Monday, June 11, 2018

VIDEO: Guns N’ Roses headline UK Download Festival

photo: Download Festival

Guns N’ Roses headlined the second of three nights at the Download Festival at Donington Park in Leicestershire, UK on June 9, and video from the event is streaming online.

Opening with a pair of tracks from their 1987 debut, “Appetite For Destruction” “It’s So Easy” and “Mr. Brownstone” – the band delivered a 3-hour, 28-song set of classic tracks and covers and featured the third 2018 performance of the 2004 Velvet Revolver classic, “Slither”, following its recent debut in Berlin, Germany on June 3.

The tune was the lead single from “Contraband”, the debut album by Velvet Revolver – which featured GNR members Slash, Duff McKagan and Matt Sorum, and entered the US Billboard 200 at No. 1 on its way to sales of more than 2 million copies in the country.

Download UK also saw Guns N’ Roses present the second performance of the tour of their new single, “Shadow Of Your Love”, which was recorded with Mike Clink during the 1986 Sound City sessions and is among dozens of unreleased tracks that will be featured on the June 29 release of a series of expanded reissues of “Appetite For Destruction.”

The song recently delivered Guns N’ Roses a return to the US rock charts for the first time in almost a decade when it debuted at No. 31 on the Billboard Mainstream Rock Songs chart after earning 1.1 million audience impressions in three days of airplay across all rock radio formats in the U.S. in the week ending May 7, according to Nielsen Music.

Guns N’ Roses closed out their Download appearance with an encore of their 1989 hit, “Patience”, a cover of The Who’s 1970 track, “The Seeker”, and the finale of “Paradise City” – which was streamed live by the group via social media.

“That was something, England,” posted the band after the show. “Thank you Download!”

See also:

VIDEO: Guns N’ Roses perform 2018 debut of Shadow Of Your Love in Denmark
Guns N’ Roses add South African date to fall tour
VIDEO: Guns N’ Roses debut Velvet Revolver classic at 2018 tour opener in Berlin
Izzy Stradlin explains absence from Guns N’ Roses reunion tour
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