thx grandpa, even if I may be older than you.
seriously, fact is that RW, Saxon, Doro, Accept, ... are much bigger in Germany than in any other country. That's a fact. Doesn't mean there are no fans oustide of Germany, but the bands are really not that big.
btw, I was being ironic, but maybe irony is something unappropriate for a fan of RW ? (and this is called sarcasm )
Hey Jordan, if that's your name, you may be older than me or not, I really don't care. You may or may not be correct that Germany is the number one country fan wise for the bands that you listed, however, if they are big in Germany, then maybe that justifies them being high on a billing that takes place there and with the majority of the attendees being German. For instance, I bet those bands would go over very well in other places like Greece, Brazil, etc. I for one would not get a chance to see any of those bands here and many fans from over the globe would likely be in the same situation, this means that non-german or non European fans who attend Wacken will have the chance to see and hear some bands that they otherwise would not have the chance to. I'm sure that if the overall sales figures for bands like Accept and Saxon were tabulated, they would be higher than most or maybe all of the extreme bands that you would want to have play Wacken. I love extreme metal myself, but I am well aware that bands like Accept, Saxon, Heaven and Hell, Priest, Maiden etc. are bigger fan base wise than any Black or Death Metal band anywhere, and again, I am not saying that this makes the extreme bands less valid. I agree that Running Wild are not as big as some extreme metal bands or the bands; Accept, Saxon, Heaven and Hell, Priest, Maiden, but they are a band that have a very long history and are popular with a fan base that the Wacken organizers know more about than you or I do.