Anvil return to Donington after 27 years to play Download

The band bring Saturday on the Tuborg Stage to a close

Anvil headlined the Tuborg Stage at Download tonight (June 13), after a long gap since their last performance at the site.

“Holy fucking shit man, it only took me 27 years to get back here,” said grinning frontman Steve Kudlow to the crowd, referring to the time Anvil performed at the site’s Monsters Of Rock festival in 1982.

The trio came on at 9pm [BST] and were obviously enjoying themselves, with Kudlow announcing: “I love English music, always have, always will. It’s the best metal ever made,” to whoops from the audience, who chanted the band’s name after nearly every song.


He introduced ‘Metal On Metal’ as “the national anthem of metal” and told a story about the song ‘White Rhino’ being named after the band’s “favourite brand of pot”. ‘White Rhino’ also featured a lengthy drum solo from drummer Robb Reiner.

The band finished their hour-long set with ‘Mothra’, during which strobes flashed and Kudlow played his Flying V guitar with a bottle of water.

Kudlow also made reference to the film ‘Anvil!: The Story Of Anvil’, mentioning that he felt close to the audience members who had seen the movie because they, “spent Christmas dinner with me and my wife”, adding that the crowd have, “been to my house, man!”

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Anvil played:


‘March Of The Crabs’
‘This Is Thirteen’
‘School Love’
‘Winged Assassins’
‘Forged In Fire’
‘Race Against Time’
‘White Rhino’
‘Metal On Metal’

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