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Steel Panther: why we love Download Festival

Steel Panther drummer Stix Zadinia reveals why Download Festival will always have a place in the band's hearts

Steel Panther drummer Stix Zadinia says that Download Festival played an important part is getting the band established in the UK.

"It holds a special place on my heart because it's the first festival we ever played," Stix tells Classic Rock. "Andy Copping [Download promoter] brought us out a week after our first album came out. He had the foresight to bring us out, and the UK fans embraced us from the very get-go.

"It's an amazing festival. I've played a lot of rock'n'roll festivals, and there's something special and kinda majestic about Download. It's got that mystique. You've got to really get prepared for Download, especially if you're on the main stage. It's not something you take lightly. You've got to go out there and kill."

Referring to the band's triumphant 2014 appearance at the festival, Stix says, "It was phenomenal. When you start playing music and you're a rock'n'roll kid, you imagine playing to 80 or 90,000 people and them all loving what you're doing. And to be able to actually do that, especially at a place like Download, and have that reception from your fans... it's indescribable.

"For us, it's a party. And when you're at a party, everyone is involved in it. Everybody's interacting, and it's like one giant rager. That's how we like to do it."

Steel Panther's new album Lower The Bar is out now. The band head out on tour in April (dates below) and play Download Festival on Sunday June 11. Tickets are on sale now.

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Steel Panther on tour

Apr 05: The Fillmore, Philadelphia, PA
Apr 06: Irving Plaza, New York, NY
Apr 07: Rams Head Live!, Baltimore, MD
Apr 08: Starland Ballroom, Sayreville, NJ
Apr 10: House of Blues, Boston, MA
Apr 11: Metropolis, Montréal, Canada
Apr 12: Rapids Theatre, Buffalo, NY
Apr 14: Stage AE, Pittsburgh, PA
Apr 15: Newport Music Hall, Columbus, OH
Apr 17: The National, Richmond, VA
Apr 18: The International, Knoxville, TN
Apr 19: Marathon Music Works Nashville, TN
Apr 21: The Ritz, Raleigh, NC
Apr 22: The Norva, Norfolk, VA
Apr 23: The Fillmore, Charlotte, NC
Apr 24: Center Stage, Atlanta, GA
Jun 11: Download Festival, Castle Donington, UK
Jun 16: Graspop Metal Meeting, Dessel, Belgium
Jul 08: Deerfoot Inn & Casino Calgary, Canada
Jul 15: Chicago Open Air 2017 w/ Godsmack, Bridgeview, IL
Jul 21: Loud N Lima w/ Bobaflex, Lima, OH
Oct 28: Rock N' Skull 2017 Pekin, IL

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