FESTIVAL REVIEW: Chicago Open Air 2019

The rain. It’s been a thing this festival season, hasn’t it? But even with that said, Chicago Open Air Presents, which hasn’t seen a line up since 2017, pushed on through for their long awaiting festival fans who came to rock – rain or shine! And I’ll tell you: even with the rain, loyal fans pushed through those gates once those doors opened and ran towards that one main stage at the Seat Geek Stadium like it was the most anticipated event of their year. It was sad to see early bands like Vein and Code Orange get canceled by rain and the later start, but the safety of the fans has to come first.  It was awesome to see the stage relive its previous year’s glory with the sound of pure rock that could only come from some of the heaviest hitting metal/rock bands around. And the music did fly high above those storm clouds when Beartooth hit the stage that first day. Well-known Swedish bands like Meshuggah and a very artistic and melodic metal performance by Ghost was next, followed by long-awaited headliners System of A Down. SOAD had everyone, myself included, singing along to classics like ‘Aerials’, ‘B.Y.O.B’ amongst their thirty song setlist, and I’m pretty sure that by when they closed out with ‘Toxicity’ we were all out of breath and losing our vocal cords. Eh, it was worth it.

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Watch System of a Down Play Their Hits at Chicago Open Air

Fans braved the rain and a delay to make it through day one if Chicago Open Air yesterday (May 18th). And they did tough it out just to see System of a Down continue their live reunion. Following their set the night before at Sonic Temple, the band played a huge, long set list of twenty-five tracks in a killer performance. Watch fan-filmed footage of the entire performance and more from SOAD right now, and see the full setlist below. Continue reading

FESTIVAL PREVIEW: Epicenter Festival 2019

Kicking off today, Epicenter Festival the replacement for Carolina Rebellion, makes its debut event by Danny Wimmer Presents gets underway in North Carolina! Tool, Judas Priest, Foo Fighters, Korn, Rob Zombie, Evanescence, The Cult, Meshuggah, Mark Lanegan Band, Mastodon,Killswitch Engage, Architects, Tom Morello, High On Fire, Zeal & Ardor, Knocked Loose, Slothrust, Vein, Ho99o9o, Basement, The Dirty Nil, and many more have joined the bill. Epicenter takes place May 10-12 at the Rockingham Festival Grounds with the rest of the lineup below. Continue reading

Tool Posts New Artwork Visualizers On Their Website

As Ghost Cult broke the news this weekend, things are heating up in the Tool camp and we may yet get that long-awaited album this spring. The band posted two new visualizers on their website today, which you can see below, courtesy of Metal Injection. No music with them, sadly, but definitely the tripped out artwork the band is famous for on their albums, videos, and stage shows. Speaking of shows, Tool will be the headliners for Chicago Open Air, Epicenter, Welcome To Rockville, as well as Download, and a full European tour. Continue reading

System Of A Down Bassist Shavo Odadjian Still Thinks They Will Make Music Again

In the on-going he said – he said between members of System of A Down, bassist Shavo Odadjian believes the band will again make music someday. He also expressed in a new interview that he is disappointed with how some of the back and forth between the members has played out in the music press. The band is booked for music festivals in America next summer, such as Sonic Temple and Chicago Open Air. Continue reading

System of a Down, Tool, The Prodigy, Ghost, Meshuggah, Gojira Booked For Chicago Open Air 2019

Chicago Open Air, which took off 2018, is coming back hard in 2019! The first lineup was announced today and looks awesome! System of a Down, Tool, The Prodigy, Ghost, Meshuggah, Gojira, Beartooth, In This Moment, Code Orange, FEVER 333, Knocked Loose, The Black Dahlia Murder, Vein and Alien Weaponry are all announced with more names to come soon! The show takes place at the newly renamed Seat Geek Stadium, in Bridgeview, IL., right next to Chicago. Tickets go on sale this Friday 12/14 at the link below. Continue reading

Epicenter Festival Replaces Carolina Rebellion, Full Lineup Coming In December

Epicenter Festival has been announced as the replacement for the successful Carolina Rebellion fest which has been retired after seven years. Epicenter will be a new three-day destination music experience from premier independent U.S. music festival producer Danny Wimmer Presents. Moving to the newly created Rockingham Festival Grounds in Richmond County, North Carolina and taking place on Friday, May 10, Saturday, May 11 and Sunday, May 12, 2019. The new festival grounds will be developed in coordination with Rockingham Dragway and Rockingham Speedway, with even more music, extensive camping options, and no curfew. The full lineup will be announced on December 10th and of course, we will have it here at Ghost Cult! Continue reading

Rock On The Range, Carolina Rebellion, Chicago Open Air Get Rebranded, 2019 Dates Booked

In a major shake-up to the US music festival scene, Danny Wimmer Presents, purveyors of the biggest rock and metal festivals has announced major changes to its spring 2019 lineup. Columbus, Ohio’s Rock on the Range is over after 12 years and being named the Sonic Temple Art + Music Festival. It will debut at MAPFRE Stadium in Columbus (traditionally the home of Rock on the Range) on May 17 – 19, 2019. The changes are due to a split between Danny Wimmer Presents and AEG Live, the two companies who have co-produced the event in the past. Continue reading