... I must announce that I will not be attending W:O:A 2006, which will make this the first Wacken in five years without a beer-guzzling tent-crushing hell-raising obnoxious ScheissAmi Warthog. Reason being: My good friend Francis, whom I have known since we were six years old, is getting married on that Saturday. I've held out hope that maybe I could figure out some way to attend both (say, go for Thursday and Friday but fly back to Boston on Saturday), because I'm THAT much of a Wacken addict. Alas, I couldn't make it work, and while Martha's Vineyard is a nice place to spend a weekend, it is nothing compared to the holy fields of Wacken. Rest assured, I SHALL return in 2007, with a small army of American metalheads in tow. The promise of a reunited Immortal is too great to pass up. Bang on, friends. Take pictures, and drink a few for me. I'll be thinking of you!