Download 2012 – Saturday – 09/06/2012 – Review

Rain, Mud and Rock n Roll – Part Two

The rain continued through Friday night and continued on and off throughout the Saturday but it was nothing that a burrito, a poncho, wellies and welly socks couldn’t fight.

I went into the arena early afternoon on the Saturday afternoon since we had Guest Area passes with good food, running water and clean toilets but I did not see any bands until The Treatment at half four.  Usually I would walk about and check out various bands but the mud made this near on impossible.  No amount of alcohol was going to give me the gusto to trudge through the mud more than I already needed to.

The Treatment


Luckily The Treatment were playing The Pepsi Max stage which was next to the guest area.  I fell in love with this band after seeing them support Steel Panther who they were stupidly clashing with at Download but I caught most of the set before I continued my muddy mission to see the mighty panther.  As I expected the band were excellent and brought the same energy they did the last time I saw them.  Like I said in my last review of this band they are set to blow up this year after the Motley Crue and Kiss tour and it will not surprise me if next time they play Download they are on the second stage. Well, I hope they are.

Steel Panther


As you figured from above Steel Panther are another one of my favourite bands and one that I have seen a couple of times before and like before they were shocking and talented as ever and of course they were a sea of tits before them.  They played new hits like Just Like Tiger Woods and the old crowd pleaser’s like Community property but the best bit of the performance in my opinion was when they got Corey Taylor on stage to sing his part in Death To All But Metal.  Possibly a once in a lifetime thing and it was simply magic.  I was disappointed at having to miss Corey later on the in the day due to a clash with Biffy Clyro so it was great to see him for that short period of time.  One of the worst things about festivals is having two band’s you love clash and having to make the choice between the two.  Some years it is possible to run between the two stages and see a bit of both but with the mud slowing everything down this year it just was not plausible.

Tenacious D


The only band on the Saturday that I had never seen before and there’s a good chance I never will again since they are not a band that tour very often to the UK.  Seeing Jack Black the actor was awesome enough without mentioning the music.  I still have my ticket stub from School of Rock because the film had such an impact on me.  I sold my soul to rock n roll that day.  The crowd seemed a bit disinterested during the songs from the new album Rise of the Fenix but I was glad to hear them play new songs like Low Hanging Fruit and Roadie.  However we were all there and waiting for the classics of Fuck Her Gently and of course Tribute.  Definitely a song to hear live at least once in your lifetime. Another thing that made the performance so enjoyable was Jack Black’s smile – he looked so damn happy to be there.  I might have been missing Howard Jones’ (ex Killswitch Engage singers) smile but Jack Black’s made up for it.

(photo: Efestival.co.uk)
(photo: Efestival.co.uk)

Biffy Clyro 


Being Scottish it was almost mandatory to go see Biffy Clyro who hail from Kilmarnock – ‘Mon the Biffy’. As expected they were on top form but what was unusual was Simon Neil keeping his shirt on through the whole performance – maybe he was feeling the cold? I was fearful that the set would be exactly the same as the last time but they had a treat of new tracks up their sleeves – well Simon did – from their upcoming two disk album The Land at The End of Our Toes and The Sand at The Core of Our Bones.

New Tracks
1. The Joke’s On Me.
2.Victory Over The Sun
3.Modern Magic Formula

 Being honest I cannot remember much about the new tracks except that they were good. As anyone who has seen Biffy live knows the music sounds a little harsher live than it does finely tuned in the studio and it is not a bad thing it just makes taking note on unreleased tracks a little harder.

All the classic songs including Glitter and Trauma (a favourite song of mine live) and Mountains were as epic as always.  For anyone whose first time time it was seeing Biffy they got an ace performance out the boys.




Metallica

Having seen Metallica once before and not being a massive fan I can honestly say I was not too fussed about seeing them again but I was with people who were fans so I stuck around to hear The Black Album in its entirety.  Although I am not a big fan of the band it is hard to say that they were not good live for they are.  It is just that they bore me a little, after a while the songs all sound the same to me.  There are songs I enjoy like Master of Puppets and Enter Sandman but unless its a song that has been a commercial success for the band I am pretty clueless.  Metallica fans lapped it up with talks of the Metallica family and  the fireworks but for me it was mundane.




To Be Continued:  Download 2012 – Sunday – 10/06/2012 – God Likes Rock n Roll After all featuring Heavens Basement, Sebastian Bach, Lamb of God, Megadeth and Black Sabbath. 

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Download Festival – 2012 – Friday – 8/06/2012


Each June myself and thousands of other rockers make our annual pilgrimage to Download Festival to worship the Gods of rock n roll – come rain or shine.  This year was the will be remembered as the year of the Download Downpour and the ten year anniversary of the festival.

From the minute we stepped off the bus at 1pm after travelling on a bus since 5.30am from Glasgow it started to rain despite our optimism during out journey into Donnington Park – the sun was shining.

We kept upbeat and made out trek into the park.  I call it a trek as the walk into Donnigton and then the process of getting camped is my least favourite part of the weekend.  It has never been easy – especially if you are a girl that does not pack light.  This year was worse than normal even though we got there on the Wednesday – which made me think it would be easier getting camped up. It took us about two and a half hours to get camped.  I stood for 45 minutes waiting for the stewards to open Brown Camp – which they did not open in the end.  During this time the rain started again – resulting in wrecked converse, soaked jumper, hair and furry jacket.  There goes any chance of looking stylish the rest of the weekend.  We eventually all got camped together and the rain died down for a little while – obviously it started back up and made everything beautifully muddy for the rest of the weekend but I’ll leave the mud stories for the next post.

True story, bro.

The first two days were honestly horrible everything was damp, a friends tent broke and I got myself lost which near resulted in a panic attack but you’ll be glad to know the rest of the weekend was better than the first two days. 

Friday – 8/06/2012

The weather was so bad that the opening time for the arena was delayed which meant some of the first bands did not get to play their set.  Bands such as Cancer Bats.  I felt really bad for those bands and I hope they are compensated somehow next year.  

The first act I seen was Billy Talent and singer Benjamin Kowalewicz was lovely enough to allow fellow Canadians Cancer Bats to come on stage and play one song. For me this symbolised exactly what Download Festival is about for a lot of people – love.  Love thy fellow rocker.  

After seeing Talent at Download 2009 I was excited to see them again as he gave a great performance back then.  Yet again they did not disappoint and played their new track Viking Death March.  It was great to hear new material from them and they were a great act to open Download 2012 for me.

 Finnish symphonic metal band Nightwish were up next.  Nightwish are a band I loved dearly when I was sixteen but fell off the radar a little for me but after seeing them live they are back on my most recent playlist. 
Great band live – in both sound quality and stage persona.  There were a good mix of tracks from when Annette Olzon,the current singer, wasn’t in the band to their most recent tracks.   Definitely a band I will go and see when they tour – lots of smoke and pyro and the classical and folk music element to their music is utterly beautiful live.  
Music that will temporarily carry you off to another world. 

Closing the first night of Download was the man who epitomises rock n roll – Slash. If Billy Joel is Piano Man then Slash is Guitar Man and that is why I opted to see him over The Prodigy.  Well that and the fact that the beautiful Myles Kennedy was performing with Slash.

This was my second time seeing the combo of Slash and Myles Kennedy and I now think this gives me the authority to say that Myles Kennedy can do what Axl Rose does just as well if not better, with an air of professionalism and on time I might add.

The set-list was perfect – a great mix of tracks from the self-titled Slash album, the new album Apocalyptic Love album, classic Gun and Roses and finishing with Velvet Revolver.

Slash and Kennedy are both Grade A performers and I can’t imagine them ever letting a crowd down and the atmosphere is always electric.

The first couple of days of Download 2012 might have been miserable but I would not have missed singing along to Sweet Child of Mine out of tune with thousands of other people for the all the rain in the world.

Part 2 – Saturday – 9/06/2012 – The Treatment, Biffy Clyro, Steel Panther, Metallica, Heavens Basement Coming Soon.