Iron Maiden and Metallica To Headline Sonisphere 2014
Posted by Jeremy Thomas on 12.02.2013
The metal bands will be the big acts for the festival...
Iron Maiden and Metallica have been announced as the headlining acts at the 2014 Sonisphere Festival. The festival, which takes place in Knebworth, England, is returning after a two-year hiatus with the two iconic metal acts making their only UK festival appearances of the year there.
Iron Maiden frontman Bruce Dickinson said in a statement with the announcement, "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."
Dickinson added, "This will be the last concert of our Maiden England Tour…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."
Lars Ulrich spoke for Metallica, saying, "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 honour, but a somewhat humbling undertaking."
He continued, "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."
The festival takes place from July 4th through the 6th.