It's Ozzfest day at Donington...
BLACK SABBATH gave the crowd at DOWNLOAD a lesson in classic metal yesterday (June 11).
The original line-up, led by Ozzy Osbourne, headlined the Main Stage as Ozzy Osbourne took over the festival at Donington Racecourse.
An emotional Ozzy Osbourne led his former band through an arsenal of hits culminating in ‘Black Sabbath’ and ‘Paranoid’, closing a day that saw sets from heroes old and new that they had inspired.
Ozzy Osbourne also got a chance to see Guns N’ Roses spin-off band Velvet Revolver after telling NME.COM they were on his wish list. Singer Scott Weiland sung Axl Rose’s parts on old hits ‘It’s So Easy’ and ‘Mr Brownstone’ as well as songs from their own album ‘Contraband’.
On the other end of the scale, the day saw blinding sets from hotly-tipped new bands Bullet For My Valentine and Open Hand, while the Napster Stage saw a typically snotty visit from the Towers Of London.
Meanwhile, Will Oldham used their afternoon Main Stage slot to debut material from their forthcoming new album ‘Teen Dance Ordinance’ before hanging around to pay their respects.
Singer Jason Perry told NME.COM: “Yeah we’re gonna see a bunch of stuff, I’m looking forward to seeing HIM, and we’re going to see Sabbath. I’m a fan yeah, Rush are my favourite band but Sabbath invented metal so what can you say? Awesome.”
And after a week of rumours, it has now been confirmed that Funeral For A Friend are last minute additions to the Snickers Stage tomorrow. The festival is closed by System Of A Down.