Aerosmith cover The Beatles and defy the curfew as they bring Download Festival to a close
Final day of metal festival also brings performances from Against Me, Alter Bridge and Black Stone Cherry
The stadium rockers, who had previously headlined the event in 2010, played a 95-minute set that included just one song from their 2012 album 'Music From Another Dimension', which featured guitarist Joe Perry taking lead vocals on the track 'Freedom Fighter'.
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The band worked their way through a stack of classics including 'Love In An Elevator', 'Jaded', 'Janie's Got A Gun', 'Dude (Looks Like A Lady)', 'Dream On' and 'Sweet Emotion'.
Frontman Steven Tyler spoke to the crowd on a few occasions, telling them at one point that early album track 'No More No More' was his favourite of all Aerosmith’s songs, he also thanked the crowd numerous times, as did Perry.
The show ended with Steven Tyler defying the organisers' curfew, as he followed their thank yous by shouting to the crowd "Fuck the curfew, let’s do one more", he then chanted "Fuck curfew" and instructed the band to launch into 'Mama Kin'.
'Train Kept A Rollin'
'Eat The Rich'
'Love In An Elevator'
'Livin' On The Edge'
'Same Old Song And Dance'
'Janie's Got A Gun'
'Toys In The Attic'
'I Don't Want To Miss A Thing'
'No More No More'
'Dude (Looks Like A Lady)'
'Walk This Way'
Earlier in the day, metalcore types We Came As Romans played a well-received set over on the Zippo Encore Stage. Despite the constant drizzle, the band were on good form and even managed to cram in a cover of The Wanted's 'Glad You Came'.
That was followed by veteran metallers Sepultura, who blasted out a set that included fearsome versions of 'Propaganda' and 'Roots Bloody Roots'.
Over on the Pepsi Max Stage, punters got a surprise when Southern rockers Black Stone Cherry played a surprise set that drew a massive crowd, with people lined 10 rows deep outside the tent. They ran through a brisk set that included new single 'Me And Mary Jane' and crowd favourite 'White Trash Millionaire'.
They were followed by alt punks Against Me! brought their new album 'Transgender Dysphoria Blues' to the festival, with a strong set that focused heavily on that record.
Right before Aerosmith took to the stage, arena rockers Alter Bridge entertained with a set that included a number of cuts from their recent studio album 'Fortress', including a particularly stirring 'Addicted To Pain'.