Evanescence gear up for Iron Maiden at Download

Amy Lee 'honoured' to play before the metal legends

Evanescence got the crowd ready for headliners Iron Maiden at Download Festival tonight (June 10).

Towards the end of their set, the Amy Lee fronted band mentioned that they were humbled to be playing before the rock legends.

Lee said: “I don’t think you guys realise what a big fucking deal this is for us. We’re opening for IRON fucking MAIDEN!”

Earlier, Lee was defending her band against hecklers.

She said: “Yes we’ve got a grand piano onstage, so what? I’m one of the only chicks singing melodies up here.

“I think we belong and this stage and you guys know that. We’re going to play one song on it, and it won’t suck, I think you guys will agree. And if you don’t, well, bring it.”

Later in the set, Lee told the audience that they would not be playing one of their most popular songs.

“We’re not playing ’My Immortal’ tonight – we’re sick of that song,” she declared.

Evanescence played:

‘Weight Of The World’

‘Sweet Sacrifice’

‘Going Under’

‘The Only One’

‘Cloud Nine’

‘Lithium’

‘Whisper’

‘Haunted’

‘Tourniquet’

‘Call Me When You’re Sober’

‘Imaginary’

‘Bring Me To Life’

‘Lacrymosa’

‘Your Star’

That’s it for this year’s Download Festival, but you can get all the news, reviews, blogs and pictures from the event – plus those from Isle of Wight, which also took place this weekend – at NME.COM/festivals now.

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Meanwhile make sure you check out next week’s issue of NME – on UK newsstands from June 13 – for exclusive coverage of all the weekend’s action.