Sonisphere – How Was It For You?

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Highlights of Sonisphere this year? Where to start? Sunday’s headliners Iron Maiden played a set that was heavy on more recent material, with frontman Bruce Dickinson declaring from onstage that metal should “rule the world”.

Sonisphere 2010 – photo gallery

Slayer played a set featuring the first and last songs from their classic 1986 ‘Reign In Blood’ album – ‘Angel Of Death’ and ‘Raining Blood’.

Rammstein singed our eyebrows with a typically pyrotechnic performance, featuring a pulverising rendition of ‘Sonne’.

And while that was going on out front, we were scampering around backstage talking to bands. In this video, Corey Taylor, who was on the Sonisphere bill as a solo artist, discusses the future of Slipknot in the wake of the death of bassist Paul Gray.

Meanwhile, here’s a longer interview with Corey.

Here’s Madina Lake’s Nathan Leone discussing the appalling attack that left his brother and bandmate Matthew hospitalised.

Random chat alert – Good Charlotte’s Benji and Joel Madden talk about their new favourite bands and why they’d like to wrestle in jelly.

The Sonisphere bill was stuffed with rock veterans. Here’s Europe on daring not to play ‘The Final Countdown’.

Plus, we caught up with Slayer backstage. Here’s them getting psyched up and walking out in front of the Sonispherw crowd.

You’ll find more Sonisphere video interviews at NME.COM/metal. But how was the weekend for you? Which bands blew you away?