Every August, the town of Wacken is transformed into the world capital of heavy metal. 800 people turned out for the first festival in 1990. Now, it's tens of thousands. We'll have more on the history of the festival.
For decades, heavy metal terrified the masses. Today, gatherings like the Wacken Open Air festival attract people of all classes and ages. Here's a look at what makes the music so compelling.
Wacken organizers said it was with "heavy hearts" that they had to cancel the world's largest metal festival this year. Rock am Ring, Hurricane and other music festivals also called things off due to Germany's event ban.
Breaking stereotypes, and showing that you are never too old to rock and roll, a group of senior citizens is attending the world's biggest heavy metal festival in northern Germany.
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