Guns N’ Roses make UK return

Festival appearance confirmed

Guns N’ Roses have been confirmed to headline the Download 2006 festival.

The band will join the already announced Metallica at the top of the bill for the summer event, which is set to take place at Donington Park between June 9-11.

The festival will provide the only UK shows for the two bands.

Guns N’ Roses will take to the stage on the Sunday (June 11), while Metallica will play the previous night.

The last time Axl Rose and co graced Donington was in 1988, where they played in front of over 100,000 fans following the release of their seminal album ‘Appetite for Destruction’.

Rose said of the appearance: “The UK and Europe have always been special for me. After our last great shows there, we are all very excited and looking forward to getting back over there and in front of such great audiences.”

He added: “Donington has always meant a lot to me personally, way before I ever played there. To be asked to headline is for me an honour and a privilege that none of us take for granted. We look forward to seeing all of you at Download!”

Guns N’ Roses are expected to showcase new songs from their long-awaited ‘Chinese Democracy’ album, which has been over ten years in the making.

As well as the two confirmed headliners, the bill for Download 2006 now includes Korn, The Prodigy, Deftones, Clutch, Trivium and Bullet For My Valentine, Lucuna Coil, InMe, Hatebreed and Within Temptation.

For ticket availability go to NME.COM/Gigs.