Download update: Formidable Friday
Nightwish’s sea-cret ingredient…
Rock cruises are becoming the in-thing and Nightwish vocalist and bassist is down with that – although he’ll be more careful about drinking the coffee in future.
Marco Hietala: You get your first Caribbean cruise in your life and you get paid to do it? It’s okay for me. The only thing I didn’t enjoy was when we left the Cayman Islands. I went to the railing on the top deck and I was drinking my coffee. I started thinking, ‘How come this tastes weird?’ then something slimy went down my throat. I think I drank a seagull shit – but I’m still alive. Maybe it’s good for my skin.
And the Finn wasn’t too bothered about the band’s position on the second stage bill – although he took the opportunity to take a dig at some Swedish counterparts.
Marco Hietala: Sandwiched between Opeth and Slash? I’d rather be sandwiched between some ladies. But I guess Swedish guys are close to lades anyway.
Metal stomps Stomp…
Needles is the newest member of The Defiled, but the drummer is no stranger to touring – and he enjoys it more than he did his six-month stint with percussive physical theatre group Stomp.
Needles: I was a member of the West End production. It was different, it was cool, and it was a nice change. But it’s not playing drums in a metal band, which is what I need to do.
God Save the Queen – but don’t call me a king…
Slash closed out festivities on the Zippo Encore Stage with a set that saw him segue into the British national anthem at the end of Sweet Child of Mine. But although he was happy to tribute the 60th anniversary of Queen Elizabeth’s ascension to the throne, he doesn’t want to be regarded in anything like the same light when it comes to his guitar playing.
Slash: That whole guitar master stuff – that’s bullshit. I have been working and working on it, and it will never end. It’s a work in progress, but I have a great time doing it.
For the ex GnR man, music was always about playing live, and as far as he’s concerned it doesn’t get much better than Download.
Slash: I always thought it was the greatest concept to get a bunch of groups together to perform all weekend. The festival is great – it’s the biggest party ever. Live is what I got into this for. Not much has changed over the last 20 years, but I’m a little more coherent these days – and I’m a better guitar player, so I guess it’s a little more fun.”
Medals all round…
Mention must go to third-stage hopefuls Dive Bella Dive for spotting a promotional opportunity, and to BBC Radio presenter Daniel P Carter who demonstrated how all the media operatives in the arena work with each other in perfect harmony.
Dive Bella Dive: If #DiveBellaDiveRuleTheWorld trends on Twitter, we will do a twitcam tonight. GO!
@DanielPCarter: Just heard the douche-iest radio link I’ve ever heard on @DownloadFest radio “we are rocking like a fat bitch in a dinghy…” next level.
The weather’s meant to be better for Saturday, featuring Metallica playing the Black Album along with Biffy Clyro, Tenacious D, You Me At Six, Killswitch Engage, The Mission, The Union, Cockney Rejects and dozens more. What will people talk about instead of the wind and rain?