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12th June 2016

Shudder before the beautiful Nightwish...

Former Iron Maiden singer Blaze Bayley made an unexpected appearance at Download Festival this afternoon, guesting on the Lemmy stage with Disturbed. Blaze sang a rousing rendition of The Who classic 'Baba O'Reilly' to a fabulous reception from the sodden crowd.

This has obviously led to wild speculation that Blaze may hit the stage again when his former band close the Festival this evening.

Blaze recently said in an interview with MetalTalk that he would love to play a one-off show with Maiden with all three singers and although he was totally realistic in his opinion that this will almost certainly never happen, you just never know what might occur tonight when Maiden headline Castle Donington for the sixth time.

Here's the Blaze interview right here...

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Disturbed also brought Breaking Benjamin lead singer Benjamin Burnley onto the stage for a rendition of Rage Against The Machine's 'Killing In The Name Of' and Lizzy from Halestorm also joined the party for a cover of a U2 song. This was most certainly not the sound of silence as Disturbed sent the rainclouds packing and the crowd into raptures.

However, Nightwish have utterly torn up the script this afternoon and put in one hell of a performance on the Lemmy Stage with frontlady Floor Jansen absolutely owning this stage and the crowd.

Jansen floors them all at Download...

Nightwish pipe player Troy Donockley took to the mic after a few numbers, saying: "Bloody hell, you should see what you look like from here. Like the Battle of Agincourt with more blood and more booze."

And he was only talking about the MetalTalk live reporting team who told Head Office: "Nightwish are immense. This is a truly brilliant performance. A truly epic set and a more than worthy time slot. Floor Jansen has set the bar really high for Maiden!!"

Troy continued: "It's an honour to play on this stage where Mr Harris and his legendary team will be here next..."

Earlier in the afternoon, Brent Smith from Shinedown dedicated the last song of their set, the acoustic 'Simple Man', "to all those we have lost this year, let's sing it to them and let them know how much we love them and that they are never forgotten."

Classy. Very classy indeed.

Now can Iron Maiden top Nightwish's blazing performance? We'll know in a couple of hours. Our live report will be online at 11.00pm tonight.


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