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11-13 June 2010
Sunday 13 June
made it back to my tent at 4.30am after the shenanigans of the previous
evening which didn't leave me much time to sleep. It's freezing in
the middle of the night and once the sun comes out in the morning,your
tent turns into a sweatbox and you have no choice but to get up and face
the day ahead.
rough there was only one piece of medicine that put me back into good
shape and that was the good 'ole hair of the dog.
limbs ,it was time for a marathon walk part XI to see White Wizzard
to see if they could work any magic on waking me up.
have put themselves in the firing line with a new line up since the
release of 'Over The Top'. Today was the debut performance
featuring new boys Welsh guitarist Lewis Stephens and singer Michael
Gremio. It soon became apparent that the new boys are in the band
for thier technical abilities. Gremio has a voice that reminded me of
Tim 'Ripper' Owens who could reach the high notes with aplomb. The
magic worked on me.
having pulled out of the festival at the last minute, it was down to
Brit AORsters FM to fill in their dead man's shoes, who were
playing their biggest gig since the Reading Festival back in 1987.
lightweight rock of FM was perfect for this midday slot who were getting
polite applause from the crowd, many of whom unaware of who they were,
as they wern't introduced. I was asked twice on who they were, but
that can only be a good thing if people can take an interest to find
out. New song 'Wildside' and favourites 'That Girl' and 'Bad Luck'
filled the air with some smooth arena rock.
fast becoming what is known as in football as Super Sunday with a bill
featuring some of the biggest names in rock. With so many top acts
Saxon were pushed lowly down on the bill. Saxon were here
way back at the first Monsters Of Rock back in 1980 and were performing
their classic LP 'Wheels Of Steel in it's entirety.
couple of numbers I sneaked off to the Bedroom Jam.com stage to see a
new band who have been hotly tipped for greater things. The
Virginmarys are a power trio who lie somewhere in-between Budgie and
Cream with a commercial edge which featured some bombastic drumming.
Songs such as 'Bang, Bang, Bang' did exactly what it said on the tin.
I was blown away by the Virginmarys.
hurry back to last few minutes of Saxon, I walked past the Jaigermeister
acoustic stage where, God Almighty, Ricky Warwick was doing some
wild and wonderful tunes.
their set with some other tunes including the Donington anthem 'And The
Bands Played On' and 'Denim and Leather' which raised some of the
loudest voices of the day.
know what you've got 'til it's gone and many were excited about the
return of Cinderella, who opened here back in 1987 and haven't
been on these shores since in almost twenty years.
Keifer looks like a young Steve Tyler and still has those razor sharp
vocals. The set wasn't as hard hitting as that opening slot back
in '87, playing tracks from their first three albums.
mid-section of the set being filled up with their slower numbers, it
took the rockers 'Gypsy Road' and 'Shake Me at the end to show us how
hard Cinderella really can rock.
is the epitome of coolness, who with Alter Bridge singer Myles Kennedy
helping his friend out gave a retrospective set of his career. Of
course the biggest cheers were for the Guns 'N Roses numbers with
Kennedy almost doing perfect Axl impersonations on 'Nightrain' .
Lemmy came out without his bass to sing vocals on 'Dr.Alibi'. It
was great seeing the two legends together.
It was a
nice day for a white wedding but two songs into Billy Idol's set,
the sky blackened and the heavens above opened in a heavy downpour which
could have left Billy Idol dancing with himself.
stop Idol from having some fun often running down the ramp into the
rain, taking his shirt off making himself one of us. Ending the
set with 'Rebel Yell' ,he left us wanting more, more, more and more.
As much as I
love Motorhead, I knew we were going to get the same old set list, so I
went off to find somewhere dry (i.e the backstage bar) which meant that
I missed Slash returning the favour by playing 'Just Cos You've Got The
Power' with Lemmy and the boys.
It was all
happening over at the Ronnie James Dio Stage where Steel Panther
were having some fun in the rain making the girls even more wetter than
they already were.
A cover of
the Backstreet Boys hit 'I Want It That Way' followed with Scott Ian
guesting for 'Asian Hooker'.
gave security a scare when during 'Girls In Black' Joel O'Keeffe climbed
over 100ft up the rig to the very top of the stage whilst still playing
in the pouring rain. When stage security decided they've had
enough they pulled the plugs on the PA, with the crowd chanting ''Let
them play, let them play'' (There's some great footage of this on
I never took
to the erratic behaviour of Scott Weiland whilst he was in Velvet
Revolver but today he looked sharp back in the band where he belongs,
the Stone Temple Pilots. The band gave a stylish set which
showed just why they are known as one of the top class acts of the
finally ended after three hours and the field had turned into the Battle
of the Somme and in my tatty trainers, I was getting trenchfoot.
ended Download on a high bringing some glitz and glamour to the
festival. Like AC/DC it's the singer and guitarist out front shining in
the spotlights. Tyler swinging his trademark mic-stand wrapped in
scarfs high above his head, with riffs aplenty from Joe Perry.
A great set
mixing the old with the new with a few wise choice covers thrown in
showing where their influences lie. This was the best I've ever seen
Aerosmith who played some loose rock 'n roll.
syrupy 'I Don't Wanna Miss A Thing' sounded great when drawn out live.
(Just check out the mouth watering set list below.)
the recent rumours about Tyler/Perry not getting on. There's no
substance going up Tyler's nose these days and there's no substance in
those stories. The band are high on rock 'n roll.
highly successful Download which I will remember for years to come.
Aerosmith set list : Love In An Elevator / Back In The Saddle / Mama Kin
/ Eat The Rich / Livin' On The Edge / What It Takes / Train Kept
A-Rollin' / Cryin' / Big Ten Inch Record / Stop Messin' Around / I Don't
Wanna Miss A Thing / Sweet Emotion / Baby Please Don't Go / Draw The
Line ...encores ..Dream On / Walk This Way / Toys In The Attic
Billy Idol set list : Ready Steady Go / Dancing With Myself / Love Is
Strange / Flesh For Fantasy / Scream / Eyes Without A Face / Kings And
Queens / White Wedding / LA Woman / King Rocker / Blue Highway / Rebel
Slash set list : Ghost / Back From Cali / Nightrain / Rocket Queen /
Starlight / By The Sword / Sweet Child O' Mine / Dr.Alibi / Slither /
Cinderella set list : Somebody Save Me / Push Push / Night Songs /
Coming Home / Shelter Me / Don't Know What You've ('Til It's Gone) /
Nobody's Fool / Gypsy Road / Shake Me
Review and photos by Mark Taylor
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