Metallica, Disturbed, and Lynard Skynard to headline Welcome to Rockville 2020

welcometorockville_2020_header.jpgWhen you call yourself “Florida’s Biggest Rock Experience,” you better have the evidence to back that up, and the people behind Welcome to Rockville have done just that.

On Tuesday (Dec. 10), Danny Wimmer Presents unveiled the official lineup for the tenth annual Welcome to Rockville, and to say that it’s going to be a rocking weekend may be putting it lightly.

Headlining the decade anniversary of the Florida-centric music festival will be Metallica the Deftones, Social Distortion, Disturbed, The Offspring, Lamb of God, Lynard Skynard, and Godsmack, just to name a few.

Joining the previously announced acts on next year’s roster will be Dropkick Murphys, Rancid, Motionless in White, The Pretty Reckless, Hollywood Undead, Mastodon, Gojira, Anthrax, and many more. More acts will reportedly be announced at a later date.

Metallica’s appearance at Welcome to Rockville is part of an exclusive deal with Danny Wimmer Presents. The joint venture, which was announced in October, will find the iconic metal act headlining all five of the promoters’ hard rock festivals in 2020. They’ve already been confirmed for North Carolina’s Epicenter.

As previously announced, Metallica will headline, not one, but two of the three days (Friday, May 8, and Sunday, May 10). Like with Epicenter, the group will perform two completely different setlists so you won’t hear the same exact songs each night.

As for Lynard Skynard, their appearance at Welcome to Rockville will be their last-ever gig in the North Florida area (aka their home area).

Welcome to Rockville will take over the Daytona International Speedway in Daytona Beach, Florida, during the weekend of May 8-10. Tickets are currently available for purchase on the music festival’s website.

If the holiday season has taken your wallet hostage, then you’d be happy to know that Welcome to Rockville is offering layaway options throughout December for just $20 down per pass.

For now, check out the full lineup below.

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Tool, Slipknot, blink-182 lead Aftershock 2019 lineup

Tool, Slipknot, and blink-182 are just some of the bands heading to California’s capital in October for the 2019 incarnation of the Aftershock music festival. On Tuesday (April 23), festival organizers announced the rocking lineup for the eighth annual event.

Joining Tool, Slipknot, and blink-182 on this year’s line up are Korn, Rob Zombie, Bring Me the Horizon, Marilyn Manson, Lamb of God, Halestorm, Chevelle, Dropkick Murphys, BABYMETAL, Bad Religion, Stone Temple Pilots, and many more.

“Aftershock Festival is always a unique experience for Korn compared to other festivals,” Korn’s Brian “Head” Welch says.

“One of the main reasons is we have many friends and family that live near Sacto, so it’s always like a family reunion when we play Aftershock. We’ve been gone a while and we’re coming back this year with a new album, new stage look, and a new excitement that is very contagious! We feel like we are on fire right now and our fans are gonna be fuel for the flames!”

Knowing that fans can’t get enough of the music festival, event organizers also unveiled that the festival has expanded from two days to three.

Dubbed “California’s biggest rock festival,” the event will return to its longtime home of Discovery Park in Sacramento during the weekend of Oct. 11-13.

Tickets, VIP packages, and hotel options go on sale this Friday, April 26, at noon PT. Tickets for Aftershock have sold out four years straight, so festival organizers are encouraging fans to get their tickets as soon as possible.

The official announcement comes a day after the lineup was leaked online. According to a Reddit post, the lineup was accidentally uploaded onto the festival’s website a day before it was set to go live. At the time, there was some speculation whether the lineup was real, but it turned out to be true.

For more details about the lineup, tickets, or general inquiries, head on over to Aftershock’s website.

The daily lineup for Aftershock can be found below.

AFTERSHOCK 2019 DAILY LINEUP:

Friday, October 11

Slipknot, Staind, Lamb of God, Halestorm, Dropkick Murphys, Sum 41, Clutch, I Prevail, Beartooth, Motionless in White, Andrew W.K., Philip H. Anselmo & the Illegals, Knocked Loose, Angel Du$t, While She Sleeps, Ded, The Pink Slips, Santa Cruz

Saturday, October 12

blink-182, Rob Zombie, Bring Me the Horizon, Marilyn Manson, Stone Temple Pilots, Bad Religion, Highly Suspect, Ghostemane, Fidlar, The Interrupters, Fishbone, Badflower, Ho99o9, Health, Parlor Mob, Sick Puppies, Spirit Adrift, Broken Hands, Dead Posey

Sunday, October 13

Tool, Korn, A Day to Remember, Chevelle, BABYMETAL, Gojira, Architects, Falling in Reverse, Deadland Ritual, Fu Manchu, The Crystal Method, Frank Carter & The Rattlesnakes, The Hu, Fire from the Gods, Joyous Wolf, Evan Konrad, Brkn Love, Blue Midnight

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Slayer unveil new North American 2019 tour stops

Slayer’s farewell tour just keeps on going and going. On Monday (Dec. 10), the iconic metal band announced the fifth leg of their “final” world tour. The upcoming trek, their third North American farewell jaunt, will find the group performing at venues across the north and southeastern parts of the continent during the month of May.

The 16-date tour will include stops in Albuquerque, Dallas, Tampa, West Palm Beach, Columbia, Camden, and more. The trek will begin on May 2 at the Ak-Chin Amphitheatre in Phoenix and conclude a few weeks later on May 25 at the Xfinity Center in Mansfield, Massachusetts.

According to a press release, there are still a slew of tour stops that have yet to be announced, but fans should expect them to be confirmed at a later date.
Lamb of God, Amon Amarth, and Cannibal Corpse will act as Slayer’s supporting acts throughout the upcoming tour.

Tickets for the springtime jaunt go on sale this Friday, Dec. 14, at 10 a.m. local time.
The newly announced dates will be sandwiched between the band’s previously announced fourth and sixth leg. The fourth leg of the farewell tour will find Slayer performing in Australia, New Zealand, Japan, and the Philippines while the sixth leg will include stops in Europe.

As if the new tour dates wasn’t enough, Slayer was confirmed as one of the many bands who will make their way to Canada in the summer for Montreal’s Heavy Montreal music festival. As of now, Slayer is the only band confirmed for the event set to take place in July.

For now, the complete list of newly announced tour dates can be seen below.

SLAYER’S NORTH AMERICAN FAREWELL TOUR: FIFTH LEG DATES:

May 2 – Phoenix, AZ – Ak-Chin Amphitheatre
May 3 – Albuquerque, NM – Isleta Amphitheatre,
May 5 – El Paso, TX – UTEP/Don Haskins Center
May 7 – Edinburg, TX – Bert Ogden Arena
May 8 – Dallas, TX – The Pavilion at Toyota Music Factory
May 10 – Tampa, FL – MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre
May 11 – West Palm Beach, FL – Coral Sky Amphitheatre
May 13 – Huntington, WV – Big Sandy Superstore Arena
May 14 – Columbia, MD – Merriweasther Post Pavilion
May 16 – Noblesville, IN – Ruoff Home Mortgage Music Center
May 17 – Bonner Springs, KS – Providence Medical Center Amphitheater
May 19 – Clarkston, MI – DTE Energy Music Center
May 20 – Youngstown, OH – Covel Centre
May 22 – Ottawa, Ontario – Canadian Tire Centre
May 24 – Camden, NJ – BB&T Pavilion
May 25 – Mansfield, MA – Xfinity Center

Foo Fighters, System of a Down, Joan Jett lead inaugural Sonic Temple Art and Music Festival

The inaugural Sonic Temple Art and Music Festival is about to show all other music festivals how to put together a rocking roster. On Monday (Nov. 26), Danny Wimmer Presents unveiled the lengthy lineup for the inaugural Sonic Temple Art and Music Festival. The forthcoming festival, which will replace Ohio’s long-running Rock on the Range, will feature some of the biggest names in the rock and metal genre.

The Foo Fighters, System of a Down, Disturbed, Bring Me the Horizon, the Prodigy, Ghost, Halestorm, Lamb of God, Chevelle, Joan Jett and the Blackhearts, and the Cult are just some of the major acts that will make their way to Columbus in mid-May.

Joining the aforementioned artists on the bill will be Tom Morello, Killswitch Engage, In This Moment, Parkway Drive, Beartooth, Scars on Broadway, Architects, Avatar, Bad Wolves, The Fever 333, Badflower, The Glorious Sons, Issues, Yungblud, H09909, Black Pistol Fire, Scarlxrd, Zeal & Ardor, Basement, The Black Dahlia Murder, and more.

In addition to the long-list of bands, Sonic Temple will also include a comedy and spoken word tent. Andrew Dice Clay, Henry Rollins, and Pauly Shore have been confirmed with more acts to be announced at a later date.

“Although in its inaugural year, Sonic Temple’s pedigree is proven, and its roots are strong; it made total sense for us to be involved,” System of a Down’s Shavo Odadjian said in a press statement. “One could argue that it was a long time coming. We’ll see you all in Columbus this May.”

Disturbed’s David Draiman mirrors Odadjian sentiment: “We are honored to share the stage with all of our amazingly talented friends and colleagues at the upcoming Sonic Temple Festival in Columbus, Ohio. Are You Ready?!?!”

The Sonic Temple Art and Music Festival will make its debut at the MAPFRE Stadium in Columbus, Ohio during the weekend of May 17 – 19.

General admission tickets, VIP tickets, premium VIP tickets, and camping packages go on sale beginning this Friday, Nov. 30, at noon EST. For more information about the festival, tickets, or the artists, head on over to the festival’s website here.

The upcoming three-day event will replace Columbus’ long-running Rock on the Range Festival. Back in September, Danny Wimmer Presents announced plans to put an end to Rock on The Range, but assured rock and metal fans that something bigger would be coming.

“When we started Rock on the Range, there was no other festival in America quite like it but recently it became clear that we had different visions of where to take the festival next. The city of Columbus and our devoted rock fans deserve a one-of-a-kind, world-class festival, and that is exactly what Sonic Temple Art + Music Festival will bring to MAPFRE Stadium.”

The official poster for Sonic Temple can be seen below.

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Chicago Open Air 2017 lineup unleashed

The lineup for the second annual Chicago Open Air has been unveiled and it looks like rockers and metal heads alike will be stoked. On Tuesday (Jan. 17), festival organizers unveiled the lengthy list of  artists set to hit Chicago in mid-July. KISS, Rob Zombie, Megadeth, Anthrax, Korn, Godsmack, Seether, Ozzy Osbourne, Slayer, Stone Sour, and Lamb of God are some of the over 40 performers scheduled to take over Toyota Park.

“Walking through the site last year, I saw people from all over the world. Different ages, different races – people celebrating rock culture. When curating the 2017 version of Chicago Open Air, we wanted to find that balance for everyone who attends the festival. From iconic artists like Ozzy, KISS, Korn and Slayer to Rob Zombie, Godsmack and Stone Sour to Amon Amarth, Meshuggah and Behemoth. If you are a rock fan, this is a must see experience,” said Danny Wimmer, founder of Danny Wimmer Presents.

In addition to the rocking music, Chicago Open Air will also feature craft beer, the Gourmet Man Food festival, as well as several parties and experiences.

Chicago Open Air will return to this home of Toyota Park in Bridgeview, IL, just outside Chicago, during the weekend of July 14-16. Tickets for the music festival will go on sale beginning this Friday, Jan. 20. At that time, there will be four different options to choose from. The three-day general admission field pass that will cost you around $209.50. the three-day general admission bowl pass will cost around $119.50. For those not sure if they want to go one day or all three days, single day passes will cost $50. If you want to experience the music festival and not to worried about prices, there will be a three-day VIP pass that starts at $425.00. For more information about passes or the artists, head on over to the music festival’s website.

For now, the daily list of artists can be seen below so you can begin to pan accordingly.

Friday, July 14: KISS, Rob Zombie, Megadeth, Anthrax, Meshuggah, The Dillinger Escape Plan, Falling In Reverse, Vimic, Suicide Silence, Whitechapel, Crobot, Code Orange, Hell or Highwater, Failure Anthem

Saturday, July 15: Korn, Godsmack, Seether, Clutch, Steel Panther, Body Count, Avatar, Mushroomhead, Metal Church, Pig Destroyer, Dragonforce, Cane Hill, Night Verses, Black Map

Sunday, July 16: Ozzy Osbourne, Slayer, Stone Sour, Lamb Of God, Amon Amarth, Behemoth, Hellyeah, Demon Hunter, DevilDriver, KYNG, Norma Jean, Whores., DED

North Carolina’s Carolina Rebellion announces set times

With just a couple of weeks left until Monster Energy Carolina Rebellion is set to invade Concord, NC, festival organizers have unveiled the set times for the artists making their way up north. On Monday (April 25), Carolina Rebellion organizers unveiled the set times for the three-day music festival as well as for the campground pre-party. Previously , it was announced that performers including Disturbed, Rob Zombie, Five Finger Death Punch, Shinedown, Deftones, A Day To Remember, 3 Doors Down, Alice Cooper, Bring Me the Horizon, Cypress Hill, Pennywise, Lamb Of God, and more would head to North Carolina in early May.

Like all the other rock-centric music festivals, organizers have done a good job of making sure that the bands performing on the Monster CAROLINA stage and Monster REBELLION stages (the main stages) do not overlap. The same cannot be said about the bands performing on the BLACK  and GOLD stages. The complete daily lineup for the 2016 incarnation of Carolina Rebellion can be seen below. Door for all days of the festivities will open at 11 a.m.

Friday, May 6:

Monster CAROLINA stage:

12:30 PM – Sick Puppies

2:00 PM – Black Stone Cherry

3:40 PM – Pop Evil

5:30 PM – Sixx:A.M.

8:15 PM – Lynard Skynard

Monster REBELLION stage:

11:30 AM – Aranda

1:00 PM – Lacey Strum

2:35 PM – Avatar

4:20 PM – HELLYEAH

6:15 PM – 3 Doors Down

9:30 PM – Scorpions

BLACK stage:

12:00 PM – The Glorious Sons

1:30 PM – Big Jesus

3:10 PM – Candlebox

5:00 PM – Filter

7:15 PM – Collective Soul

GOLD stage:

12:00 PM – Stitched Up Heart

1:30 PM – From Ashes to New

3:10 PM: New Year’s Day

5:00 PM – Escape the Fate

7:15 PM – Between the Buried & Me

Saturday, May 7:

Monster CAROLINA stage:

1:15 PM – Saint Asonia

2:45 PM – P.O.D.

4:25 PM – Anthrax

6:15 PM – Megadeth

8:45 PM – Five Finger Death Punch

Monster REBELLION stage:

12:15 PM – Red Sun Rising

1:45 PM – Trivium

3:20 PM – Sevendust

5:05 – Bullet For My Valentine

7:15 PM – A Day to Remember

9:45 PM – Shinedown

BLACK stage:

11:45 PM – Monster Truck

12:45 PM – Andrew Watt

2:15 PM – Audiotopsy

3:55 PM – Parkway Drive

5:45 PM – Ghost

8:00 PM – Lamb of God

GOLD stage:

11:45 AM – Cane Hill

12:45 PM – Wilson

2:15 PM – Texas Hippie Coalition

3:55 PM – The Sword

5:45 PM – Clutch

Sunday, May 8:

Monster CAROLINA stage:

1:40 PM – Thousand Foot Krutch

3:10 PM – Yelawolf

4:40 PM – Cypress Hill

6:30 PM – Deftones

8:45 PM – Rob Zombie

Monster REBELLION stage:

2:10 PM – Hands Like Houses

3:40 PM – The Struts

5:20 PM – Pennywise

7:15 PM – Bring Me the Horizon

9:45 PM – Disturbed

BLACK stage:

1:15 PM – The Shrine

2:40 PM – Royal Thunder

4:10 PM – Enter Shikari

6:00 PM – BABYMETAL

8:00 PM – Alice Cooper

GOLD stage:

12:35 PM – ’68

1:15 PM – Unlocking the Truth

2:40 PM – Code Orange

4:15 PM – August Burns Red

6:00 PM – Asking Alexandria

The “Mid-Atlantic’s biggest rock festival” is set to take place during the weekend of May 6-8 at the Rock City Campgrounds at Charlotte Motor Speedway in Concord, NC. Currently, the festival is offering three-day weekend general admission tickets, two-day general admission tickets, single-day tickets, as well as three-day weekend ticket four-packs. As of now, tickets for Monster Energy Carolina Rebellion are at its lowest with ticket prices rising after Monday, May 2. Monster Energy Carolina Rebellion is just one of the many rock-centric music festivals taking place in May or as they call it, the “World’s Loudest Month.”

If remembering when your favorite band is performing is a little bit of a task for you, Carolina Rebellion has announced that there is an app to help you keep track of those set times. The app is currently available on both iTunes and Google Play.

Rock on the Range Unveil More Information About Tenth Anniversary

Rock on the Range will be celebrating its tenth anniversary this spring. Festival organizers previously confirmed that a slew of artists including the newly reunited At the Drive-In, Rob Zombie, A Day to Remember, Bring Me the Horizon, the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Lamb of God, Disturbed, and more would be making their way to the MAPFRE Stadium in Columbus, OH in late May. Now, festival organizers have unveiled another huge band heading to the three-day music festival.

On Monday (Feb. 8), Rock on the Range organizers revealed that the Deftones have been added to their list. The California band recently revealed that their new album, Gore, would be released on April 8, a little over a month before they take the stage at Rock on the Range. “Rock On The Range has always been a show we enjoy playing, and to be a part of the tenth year is particularly exciting for us, especially with a new album in tow. See you all in May,” Deftones frontman Chino Moreno said.

In addition to the Deftones joining the lineup, it was also revealed that on Saturday (May 21), Rock on the Range will include a live version of VH1 Classic’s program, That Metal Show. The live show will feature interviews with various bands on the lineup, a “Stump The Trunk” segment, and That Metal Show commentary by hosts Eddie Trunk, Don Jamieson, and Jim Florentine.

Tickets for the Ohio-based festival are currently available on the festival’s website, but it is recommended that those who are digging the lineup so far get their tickets as soon as possible. Beginning Monday, Feb. 22, the prices of all tickets will increase. Weekend general admission prices will increase to $229.50 (plus fees) while weekend stadium general admission tickets will go up to $159.50 (plus fees). For more information about Rock on the Range including the lineup, tickets, or the lineup for the ROTR Rolling Rock Comedy tent, head on over to the festival website.

Lamb of God Bring the Circle Pit to Late Night

Have you ever seen a circle pit form during a performance on a late night talk show? Well, if you haven’t (we are the first to admit that we’ve never seen it happen), then there’s definitely a first time for everything.

During their late night performance on Jimmy Kimmel Live!, Lamb of God fans got so into the band’s two performances that they started a circle pit. In the video for “Still Echoes” you can see a man in a suit get pushed into the pit which is definitely a “what the…?” moment. Check out the band’s performances of “512” and “Still Echoes” from their recently released album, VII: Sturm und Drang below.

Lamb of God is currently on Slipknot’s “Summer’s Last Stand Tour” which is slated to end next Wednesday, Sept. 9, at the Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion in Houston. Tonight, the tour will invade the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. The remaining tour dates can be seen below.

SLIPKNOT’S SUMMER’S LAST STAND TOUR:

8/28 Las Vegas, NV @ MGM Grand
8/29 Phoenix, AZ @ Ak-Chin Pavilion
8/30 Albuquerque, NM @ Isleta Amphitheater
9/1 Austin, TX @ Austin360 Amphitheater
9/2 Houston, TX @ Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion

Lamb of God Release “Embers” Featuring Deftones’ Chino Moreno

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Lamb of God are giving their fans something good to start off their weekend with; a brand new song.

Releasing the fifth single off their upcoming new album, VII: Sturm und Drang, the band have unveiled another new track from it, a song titled “Embers.” Unlike the previous songs that have been released, “Embers” features a special guest on the track; Deftones’ Chino Moreno.

While speaking with Rolling Stone about the new song, frontman Randy Blythe had the following to say about how the song came together and why they decided on Moreno for the vocal contribution.

“I wrote all of Chino [Moreno]‘s lyrics and they deal with how loss affects interpersonal relationships, like in a family dynamic,” begins Blythe.

“If a family member dies, that can really twist things up. I used a sort of ‘oceanic’ vibe in the lyrics. I’m talking about ‘I’ve been staring at her laying still for so long,’ and I’m talking about the ocean at that point. The ocean is a metaphor for life.”

“When the band wrote the music to that one, there were two different endings,” continues Blythe.

“In one, it was ‘Lamb of God,’ like, boring, we’ve done it a million times. And then Mark wrote this other beautiful, swelling thing, and I heard it when I was still down at the beach writing my book and listening to it. I’m a huge Deftones fan, and I could hear Chino’s vocals on it. One day, during the pre-production I come in and Mark and Josh [Wilbur, producer] are sitting there and they’re like, ‘What do you think about Chino doing vocals?’ I’m like, ‘Yes!’ Chino came and he sang me the melody he had in his mind, sort of nonsense words like how we singers do. So I took some fragments I had and made it fit. He crushed it. He’s Chino. There’s no one that sounds like him.”

Check out “Embers” below.

Lamb of God will be heading out on tour alongside Slipknot, Motionless in White, and Bullet for My Valentine beginning next Friday, July 24, at the Coral Sky Amphitheater in West Palm Beach (we’ll be at that show). In a cool twist thanks to this whole “global music release day,” the tour will begin on the same exact date that VII: Sturm und Drang will be released.

Pre-orders for the impending album is still available on the band’s website.

Slipknot and Lamb of God to Take a “Last Stand” This Summer

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Last Fall, Slipknot brought Hell to North America when they embarked on their “Prepare for Hell” tour with Korn and King 810, and now, they’ll be bringing it back…kind of.

The Iowa-based metal band announced earlier in the day that they planned to head back out on tour during the Summer alongside special guests Lamb of God, Bullet For My Valentine, and Motionless in White.

The tour will kick off in sunny South Florida on July 24 at the Coral Sky Amphitheater (FKA Cruzan Amphitheater) in West Palm Beach and wrap up a month and a half later on Sept. 2 in Houston at the Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion.

Full tour dates for the shows can be seen below.

SLIPKNOT’S SUMMER’S LAST STAND TOUR:

7/24 West Palm Beach, FL @ Coral Sky Amphitheater (FKA Cruzan Amphitheater)
7/25 Tampa, FL Mid @ Florida Amp
7/26 Atlanta, GA @ Aaron’s Amphitheater
7/28 Detroit, MI @ DTE Energy
7/29 Darien, NY @ Darien Lake PAC
7/31 Saratoga Springs, NY @ SPAC
8/1 Wantagh, NY @ Nikon at Jones Beach
8/2 Hartford, CT @ Xfinity Theatre
8/4 Boston, MA @ Xfinity Center
8/5 Holmdel, NJ @ PNC Bank Arts
8/6 Pittsburgh, PA @ First Naigara Pavlion
8/8 Toronto, ON @ Molson Amp
8/11 Washington DC @ Jiffy Lube Live
8/12 Virginia Beach, VA @ Farm Bureau Live
8/14 Indianapolis, IN @ Klipsch Music Center
8/15 Chicago, IL @ First Midwest Bank Amp
8/16 St. Louis, MO @ Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre
8/19 Denver, CO @ Red Rocks Amp
8/21 Salt Lake City, UT @ USANA Amp
8/23 Seattle, WA @ White River Amp
8/23 Vancouver, BC @ Rogers Arena
8/26 Concord, CA @ Concord Pavilion
8/28 Las Vegas, NV @ TBD
8/29 Phoenix, AZ @ Ak-Chin Pavilion
8/30 Albuquerque, NM @ Isleta Amphitheater
9/1 Austin, TX @ Austin360 Amphitheater
9/2 Houston, TX @ Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion

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