30 Seconds To Mars invited fans onstage during their set at Britain's Download Festival on Sunday (16Jun13). The rockers played the main stage on the final day, while headlining German metal band Rammstein closed the event.
Heavy metal stars Iron Maiden opened their headlining set at Britain's Download Festival on Saturday (15Jun13) with a Spitfire flyover. The classic World War II fighter plane crossed three times over the 90,000-strong crowd at Donington Park in Leicestershire, England, before the band took to the stage for a pyrotechnics-packed performance.
Frontman Bruce Dickinson, who is a qualified pilot himself, had planned to arrive at Download on a charity bike ride with a group of fellow musicians, but he had to pull out of the cycling trek after falling sick with a virus.
However, the singer appeared in good form onstage on Saturday night.
Speaking before Iron Maiden's set, Dickinson told the Derby Telegraph he was thrilled to be back at Download as it is "the only place where you can still make a proper noise in the U.K."
He joked, "Rustle a crisp packet in Hyde Park (in London) and you upset the old dowagers and Glastonbury (festival) is full of yurts and people reading The Guardian. Download is inclusive for everyone where you can make a great stonking racket."
Download wraps up on Sunday (16Jun13) with appearances by acts including Rammstein, 30 Seconds To Mars and Limp Bizkit.
Heavy rockers Slipknot returned to Britain's Download Festival on Friday night (14Jun13) to perform at the event for the first time since the death of bassist Paul Gray. They headlined the first night of the music event on Friday, kicking off a weekend which will include sets by Iron Maiden and German rockers Rammstein.
Slipknot's set at the festival marked the first time they have played the event at Donington Park in England since 2009 and their first appearance at Download since Gray's death from a drug overdose in 2010.
Frontman Corey Taylor marked the occasion by dedicating a track to his late friend, adding, "We were last on this stage four years ago... (We have) been through a lot in those four years... We've kept going, we've kept going for us, we've kept going for you (the fans) we've kept going for him (Gray)."
During the show, the band was forced to stop playing on several occasions as barriers at the front of the stage gave way. Taylor urged the audience to take a step back as security officers helped put the cordons back in place.
It isn't until the third episode of BBC America's newest original series, Orphan Black, that one of the characters fully spells out the show's central mystery: "We're clones," she tells her sister of sorts. "We're someone's experiment and they're killing us off." But you'll get hooked on the sci-fi drama, part of the network's new Supernatural Sundays, way sooner than that.
British tough girl Sarah (Tatiana Maslany) witnesses a horrific accident at a train station as she's returning home after almost a year away from her dangerous ex-boyfriend and the daughter she left with her former foster mother in Toronto. (Did you get all that? Good.) A distraught woman leaves all her possessions on the platform and throws herself in the path of an oncoming train. Just before she jumps, Sarah catches a glimpse of the woman's face — it's her own.
Thinking this rich woman's life had to be better than her own, Sarah assumes her identity only to find that Beth, the suicidal Canadian businesswoman, is actually a cop embroiled in both a work scandal and a larger conspiracy involving several women who all look like her.
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So that we don't get these clones confused, there's our main character, Sarah, the British foster kid; Beth, the dead Canadian cop; a soccer mom; a German femme fatale; and many more we've yet to meet. Maslany has the difficult duty of playing all of them and is fantastic in every role. She's particularly affecting, however, as the conflicted Sarah, who is torn between skipping town with her daughter, her foster brother, and $75,000 of Beth's money and staying with the women who look just like her and figuring out where they come from and why, exactly, someone is trying to kill them all.
The show is seriously gritty and realistic (well, for a show about clones), but there's enough humor and an eclectic soundtrack — ranging from M.I.A. to Rammstein — to balance it out. BBC America's second original series (Copper was the first) is a solid, engaging show deserving at least a second look but you'll probably want a second, third, and fourth look after that. Based on the first four installments, these hourlong episodes are no carbon copies. The smartly paced storyline and tight writing will ultimately leave you wanting more.
Orphan Black premieres Saturday, March 30 at 9 PM on BBC America following the Season 7 premiere of Doctor Who.
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The Hollywood couple moved in to Chateau Miraval in the tiny village of Brignol last summer (08) to create a countryside retreat for their six kids.
The traditional French building has a hi-tech recording studio - named Studio Miraval - in its grounds, and a string of big names have passed through the doors.
British rockers Pink Floyd laid down tracks for their ground-breaking 1979 hit The Wall at Miraval, and AC/DC occupied the studio in 1986 for their album Blow Up Your Video - with the band admitting they chose the building for its "wonderful" rural location.
The Cure took up residence for their seventh studio album, 1987's Kiss Me, Kiss Me, Kiss Me, and moved into the outbuildings on the estate with their families until the record was completed. In a subsequent interview, frontman Robert Smith revealed he loved the peaceful and isolated location of the French mansion, "We recorded Kiss Me, Kiss Me, Kiss Me in the Studio Miraval, during several weeks. It is in the middle of vineyards, in a pleasant place. We lived over there with our family, very relaxed, in three isolated and protected houses."
Sting, The Cranberries, Shirley Bassey, Chris Rea and German rock band Rammstein are among the other music greats to have recorded there.
The last big name to grace the studio was Courtney Love, who holed up at Chateau Miraval in 2003. Since then the studio has seen a decline in business and has reportedly sat empty since the current owners rented the estate to Pitt and Jolie.
The Hollywood couple has now reportedly agreed a deal to buy Chateau Miraval for $56 million (£35 million), with plans to spend a further $16 million (£10 million) on renovations including a gym, a bigger wine cellar and a motorbike track.