Download update: Sensational Saturday
Back in Black…
Metallica may well have wiped the shock of Lulu from many fans’ minds by closing out Download Day Two with their Black Album, which they played backwards in order to end with Enter Sandman.
But others simply won’t be satisfied until the band redeem themselves with a new album that’s totally and shamelessly metal. Guitarist Kirk Hammett knows it too – and admits thoughts are turning to a follow-up for Death Magnetic. And he says the riffs are piling up…
Kirk Hammett: I’m probably close to 400 now. But you know, out of those 400 there might only be 20 great riffs. It would be something if all 400 were triple-A diamond-rated ideas, but that’s just not the case. James might have 800 riffs, but there’s maybe 12 songs in there. It all depends what we do with them.
In the fall we plan on concentrating a little more on writing songs and doing nothing else but thinking about the new album. That should be interesting.
Hetfield paid a personal tribute to Black Sabbath by hitting the stage in an 80s-style denim jacket complete with Sabbath back patch. Metallica’s set: Hit The Lights; Master of Puppets; The Four Horsemen; For Whom the Bell Tolls; Hell and Back; The Struggle Within; My Friend of Misery; The God that Failed; Of Wolf and Man; Nothing Else Matters; Through the Never; Don’t Tread on Me; Wherever I May Roam; The Unforgiven; Holier Than Thou; Sad But True; Enter Sandman; Battery; One; Seek and Destroy.
Medals all round…
…To Corey Taylor for performing one of the most oversubscribed and respected sets of the weekend. He brought Halestorm singer Lizzy Hale in for a guest spot and his set included covers of Nine Inch Nails, Pink Floyd, Alice In Chains and even a rendition of U2′s With Or Without You; his own tracks Snuff and Spit It Out; and a brand-new song called Taciturn. Taylor was astonished to be given an award for the best Download performance of its first ten years. Despite the emotion he was still in the mood to make light-hearted observations like the recent: “You’d think the people on ‘I Didn’t Know I Was Pregnant’ would alsoa be on a show like ‘How The Fuck Do You Breathe Again?’ Just makes sense.”
…To Biffy Clyro for debuting three new songs during their set: Modern Magic Formula, The Joke’s On Us and Victory Over the Sun.
…To festival staff who worked overtime helping mud-swamped cars get out of the car parks, pushing, pulling and directing until well after 2am.
…To the spoof tweeter HRH Prince William for this little gem: “Gran’s put a story out about the DoE convalescing at home. In reality he self-discharged and headed to the #Download festival.”
…To the faithful tweeters and Facebookers faithfully keeping an eye out for Steward 836, the accidental hero of last year’s festival.
Following their triumphant return to Donington, Adam D of Killswitch Engage shared his favourite Download memory:
Adam D: In 2010 I walked out to watch AC/DC at front of house, sharing a bottle of Maker’s Mark with Dave Grohl.
Amazingly, I’m in a position to recount the later history of that bottle. I was working with Download FM that year, slaving away late in our Portakabin when out-of-control presenter Ted Rock staggered in, drunk and flushed, and ordered me to hide it. He told me he’d stolen it from Grohl and he’d only just got away. Being used to this kind of behaviour I did as I was asked, and taped the bottle up at his request so we could celebrate a festival well served with a rock star’s rider the following night.
Unfortunately someone discovered our little secret, and by the time I was back at my desk in the morning the bottle had been opened and spilled all over my keyboard and monitor – which belonged to me, by the way, not the radio station. Neither ever worked again.
Angered, I resolved to drink the fucking thing myself and took it back to my hotel room that night… where I fell asleep and left it on the sideboard when I checked out next day.
I hope some hotel cleaner enjoyed it – but there’s no chance they knew it once belonged to Dave Grohl and Adam D.