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Iron Maiden And Metallica To Headline Sonisphere 2014 - Tickets On Sale Now

Monday, 02 December 2013 Written by Jon Stickler

Iron Maiden and Metallica will make history this summer when they co-headline the return of Sonisphere Festival at Knebworth Park. 

The show will mark the very first time both bands have appeared together on a British bill and will be the only concert either band will play in the UK in 2014. 

British legends Iron Maiden will bring their epic Maiden England World Tour to a spectacular finale at Sonisphere. Here's what vocalist Bruce Dickinson has to say:

“We all grew up in England well aware of the importance of the legendary concerts at Knebworth, and scarily it all seems quite recent! Without being clichéd, it really is an honor and privilege to return to play there with the purpose of celebrating some of the finest moments in British rock history from inspirational bands like Pink Floyd, the Who, Zeppelin, the Stones and Genesis.

"This will be the last concert of our Maiden England Tour and it is very fitting to end a long and hugely enjoyable  tour in our own back yard. We have tweaked  the set list a bit  to make it more representative of our whole '80s era and  to give the fans something a  bit different, especially as this will  be the last of our three  tours with an historical perspective. If you are there on the day it is highly likely that you will hear some of these songs played live for the very last time ever. So on an occasion like this, a celebration and the end of a chapter, you can be sure we will do our utmost to give our fans one hell of a show and go out with all guns blazing.”

Formed in 1981 by drummer Lars Ulrich and vocalist and guitarist James Hetfield, Metallica are one of the most influential bands in history. Next summer they will deliver a Metallica By Request interactive setlist.

Lars Ulrich explained:

“This just works on all fronts: Metallica and Knebworth, Metallica by Request, Metallica and Iron Maiden.

"To be invited to co-headline the 40th anniversary celebration at the legendary Knebworth House is truly a mindfuck. Considering the iconic bands whose performances at Knebworth are part of rock and roll history, it’s not only a next level honor, but a somewhat humbling undertaking. 

"And what could be more fitting on our third Knebworth go-around than to play an all-request set, chosen entirely by the fans? We are soooo excited about the limitless possibilities of our friends picking what songs  Metallica get to perform on this forthcoming evening from the nearly 140 songs we’ve recorded throughout our ride. Who knows what crazy challenges will be thrown our way? Maybe a song that has never been performed live before? Maybe a few deep cuts that haven’t been aired in ages? Maybe a couple of your toe-tapping favorites? An obscure cover? Whatever happens, it will be unique, it will be special, and it’s all up to you.

"Add  the cherry on top… co-headlining with Iron Maiden, who are a big reason that Metallica exists in the first place. Although we haven’t played together on the same day since 1988, this is the closest we’ve  come  for  25 years, and for all our fans who share the same love for Iron Maiden as we, the band members do, this will hopefully amount to what many rock fans would consider a dream bill.  BRING IT ON!!!”

Sonisphere takes place at Knebworth Park from July 4 to July 6 2014. More bands will be announced in the coming months, however, in the meantime head over to the festival's official website sonisphere.co.uk for updates. 

Early Bird Weekend tickets for Sonisphere 2014 are on sale now, priced at £170 plus fees. The popular £50 deposit scheme also makes a return in 2014.

Weekend No Camping: £170 + £10 booking fee
Weekend Camping: £205 + £10 booking fee
Car Parking: £18 + £2 booking fee
Campervan: £65 + £5 booking fee

Sonisphere 2014 Festival Dates are as follows

Fri July 04 2014 - STEVENAGE Knebworth Park

Sonisphere UK Tickets are on sale now. Click Here to Compare & Buy Sonisphere Tickets at Stereoboard.com.

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