This morning I was going back through all the “Metal for Friday” posts I’ve ever done, and was stunned to find that I had never featured Edguy, one of my all time favorite bands. It’s not from any lack of affection–but for some reason every time I think of doing an Edguy song I think, “Oh, I just did them last month!” Well, time to rectify that situation immediately! My weekend (and yours) shall thus begin with one of Edguy’s greatest songs, “Tears of a Mandrake,” from their 2001 album Mandrake. It’s absolutely terrific, one of their best ever!

This particular performance was given at Wacken Open Air 2012. Yes, the muddy one. I actually wasn’t there; that was my “Wacken in exile” where I watched from afar via live streaming and kept getting text messages from my Norwegian friends who were getting bogged down in the swampy mud that overcame the festival that year. Mud aside, the show was terrific as you’ll see.

Tobias Sammet, the lead singer for Edguy (and Avantasia), is an acquaintance of mine. I had the good fortune to interview him nearly 15 years ago for a metal webzine I was working for at the time, and he liked the finished product so much that he called my editor to thank him. I later caught up with Tobias again at Wacken 2004, where he was hanging out with his friend Oscar Dronjak of HammerFall (who I have also met several times). They’re wonderfully nice, down-to-earth guys, and metalheads to the core!


Left to right: me, Oscar Dronjak, my Italian friend Igor, Tobias Sammet of Edguy.

Hope you have a great weekend. Shabbat Shalom! \m/