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Faith No More to headline Download

By | Published on Wednesday 4 March 2009

Oh dear, if you’re running a rock and/or metal festival this year and it’s not Download, you should probably pack up and go home because you cannot top this. Download has just announced that Faith No More will headline its 2009 event, which takes place at Donington Park between 12-14 Jun. Not only will this be the newly reformed band’s first UK show since 1998, it will be their only UK show this year (and possibly even their last UK show ever).

Live Nation VP of Promotions Andy Copping told reporters: “Faith No More were the band that started the whole alternative music scene. To have them play for the first time in eleven years exclusively at Download is amazing! They had so many huge hits, I can’t wait to see the set list – ‘We Care A Lot’, ‘From Out Of Nowhere’, ‘Epic’, ‘Falling To Pieces’, ‘Midlife Crisis’, ‘A Small Victory’, ‘Digging The Grave’ and not forgetting their awesome covers of Black Sabbath’s ‘War Pigs’ and The Commodores’ ‘Easy’. They are one of my favourite bands of all time and being able to see them headline at Donington will be unbelievable. This is like the second coming of Christ!”

And as if Coping planning their entire setlist and comparing them to Jesus wasn’t enough already, Kerrang! editor Paul Brannigan added: “Faith No More were not only one of the great rock bands of the 90s, but also one of the greatest rock bands ever. A hugely entertaining thorn in the side of mainstream rock throughout their 17 year history, the band’s unique, eclectic and uncategorisable sound has been a massive influence on every forward-thinking rock band of the past 20 years and their return is a huge cause for great celebration. I couldn’t be more thrilled that they’re back”.

The band join a line-up already bulging with big names, including Slipknot, Def Leppard, Korn, Marilyn Manson, Whitesnake, Limp Bizkit, Pendulum, ZZ Top, Mötley Crüe, The Prodigy, Dream Theater, Trivium, Killswitch Engage, Billy Talent, Dragonforce, Buckcherry, Anvil, The Blackout and Devil Driver.

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