Queens Of The Stone Age bring '…Like Clockwork' to Download Festival

Meanwhile, Iron Maiden roll back the years with a spectacular headline set

Queens Of The Stone Age bring '…Like Clockwork' to Download Festival

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Queens Of The Stone Age gave their new album '…Like Clockwork' its UK festival debut at Download Festival last night (June 15), playing three new songs from their recently released sixth studio album in their set.

Appearing before headliners Iron Maiden, Joss Homme and co played a 12-song, hour-long set in the early evening sunshine. As well as airing new single 'My God Is The Sun', the band also played new album opener 'Keep Your Eyes Peeled' and slow-burning ballad 'I Appear Missing'.

The rest of the band’s set leant heavily on their third album 'Songs For The Deaf', with six tracks from that LP aired in all, including 'No One Knows' and the closing 'Song For The Dead'. The band played only played one track each from their 'Rated R', 'Lullabies To Paralyze' and 'Era Vulgaris', albums and did not take any songs from their self-titled debut album.

Frontman Homme was in a celebaratory mood and told the crowd that "they’d come all this way to party with them". He also named 'No One Knows' as "a soundtrack to get laid to".

Queens Of The Stone Age played:

'Feel Good Hit Of The Summer'
'You Think I Ain’t Worth A Dollar, But I Feel Like A Millionaire'
'Sick Sick Sick'
'First It Giveth'
'No One Knows'
'Keep Your Eyes Peeled'
'Hangin’ Tree'
'Little Sister'
'I Appear Missing'
'My God Is The Sun'
'I Think I Lost My Headache'
'Go With The Flow'
'Song For The Dead'


Earlier in the day, Georgia metallers Mastodon battled driving rain and winds during their mid-afternoon set, but still managed to deliver a crowd-pleasing 40 minutes, with 'Dry Bone Valley' and 'Stargasm' from their most recent record 'The Hunter' going down particularly well.

Later on the Main Stage, Motorhead pummelled through a bracing 50-minute set that included regular hits 'Ace Of Spades' and 'Stay Clean'.

Over on the event’s Zippo Encore Stage, Enter Shikari drew a huge crowd to their early evening slot. The St Albans metallers, who were headlining the stage, debuted new single 'Radiate' as well as recent release 'The Paddington Frisk'. ,As well as this, the band blasted through their regular live favourites, including opener 'Destabilise', 'Sssnakepit' and 'Juggernauts'.

Iron Maiden rounded off the evening with a two-hour set and a spectacular stage show. Just before the set began, a replica of World War II Spitfire fighter jet fly over the Donington Stage, the band appeared soon after and launched into set opener 'Moonchild'.

The band’s tour is celebrating the anniversary of their 1988 'Maiden England' tour and Bruce Dickenson introduced the group by saying jokingly 'Welcome to Monsters Of Rock in 1988' before launching into a set that leant heavily on the band’s 'Seventh Son Of A Seventh Son' and 'The Number Of The Beast' albums.

As well as Iron Maiden’s gruesome mascot Eddie' making a couple of appearances, the band’s show was also filled with pyrotechnics, fireworks and projections of war imagery. Set highlights included 'Can I Play With Madness', mass singalong 'Run To The Hills' and the epic 'Wasted Years'.

Dickenson ended the set by confirming that the band would be playing another UK show at London’s O2 Arena on August 3.

Download Festival concludes today (June 16) with sets from Limp Bizkit, The Gaslight Anthem, Stone Sour, Thirty Seconds To Mars, A Day To Remember and a headline show from German metallers Rammstein.

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