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Danny Carey and his bandmates will make a welcome return to the UK next year as headliners at Download
Prog and metal isn’t for everyone, but some drummers unite fans across the boundaries of genres. Danny Carey is one such musician, and in a move that is bound to excite drummers this side of the pond as much as it will the prog-metal community in general, Tool have been announced as Download headliners for 2019.
After 13 long years away, Carey and co are among the first batch of names to be announced, and will be joined by Slipknot and Def Leppard as headliners at Donington Park next June.
The news increases hopes that 2019 could be the year that the world finally hears Tool’s highly anticipated fifth album: the record would be a follow-up to 10,000Days, an album that will be more than 13 years old by the time Download rolls around.
“All I can say is it’s still something in progress. Definitely this year,” Carey told our site MusicRadar back in January – but with just weeks of 2018 left by the time you read this, our money is on 2019 delivering the most anticipated heavy album since Guns n’Roses’ Chinese Democracy.
Fellow headliners Leppard, meanwhile, have revealed that they will perform their classic Hysteria album in full at the festival.
Elsewhere on the bill, Slash, Myles Kennedy and The Conspirators, Rob Zombie, Whitesnake, Trivium and Skindred are among the acts to have been announced so far, with dozens more certain to follow in the coming months.
With over 100,000 expected to attend, Download takes place at Donington Park between 14 and 16 June 2019. Tickets are on sale now, and are available at 2018 prices for a limited period. Visit www.downloadfestival. co.uk for more details.