The nu-metal outfit play a triumphant headline set on the first night of Download...

LINKIN PARK saw in the festival season last night (June 5)

at DOWNLOAD 2004.

The nu-metal champs headlined the main stage at the

returning rock festival, at the heavy metal stomping ground of

Donington Park.

Sporting a new mohawk, Chester

Bennington led his band through a rousing set off hits from their

two albums ‘Hybrid Theory’ and’Meteora’.

Headlining the other stages were Pennywise and

Peaches, while The Hives previewed

their new album ‘Tyrannosaurus Hives’, while

Iggy Pop and The Stooges played

their first show on UK soil in over two decades.

Speculation was rife that he would join

Peaches for the duet ‘Kick It’. However,

Peaches performed the tune alongside a projection of

Iggy at her headline show on the Barfly Stage.

Playing the Snickers Bowl,

Electric 6 introduced three new songs, ‘Dance

Epidemic’, ‘Telephone Conversation’ and

‘Be My Dark Angel’. Singer Dick

Valentine told NME.COM he

was happy to be playing such a traditionally hard rock event.

He said: “You could look out there and see that a

lot of people knew the words not just to the hits but to the other songs

as well. Last night we played in Exeter to 200 people, so we

play the big shows and we play the small shows. We enjoy

playing.”

The Distillers also triumphed on

the main stage, with Brody Dalle sporting newly

blonde hair and high heels, which she cast off after almost falling over.

“I’m never wearing heels ever again onstage until I learn how to wear

them onstage. I was tumbling around the stage like a retarded

reptile.”

Download continues tonight (June

6), with Metallica headlining.