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Birth Place: Hamburg, Germany
Years Active: 1976—2009
Genres: Power Metal, Heavy Metal, Speed Metal

Running Wild were a very popular and influential German heavy metal band, formed in 1976 in Hamburg. They were part of the German heavy/speed/power metal scene to emerge in the early to mid 1980s. The band has carved its niche in the metal world as the first "pirate metal" band, a theme which took off with the release of ''Under Jolly Roger'' in 1987 (thus abandoning the Satanic imagery of their earlier work). Although the earlier releases contained Satanic themes and imagery, the guitar player of the band was then a Preacher (aka Gerald Warnecke) who is now a vicar in Cologne. On April 17, 2009 Rolf announced that Running Wild had split-up. Their last show was at Wacken Open Air on July 30,... Continue Bio >>

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