Korn make emotional return to Download

Jonathan Davis is back after 'almost dying' last year

Korn made their return to Download Festival tonight (June 8) a year after singer Jonathan Davis was struck down with a serious illness.

Fans were spilling out of the Dimebag Darrell Stage just to get a glimpse of the band as they performed a blistering hour and a half set made up of hits from their back catalogue.

Referring to his absence last year, Davis, who was struck down with a blood platelet disorder at the time, told the crowd: “I want to thank all you motherfuckers for showing up tonight. This time last year I was really fucking sick. I almost died.”

During the show, the band played a series of tracks from their forthcoming album ‘Untitled’, including new song ‘Evolution’.

Before the California band launched into debut album track ‘Shoots And Ladders’, Davis played the bagpipes.

Midway through the track, the singer also performed a few bars of Metallica classic ‘One’.

Korn played:

‘Here To Stay’

‘Twist’

‘Good God’

‘Coming Undone’

‘Falling Away From Me’

‘Somebody Someone’

‘Right Now’

‘Shoots And Ladders/One’

‘Divine’

‘Got The Life’

‘Evolution’

‘Y’All Want A Single’

‘Twisted Transistor’

‘Freak On A Leash’

‘Clown’

‘Throw Me Away’

‘Blind’

The Download Festival continues tomorrow (June 9) with Linkin Park, Marilyn Manson and Biffy Clyro among those set to play.

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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