The Adventures of Indy Andy

Sunday, December 21, 2003

Download Metallica 

I knew they wouldn't leave us out in Britain. At the end of last night's gig at Earl's Court (full review to follow soon), James announced Metallica are going to headline the Download Festival at Donnington Park next Summer. Download is a relatively new festival that's only been running for three or four years, although it's roots go much further back.
Since the 1980's, Donnington Park was the home of the Monsters of Rock festival, a one day event that featured some of the finest heavy metal bands of the time. Metallica played the festival three times, once during their Damaged Justice tour (about half way down the bill), again right at the start of their gruelling 3 year Wherever I May Roam tour (special guests), and then they headlined at the end of the same tour. It was also the last time the festival was called Monsters of Rock. I only managed to see them play the last one, although I went to the festival twice, with Aerosmith headlining the other time.
In 1995 it was decided the festival wasn't popular enough any more, and it was cancelled despite a huge protest from fans. Over the next few years Donnington hosted at least one big rock event each summer, although these were billed as one off gigs rather than festivals. Headliners included Iron Maiden and AC/DC.
1999 saw a resurgance in the popularity of hard rock music, and the birth of a new genre - NuMetal. The time was right for the festival to make a comeback, but with new name, one that was more fitting to the times. And so the Download Festival was born, the spiritual decendant of Monsters of Rock. The crowds have grown bigger each year since, and this year the festival was extended to cover the whole weekend for the first time. It also saw a 'surprise' performance from Metallica, who were warming up for the start of their Summer Sanitarium tour. They played the headline slot, appearing after the advertised headliners Iron Maiden

Monday, December 15, 2003


Saturday, December 13, 2003

Will they or won't they? 

Just been looking on the Metallica site. They've announced a new European tour, starting in May next year, and going on through to the beginning of July. The bad news is, there is no UK date on the list. BUT, they are playing most other European countries, including France, Germany, and Ireland, and I refuse to believe they would leave us Brits out of it. Added to that is the fact that they are playing a gig every two or three days, yet at the end of June they have a 7 day gap between playing Ireland and their final date in Belgium.
Using my amazing powers of deduction, I predict they will indeed be playing this country, but either they haven't finallised a venue, or they are waiting to make an official announcement at their Earls Court gigs this coming weekend.
I'm getting excited already!

Tuesday, December 02, 2003

'Tis the season to be jolly... 

Well, here we are in December and another year's almost passed us by. But before it does, I'm looking forward to one of the most exciting months for quite a while. There is at least one major event happening each week this December.
This week I'm off to see The Darknss as they bring their 'Elf Hazard' tour into town. Regular readers may have noticed that I'm ever so slightly excited by this. I recently saw the video for their new single 'Christmas Time (Don't Let the Bells End)'. As with all their other videos it's just pure cheesy campness (especially Justin's fluffy white catsuit!). The video probably won't do much to change their novelty act image with the general public, but the song itself is pure metal magic, and a great homage to some of the best Christmas songs of the Seventies. Although the less said about those white leather lace-up trousers the better....
Next week it's Matt's birthday, and that means plenty of booze Saturday night, and then on Monday we've got tickets to see Ginger from The Wildhearts play an accoustic set at The Firestation in Bournemouth. I've seen The Wildhearts live more times than any other band (I'm into double figures now), but the last time was more than five years ago, just before they decided to temporarily split. It's going to be interesting to see what's going to happen, whether Ginger will play only the songs he wrote solo during the break, or if any of The Wildheart's classics will make it into the set. It'll also be interesting to see if his tremendous live energy carries accross in an accoustic setting.
On the 20th of this month it's the big one - Metallica playing at Earl's Court. I'm still smarting from not being able to get standing tickets, but hey, who cares when you're seeing 'The Best Live Band In The World'(tm). This is going to be an absolutely awesome gig, so good that words can't describe my level of excitement.
There's all of this, plus Christmas Day and New Year's Eve, so to say that I'm on Cloud 9 at the moment would be an extreme understatement. Bring it on!

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