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Iron Maiden And Metallica Set To Headline Sonisphere Festival 2014!

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Rock Sound 2 December 2013 at 17.31



HUGE FESTIVAL NEWS, Y'ALL.

After weeks of rumours, Sonisphere have just revealed they are coming back to Knebworth for 2014 and they've got two incredible headliners up their sleeves to make it worthwhile.

The event is set to be co-headlined by Iron Maiden (performing their Maiden England World Tour set) and Metallica (performing a 'by request' set). These will be the only UK performances by both bands for 2014.

Commenting on the fest, Bruce Dickinson from Iron Maiden has said:

“We all grew up in England well aware of the importance of the legendary concerts at Knebworth, and scarily it all seems quite recent! Without being clichéd, it really is an honor and privilege to return to play there with the purpose of celebrating some of the finest moments in British rock history from inspirational bands like Pink Floyd, The Who, Zeppelin, The Stones and Genesis.

This will be the last concert of our ‘Maiden England’ Tour and it is very fitting to end a long and hugely enjoyable tour in our own back yard. We have tweaked the ‘Maiden England’ set list a bit to make it more representative of our whole 80s era and to give the fans something a bit different, especially as this will be the last of our three tours with an historical perspective. If you are there on the day it is highly likely that you will hear some of these songs played live for the very last time ever. So on an occasion like this, a celebration and the end of a chapter, you can be sure we will do our utmost to give our fans one hell of a show and go out with all guns blazing.”


...while Metallica's Lars Ulrich has said:

“This just works on all fronts:

Metallica and Knebworth, Metallica by Request, Metallica and Iron Maiden.

To be invited to co-headline the 40th anniversary celebration at the legendary Knebworth House is truly a mindfuck. Considering the iconic bands whose performances at Knebworth are part of rock and roll history, it’s not only a next level honor, but a somewhat humbling undertaking.

And what could be more fitting on our third Knebworth go-around than to play an all-request set, chosen entirely by the fans? We are soooo excited about the limitless possibilities of our friends picking what songs Metallica get to perform on this forthcoming evening from the nearly 140 songs we’ve recorded throughout our ride. Who knows what crazy challenges will be thrown our way? Maybe a song that has never been performed live before? Maybe a few deep cuts that haven’t been aired in ages? Maybe a couple of your toe-tapping favorites? An obscure cover? Whatever happens, it will be unique, it will be special, and it’s all up to you.

Add the cherry on top…co-headlining with Iron Maiden, who are a big reason that Metallica exists in the first place. Although we haven’t played together on the same day since 1988, this is the closest we’ve come for 25 years, and for all our fans who share the same love for Iron Maiden as we, the band members do, this will hopefully amount to what many rock fans would consider a dream bill.

BRING IT ON!!!”


Sonisphere Festival takes place at Knebworth across the weekend of July 04 - 06 2014.

Earlybird tickets for the weekend go on sale TODAY and cost £170. The good news is you won't have to pay it all up front, as they're offering a £50 deposit scheme. For all info on tickets and everything else, head over to www.sonisphere.co.uk



HUGE FESTIVAL NEWS, Y'ALL.

After weeks of rumours, Sonisphere have just revealed they are coming back to Knebworth for 2014 and they've got two incredible headliners up their sleeves to make it worthwhile.

The event is set to be co-headlined by Iron Maiden (performing their Maiden England World Tour set) and Metallica (performing a 'by request' set). These will be the only UK performances by both bands for 2014.



Commenting on the fest, Iron Maiden's Bruce Dickinson has said:

“We all grew up in England well aware of the importance of the legendary concerts at Knebworth, and scarily it all seems quite recent! Without being clichéd, it really is an honor and privilege to return to play there with the purpose of celebrating some of the finest moments in British rock history from inspirational bands like Pink Floyd, The Who, Zeppelin, The Stones and Genesis.

This will be the last concert of our ‘Maiden England’ Tour and it is very fitting to end a long and hugely enjoyable tour in our own back yard. We have tweaked the ‘Maiden England’ set list a bit to make it more representative of our whole 80s era and to give the fans something a bit different, especially as this will be the last of our three tours with an historical perspective. If you are there on the day it is highly likely that you will hear some of these songs played live for the very last time ever. So on an occasion like this, a celebration and the end of a chapter, you can be sure we will do our utmost to give our fans one hell of a show and go out with all guns blazing.”




...while Metallica's Lars Ulrich has said:

“This just works on all fronts:

Metallica and Knebworth, Metallica by Request, Metallica and Iron Maiden.

To be invited to co-headline the 40th anniversary celebration at the legendary Knebworth House is truly a mindfuck. Considering the iconic bands whose performances at Knebworth are part of rock and roll history, it’s not only a next level honor, but a somewhat humbling undertaking.

And what could be more fitting on our third Knebworth go-around than to play an all-request set, chosen entirely by the fans? We are soooo excited about the limitless possibilities of our friends picking what songs Metallica get to perform on this forthcoming evening from the nearly 140 songs we’ve recorded throughout our ride. Who knows what crazy challenges will be thrown our way? Maybe a song that has never been performed live before? Maybe a few deep cuts that haven’t been aired in ages? Maybe a couple of your toe-tapping favorites? An obscure cover? Whatever happens, it will be unique, it will be special, and it’s all up to you.

Add the cherry on top…co-headlining with Iron Maiden, who are a big reason that Metallica exists in the first place. Although we haven’t played together on the same day since 1988, this is the closest we’ve come for 25 years, and for all our fans who share the same love for Iron Maiden as we, the band members do, this will hopefully amount to what many rock fans would consider a dream bill.

BRING IT ON!!!”


Want to know how to vote for them to play your favourite 'Tallica tunes? Head to www.metallica.com.

Sonisphere Festival takes place at Knebworth across the weekend of July 04 - 06 2014.

Earlybird tickets for the weekend go on sale TODAY and cost £170. The good news is you won't have to pay it all up front, as they're offering a £50 deposit scheme. For all info on tickets and everything else, head over to www.sonisphere.co.uk.

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