FAITH NO MORE Confirmed As Third Headliner Of U.K.'s DOWNLOAD Festival

The reunited FAITH NO MORE has been confirmed as the third headliner of this year's Download festival, set to take place June 12-14 at Donington Park, United Kingdom.

The festival billing is shaping up as follows:

ANVIL
BILLY TALENT
BUCKCHERRY
DEF LEPPARD
DEVILDRIVER
DRAGONFORCE
DREAM THEATER
FAITH NO MORE
KILLSWITCH ENGAGE
KORN
LIMP BIZKIT
MARILYN MANSON
MÖTLEY CRÜE
PAPA ROACH
PENDULUM
SLIPKNOT
THE BLACKOUT
THE PRODIGY
TRIVIUM
WHITESNAKE
ZZ TOP

FAITH NO MORE made its reunion official with a statement sent by bassist Bill Gould to BLABBERMOUTH.NET. Speculation about the band's reactivation reached a fever pitch in recent weeks, with the rumors all but confirmed in a press release issued by singer Mike Patton's publicist last week. In his statement, Gould wrote in part, "Throughout our 17 years of existence, the mental and physical energy required to sustain this creature was considerable and relentless. Though amicable enough, when we finally split, we all followed paths seemingly destined to opposite ends of the universe. Yet during the entire 10 years that have passed since our decision to break up we've experienced constant rumors and requests from fans and promoters alike. Nevertheless, for whatever reason, none of us kept in regular touch, much less to discuss any possibilities of getting together."

The bassist added, "What's changed is that this year, for the first time, we've all decided to sit down together and talk about it. And what we've discovered is that time has afforded us enough distance to look back on our years together through a clearer lens and made us realize that through all the hard work, the music still sounds good, and we are beginning to appreciate the fact that we might have actually done something right. Meanwhile, we find ourselves at a moment in time with zero label obligations, still young and strong enough to deliver a kick-ass set, with enthusiasm to not only revisit our past but possibly add something to the present...We can only hope that the experience of playing together again will yield results erratic and unpredictable enough to live up to the legacy of (FAITH NO MORE)."

As also speculated, original guitarist Jim Martin will not be part of the reunion. Performing in his place will be Jon Hudson, who played with FAITH NO MORE during the latter stages of its initial run after Martin departed.

The rest of the band's best-known lineup — Patton, Gould, drummer Mike "Puffy" Bordin and keyboardist Roddy Bottum — will be intact.

A two-and-a-half-minute video trailer for this summer's Download festival — featuring interview clips with members of SLIPKNOT, MÖTLEY CRÜE, KORN and DEVILDRIVER — can be viewed below.

The Download festival continues to take place at Donington Park, which has established itself as the original and "spiritual" home of all things rock since the first Monsters of Rock festival in 1980.

The benefit of Download festival at Donington Park in its seventh year is that it has enabled festival organisers to confirm some changes to the site layout, improving the festival experience of everyone attending this year. With the Download festival renowned worldwide for its excellent on site facilities and 24-hour entertainment, this year's event will more than ever reflect the recommendations from its fan base to make the festival bigger and better than ever.

"We have gone to great lengths to communicate with our core fan base and listen to what they want at Download in relation to facilities, activities and the bands," commented Live Nation COO and Festival Director John Probyn. "This year's festival is going to be better than ever with a brand new arena designed by our fans and a great line up of music." Live Nation VP of Promotions and Download festival Promoter Andy Copping added, "This year more than ever before, Download festival celebrates the history of Donington and all that is 'rock'. With acts such as SLIPKNOT, THE PRODIGY and MÖTLEY CRÜE already confirmed to play, this just shows how varied and diverse the rock genre can be and we are delighted to reflect this with our 2009 lineup."

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