Show Me The Metal Bulgaria!

If you had a Rock/Metal band sing your country’s anthem, who would you choose?
Manowar sang the Bulgarian National Anthem in 2007 and 2008 at the Kavarna Rock Fest. How awesome is that?
Kavarna Rock Fest
This festival was formerly known as the Kaliakra Festival and made its debut in 2006 featuring Twisted Sister, Helloween and Testament. In 2008 Manowar was given official status by the municipality of Kavarna as well as featuring a five hour long concert. In 2010, the official name change took place as well as the festival moved over a three day period featuring Korpiklaani, Primal Fear and Atrocity.
The 2011 festival line-up is yet to be announced.

Sonisphere Festival
Here is a bit of a Festival history lesson brought to you by yours truly. Metallica helped invest and conduct in the Sonisphere Festival however Metallica did not sign a contract to be the Headline band. The “travelling festival” was originally an idea by a Live Music events official, Stuart Galbraith. The Sonisphere has originally been designed to move around the European countries but recent rumours are plans for a Global festival.
The festival works as six one-day festivals around various parts of Europe. In 2010, eleven countries hosted Sonisphere each with a well received reception and headliners were Rammstein, Iron Maiden and Metallica.
Sonisphere will move into 2011 with new venues planned and Slipknot will be headlining alongside bands to be announced on 6 December 2010.
The reasons for Bulgaria being famous during the Sonisphere Festival is due to the Big Four playing live altogether on one stage. Metallica was joined onstage during the showby members of  Megadeth, Slayer and Anthrax for a performance of the Diamond Head song, Am I Evil? This is a treasure for the History of Metal Books.
Fun Facts: The Big Four were on the stage one after another but did not play altogether in Turkey 2010 after the show in Bulgaria.

I got side tracked with watching the DVD release of the Big Four so in the next Blog post, Sam Dunn’s hometown gets a visit. In the mean time, have a look at the documentaries of Heavy Metal by Sam Dunn and Scott McFadyen entitled Metal: A Headbangers Journey, Global Metal, Iron Maiden: Flight 666 and Rush: Beyond the Lighted Stage.

Yours Truly – The Metal Goat


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