Reggie’s Final Post From England

Me with Mike Spreitzer of DevilDriver at the HMV Forum Nov 2010

What a journey this has been; living in England for four years.  The chilly and cloudy island is a great place to visit and absorb some culture.  For me, the metalhead, this was my Mecca – the home of heavy metal.  Ever since I was a young teenager there were a few things I knew about England.  They have a Royal family, drive on the left, and have a hell of a metal scene.  I knew about Wembley Arena and Brixton Academy before I ever got here.  I saw these places in live concert videos and though they are nothing that special in appearance, it’s cool to me to be able say I have been there.  There are also the festivals; something that just doesn’t work too well in America.  Europe is the perfect continent for the metal festival for which I am completely grateful to have been a participant more than once to both Download and Sonisphere.

In my time here I have had the pleasure of seeing so many of my favorite bands, meeting some cool artists, and having my eyes opened to a world of metal I barely knew existed.  I mean, I was always into metal, but sometimes we (Americans) have to go out of our way for exposure to bands more popular in Europe.  Needless to say, my music collection has grown exponentially since 2008.

Now it is time to go; back home (to America) and finish out my military career.  Luckily, I will be relocating to a place near Denver, CO, where I can have my fix for metal shows satisfied on somewhat of a regular basis.  Before I reach the end of my final post from England, I want to show you what England has done for my morale.  On top of the culture, easy access to the 13 other countries we visited, great people both here and online, and pleasant summer weather, I have had the pleasure of seeing the following bands with some of them multiple times as noted in parenthesis.

Amon Amarth (3), Entombed, Black Label Society (2), Godsized (2), Chimaira (2), Revoker, Neosis, Paradise Lost, Insomnium, Trivium (3), Whitechapel, Rise to Remain (2), Children of Bodom, Ensiferum, Machinea Supremacy, Idiom, Eluveitie, DevilDriver (3), After All, Heathen, Destruction, Overkill (2), The Haunted, Slayer (2), Megadeth (4), Anthrax (2), Metallica, Bon Jovi, Iron Maiden, Septic Flesh, As I Lay Dying, Dream Theater (2), Periphery, Machine Head, Bring Me The Horizon, Def Leppard, Whitesnake, ZZ Top, Black Stone Cherry, Tesla, Papa Roach, Buckcherry, God Forbid, Suicide Silence, Rage Against The Machine, Lamb of God (2), Five Finger Death Punch, Atreyu, Fly Leaf, Hellyeah, Taking Dawn, Him, Skin, Deftones, Cake, Eastern Front, Black Sabbath, 3 Inches of Blood, Purified in Blood, Degraded, Kyuss Lives!, Rise Against, Ugly Kid Joe, Sebastian Bach, Kobra and the Lotus, Firewind, Ghost, The Blackout, Evile, Katatonia, Corey Taylor, Soulfly, Fear Factory, Apocalyptica, Motley Crue, Rammstein, Sabaton, Sick of it All, August Burns Red, Rams Public Radio, and Matchbox twenty.

Me with Paradise Lost in Norwich, 2012.

For now, I need to pack up and move.  This is my last post from this wonderful country.  You may see me posting here and there, but for the most part my presence on this site will be sparse until I get settled in and back to the grind.  It also goes without saying this is the country where A Metal State of Mind was created.  To our readers and faithful followers out there thank you so much for stopping by and chatting about metal. See you soon!

Reggie AKA Plantera7


About Reggie

Just a dude writing a heavy metal blog and always on the prowl for a cool metal show. I am also a family man...first and foremost!

Posted on October 26, 2012, in News, Ramblings and tagged , . Bookmark the permalink. 7 Comments.

  1. You’re a lucky guy! Look at all those live shows! 😀
    Good to hear you’ve had a great time, and good luck with the move. I hope you get back to posting soon.

  2. One of the top items on my “bucket list” is to visit Europe and catch some metal shows. It’s awesome how passionate people are on a lot of the DVD’s I have filmed over there. Definitely jealous of all the shows you got to see!

    If you’re in Cheyenne, you’ll luck out every so often! It seems like every month or two a really good small tour will stop there. If not there, you get decent shows in Fort Collins which is only about 45 minutes away. There are a ton of shows still happening this year in Denver as well. Maybe Dan and I will catch you at one!

    Good luck with the move!

    • I hope you do get to see Europe, especially around festival season. Seeing the shows here has been great and crowds cool and respectful. I look forward to Cheyenne and its proximity to Denver and surrounding areas. I hope to get a chance to take my kids to bigger shows (seated)…they have had a taste here, but I think Denver will provide more opportunities. They already want to see Metallica. Who am I to argue?

      When I start getting around to seeing shows I will post about it or find a way to let you know, it would be cool to meet up.

  3. Good luck with your move!
    It’s great you had the opportunity to live outside of the States for a bit. It definitely is an eyeopener seeing things from a different perspective.
    And, damn, you got to see a lot of bands!

    • Living abroad is great. I have spent about 10 years of my career overseas, but as far as shows go, England was the only country I lived in (abroad) that had regular metal shows. I did see Metallica and Megadeth in Seoul, Korea (separate shows) and that was pretty damn cool! I hope Denver and the local area is nice to me and i get to continue to see live shows…Take care man and I will be back to normal fairly soon!

  4. That is an impressive list of live shows! It must be a great thing to have a job allowing you to see so many different countries, cultures and music scenes. If I will have the money and time I would like to travel a bit through the US and watch some of the bands never playing in Europe.

    Good luck and the best wishes!

  5. Hey man, pleased we managed to provide you with a satisfying metal experience in dear old blighty – you sure got to see a good few bands. Didn’t you say you were stationed at Lakenheath? I only ask ‘cos I did some agency work up there years back when I was living in Ipswich. Never seen anybody drink like that before or since 🙂 Anyhow, hope the move goes as smoothly as possible; best wishes to you and the fam and look forward to reading more stuff from you if as and when.


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