Its right here – http://www.thisisnottingham.co.uk/entertai…il/article.html
However I will publish it up right here, additionally appears to verify that Them Crooked Vultures will probably be subbed them from the way in which he tells the story. Nice artical this
HE had been after them for years however AC/DC, one of many world’s greatest rock bands, do not do festivals. Or did not. “They do their own thing, their own stadium tours,” says Andy Copping, Obtain’s band booker. “They’re the largest rock band on the planet. Again In Black is the largest promoting album of all time after Michael Jackson’s Thriller. They performed Wembley Enviornment final 12 months and bought it out in a day. That is 70,000 folks. In order that they needn’t do festivals.
“That stated, I nonetheless wished them for Obtain 2010 and had already tried twice.
“Then late last year, I was at a function and I left early to go back to the office. I say early but it was around midnight and I was just finishing off a few e-mails. I already had Them Crooked Vultures down to headline one of the days. And I thought, Them Crooked Vultures is cool…”
(The supergroup options Led Zeppelin’s John Paul Jones, Foo Fighters frontman Dave Grohl and Josh Homme, of Queens of the Stone Age)
“… however I did not suppose the announcement would have that ‘Wow!’ issue. So I made a decision to go after AC/DC once more.
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“But this time I sent a pitch to them as if I was in the band. What would make me want to play Download, other than a big chunk of money?”
So I despatched a brief observe that stated one thing like, ‘I do know you have already turned me down however I might actually such as you to bear in mind…’ after which I had these bullets factors – ‘it is the thirtieth anniversary of Donington; it is 30 years since Again In Black; we now have Radio 1 on board; you may have a say within the bands that you just wish to play and we will accommodate your personal stage manufacturing’.
“And I added, ‘Maurice Jones, who I do know you have been near and who launched Monsters Of Rock in 1980’ with a man known as Paul Loasby, ‘died final 12 months. We wish to pay tribute to him at Obtain and it might be a becoming tribute should you would play.’
” I despatched this off to the band’s agent within the US. By now it is half previous midnight. I ring to examine he is bought it and his PA says he isn’t within the workplace, he is out with certainly one of his bands.
“However then my Blackberry flashes and it is this man. By pure probability he is sat with AC/DC’s supervisor in Buenos Aires. He is proven him my e-mail, the supervisor exhibits it to (AC/DC guitarist) Malcolm Younger and he is gone off to speak to the remainder of the band.
“I could not consider it.
“There have been a number of extra e-mails between us into the evening and he stated ‘I feel they will do it.’
“Keep in mind, negotiating offers with headline bands usually takes months. This was performed in minutes.
“Every other festival organiser has either rang or e-mailed me going ‘how did you do that?’ And I’ve said ‘I don’t know. Lady Luck was on my side.'”
It’s the first time AC/DC may have appeared at Obtain however the veteran rockers performed Monsters of Rock in 1981, 1984 and 1991.
“I saw them each time,” says Andy, who was on the first Monsters Of Rock in 1980.
“In 1981 it rained virtually all day, but nobody cared because we were all there to see these bands. I saw them again in 1984 with Van Halen, Ozzy, Motley Crue and Scorpions on the bill. And then in 1991 with Metallica.”
Becoming a member of AC/DC at Obtain this summer time are Them Crooked Vultures (now not headlining), Motorhead, Deftones, Stone Temple Pilots, Megadeth, Bullet For My Valentine and Wolfmother.
None of Them Crooked Vultures has ever performed at Donington. Neither have grunge-rockers Stone Temple Pilots though frontman Scott Weiland has twice with Velvet Revolver.
It will be thrash metallers Megadeth’s fourth time, after 1988, 2005 and 2007, likewise Motorhead (1986, 2005 and 2008).
Andy, who labored at Rock Metropolis on and off from the late80s till seven years in the past when he joined Obtain promoters Dwell Nation, has but to finalise the opposite two headliners.
“I’m stitching those up at the moment and expect to announce them in a couple of weeks.”
Does it matter? Cannot AC/DC sell-out the 110,000 tickets on their very own?
“We’ll see when the tickets go on sale. It would be an incredible feat. But I’ve only just started. I’ve only booked 10% of the line-up so far. We’re not taking our foot off the gas in terms of getting great bands for the other two days. We’re still doing three days, we’re still doing four or even five stages.”
The elevated capability, if a sell-out, will probably be a file for Donington. In 1988 there have been 107,000 folks.
Final 12 months’s 85,000 each day attendance was Obtain’s first sell-out.
“It was superb to see youngsters in Slipknot T-shirts watching Def Leppard and guys in Whitesnake shirts watching Trivium.
“Corey Taylor, the singer from Slipknot, wanted to meet the guys out of Faith No More and he was tongue-tied, like an eight-year-old kid. Slipknot were headlining the following night but he was nearly crying meeting his heroes.”
Monsters of Rock and the primary few Downloads have been held inside the Donington racetrack. In 2008 they moved off to make manner for the deliberate redevelopment of the observe for System 1.
“It’s a shame that whole thing has fallen apart,” stated Andy. “However Kevin Wheatcroft, the landowner, stated he wished the pageant to remain at Donington. No matter occurs with the race circuit, we’re not affected.
“The place we are actually permits us to broaden each the capability and the campsite.
“We’re right on the flight path of East Midlands Airport. There’s nothing like standing in that field and seeing those planes go over.”