NINE INCH NAILS, ANTHRAX, AIRBOURNE, KILLING JOKE Confirmed For U.K.'s SONISPHERE

NINE INCH NAILS, ANTHRAX, AIRBOURNE and KILLING JOKE have been confirmed for the METALLICA-headlined inaugural Sonisphere festival, set to take place on August 1-2 at the legendary Knebworth Park, United Kingdom.

The festival billing is shaping up as follows (in alphabetical order):

AIRBOURNE
ALICE IN CHAINS
ANTHRAX
AVENGED SEVENFOLD
BULLET FOR MY VALENTINE
KILLING JOKE
LAMB OF GOD
LINKIN PARK
MACHINE HEAD
MASTODON
METALLICA
NINE INCH NAILS
THE SWORD
THIN LIZZY

ANTHRAX guitarist Scott Ian commented: "We are really excited to be making our only U.K. appearance at Sonisphere. We've been anticipating our return to the UK and we are honored to be a part of this amazing lineup. It's also going to be Dan Nelson's [vocals] first U.K. gig and what better way to show him off than on this show?! Leave it to METALLICA to create what I will wager is going to be THE festival of the year. See you at Sonisphere and get ready for a full-on ANTHRAX attack!!!"

AIRBOURNE added: "We are really excited to be rockin' Sonisphere '09 at such a classic venue as Knebworth House. We can't wait to get back to the U.K. again and we are honoured to be sharing the stage with the legendary METALLICA. Stand up for rock 'n' roll!"

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