Slipknot marked the 10th anniversary of their debut album headlining the Main Stage on a historic second day at Download 2009.
Tens of thousands, from toddlers with Mohawks to those old enough to know better, turned out to help Slipknot celebrate the original release of ‘People = Shit’. "You're watching a dream come true," inspirational frontman Corey Taylor said from the stage.
The masked band caused havoc on and offstage, with spinning drum kits, dropping snare drums and churning up the crowd with a hate-filled 'End Of Everything' and savage classic single 'Duality'. But it's not just about the brutality, Taylor in contemplative mood as he talks onstage about how important not only tonight is, but his band are to people. The band closed with a rip-roaring rendition of 'Spit It Out'.
Over on the Second Stage, The Prodigy made tough competition for Iowa's finest, setting the bar high early on with 'Omen' and going on to prove why they've bagged a bigger crowd than some Main Stage bands today. Maxim's banter may be limited to "where the fuck is Donnington?" for most of the night, but for an hour thousands of strangers were united by dance. The grateful crowd were treated to an extra 20 minutes of dance mosh, 'Smack My Bitch Up' bringing absolute chaos in front of the stage.
After a 27-year hiatus, Anvil also made an outstanding return to Donington on the Tuborg, wowing a three-quarter full tent with their classic 80's metal and some impressive guitar duel moves. "It's so cool to be here, I don't know how to put it into words," said frontman Lips, before launching into 'Jackhammer'. Meanwhile over at the Red Bull stage, The Blackout (filling in for The Ghost Of A Thousand) made sure their second set of the weekend counted, brushing aside requests for 'Freebird' and Bon Jovi for the crunching riffs of 'Hard Slammin', 'The Fire' in a harder-edged selection.
Earlier in the evening, Marilyn Manson ripped through a set that saw three costume changes and four makeup checks as he romped through 'Beautiful People' and 'The Dope Show'. At the same time, Chris Cornell churned through a pedestrian set highlighted by a rendition of 'Black Hole Sun' by his former band Soundgarden.
The afternoon brought Thunder's final Download performance, frontman Danny Bowes was determined to make the legendary band's last its best. Dancing around the tent, he spun out the end of 'Gimme Some Lovin'' by leading a crowd stretching to hundreds outside in a call and response routine.
Classic rock fan Andy Rice from Staffordshire said, "I was crying! It definitely brought a tear to my eye."
Pendulum also celebrated their 150th live show, slipping in a cover of 'Master Of Puppets' into 'Blood Sugar'. Devildriver attempted to break the record for biggest Download circle pit – or pits – five swirling masses of people opening up right across the Main Stage mosh.
Download was making history all by itself. More than 400 punters, joined by The Blackout, smashed the Guinness world record for Largest Air Guitar Ensemble, playing along to Motorhead's 'Ace Of Spades' at the EA Hub. The Second stage had to deal with its own buzz – not the bands this time, but an infestation of bees, which was eventually removed during The Answer's set.
Download Festival 2009 continues today with performances from Def Leppard, Whitesnake and Journey.