The Second Edition Of The Magic Circle Festival in Bad Arolsen, Germany Was A Success
Monday - July 14, 2008
Over 35,000 rabid fans braved the cold winds and rain to witness the "Spectacle of Might" known as MANOWAR and their special guests between July 9th-12th. MANOWAR headlined the Friday and Saturday nights of the festival, performing their first six albums back to back. The highlight of their performance was the 20th Anniversary of the Kings of Metal album, which boasted a 20 person men's choir onstage. In addition, they performed their new single, Die With Honor, 20,000 copies of which were given away to those in attendance (in addition to 20,000 free beers and the giving away of 4 custom built choppers owned by the band).

Very special guest Alice Cooper headlined the Thursday night presenting his classic live stage show. Heavy metal legend Doro Pesch, and her band performed all their greatest hits and wooed the crowd. One of the big surprises was HolyHell. Being no strangers to Germany in the past few years. HolyHell had one of the best responses FROM the Saturday crowd. The played two new songs FROM their yet to be released debut album, proving they are force to deal with in the metal scene.

Other highlights were performances by W.A.S.P., Ted Nugent, MSG, Benedictum, Titanium Black, Jack Starr's Burning Star, Death Angel, Beloved Enemy, Mob Rules, Sixth Sense, Gotthard, Brazen Abbot (featuring Joe Lyn Turner), Stormwarrior, Krypteria, Kobus and Metal Force featuring ex-Majesty singer Tarek.

Thousands of fans thrilled to the chance to have an autograph with all members of MANOWAR, and due to overwhelming demand, the band signed non-stop for 12 hours over a 2-day period. They were not able to complete all the autograph requests, and next year they will be adding an extra day of autographs to make every fan happy.

Based upon the great visuals already on YouTube...

...this is by far the most number of flags that have ever been seen in a heavy metal performance. People came in FROM all over the world (over 30 different countries) to see this once in a lifetime event.

Joey DeMaio revealed long awaited details about a secret project. He announced that next year; they would perform their new (as yet untitled and unreleased) album onstage. And it is not just a normal album... it will be written in collaboration with the biggest selling German author Wolfgang Hohlbein (over 35 million books sold), and will include a tie-in novel and feature film and video game.

This year's success has insured an even bigger Magic Circle Festival in 2009. Be there for the third edition of the Magic Circle Festival 2009.

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