This is a compilation of videos taken at the Wacken Open Air heavy metal festival in Germany, of and about the set of the power metal band Edguy, which is one of my all time favorites! This was taken at W:O:A in 2002, and I was somewhere in the audience.

This is a real throwback because it’s tough to find good video of Wacken performances before, say, 2006 or so. I definitely remember Wacken 2002. Edguy played not long after the series of thunderstorms that turned the whole Wacken field into a bog and almost caused the cancellation of the festival. It was the first real weather crisis the Wacken organizers had to deal with. Although I remember it as a big deal at the time, it couldn’t hold a candle to the weather apocalypses of 2005 (I was there) and 2012 (which I missed).

Anyway, check out the fans, the music, and the vibe. This was much earlier in Edguy’s long career, and it’s fun to look back from 11 years later and see them as they were back then.