Rock bands play on as mud envelops the Donington Park site
Host of metal and hard rock acts were still out to impress on the final day of the Download Festival (June 13), despite the site being hit by heavy rainfall.
Among those braving the conditions, were Motorhead, with frontman Lemmy telling the crowd to “rock out with your cock out”.
The band’s Main Stage set drew a sparser than expected crowd thanks to the weather, but the speed-metal legends played an up-tempo show, which included their classic hit ‘Ace Of Spades’ as well as ‘Metropolis’ and ‘Iron Fist’.
Earlier in the day, The Dillinger Escape Plan played a set packed with their signature brutal jazz-metal sound on the Ronnie James Dio Stage. Jumping all over the speaker stacks, frontman Greg Puciato told the audience: “We fucking love this country; fuck all of us in the ass.”
Puciato also revealed that he was rather keen on the rain. “Now we’re ready,” he said as the skies opened. “It was too hot and too dry. That shit’s not rock and roll. Fuck the sun.”
Comedy hair metal troupe Steel Panther played on the Ronnie James Dio James later in the evening, drawing a large, eager crowd to their joke-packed show.
“We’re still gonna be here in 2011,” declared frontman Michael Starr, addressing the band’s detractors, adding, “that’s if nobody dies of an overdose before then.” Starr also revealed that this was probably the biggest crowd the band had ever played to.
Joined onstage by Scott Ian of Anthrax for ‘Asian Hooker’, the band also played ‘The Shocker’ and ‘Girl From Oklahoma’, which they prefixed by comparing Oklahoma City to Essex to laughs from the audience.
During ‘Community Property’, two girls from the crowd were pulled up onstage and were asked by the band to flash their breasts, before being made to kiss each other.
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