Alter Bridge, Mastodon, Frank Carter & The Rattlesnakes, Etc. Added To UK Download Festival

Over 40 more bands have been added to the UK Download Festival. That event will take place at Donington Park on June 12-14 and the updated daily stage lineups can be found below.

June 12:

Main Stage:

Frank Carter And The Rattlesnakes
Black Veil Brides
Motionless In White
Theory Of A Deadman
Wayward Sons

Second Stage:

The Offspring
The Distillers
Lacuna Coil
The Glorious Sons

The Avalanche Stage:

The Menzingers
Tiny Moving Parts
Sleep Token
Gender Roles
Press Club

The Dogtooth Stage:

Electric Wizard
Blues Pills
British Lion
Will Haven
Cellar Door Moon Crow
JJ Wilde

June 13:

Main Stage:

Iron Maiden
Alter Bridge
The Pretty Reckless
The Raven Age

Second Stage:

Killswitch Engage
3 Doors Down
The Wildhearts
Stone Broken

The Avalanche Stage:

Funeral For A Friend
Employed To Serve
Holding Absence
Blackout Problems

The Dogtooth Stage:

Dying Fetus
Chelsea Grin
Fire From The Gods
Bleed From Within
Higher Power
Lotus Eater
Dead Label

June 14:

Main Stage:

System Of A Down
Thy Art Is Murder
Wage War

Second Stage:

The Darkness
Of Mice & Men
Wednesday 13
The Laste Internationale

The Avalanche Stage:

Bowling For Soup
The Skints
Marianas Trench
Milk Teeth
The Hara
Cemetery Sun
Dead Posey

The Dogtooth Stage:

Twin Temple
Kill The Lights
Heavy Lungs
Modern Error

Ex-Iron Maiden Singer Paul Di’Anno Recruits Other Former Members For His Final Show

Ex-Iron Maiden singer Paul Di’Anno has recruited guitarist Terry Wapram (ex-Iron Maiden), guitarist Terry Rance (ex-Iron Maiden), drummer Doug Sampson (ex-Iron Maiden), and bassist Speed Harris (Hi-on Maiden) to join him at his final show. The group, who will perform as Ides Of March, will be celebrating the 40th anniversary of Iron Maiden’s debut album with a one-time-only set at the Beermageddon Festival in Bromsgrove, England on August 30.

Beermageddon organizers commented:

“This will be vocalist Paul Di’Anno’s final ever live performance. After experiencing serious health difficulties in recent months, Paul has now taken the advice of his doctors and will retire from the live stage in 2020 after the Ides of March performance at Beermageddon. It is going to take one mighty effort for Paul to pull off this performance but he is determined to go out in style and give his fans one memorable final thank you and goodbye.”

Di’Anno added:

“It’s been a tough four years waiting to play again. I hope to be standing for this show and I’m really looking forward to it. Standing up would be great — if not, hell on wheels coming to ya!”

Beermageddon will be held on August 28-30 and it will also feature Wired THC, Infected Dead, Kull, Netherhall, Absolution, and more.

Iron Maiden’s Bruce Dickinson Becomes Honorary Group Captain In Royal Air Force

According to the Forces Network, Iron Maiden’s Bruce Dickinson has been attested into the UK’s Royal Air Force as an Honorary Group Captain. The singer may compete in fencing at the RAF Championships in May and could attend the Royal Air Force Fencing Open in June. Depending on his performance, he might also be selected to represent the RAF at the Inter Service Championships in July.

Members Of Iron Maiden, Tool, & System Of A Down Recently Jammed Together

Iron Maiden’s Adrian Smith, Tool’s Justin Chancellor, and System Of A Down’s Shavo Odadjian recently had a jam session together. There doesn’t appear to be any footage, but you can check out some photos below:

Did Iron Maiden Record A New Album This Year?

There are some unconfirmed rumors circulating that seem to suggest that Iron Maiden have finished a new album. As Blabbermouth pointed out, the band’s longtime producer Kevin Shirley recently shared a recap of 2019 in which he said that he spent a few months in Paris “working very hard on an unnamed but not-very-secret project.” He went on to say that he “finished with a loud ringing in [his] ears.” This news comes after an Italian website called Maiden Concerts previously shared evidence that seemingly proved that all six members of the band, their wives, and Shirley were in Paris at the same time. It also comes after frontman Bruce Dickinson told crowds at recent shows that new music is coming “sooner than you think” and that a new album is essentially a “certainty.”

Bruce Dickinson On The Possibility Of Performing Iron Maiden Songs With An Orchestra: “You Never Know”

According to Eonmusic, Bruce Dickinson discussed the possibility of performing Iron Maiden songs with an orchestra during his spoken word event in Dublin, Ireland. The frontman revealed that the idea came about after he performed at the 50th anniversary celebration for late Deep Purple keyboardist Jon Lord’s “Concerto For Group And Orchestra.” Dickinson said the following:

“I did talk to the conductor Paul Mann, and we just very tentatively said, ‘Wouldn’t it be great if we could do something that might involve some Maiden songs, but only Maiden songs that are really appropriate for doing [with] an orchestra?’ ‘Empire Of The Clouds’ is one of them. So yeah, you never know.”


Nicko McBrain (Iron Maiden), Tim “Ripper” Owens (Ex-Judas Priest), Etc. To Perform At Rock N Roll Ribs 10th Anniversary Celebration

Rock N Roll Ribs, the Coral Springs, FL based barbecue restaurant owned by Iron Maiden’s Nicko McBrain and his friend Mitch Tanne, will be hosting a special event for its 10th anniversary on Saturday (December 14). The event will feature performances from McBrain’s The McBrainiacs project, Tim “Ripper” Owens (ex-Judas Priest), Made Of Metal, Kinlin, and Track Nine, the band featuring Nicko’s son Justin. More details can be found HERE.

[via Blabbermouth]