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Download Festival – Saturday 14 June 2008: Interviews and photos

June 14th, 2008

Thrash Hits .com is backstage at Download Festival 2008 getting all the latest gossip from as many bands as we can lay our hands on. Check out a few interviews and some great live photos below.

Download Festival Saturday

Saxon – Biff Byford
Download #3
What are you looking forward to the most at Download Festival 2008?
You always look forward to the gig and hope that people have a good time. To be a band that plays festivals, you have to try and get the audience to lose where they are; to really get into the band and have a good time.
What is your main aim when you’re playing a festival?
I don’t really think festivals are about promoting a new album or anything like that. It’s all about all the fans together having a great time and the band just playing some great fucking rock and roll.

Brigade – Will Simpson
Download #1
How’s Download Festival 2008 been for you so far?
We’re so looking forward to playing in front of so many people that we wouldn’t get the chance to play for normally. It’s a hell of an opportunity.
If you could share a hotel room with any band tonight who would you choose?
Fighting With Wire. Not in a homoerotic way. We’ve been out on tour with those boys and they’re just absolutely crazy. The antics that they pulled out were some of the finest tour pranks I’ve ever seen.

Sign – Zolberg
Download #2
What’s been your best Download Festival 2008 experience so far?
Seeing Kiss was pretty amazing with the zipline and the fire-breathing. He was spitting blood.
If you could share a hotel room with any band tonight who would you choose?
Ace Frehley. I’d like to get him drunk and make him tell us jokes. I hear he’s quite a funny guy.

The Wildhearts – Ginger and Scott
Download #loads
What’s been your best Download Festival 2008 experience so far?
Scott: Rob Halford.
Ginger: Yeah, Scott enjoyed Rob Halford. He screamed, then he talked, then he continued to scream. Otherwise, seeing the Wildhearts tshirts out already. It’s great seeing them so early.
If you could share a hotel room with any band tonight who would you choose?
Ginger: Get Girls Aloud on the bill. No? Get Rammstein on the bill then. They would be the best headliner of Download if they played.

Johnny Truant – Ollie Mitchell
Download #3
What’s been your most memorable Download Festival 2008 experience so far?
Someone tried to break into our van last night while we were sleeping in it – a girl. We chased her off with a belt. We’re still here and haven’t had anything stolen. We’re pretty stoked that it’s our third Download and we’re one of those bands that keeps getting asked back.
If you could share a hotel room with any band tonight who would you choose?
I’d choose Biffy Clyro. They’re seem like rad dudes and they party. They’re from the same soil.

The Ghost Of A Thousand – Memby Jago
Download #4
What’s been your best Download Festival 2008 experience of the day?
I vomited last night. Today I’ve been walking around all the campsites because I didn’t know where I was going. I saw Madina Lake today. The hair was good. The drummer had a special needs moment when he grabbed his head and just started wiggling about!

Kids In Glass Houses – Shay
Download #2
What’s been your best Download Festival 2008 experience of the day?
I’ve only been here an hour. It’s all changed around but it’s all good. At the moment we’re much more concerned with the alcohol situation.
If you could share a hotel room with any band tonight who would you choose?
It would have to be Incubus for Brandon Boyd! He’s a good-looking boy with the voice of an angel.

Skindred – Benji
Download #3
How’s Download Festival 2008 been for you so far?
This is some scary weather man. Here’s the sun! Here’s the rain! What’s going to happen?
If you could share a hotel room with any band tonight who would you choose?
Seether. I know they’re good guys and have a lot of fun. They know when to start and they know when to stop.

Download Festival – Friday 13 June 2008: Interviews and photos

June 13th, 2008

Thrash Hits .com is at backstage at Download Festival 2008 getting all the latest gossip from as many bands as we can lay our hands on. Check out a few interviews and take a look at some great live photos below.

Download Festival Friday

Rival Schools – Ian Love
Download #1
What has been your Download 2008 highlight?
Getting my hair cut backstage and getting loads of free hair products.
Which band would you most like to share a hotel room with?
What bands have got females in? Rolo Tomassi are too young so… The Subways or Judas Priest. I like to experiment.

Rolo Tomassi – Ed
Download #1
Who are you looking forward to seeing?
Rival Schools. Several years ago myself and James, the keyboard player went to see them but it was raining so hard the venue was leaking so the gig was cancelled at the last minute, so we really want to see them.

The Ghost of a Thousand – Memby Jago
Download #4
What’s the most memorable Download 2008 experience
I got attacked by a bouncer for sneaking young girls in backstage. The sad thing was she was, and still is a lesbian.
Which band would you most like to share a hotel room with?
Motorhead because they might teach me a few lessons. Lessons in love, lessons in life.

Blackhole – Richard Carter
Download #1
What’s your Download 2008 highlight so far?
We got attacked by some guy last night shouting, “Municipal Waste will fuck you up!” They probably will.
Which band would you most like to share a hotel room with?
We’re actually all camping so we are getting the full experience, especially with all the aircraft. We’d probably like to share a hotel with Municipal Waste though haha.

Kill Hannah – Matt and Greg
Download #1
Which band would you most like to share a hotel room with?
I really want to see Pendulum but I recently saw Gene Simmons’ sex tape and it really turned me on. I want to find Gene Simmons because we would be able to make a sex tape with him.

Madina Lake – Matthew
Download #1
Which band would you most like to share a hotel room with?
We’re sharing a bus with Dillinger and that is really good for credibility [laughs]. We already had a conversation about shit and I told Greg that I got hit in the head with some shit when I was younger. Maybe it was him. Shit is really, really heavy.

Slaves To Gravity – Tom
Download #2
What’s your Download 2008 highlight so far?
Just driving around and around whilst attempting to get here, having a few Spinal Tap moments in the van.
Which band would you most like to share a hotel room with?
Are there any girl bands playing? Or we’ll take Kiss’ groupie scraps.

In Case Of Fire – Colin
Download #1
Which band would you most like to share a hotel room with?
We’d love to share a hotel room with Biffy Clyro because we’ve met them before and they’re really nice guys and a lot of fun and we got on well with them.

Stone Gods – Richie Edwards and Toby MacFarlaine
Download #loads
What’s your Download 2008 highlight so far?
Richie: Walking onstage and playing a gig was easily the best thing that’s happened today.
Toby: I can’t wait to get backstage to the free tattoo parlour – as soon as I finish talking about myself.
Which band would you most like to share a hotel room with?
Toby: Is there a heavy metal version of Girls Aloud…er.
Richie: Otherwise Judas Priest because they’re from just down the road from me in Birmingham so we can talk about all sorts of things.

Fall Of Troy – Thomas
Download #1
What’s the most memorable Download 2008 experience
It’s been a massive fight so far. We had loads of our gear stolen last night so we really took it out onstage today. It’s been nice to be able to tell my kids some day that we played with Motorhead and Kiss. Yeah, right!
Which band would you most like to share a hotel room with?
I’d like to share a hotel room with Incubus because we know those guys and we get along with them. We’ve got the same kind of West Coat vibe going on.

Listen to Thrash Hits on Total Rock Radio at Download Festival 2008

June 10th, 2008

Download Festival Total Rock Radio Thrash Hits

As if you hadn’t heard the news already, this weekend sees the sixth annual Download Festival plug in at Donington Racetrack. Thrash Hits .com has been kindly invited by the great Jerry Ewing to pop in to the Total Rock studios and have a chat this weekend.

You’ll be able to find loads of cheeky backstage interviews and photos as well as live shots from loads of the bands performing over the weekend right here on Thrash Hits .com

Total Rock Radio will be broadcasting live from Download Festival 2008 as the official radio station at Donington. The station will be staying true to its “24/7 Rock And Metal Radio” tagline as it broadcasts from 12 noon on Wednesday, 11 June 2008 all the way through to 12 noon Monday, 16 June 2008.

If you’re driving to the festival you should keep your car radio tuned to 87.7 FM in the Midlands and then keep your portable radio tuned to it all the time you’re on-site. However, if you’re not going to the festival at all, you can listen online at TotalRock.com.

Tune in to Total Rock Radio between 3pm and 5pm on Friday, Saturday and Sunday to hear the latest goings on at Download Festival 2008.

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