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The history of the Metal Forever Festival

Roberto und Udo

The Metal Forever benefit festival was brought to life spontaneously on January 4, 2005, as a reaction to the Tsunami disaster in Asia. It took place at Boeblingen Sporthalle on February 19, 2005, establishing itself right away as the biggest national benefit event within the Hard Rock and Heavy Metal scene. Every single band of the 8 festival acts along with all other participating parties (location owner, security staff etc.) agreed to enlist without expecting any payment. The overall public reaction was just as overwhelming as the media response, which highlighted in a 2 page-story by an American journal referring to the event as a great example to be modelled on help projects in the recently flooded New Orleans.

Who we ware?

The promoters of the Metal Forever benefit festival are Udo Gerstenmeyer and Roberto Palacios, both members of the band Chinchilla. These two are supported by the fans’ representative of the German soccer club VFB Stuttgart, Ralph Klenk, and by Andreas Vockrodt and Philip Belz, who set up the first multi-guitarist world record mentioned above. Andreas is member of the cover band „Party Blues in Bb“. Furthermore, Udo and Roberto get assistance in band booking matters by the organisators of the well known Bang Your Head!!!-Festivals in Balingen, who run the Heavy-magazine as well. Just as last year, Chris Mai is webmaster for the festival homepage.

Why we do this?

We want to prove, that Rock/Metal is able to do something good in this world. That’s the reason why we decided to make the Metal Forever festival an annual benefit event. To offer our audience and visitors a broad variety of entertaining elements, we expanded our concept and added three more programme highlights.