Live Sets From Wacken Open Air 2016


Wacken home, boy.

You probably didn’t go to Wacken Open Air last weekend. Despite struggling to break even, Germany’s massive metal fest manages to sell out even before the lineup is announced. Luckily for us, the wonders of the internet and high-quality cameras now permit us to enjoy live sets without having to empty our bank accounts, roast in the sun, contact flesh-eating bacteria from standing in the mud, and smelling of stale beer and bratwurst. Not that there’s anything wrong with that if that’s your thing. No judgement here. Just don’t stand next to me. Where was I? Oh, yeah. Enjoy these (mostly) full sets from this year’s Wacken from the comfort of your couch while you eat an entire pizza by yourself.

Iron Maiden






Metal Church

Arch Enemy

Entombed AD

Axel Rudi Pell




Blind Guardian

Bullet for My Valentine


Henry Rollins spoken word (audio is out of sync)





Dio Disciples

Ronnie James Dio hologram

A Farewell To Lemmy

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  • King Shit of Fuck Mountain

    That RJD hologram is so lame.

    • The collective heading shake from the internet was astounding.

      • King Shit of Fuck Mountain

        And deserving.

        • Digital, like most all metal/music in 2016. It doesn’t surprise me at all that people eat this shit up though.

          • King Shit of Fuck Mountain


          • They will probably call it the “Hologram Diver Tour”, lolz

          • Sadly, it will be a success too. They did it with Elvis and Sinatra.

          • huh I didn’t know that

          • If anyone should get a hologram, it’s Seth Putnam.

          • King Shit of Fuck Mountain

            AND GG Allin!

          • Howard Dean
          • Dave Vincent’s Perm

            Urge to link my favourite cover of that song and get permabanned is too strong

          • Howard Dean

            I know exactly which one you are talking about, good sir. In my opinion, the cover version is far better than the original!

          • Señor Jefe El Rosa

            Hopefully the shit is holographic as well!

          • King Shit of Fuck Mountain

            Only real shit, is real.

          • Señor Jefe El Rosa

            I can not argue this.

          • Hahaha!

          • more beer

            You don’t get the whole experience if you aren’t ducking from flying turds.

          • more beer

            But a GG Allin hologram would suck. There would be no one getting punched it the face or shit flying thru the air.

          • Dave Vincent’s Perm

            How would they make the hologram continue working after he fell off stage and couldn’t get back up?

    • nbm02ss

      I’m amazed that the video wasn’t downvoted to oblivion.

  • That Ronnie James Dio hologram thing makes me wanna puke. Guess they are making this into a tour thing next year. I know I’d never want anything like this done after my death.

    • King Shit of Fuck Mountain

      What’s next a fucking Motorhead, Dissection? People die, deal with it. I hate nostalgia the older I get. That Triptykon setlist is rad though…

      • Damn, some serious Frost tunage in that set. Rad!

        • King Shit of Fuck Mountain


  • Must be getting old, the only bands that interest me are Loudness and Metal Church. Not very fitting since each were in their prime prior to my arrival on earth. lol.


    • King Shit of Fuck Mountain

      Sad dad is sad about old bands.

    • more beer

      I hung out with Loudness at a Slayer show in 87 or 88. They told me numerous times. We are Roudness. They were pretty cool though.

  • Abradolf Lincler

    how much does a hologram cost? no wonder theyre struggling. could have found some better bands than 75% of these

    • Abradolf Lincler

      id rather have some golden grahams.

      • You ever listen to this band at all? Not bad so far.

        • Abradolf Lincler


          glad youre into em. i also rly love their logo. thot about buying a patch.

          • Yeah, I was worried about the symphonic elements at first but they tend to hold true to the oldschool Emperor sound, so I’m totally cool with it. Sounds so cold!

          • Abradolf Lincler

            they def arent what i think of when i think Canadian or even, regressively, French BM

  • Joaquin Stick

    Watching some Eluveitie to see if it’s even remotely possible to look cool/metal while playing a flute. So far I am thinking that no, no it isn’t. Actually enjoying the music a bit more than I expected though.

  • Waynecro

    “Wacken home, boy.” I am slain!

    • Waynecro Hologram for President 2016

      • Waynecro

        A hologram of me looking stern and occasionally high kicking would make a better president than any of the candidates we have.

        • The Waynecro Hologram Presidential Tour™ is destined to Make Waynecro Great Again

          • Waynecro

            Implying Waynecro was great at some point

          • Hey, none of that nay-saying ya here?

  • Eliza

    I had no idea Girlschool are still playing. Cool.

    • Señor Jefe El Rosa

      New album, i believe

      • Eliza

        That’s even better, I’ll look it up.

  • ..

    • /he would

      • His twitter feed is a gold mine of insight

        • King Shit of Fuck Mountain

          Just like his band. *shutters*

        • BobLoblaw

          I still remember reading an interview with him years ago and the answer to basically every question was “bomg hits”. Am I the only one that fucking DESPISES his attempts at highs?

        • RJA

          I guess dreadlocks don’t really bother me in general – but what I wouldn’t give to chop his off.

        • Abradolf Lincler

          shitty car for a shitty human

  • So far I have enjoyed Maiden, Arch Enemy (Even if they didn’t played some old material), Blind Guardian and Therion.

    I want to check out Triptykon!

    • ME GORAK!!!™


    • Eliza

      Triptykon sound pretty good.

  • nbm02ss

    Not trying to slight their music, but Therion live looks kind of boring.

    • nbm02ss

      Ministry has always seemed pretty solid live. I saw them ages ago back when Animositisomina was released and they still toured with two drummers. Jourgenson jumped into the crowd to fight some guy who was apparently spitting at him.

  • We’ll always have the Wacken footage of MA with David Vincent’s tight latex shirt. He also pronounces Wacken as “Walken”.

  • Señor Jefe El Rosa

    Smelling like Beer and Brats isn’t always a bad thing

    • Abradolf Lincler

      If you add weed smoke that’s basically what I smell like all the time

  • RJA

    I love BBQ in general – never been able to get into brats. Does that make me less of a man?

    • Señor Jefe El Rosa


      • RJA

        I guess when I think about it, I already knew the answer.

  • Ayreonaut

    I love vacation. 330 pm and I am nice and drunk

    • Abradolf Lincler

      wooopwoop, gimmie 2 hrs

  • Señor Jefe El Rosa


  • Howard Dean

    *flushes Wacken*

    • Stanley

      Yeah, I thought Wacken typically had a good lineup. This looks weak.

      • Howard Dean

        My thoughts exactly. “People pay hundreds/thousands of dollars to see this lineup? Fuuuuuuck that.”

        I think Wacken is just coasting now and raking in the dough from the throngs who think this is the be-all and end-all of festivals. Lineup has been fairly shit for a few years. Amazing they still sell out so quickly.

        • King Shit of Fuck Mountain

          Probably more for the trip/camping than the bands at this point?

        • Stanley

          Nice to Testament on the big stage in the dark. With the mighty Hoglan no less.

    • Mmm Hmm, it’s pronounced “Walken” according to David Vincent.

      • Dave Vincent’s Perm

        I would pay good money to see Dave Vincent ordering from McDonald’s by bellowing ‘FRIIIIIIIIIIIIIIEEEEEES’ like at the start of God of Emptiness.

  • Count_Breznak

    It’s the AC/DC of the festivals. Even people who now jack shit about music have heared of it and pay absurd prices for tickets..