Download update: Sensational Saturday
Size isn’t everything…
Tenacious D‘s Jack Black was ready for a pretty damn obvious question when he was recently asked if the full-electric lineup of the band were the same shape as he and Kyle Glass.
Jack Black: So you’re calling us fat-asses? There’s a great history of fat rockers. I don’t know if you’ve ever heard of Meat Loaf? Or Frank Black – you ever listened to the Pixies? Leslie West… although I’m not familiar with his work. Barry White, the sexiest man of all time.
There’s a movement in that direction. All the fatties in the world out there can do anything – they don’t have to listen to you trying to stop us fatties. We were able to do it despite our disease. Cheeseburgers are our heroin. We’re all about seventies rock, you know, when Satan was real.
They may be a joke-rock band, who followed genre-mates Steel Panther onto the main stage – but Black has at least one fellow performer who appreciates his art.
Benji Webbe, Skindred: Let me tell you something – Jack Black has the best voice ever.I love Freddy Murcury, Jagger, Bob Marley. Jack Black slips into that category for me. I’m not even joking. The lyrics might be nuts but his voice is next level, and what he can do with it – It’s great.
Black Veil Chides…
Referred to by some as “the young Motley Crue”, Black Veil Brides encountered a mixed response when they played the Jim Marshall Stage – but frontman Andy Biersack says the missiles and catcalls didn’t bother him.
Andy Biersack: People give shit to good-looking dudes. It’s penis envy.
In any case, he’s member of an award-winning band and he’s proud two say it’s changed his life.
Andy Biersack: We won Best International Newcomers last year, and it was suddenly easier to get into nightclubs. Show them a trophy and, bang, I’m at the front of the queue I carried it with me everywhere for a week of free stuff, before deciding to be a grown-up and live a normal trophy-free life.
You let yourself down, you let your band down…
Kids in Glass Houses‘ guitarist Joel Fisher has no doubt what his most embarrassing onstage moment has been to date – and his bandmates agree with him.
Joel Fisher: We were opening for Paramore in front of about 5000 people, and even before I strummed a note I fell forward, flat on my face.
Aled Phillips: That was my most embarrassing moment too. I was standing right beside him. It’s like, ‘Where do you go from here?’
Asked what a girl has to do to get their attention, they reply: “Be old enough.”
Skindred played their first-ever acoustic set at Download ahead of their full-power Zippo Encore Stage appearance – and if their response is anything to go by they’ll do it again.
Benji Webbe: It was a treat for our fans. We don’t do that live ever – we messed around. The good thing about acoustic is that I’m this crazy guy in our regular shows who makes all these weird noises and all that. When I do acoustic it gives me a chance to actually sing. It lets people hear my voice, which is cool.
Joe Hottinger of Halestorm agrees the cut-down style of performance is refreshing after his band did their own acoustic mini-set.
Joe Hottinger: We love playing acoustic. It’s fun to strip everything down. I like watching bands acoustic because you get to see what they’re made of, they’re not hiding behind crazy effects. With Lizzy Hale singing it’s pretty easy.
Next page: It’ll be alright despite the fright…