Thirty years old and should know better? Thousands of Midlands headbangers definitely wouldn’t agree.
Metal fans are recovering today after flocking to the three-day 2010 Download festival – the 30thanniversary of rock at Donington Park.
Friday’s opening headliners AC/DC set the scene in front of 90,000 people
The veteran superstars, who have, when it was called Monsters of Rock, headlined the festival three times, even brought along their own stage, set up next to the main stage, to give fans the full AC/DC experience.
We’d seen it before when the band brought their Black Ice tour to Birmingham NEC just over a year ago but with a festival atmosphere, among thousands of like-minded fans, the show felt remarkably fresh. And with Angus now heading into his fifth decade of dressing like a schoolboy on stage AC/DC are not exactly known for their unpredictability.
Fans had earlier joined in a minute’s applause to pay tribute to festival founder Maurice Jones and musicians Ronnie James Dio and Stuart Cable, who recently died.
Veteran rockers Megadeth took the stage on a hot Saturday afternoon. Their third time at Donington, they seemed to enjoy playing to the enthusiatic crowd.
American rockers Deftones were up against it as they were playing the same time as the England and USA. Frontman Chino Moreno did his utmost to get the fans into a frenzy.
Rage Against The Machine were headlining Saturday night. They thanked everyone for sticking it to Simon Cowell and made sure the crowd didn’t go too wild as they performed Bombtrack, Township Rebellion and Bullet in the Head amongst others.
Aerosmith are probably America’s biggest, most successful and perhaps most preposterous rock band and they stormed Download on the Sunday night.
The dude looks like a lady, an old lady, but Steven Tyler managed to stay on his feet this time to scream and bop his way through the hits. It’s hard to resist their energetic and zealous stage presence.
Other bands on the Sunday were the only survivors from the first ever Monsters of Rock, Saxon. The ridiculous, but brilliant, glam rockers Steel Panther were back on a bigger stage this year. Guns 'N Roses legend Slash showed his face, well his nose and mouth under his trademark top hat. And, at 64, Lemmy and his band Motorhead showed the youngsters how to rock hard properly.