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He saved the day”: Download Festival’s Andy Copping remembers Joey Jordison’s 2004 Metallica set

Andy Copping remembers the time Joey Jordison filled in for Lars Ulrich during Metallica’s 2004 Download headline set.

As the rock world continues to pay tribute to the incredible Joey Jordison, Download Festival boss Andy Copping has recalled one of the most iconic moments in the drummer’s inimitable career: performing – at very short notice – with Metallica.

As the metal legends geared up to headline Download 2004, drummer Lars Ulrich was absent on the day, with James Hetfield and co. calling on Joey, plus Slayers Dave Lombardo and Lars’ tech Flemming Larsen to fill in last-minute. The then-Slipknot sticksman absolutely crushed eight tracks from the 11-song set – effortlessly nailing the likes of For Whom The Bell Tolls, Wherever I May Roam and Enter Sandman.

As cool as it was playing that show, what was cooler was playing in Metallica’s practice room,” Joey enthused years later. It was just me and those three guys, just warming up. What a dream come true, man. I’ll have dreams about it every once in a while. It was one of the best gigs of my life.”

Read this: Download Festival’s 17 most memorable moments ever

Now, Andy remembers of that very special day: Download 2004. The year where there was a no-show from Metallica’s Lars Ulrich. I remember receiving a call telling me to go backstage where I was given the news. There were two choices a) do Metallica cancel? or b) do Metallica convince other drummers on site to fill in? I suggested they cancel because I just couldn’t see b) happening, particularly as quite a few drummers that were asked said no. 

One guy who stepped up was Slipknot’s Joey Jordison,” he continues. The story was he’d played in a Metallica covers band prior to joining Slipknot, so knew a lot of their songs. Joey, along with Slayer’s Dave Lombardo, saved the day. Seeing Joey play with Metallica in his Slipknot mask was something I will never forget. Thank you, Joey – you were a giant. RIP.”

The Download Festival social media accounts have also paid tribute to Joey along with a photo from that 2004 set, writing: We are devastated to hear the news of Joey Jordison’s passing. 

As a founding member of Slipknot, his incredible influence to our world is immeasurable and will be felt for years to come. 

Our thoughts are with his family, friends and bandmates at this time. RIP.”

See the full Metallica 2004 Download Festival setlist:

1. Battery (with Dave Lombardo)
2. The Four Horsemen (with Dave Lombardo)
3. For Whom the Bell Tolls (with Joey Jordison)
4. Creeping Death (with Joey Jordison)
5. Seek & Destroy (with Joey Jordison)
6. Fade To Black (with Flemming Larsen (Lars’ drum tech))
7. Wherever I May Roam (with Joey Jordison)
8. Last Caress (Misfits cover) (with Joey Jordison)
9. Sad But True (with Joey Jordison)
10. Nothing Else Matters (with Joey Jordison)
11. Enter Sandman (with Joey Jordison)

And check out some grainy but nevertheless brilliant footage below:

Posted on July 28th 2021, 1:23p.m.
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