download-festivalrtvFrom 12 Jun 2009 – 14 Jun 2009 The UK’s biggest, loudest, distortion-fuelled rock and metal festival returns to Donington Park for three more days of hard and heavy axe-wielding action.  With a taste for the biggest and most influential names in the heavy rock scene, Download Festival has attracted sets from KISS, Metallica, Guns ‘N Roses, Iron Maiden and The Prodigy in recent years and fans can expect more big names this time around.  The site underwent a revamp last year and it now houses two outdoor stages and a tent as well as an extreme sports bar, five-a-side football pitch, market, merchandise stands and chill-out area Kidney Woods.  Download 2009 will offer bespoke camping over the weekend.  AGreenerFestival say this about the festival: Download won the ‘most improved’ festival in the 2007 Greener Festival Awards and organisers Live Nation built on this in 2008 with travel planning and carbon offsetting offered to the audience. A new artist briefing booklet that explained the festival’s environmental work was given to performers who were encouraged to improve their own carbon footprint with handy hints and tips. The deposit system for recycling introduced in 2007 was continued and audience recycling in the campsite was encouraged and further promoted.

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Friday, June 12, 2009 
2nd Stage
Motley Crue, Opeth,  Lacuna Coil, Dir En Grey, Parkway Drive

Main Stage – Download
Faith No More, Korn, Limp Bizkit, Killswitch Engage, Billy Talent,  Staind,  The Blackout,

 Tuborg Stage
Meshuggah,  Duff McKagen’s Loaded,  Backyard Babies, Middle Class Rut, Sleepercurve,

Saturday, June 13, 2009
2nd Stage
The Prodigy, Chris Cornell,  You Me At Six, The Answer,  Static-X,  Fightstar,  In Case Of Fire, Superstar

Main Stage – Download
Slipknot,  Marilyn Manson,  Pendulum,  Dragonforce, Down,  Devildriver,  Five Finger Death Punch

Tuborg Stage
Anvil,  Architects,  Lawnmower Deth, Poison

Red Bull Bedroom Jam Stage
None The Less

Sunday, June 14, 2009
2nd Stage

Trivium,  Papa Roach, Buckcherry, Clutch, Shinedown, Karma To Burn, Sevendust

Main Stage – Download
Def Leppard,  Whitesnake,  ZZ Top, Dream Theater, Journey, Black Stone Cherry

Tuborg Stage
Go Audio,  Therapy, Pulled Apart By Horses

 Red Bull Bedroom Jam Stage
Twin Atlantic

Anthrax confirmed as HMS Hammer second stage headliners

anthraxThrash metal icons and international rock gods Anthrax have been confirmed as the headline band for this year’s HMS Hammer second stage, part of the Metal Hammer Golden Gods award show.  Now in its second year, the Golden God¹s second stage invites 500 lucky metal heads on board HMS Hammer, which sails up and down the river Thames for three hours docking at Indigo2 and depositing the bands and fans on board in time for the start of the award show. In honour of the legends that will be headlining this year¹s second stage, Metal Hammer magazine will be rebranding the boat HMS Anthrax. Anthrax¹s gig aboard HMS Anthrax will be the band¹s first outside of the US with new singer Dan Nelson, who joined the band in 2007 but has yet to tour the UK and Europe.  The Metal Hammer Golden Gods 2009 take place on Monday 15th June at Indigo2, part of London¹s prestigious O2 complex. Also confirmed to perform aboard HMS Anthrax are cult Maryland rockers Clutch, Reading metal crew Malefice and deathcore upstarts Trigger The Bloodshed.

Chris Cornell to make DOWNLOAD FESTIVAL debut

chris-cornellSince festival organisers announced that rock legends FAITH NO MORE were reuniting after 11 long years to headline THE DOWNLOAD FESTIVAL AT DONINGTON PARK, rock fans across the UK have been digging out their copies of ‘The Real Thing’ and ‘Angel Dust’ and getting excited for what is truly the musical coup of the year. It has now been confirmed that their Download performance will be their first live performance since reuniting, before heading out across Europe, making this headlining appearance even more exclusive!

In other news, 12 more acts have been added to the ever-growing bill, which is headlined by Faith No More, Slipknot and Def Leppard. Fresh off the back of his new album ‘Scream’, US rocker CHRIS CORNELL will make his solo Download debut, although played with ex-band Audioslave in 2003. Returning for the second time will be Southern groove metallers DOWN, in what is to be their first UK show this year, following some incredible shows in 2008.

US nu-metallers PAPA ROACH have also been added, coming back for their second Download Festival. SKIN are reforming especially to play Download, back together after a 12-year hiatus, marking their second performance at Donington since playing Monsters of Rock in 1994. Classic rockers JOURNEY, voted ’5th best American rock band in history’ by USA Today will make their Download debut, joined by fellow Californians TESLA.

Also added to the bill are Italian goth-rockers LACUNA COIL, Kentucky blues-men BLACK STONE CHERRY, live favourites CLUTCH plus ARCHITECTS, KARMA TO BURN and PARKWAY DRIVE

More about Chris Cornell
Chris Cornell was born Christopher John Boyle in Seattle, Washington on July 20th 1964. Chris is the second youngest of Karen and Ed Boyle’s 6 children. His father was a pharmacist and his mother worked as an accountant. His parents divorced when Chris was in his early teens. After his parents marriage ended, Chris and his siblings changed their surnames from Boyle to his mother’s maiden name, Cornell. Chris rebelled against his Irish Catholic upbringing and was on the verge of being expelled from the parochial school he attended when his mother pulled him out. As an adolescent, he experimented with drugs and stealing. Among the things he stole were a collection of Beatles records from his neighbour’s basement which sparked an interest in songwriting. Though his parents had given him piano lessons from early on, Chris said his mother saved his life when she bought him a snare drum. A week later he bought himself an entire drum kit and thus began his forage into rock n roll.

Cornell dropped out of school at the age of 15 for two reasons: one was because he had problems with authority, the other was that he wanted to work to help his mother support the family. He waited tables and later on became a cook. He honed his skills as a songwriter and musician by playing in bands on the side. He experienced his first bouts of depression during his teens. His condition became so severe he didn’t leave his home for almost a year. Fortunately, he was able to check his use of recreational drugs. He later earned his GED.

He formed Soundgaren with Hiro Yamamoto, Kim Thayil and Matt Cameron in the mid-eighties. Yamamoto left the band was replaced by Ben Shepherd. Soundgarden were the first of the Seattle grunge bands to get signed by a major label during the late 80s and would eventually go on to become on of the most successful bands of the 1990s. He also enjoyed success with several side projects, among them Temple Of The Dog with Eddie Vedder. He married his long-time girlfriend, Alice In Chains manager Susan Silver. Silver, at the request of Cornell’s band, had also taken on the management duties of Soundgarden. After achieving multi-platinum status and earning 2 Grammy awards, Soundgarden amicably disbanded in 1997.

Cornell decided to go it alone and released ‘Euphoria Morning’, a solo album that showed his amazing versatility as a vocalist and songwriter. His songs shocked his grunge fanbase by boldly exploring folk, R&B and melding a variety of genres. ‘Euphoria Morning’ earned Cornell a Grammy nomination in the catagory of Best Male Rock Performance. However Cornell was dissatisfied with the commercial performance of his solo album and severely disillusioned by the deaths of several close friends. Plagued for many years by social phobias and alcohol abuse, it all came to head and he plunged into a deep depression. Once again he began to use drugs.

In June of 2000. Chris and Susan welcomed their first child, a daughter, Lillian Jean. In a turn of fortune, this was also the year producer Rick Rubin suggested Cornell jam with the remaining members of Zach de la Rocha’s abandoned band, Rage Against The Machine. The collaboration was so successful, Cornell along with guitar virtuoso Tom Morello, innovative bassist Tim Commerford and powerhouse drummer Brad Wilk formed Audioslave.

Cornell also checked himself into rehab and rebuilt his life. Now drug and alcohol free, he is fronting the first supergroup of the new millenium. Audioslave dominate the rock charts and have rapidly achieved platinum status despite the soft market for rock music. They’ve built a reputation as a live act that is second to none. Already halfway through recording their second album, the band are set to head back in to the studio after they wrap up the summer 2003 Lollapalooza tour.

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