According to, Canadian heavy metal legends ANVIL headlined the Tuborg Stage at the U.K.'s Download festival — which is being held June 12-14 at Donington Park, United Kingdom — performing to a rapturous crowd on Saturday, June 13.

"Holy fucking shit man, it only took me 27 years to get back here," said grinning frontman Steve "Lips" Kudlow to the crowd, referring to the time ANVIL performed at the site's Monsters Of Rock festival in 1982.

Joining ANVIL on stage during "Winged Assassins" was DOWN/ex-PANTERA frontman Philip Anselmo, who contributed guest vocals to the song's chorus (see video below).

Lips introduced "Metal On Metal" as "the national anthem of metal" and told a story about the song "White Rhino" being named after the band's "favorite brand of pot." "White Rhino" also featured a lengthy drum solo from drummer Robb Reiner.

The band finished their hour-long set with "Mothra", during which strobes flashed and Kudlow played his Flying V guitar with a bottle of water.

ANVIL's setlist was as follows:

01. March Of The Crabs
02. This Is Thirteen
03. 666
04. School Love
05. Jackhammer
06. Winged Assassins
07. Forged In Fire
08. Race Against Time
09. White Rhino
10. Metal On Metal
11. Mothra

"Winged Assassins" featuring Philip Anselmo:

ANVIL press conference at Download:


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