Rock USA Festival Has Been Forced to Cancel Their 2020 Event Due To COVID-19

Rock USA and its sister festival Country USA has been forced to cancel their 2020 events due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. The festival, one of the biggest in the US, was to have celebrated its 10th-anniversary edition this summer, and was going to take place July 16-18 at Ford Festival Park in Oshkosh, Wisconsin. Of the 40 bands and headliners and support acts included Limp Bizkit, Slipknot, Rob Zombie (headlining for a 3rd straight year), Halestorm, Ice Cube, Papa Roach, Anthrax, Chevelle, Avtar, Feever333, Hellyeah, Steel Panther, Knocked Loose, Bad Wolves, Attila and more. Hypervibe, Inc. is the festival promoter and has vowed to attempt to rebook the fest. Continue reading

Rock USA Books Limp Bizkit, Slipknot, Rob Zombie, Halestorm, Ice Cube, Papa Roach, Attila and More

Rock USA will celebrate its 10th-anniversary edition this summer, set to take place July 16-18 at Ford Festival Park in Oshkosh, Wisconsin. Over 40 headliners and support act Limp Bizkit, Slipknot, Rob Zombie, Halestorm, Ice Cube, Papa Roach, Anthrax, Chevelle, Avtar, Feever333, Hellyeah, Steel Panther, Knocked Loose, Bad Wolves, Attila and more. Hypervibe, Inc. the company that produces Country USA, puts on the fest. Tickets go on sale next week at the link below. Continue reading

ShipRocked 2018 Is Sold Out, The Stowaways All-Star Band Adds More Legends

ShipRocked, the best hard rock music cruise in the world, has announced it is totally sold out for 2018. There is a popular waiting list for the cruise, and Ghost Cult has the details below how to a sign-up. Sailing from January 21-25, 2018 onboard the Carnival Liberty from Port Canaveral, Florida to Nassau & Half Moon Cay In The Bahamas, the 2018 edition of ShipRocked features Stone Sour, Seether, In This Moment, Black Label Society and more! Continue reading

Food Truck and Rock Carnival: Day 2 – Live in Clark NJ

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We arrived at Day Two of the Food Truck and Rock Carnival a bit tired, but amped up for a full day of bands. With more time to explore the fest this day, we checked out the awesome fair food in the main concert area such as corn dogs and deep-fried Oreo’s as well as some of more interesting choices on the Food Truck side too.

Like A Storm, by Keith Chachkes

Like A Storm, by Keith Chachkes

Doing a reverse of yesterday, we took in the bands first, followed by some Carnie fun, and then more bands. Up and coming New Zealand rockers Like A Storm were the first band we saw and they were insanely good. With several rock hits at satellite radio, they had their own fans in the house. They seemed to make a lot of new converts too with a fiery show. Crobot was next on the other main stage. If you have never seen them, they are a fierce piece of psych rock explosiveness! They whipped the crowd into a frenzy with their over the top antics.

Crobot, by Keith Chachkes

Crobot, by Keith Chachkes


Anthrax, by Keith Chachkes

Anthrax, by Keith Chachkes

After I headed back stage to conduct some band interviews we headed back out the now full festival grounds. It was really impressive to see this for a first time fest. Especially after the performance of the next band I caught: Anthrax. The band has been touring like crazy leading up to their new album For All Kings (Megaforce) due this winter. The band had a short set so they dispensed with the pleasantries and commenced the ass kicking. In addition to their typical hits, they played the rarely ever heard live ‘Lone Justice’ as a tribute to Eddie Trunk. The band was on fire too, especially drummer Charlie Benante and singer Joey Belladonna.


Nighttime fell on the fest and lights from the stages and the carnival lit up the sky and you just felt everyone’s collective energy was high. Following the model of some European fests the two areas in front of the main stages was cut into a big “Y” shape with an enormous VIP area. This also helped security with crowd control, but at the same time made it a chore to see both stages easily. This was the only weakness of the weekend to me. At the same time the two stages also created an awesome VIP Cabana area between them, that for the came with tons of amenities including private wait staff services, a private viewing area of the stage, a private VIP meet and greet sesh, free beers and up close access to the bands and the main stages other fans did not have. The fan in me was a little bit jelly and some of the patrons I talked to were over the moon about the experience.

Clutch, by Keith Chachkes

Clutch, by Keith Chachkes

The perfect band to bring in the spirit of rock revivalism to the darkened skies was Clutch who happened to be up next. They played a lot of songs from their new album ‘Psychic Warfare’ (Weathermaker Music) and no one complained. Neil Fallon gesticulated wildly all over the stage, tending to his flock. The band was tight as hell and just jammed it out for an hour straight. Late in the set brought the hits fans wanted to hear like ‘Spacegrass’ and ‘The Mob Goes Wild’.

Schism, by Keith Chachkes

Schism, by Keith Chachkes

Tucked away in the far corner of the fest, the carnival area was the last stage, and by all accounts had been decently attended all day with locals and some bands paying tribute to rock and metal heroes. Two of the most prominent tribute bands in the nation closed the stage each night: RATM2, he Rage Against the Machine Tribute and Schism, the première Tool tribute band. I managed to catch some of Schism’s set, and having been a Tool-o-phile from back n the day and seeing the band as many times as I have, they are the real deal. If you have never seen the enigmatic gods of art rock, Schism is a fair stand in both sonically and visually. Next year this stage ought to be closer to the main stages.

Chester Bennington with Stone Temple Pilots, by Keith Chachkes

Chester Bennington with Stone Temple Pilots, by Keith Chachkes

Godsmack and Stone Temple Pilots closed the main stages respectively on this night with a lots of bravado from each. STP featuring Chester Bennington (Linkin Park) for one of the last times, played all the songs that made them of the première alt rock bands of the 90s. Chester is spot on vocally, and a star in every way imaginable. Fans have commented that his copying Scott Weiland is unflattering to the band and off-putting, and I have to say it isn’t necessary at all. Chester can hang with anyone vocally and to me was a great fit with STP, end of story.

Crowd at The Rock Carnival, by Keith Chachkes

Crowd at The Rock Carnival, by Keith Chachkes

Godsmack opened up with a montage film that recapped their last few years touring and intercut shots of iconic Boston sports people such as Tom Brady, Rob Gronkowski, members of the Boston Bruins and David Ortiz. Curious choices in New Jersey, the land of many Jets and Yankees fans, but oh well. The band came out fired up and played all their big radio friendly tracks. They were a worthy closer on this night. Drummer Shannon Larkin always stands out a lot to me. He is one of the most talented drummers you will ever see live worth watching. Sully Erna flipped back and forth between playing guitar and running around with a wireless microphone, and seemed to really relish performing for such an enthusiastic crowd.

Godsmack, by Keith Chachkes

Godsmack, by Keith Chachkes



Godsmack, by Keith Chachkes

Godsmack, by Keith Chachkes


Godsmack, by Keith Chachkes

Godsmack, by Keith Chachkes

I made it a point each day to hang a lot at the Birch Hill Stage towards the end of each day. It seemed that a lot of industry types were gathering there, and it was awesome to see my brethren from the world of music journalism and publicity. Plus the beer garden was right there. The final bands trifecta of LA Guns, Lita Ford, and Slaughter was a great way to cap off the weekend. LA Guns was solid, Lita was excellent, but Slaughter was downright special. After all these years it’s a amazing how little Slaughter has changed. They were a thing to behold, especial Mark Slaughter’s stratospheric singing voice. Of course they closed the weekend with ‘Fly To The Angels’ and ‘Up All Night’ performed to a crowd feeling a mix of jubilation and satisfaction that comes from a having a great time. I held my BFF tight and raised up those horns one last time for the night. Food Truck and Rock Carnival, do us a solid and comeback next year twice as baddass!

Slaughter, by Keith Chachkes

Slaughter, by Keith Chachkes


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Food Truck and Rock Carnival: Day 1 – Live in Clark, NJ

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Throngs of people descended on Southern New Jersey for the first annual Food Truck and Rock Carnival to enjoy the sites, tastes and sounds that they had to offer. Although New Jersey may not be the first place you think of for a destination music festival, to paraphrase a line from the movie Dogma: never underestimate the staggering appeal of “The Garden State”. In the post Hurricane Sandy reality for residents here, including many of the vendors I spoke with, it was great is spend some time and money down here and support this community.


The lay of the land was on the vast side: with two main stages, plus several smaller stages, one hosting a lot of glam rock notables and another with local bands and tribute acts. One entire area was scoped out for the free carnival full of rides, traditional attractions, wrestling matches, notable entertainment personalities speaking, music industry lecturers, comedy shows, merch and a bunch of amazing food trucks. The rides and games were non-stop Some had the typical fair food while others were unique and were like catnip to the foodie souls. Although it was impossible to try them all as the formed a perimeter around the entire carnival area, we did sample a few. Among the best were my personal favorites Fork in The Road, followed by The Angry Crab, Amanda Banana, Dark Side of The Moo, Empanada Guy, Nooch’s Mac Truck, and So Jersey.

Then there was the music. Day 1 featured a bevy of cool bands from across the rock and metal world. Early day entrants from the rock world such as Bad Case For Big Mouth, Fit For Rivals, Otherwise and rising superstars Pop Evil were greeted to a large early crowd and enthusiastic fans. Their recent new album Up (eOne) they are supporting, and the bands high-profile tours and car commercials are starting to bear fruit that can be seen in their sizzling live performances.


Sevendust, by OJC Pics/OmarCordy

Skid Row continues to plow ahead with new singer Tony Harnell. They played a set heavy on the hits, and sounded refreshed. It’s been a minute since I heard this many people screaming along to ’18 And Life’, ‘Monkey Business’, and ‘Youth Gone Wild’. The world needs more of this on a regular basis. Puddle Of Mudd has been road tripping themselves ls a lot of late at similar festivals. Choppy at times as a live band, they leaned on their hits like ‘Blurry’ and their closer ‘She Hates Me’. Next Sevendust was bringing the crowd to their feet in praise for their about to be released (out now), album Kill The Flaw (7Bros) They played some heavy hits and one deep cut, ‘Shine’, that had me and other fans besides ourselves. This band always brings live.


Zakk Wylde of Black Label Society, by OJC Pics/OmarCordy

As the warm up to the headliners, Zakk Wylde and his Black Label Society played a crushing set of heavy tracks. Wylde of course is the main attraction for shred nerds, Ozzy fanatics, MC crew types. Not only was the band tight, and he played his customary extended guitar solo in the set. Highlights for me included ‘The Beginning… At Last’, ‘Funeral Bell’, ‘Bleed For Me’, ‘Suicide Messiah’, and ‘Stillborn’.


Eddie Trunk of That Metal Show introduces King’s X, by OJC Pics/OmarCordy

In between bands all day I tried to catch some of the talent at the Birch Hill Stage, named for the old Birch Hill Nightclub, the stuff of Jersey legend and special venue to me. Among the acts we caught some or all of were Gilby Clarke (Gun ‘N Roses), Faster Pussycat, Stephen Percy of Ratt fame and King’s X. We saw all of their set and it was terrific. Hanging out with fans and singing every word in the set from the crowd was LaJon of Sevendust, who also gave the band a shout out earlier in the day too.


Three Days Grace, by OJC Pics/OmarCordy



Three Days Grace, by OJC Pics/OmarCordy

Back to the main stage, it has been a big year for Three Days Grace and Ghost Cult has been there for a lot of it. Playing the fest in a run of headline dates, the band leaned heavily on their greatest hits and their new album Human (RCA). Lead singer Matt Walst has won over most of the hold out fans who wanted Adam Gontier (Saint Asonia) back and he is a great replacement for Adam.

Slash closed out night one with his mates Miles Kennedy And The Conspirators and just blazed through a set of his own material and of course, a lot of GNR stuff too. It felt like an epic happening, as Slash is a one of a kind showman, beloved blues jammer and icon. Myles and crew are total pros and deliver song after song all night. It was a fine end to a long day of fun.

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Rocklahoma Announces Performance Times

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Rocklahoma has announced performance times for each day of the event, happening May 22, 23 and 24, 2015 at “Catch the Fever” Festival Grounds in Pryor, OK. Go here for more information.

Thursday, May 21

AXiS Stage presented by D&B Processing
6:00 PM: ANU
6:50 PM: Skytown
7:40 PM: Fight the Fade
8:30 PM: Framing the Red
9:20 PM: Dirty Crush
10:10 PM: Swampfox
11:00 PM: Well Hung Heart
11:50 PM: We The Ghost
12:40 AM: Severmind
1:30 AM: DRYVR

Friday, May 22 (Doors open at 3:00 PM.)

Bud Light Main Stage
3:45 PM: We Are Harlot
4:55 PM: Apocalyptica
6:05 PM: In This Moment
7:25 PM: Papa Roach
8:50 PM: Slayer
10:40 PM: Godsmack

Hard Rock Hotel Stage
3:15 PM: Like A Storm
4:20 PM: Upon A Burning Body
5:30 PM: Butcher Babies
6:50 PM: Young Guns
8:15 PM: Nonpoint
9:55 PM: Ministry
12:00 AM: Wayland

Jägermeister Stage powered by
Retrospect Records
3:30 PM: Mycah
4:35 PM: Ruff Justice
5:45 PM: Lola Black
7:05 PM: Ragdoll
8:30 PM: Lynam
10:10 PM: Dead Metal Society
12:00 AM: ASKA
12:35 AM: Warlock Texas
1:15 AM: Ivy Stone

AXiS Stage presented by D&B Processing

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12:50 PM: Kirra
1:40 PM: Sovereign Dame
2:30 PM: Even the Dogs
3:20 PM: Kingshifter
11:30 PM: Vilifi
12:20 AM: NICNOS
1:10 AM: DREK

Saturday, May 23 (Doors open at 3:00 PM.)

Bud Light Main Stage
3:30 PM: Candlebox
4:45 PM: The Pretty Reckless
6:05 PM: Anthrax
7:25 PM: Halestorm
8:50 PM: Volbeat
10:40 PM: Linkin Park

Hard Rock Hotel Stage
3:05 PM: Sons of Texas
4:10 PM: Crobot
5:30 PM: Starset
6:50 PM: Periphery
8:15 PM: In Flames
9:55 PM: Scott Weiland and The Wildabouts
12:15 AM: Krash Rover

Jägermeister Stage powered by
Retrospect Records
3:30 PM: Lamp Shade Betty
4:35 PM: Project Terror
5:45 PM: Black Tora
7:05 PM: Station
8:30 PM: Loveblast
10:10 PM: Firstryke
12:00 AM: Chaotic Resemblance
12:35 AM: Ratchet Dolls
1:15 AM: Mycah

AXiS Stage presented by D&B Processing
12:00 PM: The Jet Set
12:50 PM: Weston and the Outsiders
1:40 PM: The Heroine
2:30 PM: Arson City
3:20 PM: The Chimpz
11:30 PM: Lovebettie
12:20 AM: A Course of Action
1:10 AM: Screaming for Silence

Sunday, May 24 (Doors open at 3:00 PM.)

Bud Light Main Stage
3:50 PM: Aranda
5:00 PM: The Winery Dogs
6:15 PM: Of Mice & Men
7:30 PM: Queensrÿche
8:50 PM: Breaking Benjamin
10:40 PM: Tesla

Hard Rock Hotel Stage
3:20 PM: Dryvr
4:25 PM: Islander
5:40 PM: Otherwise
6:55 PM: Shaman’s Harvest
8:15 PM: Red Dragon Cartel
9:55 PM: Motionless In White
12:00 AM: Nasty Habit

Jägermeister Stage powered by
Retrospect Records
3:30 PM: Mach22
4:25 PM: Baby Jane
5:40 PM: London’s Dungeon
7:00 PM: Dellacoma
8:25 PM: Stop, Stop!
9:55 PM: Mystery
12:35 AM: Delta Rose
1:15 AM: Dellacoma

AXiS Stage presented by D&B Processing
12:00 PM: Empire Grey
12:50 PM: Stolen Rhodes
1:40 PM: The Dirtboxwailers
2:30 PM: Balkun Brothers
3:20 PM: Robert Jon and the Wreck
11:30 PM: Motortrain
12:00 AM: Diamond Lane
12:20 AM: Mine Enemies Fall

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Rock On The Range Release Performance Schedule

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The performance schedule for Rock On The Range 2015 has been announced, and the event is May 15, 16 and 17, 2015 at MAPFRE Stadium (formerly Crew Stadium) in Columbus, OH. The event is now sold out and those without tickets can watch the event on AXS TV throughout the weekend.

Performance times are as follows (subject to change):

Friday, May 15
(Doors open at 11:00 AM.)

Monster Energy Main Stage
1:05 PM: We Are Harlot
2:15 PM: Apocalyptica
3:30 PM: Live
4:50 PM: Breaking Benjamin
6:15 PM: Slash featuring Myles Kennedy and the Conspirators
5:40 PM: Yelawolf
8:00 PM: Marilyn Manson
9:30 PM: Slipknot

Ernie Ball Stage
11:45 AM: Shaman’s Harvest
12:30 PM: Islander
1:40 PM: VAMPS
2:55 PM: Young Guns
4:15 PM: The Dillinger Escape Plan
7:15 PM: Falling In Reverse

Jägermeister Stage
11:45 AM: XFactor1
12:30 PM: Highly Suspect
1:40 PM: Dorothy
2:55 PM: Dangerkids
4:15 PM: Beartooth
5:40 PM: Hatebreed

Rolling Rock Comedy Tent
6:15 PM: Joe Howard
6:30 PM: Brent Terhune
6:45 PM: Mark Poolos
7:00 PM: Jim Florentine
7:20 PM: Brian Posehn

Saturday, May 16
(Doors open at 11:00 AM.)

Monster Energy Main Stage
1:10 PM: Special Guest
2:20 PM: Of Mice And Men
3:35 PM: Scott Weiland and The Wildabouts
4:55 PM: In This Moment
6:15 PM: Papa Roach
8:00 PM: Godsmack
9:40 PM: Judas Priest

Ernie Ball Stage
11:50 AM: Screaming For Silence
12:35 PM: Like A Storm
1:45 PM: Sabaton
3:00 PM: Tremonti
5:40 PM: In Flames
7:15 PM: Ministry

Jägermeister Stage
11:50 AM: Novallo
12:35 PM: Red Sun Rising
1:45 PM: From Ashes To New
3:00 PM: Saxon
4:20 PM: Nonpoint
5:40 PM: The Devil Wears Prada

Rolling Rock Comedy Tent
6:15 PM: Bill Arrundale
6:30 PM: Jay Snyder
6:45 PM: Bill Squire
7:00 PM: Don Jamieson
7:20 PM: Jim Norton

Sunday, May 17
(Doors open at 11:00 AM.)

Monster Energy Main Stage
1:05 PM: Hollywood Undead
2:20 PM: The Pretty Reckless
3:35 PM: Anthrax
4:55 PM: Halestorm
6:20 PM: Volbeat
8:00 PM: Rise Against
9:20 PM: Linkin Park

Ernie Ball Stage
11:45 AM: Unlocking The Truth
12:30 PM: Art of Dying
1:45 PM: Starset
3:00 PM: Otherwise
4:20 PM: Rival Sons
5:45 PM: Motionless In White
7:15 PM: Tech N9ne

Jägermeister Stage
11:45 AM: Santa Cruz
12:30 PM: September Mourning
1:45 PM: Marmozets
3:00 PM: Crobot
4:20 PM: Upon A Burning Body
5:45 PM: Periphery

Rolling Rock Comedy Tent
6:25 PM: Chad Zumrock
6:40 PM: Craig Peters
6:55 PM: Jake Innarino
7:10 PM: Rod Paulette
7:30 PM: Rob Schneider

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Rocklahoma Announces Daily Lineup

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The daily band lineups for Rocklahoma is now available, which will be held the weekend of May 22, 23 and 24 at “Catch The Fever” Festival Grounds in Pryor, OK

Thursday, May 21 (Campground Pre-Party)
We The Ghost, Longreef, Well Hung Heart, DRYVR, Severmind, Swampfox, Fight the Fade, Dirty Crush, Skytown, ANU

Friday, May 22
Godsmack, Slayer, Papa Roach, In This Moment, Ministry, Apocolyptica, We Are Harlot, Nonpoint, Young Guns, Butcher Babies, Upon A Burning Body, Like A Storm, Wayland, Ivy Stone, Warlock Texas, ASKA, Dead Metal Society, Lynam, Ragdoll, Lola Black, Ruff Justice, Kingdragon, NICNOS, Vilifi, DREK, Kingshifter, Even the Dogs, Sovereign Dame, Kirra

Saturday, May 23
Linkin Park, Volbeat, Halestorm, Anthrax, The Pretty Reckless, Scott Weiland and the Wildabouts, Candlebox, In Flames, Periphery, Starset, Crobot, Sons Of Texas, Mycah, Ratchet Dolls, Chaotic Resemblance, Firstryke, Loveblast, Station, Lamp Shade Betty, Project Terror, Lovebettie, A Course of Action, The Chimpz, The Heroine, Screaming for Silence, Summit, Arson City, The Jet Set

Sunday, May 24
Tesla, Breaking Benjamin, Queensrÿche, Of Mice & Men, The Winery Dogs, Motionless In White, Aranda, Jake E. Lee’s Red Dragon Cartel, Shaman’s Harvest, Otherwise, Islander, Nasty Habit, Dellacoma, Diamond Lane, Mystery, Delta Rose, Stop, Stop!, London’s Dungeon, Baby Jane, Mine Enemies Fall, Stolen Rhodes, Robert Jon and the Wreck, Motortrain, Balkun Brothers, The Dirtboxwailers, Empire Grey

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Linkin Park, Rob Zombie, A Day To Remember, etc Set For Loudwire Music Festival

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Loudwire Music Festival
will be throwing their inaugural three day, multi stage rock festival on Friday, June 26- Sunday, June 28, 2015 at Jam Ranch (near Grand Junction, CO). Artists confirmed for the event include:

Linkin Park
Rob Zombie
A Day To Remember
Theory of a Deadman
In This Moment
All That Remains
Nothing More
The Chimpz
One – The Only Tribute to Metallica
3 Pill Morning
The Comedown
Righteous Vendetta
Scarlet & The Harlots
The Blackfires
Zam Trip

Otherwise Supporting Nonpoint On Upcoming Tour

Las Vegas hard rockers Otherwise will be supporting Nonpoint on an upcoming Spring tour. They are supporting their new album Peace At All Costs. Stream their new video for “Coming For The Throne” below.

Apr 20: Fat Cat’s Music Lounge – Modesto, CA (w/We Are Harlot – no Nonpoint)
Apr 28: Hard Times – Hagerstown, MD
Apr 29: Schmitt Saloon – Morgantown, MD
May 01: Altar Bar – Pittsburgh, PA
May 03: Hard Times – Fredericksburg, VA
May 06: Rockpile West – Toronto, ON
May 07: Lost Horizon – Syracuse, NY
May 08: Jewel Nightclub – Manchester, NH
May 12: Bullshooters – Philadelphia, PA
May 13: The Broadberry – Richmond, VA
May 16: Music Factory – Battle Creek
May 18: Green Bay Distillery – Ashwaubenon, WI
May 19: Q & Z Expo Center – Ringle, WI
May 20: Spicoli’s Grill – Waterloo, IA
May 30: Rock Fest – Kansas City (no Nonpoint)

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