British act Iron Maiden was hailed at 2007 Download Festival as they closed the event on Sunday and pulled the largest number of audience in the three days event. While audience nodded to their tunes, the heavy metal band admitted 'challenge' before taking the stage.
Bassist Steve Harriss told NME.com, "We're really looking forward to playing here tonight because we've only done four shows before this one. So it's going to be a bit nerve wracking and edgy but that's good because I think we need a challenge like that." Next thing, the band got on stage and performed the hit "Different World" from "A Matter of Life and Death" (2006) to a screaming crowd.
As part of the stage act, the band's famous mascot Eddie appeared on stage during the rendition of "Iron Maiden". A giant version of the mascot was later put on stage to play the guitar for "The Evil That Men Do".
Iron Maiden was made the last act of this year's festival with Evanescence, Papa Roach, Stone Sour and many more appeared in prior.
Director Stuart Galbraith decides to move next year's event one week later to June 13-15, 2008. "We've have also decided to push the festival back next year to compliment the European festival circuit because all their events have been pushed back too," he said. Galbraith later on added that he would like to see AC/DC, Foo Fighters and Muse to be the headliners of next year's festival.
Tickets to 2008 Download Festival will be sold this Friday (June 15) at 9 am at this year's prices.