open Air 2013; Report, Photos    Dim 4 Aoû - 20:54

Lemmy's departure from the stage was disturbing given the fact that the legendary three-piece had cancelled all of their summer shows due to their frontman's ongoing health issues; in June doctors ordered Lemmy off the road to recover from a hematoma he suffered that month. On-stage he even referenced the doctors orders saying that he had to quit, but responded 'We'll have to see about that."



With tongue-in-cheek, Motörhead kicked-off their set in front of nearly 100,000 people with 'I Know How To Die', but witnesses - including BraveWords who were backstage - saw that the legendary frontman was not in his usual form. The band stormed on with 'Damage Case', 'Stay Clean', but the set was cut short during their classic 'The Chase Is Better Than The Catch' as Lemmy walked off stage and Phil Campbell took charge until everything went black.

Wacken organizer Thomas Jensen walked on stage and told the crowd (translated from German) … "Lemmy had cancelled all his dates and tried to do Wacken, but this is all he could do."

The Wacken crew have since issued the following statement: "Motörhead rocked the Black Stage for more than 30 minutes and Lemmy gave everything he´s got to play an amazing live show. He´s keeping well - but the temperatures and circumstances lead to the point that continuing the show would have lead to a loss of quality. We are very happy and proud that Phil, Mikkey and particularly Mr. Rock n Roll himself, Lemmy Kilmister, played W:O:A 2013 and that they did everything humanly possible to play this gig. Thank you so much, guys!"

Motörhead were scheduled to perform for an hour and fifteen minutes. After Jensen's announcement the crowd starting chanting "Lemmy, Lemmy, Lemmy."

The crowd was not upset or disappointed, but concerned for one of the godfathers of heavy metal.

DORO PESCH followed kicking off her 30th Anniversary tour, but made a point in stating to the crowd that "Lemmy was ok."
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MessageSujet: Re: Edition Of Wacken Open Air 2013; Report, Photos    Lun 5 Aoû - 16:41

une video qualité pro HD avec 4h de musique, bain de boue, et les concerts de Trivium, Alice Cooper, Deep Purple, Doro, Motörhead et Rammstein !!!


Wacken 2013 Full Concert - HD !
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MessageSujet: Re: Edition Of Wacken Open Air 2013; Report, Photos    Lun 5 Aoû - 16:52

MOTÖRHEAD Guitarist Phil Campbell - "Lemmy Is Alive And Kicking"


MOTÖRHEAD mainman Lemmy Kilmister walked offstage on August 2nd six songs into the band's set at the famous Wacken Open Air being held in Wacken, Germany, due to health reasons.

On August 4th, guitarist Phil Campbell tweeted the following message:

"Contrary to some reports, Lem is alive and kicking so take no notice of these rumours from asshole tweeters."



Lemmy's departure from the stage was disturbing given the fact that the legendary three-piece had cancelled all of their summer shows due to their frontman's ongoing health issues; in June doctors ordered Lemmy off the road to recover from a hematoma he suffered that month. On-stage he even referenced the doctors orders saying that he had to quit, but responded 'We'll have to see about that."

With tongue-in-cheek, Motörhead kicked-off their set in front of nearly 100,000 people with 'I Know How To Die', but witnesses - including BraveWords who were backstage - saw that the legendary frontman was not in his usual form. The band stormed on with 'Damage Case', 'Stay Clean', but the set was cut short during their classic 'The Chase Is Better Than The Catch' as Lemmy walked off stage and Phil Campbell took charge until everything went black.

Wacken organizer Thomas Jensen walked on stage and told the crowd (translated from German) … "Lemmy had cancelled all his dates and tried to do Wacken, but this is all he could do."

The Wacken crew have since issued the following statement: "Motörhead rocked the Black Stage for more than 30 minutes and Lemmy gave everything he´s got to play an amazing live show. He´s keeping well - but the temperatures and circumstances lead to the point that continuing the show would have lead to a loss of quality. We are very happy and proud that Phil, Mikkey and particularly Mr. Rock n Roll himself, Lemmy Kilmister, played W:O:A 2013 and that they did everything humanly possible to play this gig. Thank you so much, guys!"

Motörhead were scheduled to perform for an hour and fifteen minutes. After Jensen's announcement the crowd starting chanting "Lemmy, Lemmy, Lemmy."

The crowd was not upset or disappointed, but concerned for one of the godfathers of heavy metal.

Pro-shot footage of the first 11 minutes of the band's W:O:A set can be seen below:

Motörhead - Live at Wacken Open Air 2013




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MessageSujet: Re: Edition Of Wacken Open Air 2013; Report, Photos    Mer 7 Aoû - 20:30

DORO Launches 30th Anniversary At Wacken Open Air; Crowning Highlight To Be Two Shows In Düsseldorf


In 2013/2014, metal queen DORO celebrates her 30th anniversary with special shows all around the world. The phenomenal kick-off took place last Friday at Wacken Open Air 2013, where 80,000 fans gave Doro an overwhelming welcome and international stars of the genre like MOTÖRHEAD, Biff Byford (SAXON), Eric Fish (SUBWAY TO SALLY), Uli Jon Roth (ex-SCORPIONS) and Chris Boltendahl (GRAVE DIGGER) payed their honours to Doro on stage.



"I want to celebrate this big anniversary all year long with my fans around the world“, Doro, who will start an enxtended European Tour with her band from October onwards, explains. "We are in the midst of planning special shows in London, Paris and New York."

The crowning highlight of the tour is already set, and was officially announced at a huge press conference at Wacken Open Air in front of countless international press officials. Dor will celebrate in her hometown, Düsseldorf, two nights in a row.

"We are playing two anniversary shows, on May 2nd and 3rd“, Doro announces. "The first night will be classic with an orchestra – as the fans got to know and love it ten years ago through the Classic Diamonds Tour. And the second night there will be a full-power rock show with all highlights from 30 years of Doro and several special guests, who accompanied me over the course of my career.”

One of those stars will be BLIND GUARDIAN singer Hansi Kürsch.

Doro continues: "The venue will also be very special for those shows, first time ever we get to play at the town hall of CCD Düsseldorf, because it fits the 30th anniversary project perfectly.”

The Relexa-Hotel at Düsseldorf Airport is partner hotel to the Doro shows in Düsseldorf and is now offering rooms from 84€ (incl. Breakfast and Shuttle-Service) for fans from around the world. Booking and Info available at this location.
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MessageSujet: Re: Edition Of Wacken Open Air 2013; Report, Photos    Mer 7 Aoû - 20:32

Doro - All We Are - Live Wacken Open Air 2013


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MessageSujet: Re: Edition Of Wacken Open Air 2013; Report, Photos    Sam 10 Aoû - 19:14

Wacken Open Air 2013 - "I've Seen Fire And I've Seen Rain"...


By Mark Gromen and "Metal" Tim Henderson

"I've seen sunny days I thought would never end," wrote JAMES TAYLOR in 1970! RAMMSTEIN, SABATON and NIGHTWISH brought the pyro, the consistently unpredictable weather in the Northwestern corner of Germany did the rest: scorching temps, mud-bowl inducing monsoons, nights when one can see their breath (or colder) and everything in between. Over the course of the last 15 years, Brave Words has seen it all. This year was a little of everything. What's next, a Biblical plague of locust, although the black shirted, two legged variety annually renders the farmland barren and unusable. Helps to be prepared, climatologically, if you want to see any of the 120 bands on display during the three day Wacken Open Air extravaganza. Historically, Thursday (August 1st) began in the late afternoon/early evening, but now it's turned into an (unofficial) full day, lasting well into the morning.





In a sleeveless black Epiphone T-shirt which showed off his sweat glistening tattoos, ANNIHILATOR founder Jeff Waters sang 'King Of The Kill', gritting his teeth as he worked his way from one side of the stage to the other. He and co-vocalist/co-guitarist Dave Padden made numerous references to the fact it's been a decade since the Canucks last graced a Wacken stage. Didn't preclude them from introducing 'No Way Out' off the forthcoming Feast, a song with an almost acoustic intro (think 'Crystal Ann'), before taking off. During 'Clown Parade' Waters and bassist Alberto Campuzano (whom the mainman forgot to introduce by name!) gave each other a bro-knuckles smash, while Padden, in black Jäger tee, remained hunched over the mic, feet splayed. The mainman switched to a black guitar for 'Set The World On Fire', which was introduced by pre-recorded sound effect of an explosion. More shared vocals on 'W.T.Y.D.' (aka Welcome To Your Death) and another call for a circle pit. As Padden announced 'The Fun Palace', there was a lag, then he said, "Oh no, I pulled a Jeff Waters (meaning he'd called for the wrong song?)!" Waters appeared from behind the stacks, playing the song and Padden elaborated further, "Now he's switched me up!" No such difficulties on the staccato riffing begun 'I Am In Command', which finally gave Padden a chance to move around a bit, as Waters, with hand to his ear, mugged for more applause. It was back to his red V for 'No Zone', apart from being a short number, one whose inclusion truly surprised most. Spittle dripped from the mic as Waters delivered 'Fiasco', the simple, repetitive lyrics work well in a multi-national festival crowd. Jeff teased a little ambivalence about always having to end with 'Alison Hell', but it sent everyone away happy.



Unfortunately, one can't always see (get!) everything they want, at Wacken. This year, the W.E.T. and Headbangers' stages were housed on opposite ends of the same a giant tent (facilitating 5 minute changeovers, between bands!), outside the main grounds. Navigating the maze of upright people, dodging those that have fallen, and following the circuitous route between stages takes time. When HAGGARD had finished thousands emptied out of the tent, snarling foot traffic so badly that guards closed entry access, despite our Cleveland, Ohio friends SOULLESS taking the stage. Tried two different points of entry, over a 25 minute span, to no avail. Sorry guys. Also decided to head back to the main stage, forgoing new favorites ALPHA TIGER too. However, the organizers did a stellar job preparing for bad weather (perhaps hearing too many negative comments after last year's fiasco), putting down a bed of straw in the VIP area and adjoining campground prevented a repeat of the muddy disaster. There were escorted shortcuts for photographers to the Party stage (minimizing the times between bands) and when a watery quagmire formed at the entrance/exit to the staircase, someone (finally) had the good sense to re-route the barrier (there are fences, gates and cattle chutes throughout the Wacken landscape) onto drier ground.



8:15pm and the sun was still high in the sky, as an amazing contingent of fans, young and (maybe more shocking) old, witnessed the current incarnation of DEEP PURPLE, Gillan, Paice and Glover joined by (ex-DIXIE DREGS guitarist) Steve Morse and keyboardist Don Airey (ex-RAINBOW/ex-OZZY). Wall-to-wall humanity, from the stage, back to the main gate, as they strolled onstage and kicked into 'Highway Star'. It was not head-to-toe greatest hits, delving into slower, funkier material ('Into The Fire'), despite their environs. 'Hard Lovin Man' gave everyone a chance to strut their stuff, especially Airey, although Gillan playfully brought a hand gong to the front of the stage during Morse's freakout jam. 'Strange Kind Of Woman' saw the blue bandanna wearing bassist (Paice wore a red one) center stage, alongside the guitarist, for the first time. Later, in 'Hell To Pay', Morse, Gillan and Glover all shared the same mic, briefly. The well tanned singer produced a harmonica for 'Lazy' and 'Airey's solo (he was given many other moments to shine) saw knuckleheads crowd surfing: to a keyboard instrumental? It lead into 'Perfect Strangers'. In the crowd, Christopher Bowes (ALESTORM) was bopping along to the sounds of his UK elder statesmen. Glover was alone, out front, for 'Space Truckin', while Uli Jon Roth (ex-SCORPIONS) joined the band for 'Smoke On The Water'. Sort of a waste of talent, given the rudimentary construction. No matter, the two guitarists jammed, Gillan adding tambourine. It was a quick encore, offering 'Hush' and 'Black Night' before saying goodbye.
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MessageSujet: Re: Edition Of Wacken Open Air 2013; Report, Photos    Sam 10 Aoû - 19:15



Nearly 100,000 (between paid admission, volunteers and curious first responders, vendors or sizable VIP contingent of press, politicians and friends), some camped against the barricade since the afternoon, positioned themselves for RAMMSTEIN. Much like SLIPKNOT here in North America, it's more of a visual spectacle than anything else.

Friday, August 2nd


POWERWOLF recently had the #1 album in Germany, still had to go on on the middle of the day, those floor length ornate, black cassocks probably unbearable at the temperatures climbed near 100. Corpse-paint didn't help either, I'm sure. Something a of a greatest hit set, the tongue-in-cheek, anti-religious sect opened with 'Sanctified With Dynamite', included 'Resurrection By Erection' and 'Raise Your Fist, Evangelist' before ending with the rhyming, predominately Latin 'Lupus Dei'. Their catchy, keyboard laden take on power metal and energetic live set, continues to find converts.





Former EMPEROR guitarist/vocalist IHSAHN had announced earlier in the day that he'd reunite his former band, for a small string of dates that will include Wacken 2014. Today, he was backed by LEPROUS and although his old guitar partner Samoth was in the house, it was all about the progressive IHSAHN material, sampling all four of his solo works. The vocals are split between the mastermind and keyboardist (situated up front), Einar Solberg, who often contorts his body, feet flailing, between notes. There was plenty of smoke onstage, although the pink/orange lighting had little effect in such brilliant sunshine. 'On The Shores' and 'Arrival' were an opening one-two punch, ultimately closing with a predominately instrumental 'The Grave', which included a piped in, wayward saxophone. Undoubtedly next year will be a major triumph (and I'd be shocked if there's not a DVD recording to coincide).



Bill Clinton's denial, "I did not have sexual relations with that woman," as well as other US presidential quotes (Nixon, Bush, etc.) appropriately introduced PRETTY MAIDS' 'Mother Of All Lies'. Had seen the band just a month before, but Ronnie Atkins cracked some ribs since then and wore a white bandage beneath his shirt. Otherwise he looked well tanned, multiple medallions (including large crucifix) dangling from his neck). The veteran singer lost his leather coat by follow-up, 'I See Ghosts'. A wall of Engl cabinets behind him, mainstay guitarist Ken Hammer, in mirror sunglasses and white cowboy hat, retained his leather throughout. Hammer's fingernails were painted black, apart from the red one, between pinkie and middle finger of his left hand. 'Back To Back' and 'Rodeo' got things rocking, only to be topped by 'Needles In The Dark' and the subdued introduced 'Yellow Rain'. Atkins, mockingly disappointed by a sing-along attempt, chided the crowd, "Kiss my ass. You're not a bunch of wankers are you? Give us some balls Wacken," running through a Freddie Mercury (QUEEN) styled "Deo" call and response. Back to the new Pandemonium album for a pair, 'INVU' and 'Little Drops Of Heaven', before ending the proper set with 'Future World', the singer utilizing the mic stand, pointing it into the crowd. With nowhere to hide, the feigned completion of the set lead to the requisite 'Red, Hot & Heavy' encore/finale. Still killer stuff!





The Swedish Pagans, aka SABATON are at a point AMON AMARTH and CHILDREN OF BODOM were about two or three years ago, on the verge of massive headlining status around the globe (apart from North America) and the huge crowd gathered in front of the True Metal stage humbled the jocular Mohawk shaved singer Joakim Brodén, as always, decked out in camo pants, reflective sunglasses and steel, breast plated flak jacket. Behind him, his similarly camouflage attired bandmates criss-crossed the stage, headbanging wildly and avoiding the copious amount of flames that only added to the day's staggering temperatures. Essentially the same set as they've been performing throughout the summer, opening for IRON MAIDEN, 'Ghost Division' remains one of the most energetic opening numbers in metal, even if they can't use the pyro and showers of sparks, like when they appear at ProgPower USA next month. Careful to miss the robotic camera that travels the width of the stage, on rails, Brodén often jumped down, to sing closer to the audience, atop the sub-woofers. 'Carolus Rex' saw more plumes of synchronized flames, four jets in front and an equal number behind. Always the jokester, Brodén offered "German people are nice, but a little fucked up. Everywhere else in the world, between songs, they yell 'Sab-a-ton', but not in Germany." He proceeds to explain that "Noch ein bier" which adorns the back of their Wacken designed tour shirt, with accompanying German flag, is the crowd's call for him to drink. After obliging, it's 'Into The Fire', song for the day, given the warmth radiating down, although onstage the flames are shooting at 45 degree angles! The raucous cheers for more onstage beer consumption never dissipated and after 'Swedish Pagans' the singer warned the crowd, "Must take it easy with beer in this heat and with these flamethrowers, I'll get drunk. When I get drunk, I get naked. Why are all the boys screaming?" Not sure what glistened more during 'Midway', his shaved head or the shiny metal played vest, which he offered to trade with anyone wearing a similar get-up. Teasing about having to do laundry and needing a fresh vest, true to his word, a fan crowd surfed to the front and Brodén exchanged his stage gear, for the fan's. Afterwards, he toyed, I've also have a pair of boxer shorts I'd like to trade." 'Cliffs Of Gallipoli' produced more flames as the audience sang a good portion of the lyrics. Everyone leaves the stage, as the voice-over for 'Art Of War' heralds what's to follow, the singer back on the sub-woofers. 'Primo Victoria' saw him shadow box into the lens of the robo-cam and SABATON ended with a heartfelt thanks and 'Metal Crue'. Never truly done, Brodén would appear five hours later, following a near six-hour autograph session (yes, six - a Wacken record!!!), to appear onstage with GRAVE DIGGER, during 'Rebellion'.

To say MOTÖRHEAD were eagerly anticipated is an understatement, Lemmy having been forced to cancel the entire European summer tour (despite t-shirts depicting said dates, for sale on site) due to complications from his ongoing medical conditions/surgery. In his typically sardonic style, he made some reference to the weather cooling off, before launching into 'I Know How To Die', surely a hand-picked middle finger to all the naysayers and doctors. However, from my position in the photo pit, it was obvious to a longtime fan that Lem was far from 100%. True, he's physically run down in the last couple of years, but through my lens, I could tell, he was haggard, feeling every bit of his 67 years, all those rock and roll excesses. The man did not look good (see the prophetic shot below, just one song into the show). While Kilmister rarely strolls the stage, a more animated Phil Campbell tried to pick up the slack, moving about during 'Damage Case' and 'Stay Clean'. Lemmy made allusions to doctors telling him to stop, saying, "We'll have to see." 'Metropolis' and 'Over The Top' came an went without incident, although during 'The Chase Is Better Than The Catch', just a half hour into a 75 minute set, the show ended abruptly. Following Campbell's guitar break, he threw it back to Lemmy, who was not there (already offstage). Unsure what to do, he and drummer Mikkey Dee stopped, the stage goes black (the simulcast on the jumbotrons throughout the ground show the equivalent of a Wacken test-pattern. The fans remained well behaved, even when organizer Thomas Jensen walked out, to announce that that was it. With a new album ready for release, all metalheads hope Lemmy will be able to (eventually) return to the stage.
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This was the kick-off to DORO's 30th anniversary tour, promised to be a star-studded affair. A massive stage, a portion of which had been blocked off all day, revealed a skeleton in chains hanging from the wall, a skull on Johnny Dee's lofty drum riser (rising into the air, ala Peter Criss/KISS) and pots of omnipresent flame. Flash pots introduced 'I Rule The Ruins' with a bang, followed by a red lit 'Burning The Witches'. Early in her set, she announced to everyone that Lemmy was OK, putting all the rampant rumors to rest. Whether he was scheduled to sing 'Love Me Forever' or not (guitarist Campbell DID appear for JUDAS PRIEST's 'Breaking The Law'), I don't know, but there were a couple other guests/cover tunes. Chris Boltendahl (GRAVE DIGGER) learned 'East Meets West', dropping to one knee and saluting her, before he left. Biff Byford (SAXON) sang his own 'Denim & Leather' in duet with the diminutive blond, who headbanged furiously, throwing the horns and exhorting the crowd throughout. Uli Jon Roth, who had his own set, after midnight, reprised his guest stint of the night before, this time adding his Sky guitar to the ballad 'Fur Immer'. Elsewhere, there was a trio of songs from the newest Raise Your Fist, like the aggressive 'Revenge' and a ton of WARLOCK material, including 'Hellbound'.





Sadly, several of the day's treats, including GRAVE DIGGER and BULLET, go onstage at an impossibly late hour for those of us commuting, around 2am. Which scheduler had it out for traditional metal this year? Shame.


Saturday, August 3rd






Although it began much like the day before, during LAMB OF GOD's set a 45 minute downpour dropped the temperature 20 degrees. Almost as quickly as it came, the clouds disappeared, the sun returned and (thankfully) stayed away for the rest of the festival. On a smoke full stage, ANTHRAX tore into 'Among The Living'. Downing a can of Red Bull, Joey Belladonna demanded a circle pit for 'Caught In A Mosh', one guy swinging a pool noodle encircling a pond that had developed on the infield, aided by the hunks of wet grass/mud, now sailing towards the stage (although landing on the head/backs of those up close). 'N.F.L.' began with Belladonna alone, delivering an a cappella rendition, before the full band version kicked in. Afterwards, the pentagram scrims were removed, revealing the head of Ronnie James Dio and Dimebag Darrell, to whom 'In The End' was dedicated, the singer emphatically throwing the horns and contorting his face in various expressions. Scott Ian piped up, "Do you like thrash metal?" Surprisingly, the answer was 'Death Rider'! The bald, bearded head bobbing madly. Afterwards, he offered, "We didn't write em (covers on Anthems CD) but we wish we did. This one's from my favorite band in the world, AC/DC and 'T.N.T.' was the first of three covers aired this afternoon.'Got The Time' (JOE JACKSON) and the TRUST classic finale, 'Antisocial' being the other two. Belladonna does a better Bon Scott than he does a Neil Turbin. 'Indians' begins with the trio of stringed musicians center stage, in front of drummer Jon Dette. A giant pit ensues, as Ian skanks around the stage, violently kicking backwards. 'I Am The Law' and 'Madhouse' are also widely applauded.







Since DANZIG banned all photographers (not sure why you'd agree to play the biggest metal festival in the world, then, day of show, bar the press), we'll reciprocate. Flanked by a pair of metallic triple Ts, as seen in their logo, TRIVIUM had a prime spot, an hour on the biggest stage, at 7:45pm. 'Throes Of Perdition' stormed on, pressurized columns of CO2 shoot skyward, as Matt Heafy charges around the stage, repeatedly thrusting his head back and flicking his tongue in exaggerated poses.

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In a black and red striped suit and matching paints (the first of at least four outfits), the original shock rocker, ageless ALICE COOPER ran through a career spanning set that included a few surprising choices and plenty of entertainment. At the same time, CANDLEMASS were on the nearby Party stage. A shower of sparks fell during the 'Hello Hooray' opener. 'No More Mr. Nice Guy' saw the baseball fan toss (the first of two) canes into the crowd. The members of his band also wore a ghastly white make-up, with blood dripping from the corner of their mouths. In succession, 'Under My Wheels', 'I'll Bite Your Face Off' and 'Billion Dollar Babies' flowed seamlessly across the decades. 'Department Of Youth' was a welcome old gem. During 'Dirty Diamonds', the Coop winged cheap strings of Mardi Gras beads into the crowd. It turned into an opportunity for a drum solo and a short spotlight for each member, as Alice was offstage.With red shirt, leather pants and oversize ROB ZOMBIE/Mad Hatter topper, 'Welcome To My Nightmare' began on a dark, smokey stage. Hands full of large maracas, it's Go To Hell'. The latter portion of the evening included the 80s reunion material ('He's Back', blood splattered smock for 'Feed My Frankenstein', which eventually see a 20 foot tall, Eddie-ish Alice-stein terrorize the band, Hey Stoopid' and 'Poison', which closed the proper set). In straight jacket, Cooper sings 'Ballad Of Dwight Frye', condemned to death, via guillotine (during a brief snippet of 'Killer'), the remainder of the band does 'I Love The Dead', as Alice's head is paraded around the stage by his executioner. Pimping his covers albums, large, readable tombstones honoring Jim Morrison, John Lennon, Jimi Hendrix and Keith Moon, are held aloft as the band offer 'Break On Through' (DOORS), 'Revolution' (THE BEATLES), 'Foxy Lady' (JIMI HENDRIX) and 'My Generation' (WHO). 'I'm Eighteen' (or is it 80 now?) sees the mainman with a crutch, literally. For the encore, 'School's Out' mixed up with a bit with PINK FLOYD's 'Another Brick In The Wall (Part II)', Alice is in a tin foil coat, bubbles fly across the stage and giant inflatable balloons bounce throughout the crowd, as streamers and confetti rain down.



Beforehand, NIGHTWISH management reminded me that this was to be the last show I'd see for a while, only a pair of others before taking some time off, the next album not expected until 2015. The band is really clicking with Floor Jansen (REVAMP/ex-AFTER FOREVER) as vocalist, giving the band a chance to dip back into the "heavier" portion of the Finns' catalog. The whole colorful, pyro filled performance was captured for a DVD (hoping for a tight delivery date: Christmas 2013 release, depending upon post-production), to bridge the forthcoming absence gap. Don't want to ruin the entire experience for those that want to be see it unfold before their eyes, but truly a show of two halves, namely a rocking start: including in the first five tracks, a fiery 'Dark Chest Of Wonders' opener, 'Wish I Had An Angel' 'She Is My Sin' and 'Ever Dream'. Just three-in-a-row with piper Troy Donockley, including lively versions of 'I Want My Tears Back' and 'Last Of The Wilds', while (apart from 'Amaranth') the final third is predominately slower, more emotive material. Enjoy your vacation, my friends!

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