Perennial U.K. metal mainstay Iron Maiden is already a handful of dates into a massive summer 2010 North American tour, and has announced an Aug. 17 U.S. release date for 15th studio album The Final Frontier.
To mark both happy occasions, the band has released one of the forthcoming album’s scorching new stadium-shakers, “El Dorado,” as a free download on website www.ironmaiden.com. The site also features newly unveiled album art.
“We thought it would be great to thank all our fans and get them into The Final Frontier mood by giving them this song up front of the tour and album release,” said Maiden vocalist Bruce Dickinson.
Jackson Guitars met up with Megadeth’s David Ellefson at the 2010 Download Festival at Donington Park in Leicestershire, England, to talk about his gear and how he feels about being part of the Jackson family …
With the eight-hour time difference between Phoenix and London kicking in hard, I didn’t mind that getting up at 8 a.m. on Friday was tougher than usual! Four cups of coffee and a hearty British Breakfast later and I was good to go!
Good job I didn’t hit that snooze button a couple more times, as Mr. Demmel’s flight from San Francisco was early, and by 9 a.m. he was at our hotel and raring to go. After he grabbed a quick breakfast, we piled in the van and off we went. By this time it had thankfully stopped raining and a couple of quick “how the hell muddy is it?” calls to our buddies at Marshall amps — who were already at the festival site — revealed that the dreaded “Wellies” (a.k.a. Wellington or rubber boots … as mentioned before) were deemed unnecessary! Not surprisingly, when the subject was broached, Phil’s response was “Screw that, I don’t care how muddy it is, I’m not wearing those!” He did however ask the logical “Why are they called Wellington boots?” question. As Wellies are part of British life, we were a little ashamed to admit that we thought it could well have something to do with the Duke of Wellington, although we weren’t 100 percent positive. So in order to fill my already cluttered brain with yet more worthless trivia, a Google search was prompted. The answer? Our assumption was correct – they were indeed named after the Duke. So, if the question does ever come up, now you know thanks to the Bloodline Blog! Useless trivia sidebar over, back to the plot …
With the car loaded we started the trek north. On paper the journey should take three hours but given that it was a Friday and we were part of an estimated 100,000-strong army converging on Castle Donington, we expected traffic delays and left ourselves a good two-hour window so that we would still get there in plenty of time to pick up our credentials and see the first band on the main stage – our buddies Unearth. But while the first two-thirds of our trek was a breeze, once we hit the M1 it started to go horribly wrong …
Greetings from England’s green and pleasant land, where your trusty Jackson reporter landed this morning! As I’m sure you know, the 2010 Download Festival kicks off tomorrow, and myself and the team are chomping at the bit to get there for what promises to be a truly memorable weekend of world-class ass-kicking metal.
Is it Live or is it Memorex?
If you’re a natural-born cynic like me then you’re probably thinking “This guy’s probably not even over there; he’s blogging this in his underwear from a basement in Arizona and is just stealing photos and festival updates from the web.” Awful mental image aside, if you suspect that, I promise you that over the next few days you will see photos and video clips from Download and elsewhere that will, as Prong once said, “prove you wrong!” And here’s one to get that started, taken just a few minutes ago …
Photographic proof that Budweiser is not the king of beers!
I challenge you to find that shot on the web or at a so-called “English pub” in the United States that boasts that fine an array of hand pumps! Anyway, the real fun starts tomorrow. Here’s a shot of a few Download essentials …
Lamb of God’s Burning Hourglass Anthology Offering
Lamb of God’s Hourglass anthology Super Deluxe edition.
Rightfully hailed by many as one of the most exciting and influential metal acts of the new millennium, Lamb of God is spending 2010 in celebration of 15 shred-filled years as the flag bearers of U.S. metal. To commemorate this auspicious occasion, the band now offers its Hourglass anthology—a comprehensive survey of the band’s career to date—in no fewer than five different editions, one of which includes a very special Jackson element. These are:
Hourglass Three-Disc Anthology. Presents 44 tracks, including 18 rare and previously unreleased songs, on three CDs—Vol. 1: The Underground Years, Vol. 2: The Epic Years and Vol. 3: The Vault.
Hourglass Vinyl Box Set. Linen-wrapped collector’s box containing 180-gram vinyl pressings of all six studio albums—Burn the Priest, New American Gospel, As the Palaces Burn, Ashes of the Wake, Sacrament and Wrath.
Hourglass USB Box Set. All six studio albums on individual USB drives in a cigarette box-shaped collector’s package.
Hourglass Deluxe Set. Includes three-disc anthology, vinyl box set and USB box set. Also features linen-bound 144-page book of Ken Adams Lamb of God art, which includes designs for albums, T-shirts and tour passes, and commentary by Adams.
And our personal favorite …
Hourglass Super Deluxe Set. The Lamb of God mother lode. Limited edition collector’s set includes three-disc anthology, vinyl box set, USB box set, Ken Adams art book, 4’x6’ “Pure American Metal” flag, Hourglass sticker, signed 8”x10” photo and a Mark Morton Signature Series Jackson Dominion D2 guitar, all in a personalized Lamb of God coffin case.
Lamb of God’s Mark Morton onstage at Download ’09.
The Download Festival in England is not only one of metal’s biggest festivals, it’s also one of the genre’s most famous—and rightfully so. Held at Donington Park, this year’s three-day extravaganza of metal mayhem marks the 30th anniversary of hard-rock festivals held at this world-renowned motorsport racetrack in Leicestershire.
Download 2010 kicks off on Friday, June 11, and Jackson will be there with live updates from the metal marathon, where more than 100 bands will play on five stages. Bands boasting Jackson-wielding axemen at Download include Lamb of God, Job For a Cowboy, The Damned Things, Megadeth and Bullet For My Valentine (who headline the Ronnie James Dio Stage on Friday).
Throughout the weekend Jackson will be everywhere—backstage, onstage, in the crowd and, of course, in the bar—delivering live Download updates and photos on Facebook and Twitter. We’ll also be joined by a Jackson and Download favorite, the one and only Phil Demmel of the mighty Machine Head. And, on the Monday after Download, we’ll be heading down to the Metal Hammer Golden Gods Awards in London, where Demmel will present the Jackson-sponsored “Best Shredder Award.” We’ll also be crashing the pre-awards boat ride down the Thames, with Mr. Demmel at our helm. Bands and an open bar on a boat? Should be a blast …