Man, remember when no good bands would ever visit Malta? When your entire groups of friends would be excited at the idea of a cover band of a 35-year-old band performing at Luxol?
Well, those times are far behind us now that Rock’N Malta and NnG Promotions have sorted out an incredible seven different acts throughout the summer months.
From classic rock to heavy metal to pioneering indie and reggae, Malta’s concert calendar has some serious clout, and there’s definitely something for everyone.
Check out Rock ‘N Malta’s incredible concerts below – and make sure you get your tickets before they sell out.
1. Legendary heavy metal vocalist and Twisted Sister’s Dee Snider
Aria Complex, San Ġwann. Doors open at 7:00pm
One of heavy metal’s most powerful and distinctive vocalists, Dee Snider is heading to Malta as part of his For The Love Of Metal Tour.
Expect some of Twisted Sister’s biggest hits, including anthems such as We’re Not Going to Take It, I Wanna Rock and Burn In Hell in this classic heavy metal concert.
2. The irrepressible former Genesis guitarist Steve Hackett
Mediterranean Conference Centre, Valletta. Doors open at 7:00pm
We’re not sure if we are more excited to see Steve Hackett than he is to come to Malta – but his show is set to be a memorable one.
For the first time ever, Steve will perform the seminal Genesis album Selling England By The Pound in its entirety. 2019 also marks the 40th anniversary of one of Steve’s most popular solo albums Spectral Mornings, and he’ll be rightly so celebrating this milestone by performing some of the masterpieces from the album.
3. British indie-rock icons James
Aria Complex, San Ġwann. Doors open at 7:00pm
One of the UK’s most celebrated indie-rock icons and most enduring bands, James, is coming to Malta to perform some of their biggest hits including Come Home, Sit Down, She’s a Star and Laid. You can expect to hear some of your favourites alongside songs from their 15th studio album and thundering, body-shakingly loud tribal drum beats.
4. Reggae ambassadors Third World and Inner Circle
Aria Complex, San Ġwann. Doors open at 7:30pm
Third World and Inner Circle are reggae royalty, with even the iconic Bob Marley famously covering some of their songs. The Grammy award-winning double headline acts will be burning through some of their biggest chart-topping hits, including the massive ‘Bad Boys’ as well as the infectious Sweat (A La La Long). This is a must-attend for all reggae fans!
5. Progressive metal pioneers Dream Theater
Pjazza San Ġorġ, Valletta. Doors open at 7:30pm
Anyone into heavy metal over the last few decades will immediately recognise Dream Theater. The global progressive metal pioneer’s unique and complex yet melodic and emotional brand of rock is as sweet on the heart as it is crushing on the bones. Fans can expect a startlingly sublime synthesis of soaring and unmistakable melodies and the virtuoso guitar playing of John Petrucci in a live performance that is big, long and diverse as only Dream Theater can make it.
6. Pink Floyd’s founding member Nick Mason and his band Saucerful of Secrets
St. George’s Square, Valletta. Doors open at 7:30pm
Pink Floyd’s heartbeat and founding member Nick Mason and his band Saucerful of Secrets will be in Malta for a one-night-only historic concert. This is a unique opportunity to experience Pink Floyd’s celebrated psychedelic era and significant early body of work played live including songs from albums ‘The Piper At The Gates of Dawn’ and ‘A Saucerful Of Secrets’.
7. An evening with Iron Maiden’s legendary Bruce Dickinson
Sir Temi Zammit Hall, University Of Malta, Tal-Qroqq, Msida. Doors open at 8pm
Bruce Dickinson is a man who needs no introduction. From the decades spent delivering high-octane performances with his larger-than-life persona in Iron Maiden to piloting airlines, becoming an aviation entrepreneur, a beer brewer, motivational speaker, film scriptwriter, twice- published novelist and best-selling author, radio presenter, TV actor and international fencer, he has truly done it all.
He’ll be coming to Malta to answer all of your questions at his Q&A session What Does This Button Do? – An Evening With Bruce Dickinson. The two hour show will be split into two parts: the first half of the show sees Bruce taking a humorous, often satirical look back at his colourful, roller-coaster life, while the second half of the evening is devoted entirely to a Q&A session, where your quirky, frank and often completely leftfield questions are tackled with great aplomb.
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