Municipal Waste pay tribute to late Metallica bassist at Download

Band also play Excel cover as they kick off Day Three

Municipal Waste paid tribute to late Metallica bassist Cliff Burton as they kicked off proceedings on the Tuborg Stage on day three (June 15) of the Download Festival.

The band dedicated the track ‘Black Ice’ to the former bass player who died in 1986 when Metallica’s tour bus overturned in Sweden.

Introducing the track, singer Tony Foresta asked the crowd to high five each other before he said: “This song is about an awesome dude called Cliff Burton.”


The thrash metallers also performed a cover of ‘Insecurity’ by defunct punk metal band Excel.

During the track ‘The Thrashin’ Of The Christ’, one fan was spotted in the moshpit circle on somebody’s shoulders high fiving the crowd.

Later guitarist Ryan Waste split the throng in two and made them form a huge wall of death.

“We’re doing all the work up here so we want you guys to do some work and fuck shit up,” he told the fans. “If somebody falls down make sure you pick them up.”

“Yeah and kick them in the balls,” joked Foresta.

Wrapping up their performance the thrash metallers played ‘Born To Party’ twice at the end which saw fans chanting back the words: “Municipal Waste is gonna fuck you up.”


Municipal Waste played:


‘Headbanger Face Rip’

‘Terror Shark’

‘Mental Shock’

‘Beer Pressure’

‘Black Ice’

‘The Thrashin’ Of The Christ’

‘Thrashing’s My Business… And Business Is Good’

‘Sadistic Magician’


‘Unleash The Bastards’

‘Open Your Mind’

‘Mind Eraser’

‘Born To Party’

Speaking after the gig, Waste told NME.COM: “That wall of death looked amazing from where I was standing and that dude who was high fiving earlier was cool. We just thought let’s get some interaction going, it was noon and we were drinking already.”

“Some people get grumpy from the night before so we thought it was the perfect way to get the party started,” Foresta added.

Of the Excel cover he also said: “It’s fun to play something like that cover because we want some fun too and a lot of people probably don’t know about them. We don’t want to play the same shit every night.”

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