My Saturday at Download began over at the main stage where I caught the retro new wave of classic rock act Those Damn Crows, a band who have amassed a significant following in Wales thanks to appearances at the likes of Steelhouse Festival and other rock-oriented affairs. Possibly one of the smallest acts to perform on the main stage this year, the band spared no expense offering a fantastic wake-up call with some unremarkable if solid hard rock tunes. The day’s proceedings then continued firmly in the rocky territory with a southern, slightly heavier twang with Black Label Society, in their first festival appearance on UK soil since 2015, and with less of Zakk Wylde’s expectedly lengthy and tiresome soloing. Don’t get me wrong, Zakk was still doing his usual thing, but with a much-needed addition of percussion, making the moments of instrumental wankery much more palatable than usual.
After a prolonged absence from the British metal scene courtesy of the COVID-19 pandemic (save for a scaled-back pilot event in 2021), Leicestershire’s iconic summer rock, punk, and metal weekender, Download Festival returned to Castle Donnington in a maximalist blaze of glory, packing in a full-scale 5-day experience with some familiar favorites, hotly tipped up-and-comers and some of the best international acts that rock and metal scene has to offer.
With a wave of excitement you could feel in the brisk winter air, fans filed into the Reno Events Center for the first date of the Ghost and Volbeat co-headline tour kickoff show. Ghost had been through town right before the pandemic began, and for a lot of fans I talked to, this was their first show back. Not only is the band a singularly interesting and creative Heavy Metal band, their faithful followers are fast becoming legends on their own for their voracious appetites for all things Ghost. And they didn’t disappoint on this night, many dressed in costumes and churchly garb, as a tribute. Over ten years in existence, the rapport between the band and flock has been inspiring to watch them bloom over time.
Volbeat has canceled its appearance at tonight’s (Friday, January 29) concert with Ghost at Ford Idaho Center Arena in Nampa, Idaho after the band’s drummer, Jon Larsen, tested positive for COVID-19. Volbeat is expected to resume its co-headlining U.S. tour omorrow night (Saturday, January 29) at Portland, Oregon’s Veterans Memorial Coliseum, with former Slayer, Testament, and Anthrax drummer Jon Dette filling in. Ghost and Twin Temple will still play tonight.
Ghost kicked off their new tour of the United States in Reno, Nevada tonight (January 25th, 2022) with Volbeat and Twin Temple. Ghost Cult was in attendance and it was an amazing good time with great music, excellent production value in a good setting at the Reno Events Center. In addition to their many hits, Ghost debuted the appearance of Papa Emeritus IV, seen in his full new costume during “Year Zero,” the live debut of the new steampunk Nameless Ghouls and Ghoulettes, and performed several brand new songs and songs performed for the first time ever including “Imperium,” “Kaisariong,” and their cover of Metallica’s classic “Enter Sandman.” They didn’t not perform their latest single – the just released “Call Me Little Sunshine” from their upcoming new album, Impera (Loma Vista Recordings). Watch fan-filmed video of Ghost’s performance.
Heavy Metal band Ghost will be perform this week on the Thursday, January 20 episode of “Jimmy Kimmel Live!”, airing at 11:35 p.m. ET on ABC. The band will kick-off a US headline tour with Volbeat and special guests Twin Templenext week The trek will kick off on January 25th in Reno, Nevada and conclude on March 3rd in Anaheim, California. The band put our theiur new “Hunster’s Moon” single in October of 2021.
Ghost has announced a co-headline arena tour with Volbeat next year. The 2022 tour takes place across North America. Twin Temple will provide direct support. The presale goes live tomorrow, Tuesday September 21st, 2021 local time, with VIP deals also available. The public on-sale will be Friday September 24th.
Download Festival 2021 is postponed to summer 2022, but the fest has wasted little time stacking the bill. Already headlined by Iron Maiden, KISS, and Biffy Clyro, seventy new bands have been added including Deftones, Korn, Megadeth, Steel Panther, The Ghost Inside, Funeral For A Friend, Descendents, Electric Wizard, and Sepultura. Watch a video teaser with the updated poster and buy your tickets now!
Download Festival will return for 2021, featuring headliners KISS, Biffy Clyro, and System Of A Down and many more bands including A Day To Remember, Mastodon, Control The Storm, Gender Roles, Jamie Lenman, Myles Kennedy & Company, Deftones, Korn, The Distillers, Steel Panther, Frank Carter & The Rattlesnakes, The Darkness, Black Veil Brides, Creeper, Alestorm and The Pretty Reckless. Seventy-three bands in all have been announced! Tickets go on sale on August 7th at 9 AM GMT. More bands have yet to be announced. The three-day festival takes place on 4-6 June 2021 at the spiritual home of rock in Donington Park, Leicestershire. Tickets will go on sale at this link here. Continue reading
Download Festival, the UK’s premier rock event, will air Download TV this weekend only via Download Festival’s official social channels, and YouTube across 12-14 June 2020. Tune in or miss out. Joining headliners KISS, Iron Maiden, and System Of A Down, as well as acts such as Korn, Deftones, Babymetal, Alter Bridge, The Darkness, Volbeat, Creeper, and more, are the incredible Biffy Clyro who headlined in 2017 alongside System Of A Down. Fans can subscribe to Download TV on YouTube here now, to see them and a long list of exclusive content in the evening. This can only be watched at the time of broadcast! The weekend will be split into day and evening, where the day will be everything that celebrates the spirit of Download Festival, and the evening brings hours of tailormade programming where Downloaders can tune in and rock out. The day will have host Sophie K guiding us through the packed out programme, whilst the evening will have Download favourite Kylie Olsson.Continue reading