Black Sabbath, Download Festival – Day 2
Black Sabbath, Download – Day 2.
Dan made breakfast for Emma and I and then Dan’s contact came through with two weekend passes for Download Festival that we could have for a £60 donation. I sure wish that had happened yesterday before I blew £190 on my pass. Then once Dan and I made it to the festival a girl was standing beside the box office to give away an extra weekend pass she had for free….
And, today is that Saturday.
Black Sabbath, Download!
Donnington Park is right next to the airport, and as you arrive there are planes taking off and flying above your head. Dan says, “This must be the most metal festival in the world!” I bet this is the biggest big-name metal festival on the planet…
We arrived just in time for the start of Megadeth’s set. I kind of want to meet Dave Mustaine because I want to see how much of a dick he really is. I have never heard a kind word about the man and every time he says anything, I immediately think he is an idiot judging him by his words.
Megadeth ended up playing a great show, but I had a hard time getting into them because it is so easy to be critical of Mustaine because of what I think of him. The man changes guitars for every single song. It looked like he was wearing lipstick. And in typical Mustanine fashion, he introduced a song with, “I wrote this one about the ex-wife of an ex-friend. When she smells like spunk and it’s not yours, that should be a cue… This song is called ‘She Wolf.’” Meet fifty-four year old Dave Mustaine…
Megadeth brought out Nikki Sixx of Mötley Crüe to guest on a cover of the song ‘Anarchy in the UK’. When Sixx was standing next to Mustaine, it was almost like we were watching a ‘biggest-douche-bag-in-rock’ competition. If only Gene Simmons would have appeared from behind the curtains, El Power Trio de Douche would have been complete… Either Nikki or Gene would have had to play the drums, but I am sure that could not have left them any less credible…
Deftones took the stage next. I would like to give Deftones an award for ‘Fattest Act at Download.’ They brought a great energy that I was not expecting for a few songs, but then they flat-lined once their metabolism bottomed out, and the show got really boring. Those guys have wintered well…all four of them.
Then I heard a conversation in the crowd where a one guy said to another, “His foreskin is twice as big as yours.” It was easily the most random thing I have heard in some time….
BLACK SABBATH! I have been waiting for this day for five years. It is the most important Saturday of my 2016 so far… This is the day that I have been planning my entire summer around!
Ozzy Osbourne, Geezer Butler, Tony Iommi!
Black Sabbath, Download…
The songs have changed a little. The song ‘Black Sabbath’ was slowed down a lot, as was ‘Into the Void’, and Ozzy was off key through ‘After Forever’ as well as ‘Into the Void’. But, then Ozzy found himself. And it was Sabbath! The band itself is super tight, just with Ozzy drifting off a little here and there, but the show was fantastic.
It poured rain down on us, but I could have cared less.
I was seeing Sabbath!
In the background of the stage, a screen showed footage from the 1970’s. It sure makes me wish I could have seen the band in about 1973 when they were really peaking!
Ozzy found his vocal form a few songs into the show it was just so great to see him on stage. Ozzy is a little bit like a senile old man, and he kept on yelling in slur, “I want to see those fucking hands in the air,” during every pause in his words. He must have yelled that 50 times through the show. He is a little annoying, but he is still Ozzy Osbourne and it is hard to not love the man. When he would talk to the crowd, I would only really understand about ¾ of his words, but that is what I knew I was coming to see. I am happy to take Ozzy in any form, just to see the show with him. He even told us, “I love you,” a few times. Dan and I were in that ‘You’ crowd. Dan said, “He loves ‘us’!”
They played ‘Fairies Wear Boots’, my favorite Sabbath song. And later, ‘Children of the Grave’ rocked so hard that I got lost in it. It was fantastic.
The show finished in encore with ‘Paranoid’ and flames.
Black Sabbath, Download! It happened!
It really happened and I finally got to experience that in my life… Sabbath! Finally.
We made our way out of the mud and the slop with the crowd towards a bus that would take us back to Nottingham. The bus broke down on the way and we were transferred to another. Our friend Shanks went home, Dan and I got food, a beer in a dodgy pub, and made out way back to his house to go to bed.
We were cold, wet and tired…
Sabbath happened today!
Black Sabbath, Download, Set-list:
1- Black Sabbath
2- Fairies Wear Boots
3- After Forever
4- Into the Void
6- War Pigs
7- Behind the Wall of Sleep
9- Hand of Doom
10- Rat Salad
11- Iron Man
12- Dirty Women
13- Children of the Grave