• Axl Rosenberg

download08001_160x120.jpgTwo years ago, when we heard that Tool, Metallica, and Axl Rose would all be headlining the annual Download Festival (aka Donnington), we bought our plane tickets and hauled ass as fast as we could. Last year, when we heard that the headliners were Iron Maiden with – ugh – Linkin Park and My Chemical Romance we decided to pass. Later, of course, we felt like schmucks; there are three or four stages at Download, all of which are staggered, so if you don’t like the headliner, there’s always someone else to watch (For example, we could have skipped Linkin Park and watched Motley Crue. Hey, it’s something.)

So hopefully the fact that The Offspring and Lostprophets – two bands we literally could not care any less about – have been announced as the first two headliners for the fest won’t deter us from going this year – after all, Judas Priest and HIM will also be there. I mean, I don’t know what kind of a world we live in where Lostprophets are headliners of a festival attended by 70,000+ people and Judas Priest aren’t – in fucking England, no less – but, hey, what can you do?

Anyway, it’s rumored that Kiss will be the third headliner. I feel no particular desire to see Kiss live ever again, but hopefully Opeth or whoever will be hitting the second stage right around the same time. And even if they aren’t, so many other awesome bands play this thing every year, taking a nap right around the time Gene Simmons kicks into “Calling Dr. Love” probably won’t be the least appealing thing in the world.


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