Scott Weiland with the now-defunct Velvet Revolver at Download Festival in 2005. Weiland has since split with the band and reformed Stone Temple Pilots, and they’re looking at replacement singers. Skid Row’s Sebastian Bach was mooted but looks unlikely, and Velvet Revolver’s bassist Duff McKagan is said to be interested in Lenny Kravitz and Linkin Park’s Chester Bennington. Watch this space…
Pic: Phil Wallis
Gallows’ gigs are always talking points. They played five shows at SXSW last March, including an afternoon set amongst worried family picnickers in a park, frontman Frank Carter got tattooed onstage at Reading, and they’ve been banned from playing the Anaheim House Of Blues in California by owners Disney, who objected to their lyrics. Their Download performance last summer was arguably one of THE sets of the weekend.
Pic: Danny North
Evanescence stop by Donington during their two-year ‘The Open Door’ tour, which saw them race round Europe, the far east and America twice to support their multi-platinum second album. This year’s Download festival kicks off today (Friday) with sets from KISS, Judas Priest, Motorhead and more, and NME.COM is there catching all the action.
Metallica headlining Download in 2006, two years after the 2004 show without Lars Ulrich, who had been rushed to hospital just before the set. In 2006 it was Korn’s turn to perform without a member; vocalist Jonathan Davis was taken to A&E and replaced by members of Slipknot, Avenged Sevenfold and Trivium. Pic: Tom Oxley
Iowa metallers Slipknot hit Download for the first time in 2004, a month after releasing their third album ‘Volume 3: The Subliminal Verses’. Drummer Joey Jordison replaced Lars Ulrich during Metallica’s headline set at the festival that weekend after Ulrich fell ill and was rushed to hospital.