Thunder announce retirement from Donington at Download

The band say it's their last time ever at the festival

Thunder announce retirement from Donington at Download
Legendary London rockers Thunder announced during their Tuborg Stage set this afternoon (June 13) that the show would be the last time they played Download.

To a rammed tent, which saw hundreds of people unable to get in, frontman Danny Bowes said: "Just before I go any further I just wanna say this is the very last time we'll play this festival."

Bowes then paid tribute to Download's predecessor, Monsters Of Rock, which took place in Castle Donington in the 1980s and early 1990s, and which he said had put the band "on the map".

The band, who came on at 6.40pm [BST], also covered The Spencer Davis Group's 'Gimme Some Lovin'' in their set.

Photo Gallery: Heavy metal thunder - all the action from Download 2009

Thunder played:

'Dirty Love'
'River Of Pain'
'Higher Ground'
'Gimme Some Lovin''
'The Devil Made Me Do It'
'Love Walked In'
'I Love You More Than Rock'n'Roll'

NME.COM will be bringing you coverage of all of today's highlights including the action from both the Download and the Isle Of Wight festivals at NME.COM/festivals. Head there now for all the best news, blogs and pictures straight from the festival sites.

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