Look who’s headlining this year at the Download Festival at Donnington Park.
Is it 1992 all over again? I see from the latest Download Festival mailing that Metallica and Guns N’ Roses have both been confirmed to headline Download — I still find it hard not to just write “Donnington”.
Metallica and G N’ R famously shared a tour in the summer of 1992. From Wikipedia:
Later in  [Guns N’ Roses] went on a mini-tour with American heavy metal band Metallica. During a show in August 1992 at Montreal’s Olympic Stadium, Metallica frontman James Hetfield suffered severe burns after stepping too close to a pyrotechnics blast. Metallica was forced to cancel their part of the show, but asked Guns N’ Roses to continue the concert.
After a long delay, Guns N’ Roses took the stage. However, the shortened time between sets didn’t allow for adequate tuning of stage monitors resulting in musicians not being able to hear themselves. Rose claimed he had problems with his voice and decided to cancel the band’s set after just four songs.
This led to yet another riot, nearly city-wide, and authorities were barely able to bring the mob under control.
Another riot?! I hope this year will be different.
It will be interesting because Guns N’ Roses have effectively been off the radar in terms of rock activity for the last half a million years (or so) . They have supposedly been recording their next album Chinese Democracy since 1997. I never was a great G N’ R fan … so why am I blogging this?!
Metallica, however … now they are REAL METAL™.