Damn! Download Festival Bitch-Slapped by Merc
We knew it was lightweight, but didn't know that the Merc would deliver the crushing blow. Last weekend's poorly-attended, Download Fest (which the SF Weekly proudly sponsors) got tore a new anus in the Merc this week.
The Live Nation manufactured Download Festival, which made its debut just two years ago at Shoreline, could well be on its last leg. The 2007 edition drew poorly - at best only half filling the 22,000-capacity Shoreline - and the lineup, aside from the Cure, was mighty mundane. ... Those are some of the reasons why it won't be a surprise if Download doesn't reappear on the Shoreline schedule next year.
Unlike last year's go-around - which featured Beck, TV On the Radio, Muse and the Yeah Yeah Yeahs - there was little buzz about Download 2007.
P.S. We couldn't even give tickets away to that stinker. -David Downs