My Saturday at Download began over at the main stage where I caught the retro new wave of classic rock act Those Damn Crows, a band who have amassed a significant following in Wales thanks to appearances at the likes of Steelhouse Festival and other rock-oriented affairs. Possibly one of the smallest acts to perform on the main stage this year, the band spared no expense offering a fantastic wake-up call with some unremarkable if solid hard rock tunes. The day’s proceedings then continued firmly in the rocky territory with a southern, slightly heavier twang with Black Label Society, in their first festival appearance on UK soil since 2015, and with less of Zakk Wylde’s expectedly lengthy and tiresome soloing. Don’t get me wrong, Zakk was still doing his usual thing, but with a much-needed addition of percussion, making the moments of instrumental wankery much more palatable than usual.
After a prolonged absence from the British metal scene courtesy of the COVID-19 pandemic (save for a scaled-back pilot event in 2021), Leicestershire’s iconic summer rock, punk, and metal weekender, Download Festival returned to Castle Donnington in a maximalist blaze of glory, packing in a full-scale 5-day experience with some familiar favorites, hotly tipped up-and-comers and some of the best international acts that rock and metal scene has to offer.
Welcome To Rockville – America’s Largest Rock Festival–will kick off the Danny Wimmer Presents festival season in Daytona Beach, Florida Today! The top-notch talent includes headliners KISS, KORN, Guns N’ Roses, and Nine Inch Nails, plus appearances by 80+ additional bands including Five Finger Death Punch, Shinedown, The Smashing Pumpkins, Breaking Benjamin, Megadeth, Porno For Pyros (in place of Jane’s Addiction,) Papa Roach, Rise Against, Halestorm, In This Moment, Seether, Bush, and many more.
The Nowhere Generation Tour rolled into Worcester, MA with Pennywise and Stick To Your Guns and I’ve had tickets to see Rise Against four separate times in my life, and every time I’ve had to bail last minute, this show has been a long time coming. This night of the tour was the first of the tour for Jim Lindberg and the rest of the boys in Pennywise and Stick To Your Guns, so needless to say, the energy of the show was through the roof from the jump!
Welcome to Rockville has announced a bunch of new bands for the upcoming 2022 festival! Joining the bill are Bad Omens, Blacktop Mojo, Giovannie & The Hired Guns, Whitechapel, Mike’s Dead, Stitched Up Heart, The Word Alive, Saul, Lacey Sturm, Crobot, Superbloom, Redlight King, Devil’s Cut, Extinction A.D., The Dose, Moon Tooth, Cold Kingdom, and Crooked Teeth. The festival previously announced their 2022 headliners of Guns N’ Roses, Foo Fighters, Kiss, and Korn during the 2021 event. Those iconic bands will be joined by Jane’s Addiction, Papa Roach, Rise Against, Halestorm, In This Moment, Seether, Bush and many more. The poster and daily lineups can be seen below! The event will take place at Daytona International Speedway In Daytona Beach, Florida, from May 19th-22nd, 2022. Passes are on sale now! Watch the official Welcome To Rockville announcement video!
Rise Against, still supporting their Nowhere Generation (Epitaph Records) album from 2021, has announced a summer 2022 North American headline tour in two parts, and European dates as well. The first leg will have support from Pennywise and Rotting Out, and leg two with support from The Used and Senses Fail. Tickets will go on sale this Friday, March 4th.
Welcome to Rockville had previously announced their 2022 headliners of Guns N’ Roses, Foo Fighters, Kiss, and Korn during the 2021 event, and now they have revealed the entire lineup! Those iconic bands will be joined by Jane’s Addiction, Papa Roach, Rise Against, Halestorm, In This Moment, Seether, Bush and many more. The poster and daily lineups can be seen below! The event will take place at Daytona International Speedway In Daytona Beach, Florida, from May 19th-22nd, 2022. Passes are on sale now! Watch the official Welcome To Rockville announcement video!
Politically Charged rockers Rise Against will release a new EP – Nowhere Sessions on November 12 via Loma Vista Recordings. They have shared a new single, a live version of the band’s current radio single and one of three tracks from their recent acclaimed full-length album, Nowhere Generation featured on the EP, now. The band recently completed a full US tour, and performed at Aftershock Festival, right before the headliners, Metallica. Check out the track and pre-save and pre-order the EP below.
Massive music festivals are commonplace now, but they were far and few between fifty years ago. They are hard to produce well, but can be great moments in time for fans and musical artists. For every Lollapalooza, Wacken, and Ozzfest, we have Altamont, Woodstock 1999, and Fyre Fest as well. No festival sets out to fail or do harm and hurt the trust of fans, but sometimes that happens. Blue Ridge Rock Fest, as it turns out, became a perfect storm of too many fans, too small a town, to support those fans. Purpose Driven events had put on severa
Coming up next week in Sacramento, California, the sold-out Aftershock Festival has announced their full weekend performance times and running order, Onsite Experiences, and Food & Beverage Offerings for the four day long music fest. Metallica will headline two nights with The Original Misfits, Cypress Hill, Rancid, Social Distortion, The Offspring, Anthrax, Machine Gun Kelly, Rise Against, Volbeat, Testament, Gojira, Mastodon, Seether, Mudvayne, Dropkick Murphys, Pennywise, Mammoth WVH, and tons more bands. It takes place October 7-10 Festival at Discovery Park!