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It’s been over a year since Soundgarden announced that they were back together and recording a new album, their first studio album since 1996's Down On The Upside, and months since we revealed that the band were set to appear at this year’s Download Festival. But the day has come and gone as the band played to a packed Donington Park as the festival began to wind down it's tenth anniversary.


The band opened with 'Spoonman', playing in front of a huge banner bearing a black triangle surrounded by numerous black swirls. They continued with 'Let Me Drown' and 'Gun' as the sun broke through the clouds. The band played a range of tracks from across their career, with 'Fell On Black Days' and 'Black Hole Sun' proving particular hits.


"Thanks for having us Download," Chris Cornell declared, "it's our first show in the UK for 15 years."



He also told of his joy at playing at the famous Donington Park, adding: "If you're in a rock band or you're a fan, it's pretty well documented as being the big hard rock festival worldwide. It's the one."

 

Cornell also spoke of how he was very excited to see a re-formed Black Sabbath bring this year's Download rock festival, which more than 100,000 people attended, to a close.

 

Singer Ozzy Osbourne, bassist Geezer Butler, guitarist Tony Iommi and Tommy Clufetos played a set packed with Black Sabbath tracks including War Pigs, Sweet Leaf and Paranoid.

 

Other acts who appeared on Sunday (10 June) included Rise Against, Megadeth, Anthrax, Ugly Kid Joe, Lamb of God and Black Label Society.

 

The festival was classed by many as the biggest and the best yet, with Download organiser Andy Copping revealing that it's success had already signed up one of next year's headliners with the second due to be finalised in the next few weeks.

 

You can find out more about Download Festival 2012 and it’s lineup at the official Download Festival Website at: http://www.downloadfestival.co.uk

 

It’s been months since reunited collective, Soundgarden, announced that they were recording a "diverse" new album, their first studio album since 1996's Down On The Upside, (which was one of the first albums I ever bought but that’s another story). But we can now reveal that the band have gone one step further as they have been signed up to appear at this year’s Download Festival 2012 in June.


Soundgarden were signed this week to appear at the 10th year of the infamous Download Festival alongside Scottish band Biffy Clyro, comedy rockers Tenacious D and Chase and Status who were all added to the 2012 line-up, according to NME.


The weekend of June 8-10 at Donington Park will see the bill, which is set to be headlined by The Prodigy, Metallica and a reunited Black Sabbath, play to thousands of fans.


The Prodigy will headline the festival's first night (June 8). Metallica have confirmed that they will be headlining the festival's Saturday night (June 9), playing a set that will feature the entirety of their classic 1991 self-titled fifth album, known to fan’s as 'The Black Album', while Black Sabbath are currently set to close the event on Sunday (June 10).


Last year’s Download Festival was headlined by System Of A Down, Def Leppard and Linkin Park and even featured sets from the excellent Bullet For My Valentine, Rob Zombie and Pendulum.


Though the gig saw the return comeback show from The Darkness, their first major festival since Justin Hawkins' departure in 2006, the show was stolen by Steward 836. Steward 836 while awaiting the next live band to enter the stage, caught the attention of the crowd after one of the giant stage-screens showed him making the devil horns gesture. The official Download Festival website even featured him as an artist on their site.


You can find out more about the Download Festival 2012 and it’s lineup at the official Download Festival Website at: http://www.downloadfestival.co.uk