Reason no.1: As Bloodstock Open Air have announced today that they’ve booked Heaven & Hell to headline the Main Stage on the last night this year’s festival, it’s a positive sign that Ronnie James Dio is winning his battle against stomach cancer. Like everyone else in metal, we want Dio to live forever. He’s already about 1000 years old, and we don’t see why he shouldn’t clock up another millenium.
Reason no.2: Heaven & Hell are arguably one of the biggest acts that Bloodstock have ever booked, and they’re able to do so because support for their festival is grown. It’s great to UK continuing to get behind the closest thing we have to a European-style metal festival. It might not have the scope of Download, or the glamour of Sonisphere, but the last two years we went to Bloodstock are among Thrash Hits’ favourite festival experiences – and we expect 2010 to be no different.
Watch the video to ‘Bible Black’ by Heaven & Hell
Reason no.3: It’ll give us a chance to let us make up for our disasterous attempts at covering the band at Sonisphere 2009. Okay, our trusty photographer, Gary Wolstenholme, braved the thunderstorm that raged during the band’s performance and managed to get some incredible shots of the band, but it all went tits up when we hustled our way into the band’s dressing rooms for an interview. It was hours later that we discovered our microphone had broken within seconds of the interview starting, rendering the chat we’d filmed with the metal legends silent and useless.
Bloodstock Open Air 2010 takes place – once again – at Catton Hall in Derbyshire, over the weekend of August 13-15. Tickets are on sale now for the more than reasonable price of £99.95 (plus fees) – click here to hand over your credit card details. Joining Heaven & Hell at Bloodstock Open Air 2010 are the Saturday night dual-headliners, Children of Bodom and Fear Factory, and a whole host of other phenomenol acts making exclusive festival appearance at Bloodstock: Behemoth, Devin Townsend, Gojira and Cannibal Corpse to name just a few. It’s goona be a monstrously heavy weekend in the midlands.