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Iron Maiden Headlining Download Festival

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Following the official announcement this evening on BBC Radio 1's Zane Lowe show, IRON MAIDEN has confirmed it will be once again headlining this year's Download festival on Sunday, June 10, making this a record-breaking fourth headline appearance at the world-famous Donington Park.

The first time MAIDEN ever played at Donington was when they topped the bill in 1988, with KISS and GUNS N' ROSES among the supports, playing to over 100,000 people — the biggest Donington crowd by far and still the biggest metal show ever in the U.K. — returning again in 1992 and 2003.

Commented MAIDEN singer Bruce Dickinson: "Our fans know that Donington is a special place for MAIDEN and we are all looking forward to getting back there for a fourth time. The 'A Matter of Life and Death U.K. Tour' last December was very special for us and we very much appreciated the fans giving us such great support in us playing the whole album which, let's face it, was not necessarily the easiest thing to do for us or them! It was definitely the right challenge for us at that time but outdoors in the summer is different and as a 'thank-you' to our fans we will be including quite a few more 'classic' favorites balanced with some of the tracks from the new album. We will naturally bring Eddie and his toys along, so all in all it should be a great day for everybody!!"

Headline acts for the other two days are MY CHEMICAL ROMANCE on Friday, June 8 and LINKIN PARK on Saturday, June 9.

Source: Metal Hammer

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metal2death's avatar

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1. metal2death writes:

wow that f***in blows to know that one kick a$$ band such as maiden has to be on first stage with mcr and f***in linkin park. thats f***in gay dude.

# Jan 31, 2007 @ 6:38 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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2. Diamond Oz writes:

Yeah I was gonna go until I saw MCR and LP were also headlining. f*** it now

# Jan 31, 2007 @ 6:42 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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3. jnsguts writes:

hw in the HELL can you put linkin puke and mcr in the same region with iron maiden, much less the same stage? it's an insult to metal, and an even bigger insult to legends like maiden. what dumb f*** promoter came up with this brain fart? if i was bruce i'd walk on stage and sh** right in the middle of lp"s set....HIMMM!!!!

# Jan 31, 2007 @ 7:51 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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4. deathbringer writes:

They're on different days at least. Can't you buy a single day pass to that thing? Not like I'd know since I'm here in the US...

# Jan 31, 2007 @ 10:00 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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5. Diamond Oz writes:

Yeah you can but really, you wanna go for the whole three days so you can wasted FUBAR (f***ed Up Beyond All Recognition) and see a sh** load of bands and meet new people and sh**. I was lucky to go in 2005 as I reckon that was the best line up they've had so far. After announcing these headliners, they gotta give me something REAL special for me to go like a Sepultura reunion and Down doing a set while a monkey in a fez rides on a unicycle if they want me buying a ticket

# Feb 1, 2007 @ 4:14 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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6. Jackrum writes:

Not even the monkey on a unicycle would get me buying a weekend ticket for such a poorly headlined weekend.. Maiden yes.. the rest firebomb.

Download 2004, i am walking past the main stage to see pennywise in the snikers tent. Lp have just come on stage, and in the middle of a field in the midlands they shout out the immortal words "HELLO LONDON"...spacktards...

# Feb 1, 2007 @ 4:24 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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7. Diamond Oz writes:

Hahaha what a bunch of tossers!

# Feb 1, 2007 @ 5:11 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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8. QuimLEAK writes:

Was great last year. Tool, Metallica and GnR Headlined. Now it's all Emo... Just avoid our UK festivals (except maybe Bloodstock), and hit the Mainland europe ones instead. Wacken, Hellfest etc..

# Feb 1, 2007 @ 8:15 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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9. Diamond Oz writes:

Yeah I'm looking at Wacken this year... Saxon and Napalm Death... should be good!

# Feb 1, 2007 @ 11:18 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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10. holyshit writes:

i thought linkin park was dead. nobody listens to that sh*t. who ever picks the line up for this festival is f uckin stupid

# Feb 1, 2007 @ 1:24 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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11. madmcbrain writes:

dear o dear.. mCR.. and linkin park with maiden.. theyre not worthy ugh

# Feb 2, 2007 @ 12:18 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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12. ArchEnemy84 writes:

Nope, Linkin Park is not dead. UNFORTUNATELY. Wow. I can't believe it. Iron Maiden is headlining with two p***y-ass bands as support. My god. This is worse than having Trivium support Maiden. What the f*** is wrong with people who decide the supporting acts? Hmm...Let's showcase Linkin Park. Yes, a band that is hardly NOT metal and are f***ing horrible. Refunds anyone?

# Feb 2, 2007 @ 12:40 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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13. Jackrum writes:

Last year the line up was poor, this year, with the exception of Maiden theres no point going..
the organisers should expect a repeat of last years riots.

# Feb 2, 2007 @ 5:18 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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14. Diamond Oz writes:

I reckon Download 2008 won't happen due to the amount of riots that are gonna happen there this year. Things are gonna get ugly in that field.

# Feb 2, 2007 @ 7:06 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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15. Iron Maiden lover writes:

Maiden Great!!!!Yeah!!!! Mcr and Lp Oh nooooo!!!!Damn...I think that the metalheads will only enjoy the last day of the festival with Maiden..I don't know what happened but if this goes on we should be seeing a lineup like TenaciousD,Falloutboy and Panic at the disco soon : )

# Feb 6, 2007 @ 1:57 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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16. SYNful_Wrath writes:

you guys are all stupid, ripping on LP like that, Just cuz some of u think LP and MCR suck doesnt mean everybody does, as a matter of fact, its good to see kisk a$$ new music (Linkin Park) performing on the same stage as Legends like Iron maiden, someday New bands will support Linkin Park when they are headlining

# Feb 6, 2007 @ 2:01 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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17. killerbitch writes:

im'e not really bothered who the supporting acts are just as long as i see iron maiden in concert for the first time

# Feb 7, 2007 @ 6:00 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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18. Diamond Oz writes:

That's exactly what's happening d***head. We're just saying that LP are not worthy of headlining Donington and MCR sure as sh** aren't!

# Feb 7, 2007 @ 6:21 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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19. Edheadmaggot writes:

MCR and Lp suck a**, but iron maiden is the best f***** band in the whole world. MCR and LP would just make complete retards of themselves by headling with maiden

# Feb 9, 2007 @ 11:15 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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20. Hukoseft writes:

At least you guys get Iron Maiden concerts at all, they never come down here

# Feb 10, 2007 @ 5:53 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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21. 6-Wretched-6-Soul-6 writes:

yea BLOODSTOCK!!!!!

# Feb 12, 2007 @ 12:08 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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22. Jackrum writes:

Bloodstock is looking sweet with Testament playing..

Flights for wacken booked, and its looking like i may actually be able to afford wacken and the maiden day ticket..
Sod the rest of the line ups Maiden is the only band worth seeing

# Feb 12, 2007 @ 3:28 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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23. Diamond Oz writes:

Testament are playing Bloodstock?! God damn I reckon I'll have to get down to that!

# Feb 12, 2007 @ 4:08 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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24. metalliwasp writes:

what are you guys all complainig about? they have only announced 3 bands, if the whole thing was filled with emo crap then i could understand but its not, you got maiden for the more serious metallers and you have linkin park and mcr to draw in the kiddies who spend all the money and allow download to book proper bands such as metallica, trivium, killswitch engage, avenge 7fold, machine head, sepultura etc, so stop complaining and just try and find the good reasons to go, which, believe me, will be plentiful!!

# Feb 13, 2007 @ 2:33 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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25. Diamond Oz writes:

Trust me mate, if it's anything like last year and to a lesser extent the year before, it will be full of sh**. I'm lookin at goin 2 Graspop tho so ill be allrite

# Feb 13, 2007 @ 3:16 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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26. Jackrum writes:

My mates did graspop last year and really loved it, metal and beer... propper metal and propper beer i should say.

# Feb 13, 2007 @ 3:18 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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27. me writes:

linkin park rocks!!!!! even more than madien, even tho they are good.... obviously

# Feb 18, 2007 @ 7:41 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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28. guth Mceh writes:

JESUS CHRIST save us from the headliners. F**K mcr and linkin park headlining at freakin donnington (IRON MAIDEN, thank god or perhaps satan), face it the organisers are pandering to a bunch of emo lovin little kids, man its gonna suck the first two days i'd love to see slayer but putting then BELOW mcr in the bill is sick. any metal fans would bottle mcr off stage. well I'm off to wacken this year maybe try to catch maiden last day. And mettalliwasp how come we had tool, metallica and GNR's last year and yet they still were able to afford to book em with out putting gay metal into the headliners your kiddies statement is retarded. it will be a school emo disco for the first two days besides the obvious exceptions, anyway f**kin p***ed off at download promotors bunch of non metal scum. METAL out

# Feb 19, 2007 @ 12:53 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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29. Diamond Oz writes:

Couldn't agree more ^ And yeah Jackrum I got some mates that went last year and they loved it (Graspop now) but one of them said that Whitesnake were extremely boring and that they would have been worse if he was sober :P

# Feb 19, 2007 @ 5:53 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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30. B-rad writes:

Come on, Linkin Park aren't that bad, they're definetly better than MCR. If they got rid of that rapper they'd be decent.

# Feb 19, 2007 @ 9:31 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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31. ? writes:

how the hell do they expect their new cd not to be nu-metal if they have an mc in the band?

# Feb 21, 2007 @ 12:00 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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32. SYNful_Wrath writes:

Hey, If LP is gonna be there...Its gotta be good, they are the highest selling band this century so far, and If you've heard QWERTY, then you should know by now that they arent nu metal, but just plain metal...er...metalish, but they still kick so much @$$, even with Mike in the band. and all you losers who post nothing but crap about LP(best band ever, by the way) probably have nothing better to do than masturbate, ya f***ing jack offs!

# Feb 26, 2007 @ 1:53 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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33. Diamond Oz writes:

At least we ain't masturbating over Linkin Park!

# Feb 26, 2007 @ 2:35 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address

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