Metallica, Iron Maiden Headline the Return of Sonisphere

Heavy metal heroes Metallica and Iron Maiden are set to play their only UK shows next year with headlining slots at legendary rock festival Sonisphere.

The Knebworth event was cancelled two years in a row, but is set to return next year and will mark the 40th year of rock n roll celebrations held in the grounds of the iconic Knebworth House.

Iron Maiden singer Bruce Dickinson said in a statement: “We all grew up in England well aware of the importance of the legendary concerts at Knebworth, and scarily it all seems quite recent! Without being clichéd, it really is an honor and privilege to return to play there with the purpose of celebrating some of the finest moments in British rock history from inspirational bands like Pink Floyd, The Who, Zeppelin, The Stones and Genesis.”

Metallica’s drummer, and, apparently, the official spokesperson of the band, Lars Ulrich (because, let’s face it, when has any other member of Metallica ever said anything?) also commented on their upcoming appearance, saying, “This just works on all fronts: Metallica and Knebworth, Metallica by Request, Metallica and Iron Maiden.”

He continued: “To be invited to co-headline the 40th anniversary celebration at the legendary Knebworth House is truly a mindf–k. Considering the iconic bands whose performances at Knebworth are part of rock and roll history, it’s not only a next level honour, but a somewhat humbling undertaking.”

He also explained that Metallica fans will be able to vote on the band’s set list:

“And what could be more fitting on our third Knebworth go-around than to play an all-request set, chosen entirely by the fans? We are soooo excited about the limitless possibilities of our friends picking what songs Metallica get to perform on this forthcoming evening from the nearly 140 songs we’ve recorded throughout our ride. Who knows what crazy challenges will be thrown our way? Maybe a song that has never been performed live before? Maybe a few deep cuts that haven’t been aired in ages? Maybe a couple of your toe-tapping favorites? An obscure cover? Whatever happens, it will be unique, it will be special, and it’s all up to you.”

Sonisphere 2014 is set to take place in Knebworth Park between July 4th and 6th 2014.

A spokesperson for the event commented, “During our two-year absence we’ve continued to believe in and work hard on Sonisphere. We said in 2013 that if we had the right line-up then we would be back, and that’s exactly what we’ve got in 2014. The omens were obviously on our side when we secured the two biggest and best metal acts of all time in the year that also brings the 40th anniversary of the first concert at Knebworth.”

Rock on, Knebworth.