Rock USA kicks into gear with Avenged Sevenfold

2015 Rock USA Music Festival – Friday
Ford Festival Field – Oshkosh, WI

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Rock USA 2015 - Avenged Sevenfold

The 2015 Rock USA music festival hit its stride on July 17 by stepping out of the classic rock era and into the present. While the rest of the four-day festival featured old-school rock and heavy metal, on Friday they brought in Pop Evil, Papa Roach and Breaking Benjamin before Avenged Sevenfold closed sealed the deal with strong finish.

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Metal Gods unleash on Rosemont Theatre

Judas Priest – 2015 Redeemer of Souls Tour
Rosemont Theatre – Rosemont, IL

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Judas Priest - 2015 Redeemer of Souls Tour

Though they bid farewell on their 2011-12 Epitaph tour, Judas Priest have continued to create new music and tour on a limited basis. They closed a brief North American leg of their 2015 tour in Rosemont, Ill., on May 21 in support of their latest release, Redeemer of Souls. It was a rather intimate show for the Metal Gods, easily selling out the 4,400 seats at the Rosemont Theatre. British rockers Saxon opened the show.

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Inaugural Northern Invasion comes close to perfection

Northern Invasion Music Festival – 2015
Somerset Amphitheatre – Somerset, WI

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The “World’s Loudest Month,” a series of hard rock festival dates produced by Danny Wimmer and AEG Live, continues to evolve. Northern Invasion, introduced this year, was a resounding success with a first year sell-out at Somerset Amphitheater in Somerset, Wis., on May 9. Headliner Slipknot drew many of the same fans that saw them debut Knotfest here in 2012.

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Staind blow out The Venue at Horseshoe Casino

Staind – 2014 Tour
The Venue at Horseshoe Casino – Hammond, IN

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Staind - 2014 Tour

Staind are in the midst of a mini tour, hitting up smaller venues while also performing at a few key summer music festivals. They rolled into The Venue at Horseshoe Casino in Hammond, Ind., on May 30. Theory of a Deadman opened the show.

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Megadeth hit Madison’s Orpheum with ‘Super Collider’

Megadeth – 2013 Super Collider Tour
Orpheum Theatre – Madison, WI

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Megadeth - 2013 Super Collider Tour

Metal juggernauts Megadeth rumbled into the Orpheum Theatre in Madison, Wis., for the second night of their 2013 tour in support of their 14th studio release, “Super Collider.” Fear Factory provided direct support while fans turned out early to catch Nonpoint open the show.

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Rob Zombie and Five Finger Death Punch bulldoze Mayhem’s main stage

Rob Zombie & Five Finger Death Pupnch – 2013 Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival
First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre – Tinley Park, IL

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Rob Zombie - 2013 Mayhem Festival

A cold spell arrived with the Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival at First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre outside Chicago on July 27. Not that they needed it, but the cool temps gave fans just another reason to rock a little harder. Rob Zombie brought a carnival atmosphere and Five Finger Death Punch hit the crowd with an onslaught of lights and in-your-face metal. They were joined on the main stage by the richly melodic Mastodon and Swedish death-metal outfit Amon Amarth.

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Children of Bodom and Machine Head top secondary stages at 2013 Mayhem Festival

Machine Head & Children of Bodom – 2013 Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival
First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre – Tinley Park, IL

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Children of Bodom - 2013 Mayhem

The Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival pulled into First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre in Tinley Park, Ill., on July 27 with a solid lineup of hardcore metal. The secondary stages–Musician’s Institute, Jagermeister and Sumerian Records–hosted over a dozen acts to get the action started just after 1:00 p.m. By the time Machine Head and Children of Bodom walked off their respective stages, fans still had another four hours of headbanging to look forward to on the Main Stage.

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Gigantour draws Lilliputian crowd in Chicago

Megadeth / Black Label Society / Device / Hellyeah / Newsted / Death Division – 2013 Gigantour
Allstate Arena – Rosemont, IL

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Megadeth - 2013 Gigantour

Gigantour has been a heavy metal mainstay since 2005. The brainchild of Dave Mustaine, Megadeth’s frontman, has always featured solid lineups, the current incarnation included. Why then, did only 1200 fans show up for the Chicago date when the tour pulled into Allstate Arena on June 9? Megadeth, Black Label Society, Device, Hellyeah, Newsted and Death Division seemed all but certain to draw a crowd similar to last year’s show at the Aragon Ballroom.

High school teens are the main demographic for the tour, not exclusively but definitely the primary source of ticket sales. Moving the show outside of downtown Chicago to the only venue that is not equipped with easy metro or rail access was a huge mistake, especially for a weeknight show. By the time Death Division hit the stage at 4:20 p.m., there were about 150 fans that had trickled into the arena. When hometown figurehead David Draiman played with Device at 7 p.m. that number had risen to maybe 700 people.

Those that did show up were not able to generate much energy during the earlier sets, something metal bands thrive on for their live performances. Hellyeah did get a couple mosh pits rolling, vocalist Chad Gray did his best to work the crowd. Regardless of the crowd size, each band sounded great and put forth an enthusiastic set. Openers Death Division are worth checking out and played with ferocity, if you’ve got tickets to an upcoming show, definitely get there early.

Newsted’s new outfit came to rock and did just that. The former Metallica bassist has recruited Staind’s Mike Mushok on guitar alongside Jessie Farnsworth and drummer Jesus Mendez Jr. Together they thrashed through new music with that classic hard metal sound that harks back to his days with Flotsam and Jetsam. Newsted is still a beast on the bass, though he did switch to guitar for one song, “Skyscraper,” while Mendez took over bass duty. They also tossed in Metallica’s “Whiplash” for good measure.

Device had a couple of surprises during their set. The three-piece had gelled as a live unit, definitely a more cohesive sound since their set during Carolina Rebellion earlier in the year. Dope’s Virus and Evanescence’s Will Hunt tour with Draiman on guitar and drums, respectively. It was only a matter of time before they hit their stride live.  Draiman’s voice was strong and he commanded the stage like an emperor. The band was joined by John DeServio of BLS on bass during “A Part of Me,” then later guitarist Geno Lenardo performed for the second half of the set. Filter’s Lenardo was responsible for the spark behind Device’s creation, and the studio guitarist for the album.

Draiman did a great job representing Chicago. Obvious that some fans weren’t into the spirit, he admonished a couple girls along the rail for not participating in the show. First he reminded them, “The United Center has a show down the road tonight, maybe you should be at the Justin Bieber concert.” Next, he brought up a young fan onto the stage who was obviously having a good time. Draimain said, “This is how you rock, she is singing all the songs and is even wearing the goods.” He asked her if she goes to concerts regularly and her response was, “This is my first concert,” then flashed horns to the crowd.

Both Black Label Society and Megadeth performed to the largest crowd. Many fans were there for Zakk Wylde’s band, sporting BLS vests and loving every minute of Wylde’s fretwork. Their hour-long set was long enough for the guitar aficionado to erupt into some lengthy solos. Megadeth hit the stage at 9:00 p.m. for  a 90-minute set that culled some songs from their latest album, “Super Collider,” but also went deep into their earlier material with “Peace Sells,” “Holy Wars…” and “Symphony of Destruction.”

The tour returns to the area next week with a show at The Rave in Milwaukee, tickets are still available.

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Remaining Gigantour tour dates:

July 13: Lubbock, TX – Lonestar Amphitheatre
July 14: Corpus Christi, TX – Concrete Street Amphitheatre
July 16: Oklahoma City, OK – Zoo Amphitheatre
July 18: Bloomington, IL – US Cellular Coliseum
July 19: Milwaukee, WI – Eagles Ballroom
July 22: Winnipeg, MB – MTS Center
July 23: Regina, SK – Brandt Centre
July 25: Calgary, AB – Stampede Corral
July 26: Edmonton, AB – Rexall Place
July 27: Dawson Creek, BC – EnCana Events Centre
July 29: Abbotsford, BC – Abbotsford Entertainment & Sports Centre
July 30: Everett, WA – Comcast Arena
Aug 01: West Valley City, UT – Maverik Center
Aug 02: Broomfield, CO – 1st Bank Center
Aug 04: Fargo, ND – Scheels Arena
Aug 09: Camden, NJ – Susquehanna Bank Center
Aug 11: Toronto, ON – Molson Canadian Amphitheatre


Black Sabbath overcome odds, deliver on ’13’

CD Review: Black Sabbath ’13’ 

Release Date: 11 June 2013

Black Sabbath '13' Album Art

Black Sabbath have been attempting to create new music with its original lineup for more than a decade. However, distractions and solo efforts always seemed to get in the way. When the creative machine started to churn again in late-2011, a number of obstacles appeared to derail their efforts as if it were destiny. Guitarist Tony Iommi was diagnosed with lymphoma, drummer Bill Ward refused to participate due to “contract disputes,” and Ozzy Osbourne had a relapse from sobriety that almost ended his marriage. Though Ward never accepted their terms–Ozzy and Iommi later offered their side of the story–the creative spark could not be quelled and “13” was born. It officially hits the streets on June 11.

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Black Veil Brides headline Backstage Live

Black Veil Brides – 2013 Tour
Backstage Live – San Antonio, TX

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Black Veil Brides - 2013 tour

An entourage of face-painted teens (and not-so-teens) showed up to Backstage Live in San Antonio, Texas, en masse on Jan. 11 to catch the Black Veil Brides on their 2013 headline tour. They performed in support of their latest effort, “Wretched and Divine: The Story of the Wild Ones,” released last week. Fans chanted “Black Veil Brides” frequently during the evening, it was obvious who the crowd were there to see.

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Metalocalypse comes to life with Dethklok at The Rave

Dethklok – Metalocalypse 2013 Tour
The Rave – Milwaukee, WI

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The animated Metalocalypse series is slowly transforming into real-life scenario. Though Dethklok haven’t quite attained a billion fans as depicted in the series, the Thursday night crowd at The Rave suggested their cult following were out in full-force. Joining them were All That Remains and The Black Dahlia Murder. It was a major disappointment that Machine Head had to pull off the tour a few days ago, due to an emergency hernia surgery for vocalist Robb Flynn.

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In Photos: Knotfest 2012 at the Somerset Amphitheater

Corey Taylor Slipknot Knotfest 2012 Somerset Amphitheater

Corey Taylor of Slipknot

Somerset Amphitheater
Somerset, WI

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Randy Blythe of Lamb of God

Randy Blythe of Lamb of God returns to the US stage at Knotfest

The first annual Knotfest kicked off August 17th in Slipknot’s homestate of Iowa and performed an additional date on Saturday, August 18, in Somerset, Wisconsin at Somerset Amphitheater. The line-up for this inaugural festival included headiners, Slipknot, Deftones, Serj Tankian, Lamb of God, Machine Head, Cannibal Corpse, The Dillinger Escape Plan, The Urge, Prong, Gojura, and more. Photos of Saturday’s performances are below.

Serj Tankian KNOTFEST 2012 Somerset Amphitheater

Serj Tankian of System of a Down

Serj Tankian KNOTFEST 2012 Somerset Amphitheater

Serj Tankian of System of a Down


Chino Deftones Knotfest 2012 Somerset Amphitheater

Chino from the Deftones


Chino Deftones Knotfest 2012 Somerset Amphitheater

Chino of the Deftones


Corey Taylor Slipknot Knotfest 2012 Somerset Amphitheater

Corey Taylor of Slipknot

Fear Factory at WIIL ROCK FEST

Fear Factory
WIIL Rock Fest
Shadow Hill Ranch
Twin Lakes, WI

Fear Factory is:
Burton C. Bell – lead vocals (1989–present)
Dino Cazares – guitar (1989–2002, 2009–present)
Matt DeVries – bass (2012–present)
Mike Heller – drums (2012–present)

Legendary metal band Fear Factory is currently on tour with Shadows Fall and coming off their performance at the Gathering of the Juggalos. Their fall tour is not just contained to the US; Fear Factory is set to perform in South America, Japan, New Zealand, and Australia. In October the band will team up with the Devin Townsend Project for a co-headlining tour for 2 months in Europe and the UK.  All the touring is to support their new album, The Industrialist, that was released on June 5, 2012 on Candlelight Records.

On Saturday they hit the mainstage of 95.1 WIIL Rock’s 20th Anniversary bash at Shadow Valley Ranch in Twin Lakes, Wisconsin.

Photos of Fear Factory’s set at WIIL ROCK FEST:

FEAR FACTORY – The World Industrialist Tour 2012:
08.10.12     Fort Wayne, IN       Pierre’s
08.11.12      Twin Lakes, WIWIIL Rock Fest – Shadow Hill Ranch
08.12.12      Mt Clemens, MI       Emerald Theater
08.14.12     Pittsburgh, PA      Alter Bar
08.15.12     Sayerville, NJ      Starland Ballroom
08.16.12     Poughkeepsie, NY      The Chance
08.17.12     Reading, PA       Reverb
08.18.12     San Juan, Puerto Rico      Anfiteatro Tito Puente – Parque Luis M. Marin
08.19.12      Amityville, NY        Revolution
08.21.12     Charlotte, NC       Tremont Music Hall
08.22.12      Jacksonville, FL        Freebird Live
08.25.12      Valencia, Venezuela       GILMANFEST
08.27.12     Sao Paulo, Brazil       Caricoa Club
08.29.12     Asuncion, Paraguay      Estacion Central
09.18.12     Tokyo, Japan       Club Quattro
09.19.12     Nagoya, Japan       Club Quattro
09.20.12     Osaka, Japan       Akaso
09.22.12      Auckland, New Zealand       Powerstation
09.26.12      Brisbane, Australia       Hi-Fi
09.27.12     Sydney, Australia       Hi-Fi
09.28.12      Melbourne, Australia       Hi-Fi
09.29.12      Adelaide, Australia      Unibar
09.30.12      Perth, Australia       Capitol
10.27.12      Nottingham, England       Rock City10.28.12Folkestone, EnglandQuarterhouse
10.29.12      Strasbourg        LA LAITERIE
10.30.12      Esch-Suralzette, Luxembourg       Kulturfabrik
10.31.12      Hamburg, Germany       Logo/Grunspan
11.02.12      Alborg, Denmark        Alborg Metal Festival
11.04.12      Oslo, Norway       Betong
11.06.12      Helsinki, Finland        The Circus
11.07.12     Helsinki, Finland       The Circus
11.08.12       Tampere, Finland       Pakkahuone
11.11.12      Copenhagen, Denmark       Amager Bio
11.12.12       Berlin, Germany       C-Club
11.13.12       Koln, Germany       Essigfabrik
11.14.12       Karlsruhe, Germany      Substage
11.16.12       Bordeaux, France        Barbey Club
11.17.12      Durango, Spain      Plateruena
11.18.12      Porto, Portugal       Hard Club
11.19.12      Lisbon, Portugal       Paradise Garage
11.20.12      Seville, Spain        Fanatic
11.22.12      Madrid, Spain       Penelope
11.23.12      Valencia, Spain       Rock City
11.24.12      Montpellier, France        Le Rockstore
11.25.12      Milan, Italy        Magazzini Generali
11.26.12      Pratteln, Switzerland       27
11.28.12      Muchen, Germany       Backstage Halle/ Werk Arena
11.29.12      Vienna, Austria       Arena
11.30.12       Ljubljana, Slovenia        Kino Siska
12.01.12       Zagreb, Croatia        Boogaloo
12.02.12      Budapest, Hungary        A38
12.04.12      Warsaw, Poland       Progresja
12.05.12       Poznan, Poland        Eskulap
12.06.12      Prague, Czech Republic       Roxy
12.08.12       Geiselwind, Germany       Christmas Metal Festival
12.09.12       Klokgebouw, Holland       Metal Fest
12.10.12       Paris, France       Bataclan
12.11.12       Antwerp, Belgium        Trix
12.13.12       Wolverhampton, England       Wulfrum Hall
12.14.12       Glasgow, Scotland       ABC
12.15.12       Manchester, England       Ritz
12.16.12      Bristol, England       Academy
12.17.12      Southhampton, England       Mo’ Club
12.18.12      London, England         London KoKo

Set Times for Knotfest in Iowa and Minnesota are Posted!

Knot fest 2012

The first ever Knotfest is set for August 17 and 18, 2012 in Council Bluffs, Iowa, and Minneapolis, Minnesota, respectively.  The line-up includes headliners Slipknot with  Deftones, Serj Tankian, Lamb of God, Machine Head, Cannibal Corpse, The Dillinger Escape Plan, The Urge, Prong, Gojura, and more.  Set times for the two shows are below.

August 17, 2012 – Council Bluffs, Iowa (Mid-America Motor Complex)

Doors: 2:00 PM

Main Stage
Slipknot: 9:30PM-11:00PM
Deftones: 7:20PM-8:20PM
Serj Tankian: 5:25PM-6:15PM
Prong: 3:55PM-4:35PM

Second Stage
Lamb of God 8:25PM-9:25PM
Machine Head: 6:20PM-7:15PM
The Urge: 4:40PM-5:20PM
Dirtfedd: 3:20PM-3:50PM

August 18, 2012 – Minneapolis, MN (Somerset Amphitheater)

Doors: 1:30 PM

Main Stage
Slipknot: 10:20PM-12:00PM
Deftones: 8:10PM-9:10PM
Serj Tankian: 6:10PM-7:00PM
Dillinger Escape Plan: 4:30PM-5:10PM

Second Stage
Lamb of God: 9:15PM-10:15PM
Machine Head: 7:05PM-8:05PM
Cannibal Corpse: 5:15PM-6:05PM
Prong : 3:45PM-4:25PM
Gojira: 3:00PM-3:30PM

Can’t make it to either date? No problem! Knot Fest teamed up with TODOCAST and Event View Live to stream “SLIPKNOT Live at Knotfest” starting Saturday, August 18. To reserve and purchase, visit:  Fans all over the world have 30 days to watch the show.

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Wiil Rock Fest: 20 Years, 20 Bands, 20 Bucks

Wiil Rock Fest
Shadow Hill Ranch
2305 Lance Dr.
Twin Lakes, WI 53181
Date: 8/11/2012
Time: 9 a.m.

wiil rock fest 2012 logo

95.1FM is celebrating 20 years on-air and is doing it by throwing a party with 20 bands for 20 bucks. Not a bad deal to see the likes of All That Remains, Saving Abel, 10 Years, and Fear Factory to name a few all in one day.

Tickets start at $20, but make sure you get them in advance. Day of show ticket prices go up. Gold Circle and Platinum tickets are available. Tickets information is below and this is an all ages show.

General Admission: $20 Advance/$25 Day Of Show
Gold Circle: $30 – Area right in front of stage.
Platinum: $79 -Includes Gold Circle admission, Free parking and private bar with bathrooms and food buffet.

Do’s and Don’ts

No: Instruments; Knives/Weapons; Chains/Chain Wallets; Outside Food or Beverage (into venue); Camelpacks; Tents in venue; Flags in venue; Refunds or Exchanges; Video Cameras; Audio Recording Devices; Flasks; Professional Cameras; Pets (in concert bowl); Drugs or Drug Paraphernalia; Coolers in venue; Laser Pointers; Excess Baggage; Umbrellas; or Chairs with Canopies.

OK: Folding Chairs(without bag) Backpacks (medium); Purses, Hats; Sun Block; Lighters; Sunglasses; Beach Towel, Small Blankets; Fanny Packs; Digital Cameras (non professional); Disposable Cameras; Film Cameras (non professional)

The Line-up

All That Remains
Saving Abel
10 Years
Fear Factory
Black Stone Cherry
Static X
Shadows Fall
Dirge Within
Texas Hippie Coalition
Seven Day Sonnet
Hyro Da Hero
Digital Summer
Red Line Chemistry
Black Oxygen
The Last Nova

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Slayer, simply put, owned the 2012 Mayhem Festival

Slayer / Motorhead / As I Lay Dying – 2012 Mayhem Festival, Rockstar Stage
First Midwest Bank Amphitheater – Tinley Park, IL

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Slayer - 2012 Mayhem Festival

The Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival has been the premier traveling heavy metal music event since its inception in 2008. This years lineup placed Anthrax, The Devil Wears Prada and Asking Alexandria on the secondary stage; while Slipknot, Slayer, Motorhead and As I Lay Dying were on the featured stage. The tour rolled into the First Midwest Bank Amphitheater, outside Chicago, on July 21, 2012.

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Anthrax and The Devil Wears Prada top Jagermeister stage at 2012 Mayhem Festival

Anthrax / The Devil Wears Prada / Asking Alexandria – 2012 Mayhem Festival, Jagermeister Stage
First Midwest Bank Amphitheater – Tinley Park, IL

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Anthrax - 2012 Mayhem Festival

The 2012 incarnation of Mayhem Festival is currently making the rounds, and it pulled into Tinley Park’s First Midwest Bank Amphitheater on July 21. Midsummer temperatures and a heavy lineup were certain to wilt all but the true diehards, as over 10 hours of music and over a dozen bands were awaiting those who arrived when the gates opened at 12:30 p.m. The Devil Wears Prada, Anthrax were set to crush the Jagermeister stage, while As I Lay Dying, Motorhead, Slayer and Slipknot would handle this year’s main stage.

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Five Finger Death Punch ‘Trespasses’ into Milwaukee

Five Finger Death Punch – Trespass America Festival
The Rave – Milwaukee, WI

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Five Finger Death Punch - 2012 Trespass America Festival

Five Finger Death Punch headed a brutal metal assault that’s been dubbed the Trespass America Festival. The show pulled into Eagles Ballroom at The Rave in Milwaukee on July 19, 2012. The 31-date tour also features Killswitch Engage, Trivium, Pop Evil, Emmure, God Forbid, and Battlecross.

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In photos: Skillet burns up Summerfest

Milwaukee, WI 

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In photos: All That Remains at Summerfest, Milwaukee, WI

All That Remains
Milwaukee, WI

Photos from all That Remains show at Summerfest, Milwaukee, WI

First annual Knot Fest August 17/18

Knot Fest poster 2012For those who crave a festival where true metal bands dominate the lineup, your time for waiting is over. The first annual Knot Fest is scheduled and judging from the bands set to appear, it will be nothing short of stellar. Knot Fest  will be tearing up the midwest on August 17th in Council Bluffs, IA and Minneapolis, MN August 18th. Advance tickets are $35, and you can bet your going to get more than your monies worth. Headliners Slipknot would be worth the price of admission alone, but also set to appear are Deftones, Dethklok, Serj Tankian, Lamb of god, Cannibal Corpse, The Urge, Gojira, The Dillinger Escape Plan,  and Prong (Yes, that Prong). Link to the Knot Fest site for more information on bands and get your tickets now or regret missing out on what are sure to be some of the most insane shows of 2012.

2012 Rocklahoma sizzles with talent

Pryor, OK

All photos by Dan DeSlover – Concert Capture

Music fans from across the U.S. converged upon the small town of Pryor, Oklahoma for the annual Rocklahoma music festival on Memorial Day weekend. The three-day event took place Friday through Sunday, May 25-27, and included its best lineup to date.  Prior incarnations relied on 80s hair-metal bands, whereas the 2012 bill featured artists that varied from old-school bands such as Queensryche and Megadeth to Southern rockers Jackyl and Black Stone Cherry to Christian artists P.O.D. and RedCreed, Rob Zombie and Chickenfoot were featured as Main stage headliners over the three respective days.

Major artists were spread over two adjacent stages, Main and Hard Rock, such that music alternated virtually non-stop from 4:00 p.m. until well past midnight every night. A pair of smaller stages, Retrospect Records and Axis Campground, provided additional performances from smaller local and independent bands. VIP tickets offered reserved bench seating and standing room pit access for the Main stage, while the remainder of the festival grounds were grass-covered, general admission spaces open to all ticketed patrons.  Roughly 20,000 fans graced the wide open fields each day.

Adelitas Way returned to Rocklahoma and opened the Main stage on Friday with a full-throttled set that got the early crowd primed for a weekend of music.  They played at their typical frenzied pace despite a heat index over 90-degrees. Frontman Rick DeJesus got more people moving after he staid, “Fill this front up so I can jump off the f–king stage.”  They did and he kept his promise by crowd surfing after they closed their set with “Invincible”.  Cavo followed with a 45-minute set but lacked Adelitas’ enthusiasm despite an otherwise solid performance. Chevelle brought back the energy but suffered from sound problems near the front.  Vocalist Pete Loeffler was often drowned out from the bass that resonated from concrete slabs that defined the Main stage pit.

Friday’s highlights were appearances by Slash [show review], featuring Myles Kennedy and the Conspirators, and Creed [show review] who each produced sets of the highest caliber.  The lineup was wrought with irony in that Myles Kennedy also performs with Alter Bridge (a.k.a. Creed sans Scott Stapp).  Mark Tremonti, guitarist for both bands, later tweeted, “Great to hang with Myles and Slash. This was the first time Scott and Myles had a chance to meet!”

Redlight King gave a standout performance on the Hard Rock stage on Friday. Canadian musician Mark Kasprzyk fronts the new band, having found previous success touring as Kazzer. Redlight King goes beyond the radio friendly rock hit, “Bullet in My Hand,” with the chill rap “Old Man” that’s influenced by Neil Young’s classic hit. Kaz had great stage presence, while his smooth rap and capable voice are a complete package.

Saturday’s lineup stepped it up a notch.  With Anti-Mortem and Trivium on the bill, fans were going get a taste of the hardcore.  The latter annihilated the Hard Rock stage, generating the largest most pit of the weekend. When it appeared as though Trivium had hit their stride, they closed their set with an explosive rendition of Metallica’s “Creeping Death.”

Main stage artists Pop Evil, 10 Years and Theory of a Deadman provided a more mainstream rock experience for those not wanting to mosh. Pop Evil put in a strong ten-song set with hits “Hero,” “100 in a 55,” “Boss’s Daughter” and “Last Man Standing.”

10 Years always play with an acute determination and Saturday was no different. Both vocalist Jesse Hasek and bassist Lew Cosby were shirtless by the end of their set in the blazing Oklahoma sunshine. They performed a couple songs from their forthcoming album, Minus the Machine.  Hasek joined the crowd to sing “Shoot It Out” amongst the fans, at least as far as his mic cord would take him.

The Darkness reunited recently and the English outfit turned out their trademark 80s-meets-90s hairmetal laced with Justin Hawkins uber-falsetto vocals. Hawkins appeared in his Evel Knieval-styled leather pants and strutted about with a smile that went ear-to-ear. For many it was a new experience but others were stoked to see The Darkness back together.

Megadeth and Rob Zombie closed out the Main stage with a vengeance, while Volbeat was sandwiched between on the Hard Rock stage. Megadeth’s technically challenging riffs have been a mainstay of their sound for the past three decades. Guitarist Chris Broderick is the perfect complement to Dave Mustaine’s over the top fretwork. Dave Ellefson returned to his rightful place on bass for the last album. They gave a headline-worthy show and primed the crowd for Zombie.

Volbeat took charge of the Hard Rock stage and lit up the crowd for 45-minutes.  The Danish rockers finally broke through to U.S. audiences with their latest Beyond Hell/Above Heaven. Their style can best be described as Social Distortion meets Slayer, with catchy hooks and uptempo transitions that pairs like fine cuisine. Their live show takes it to the next level and they impressed a huge crowd.

Rob Zombie’s music from the macabre capped the night in spectacular fashion. Lights, fire, smoke and a stage-show that showed the Hollywood side of Zombie was a feast for the senses. This was a set that was best seen from a distance, those sitting too close had to  constantly move their heads back and forth to keep up with Zombie’s frenetic pace.

Sunday saw Rocklahoma return to its roots,  leaning toward classic rock with some Southern rock thrown in for good measure.  Kentucky rockers Black Stone Cherry paired well with Jackyl. Both had the crowd begging for more.

Puddle of Mudd usually give an upbeat performance, frontman Wes Scantlin has been known to climb scaffolding during their show.  However,  Scantlin was anemic, barely moving beyond center stage during their 45-minute set. Despite his lethargic presence, his voice was sharp and they gave an otherwise solid set.

One of Sunday’s highlights was an early evening appearance by Aranda. They hail from Oklahoma and rewarded their local fans who made the trek to Pryor. Brothers Gabe and Demeon Aranda share vocal duties, each garnering a hit with rock radio with their current, independent release Stop the World.

Art of Dying have been moving up the rock food chain with heavy rotation on rock radio and an abundance of touring (2011 UPROAR, 2011 and 2012 Avalanche). Good music with matching personalities, Art of Dying are living a dream and show no signs of slowing down.

Sunday closed with Seattle rockers Queensryche leading into Chickenfoots headline set. Geoff Tate’s operatic vocals are the basis of their sound, but their intricate melodies punctuated by Scott Rockenfield’s incessant pounding on the kit are intricately tied to Queensryche’s unique style. Rather than opening with an upbeat track, they chose to start with the slower-paced “Get Started.” Tate’s vocals were completely lost to the music, showing up only briefly during the quieter “Silent Lucidity.” Tate was obviously flustered, shrugging to the crew at side-stage between songs. He was obviously belting it out but his voice just wasn’t projecting beyond his monitors.

Supergroup Chickenfoot had a huge fan presence.  Sammy Hagar (vocals), Joe Satriani (guitar) and Michael Anthony (bass) were joined by Kenny Aronoff on drums. Founding member Chad Smith is currently on tour with his Red Hot Chili Peppers, a valid reason to be excused. Hagar is known for his dynamic performances and that’s exactly what Rocklahoma received.  Satriani is a guitar legend and a treat to watch perform.  Hagar and Anthony have a chemistry that dates back to their time together in Van Halen.  Calling their live show rock solid would be an understatement. No need for fancy effects, Chickenfoot simply came out and put the the rock in Oklahoma.

Though Rocklahoma lowlights were far and few between, the primary issue that frequently occurred was sound quality from Main stage vocal performances. Given that some artists had pristine sound, our conclusion was speaker placement coupled with the concrete channel directly in front of the stage greatly affected vocal sound quality.  Chevelle, 10 Years, Megadeth and Queensryche were adversely affected, even prompting Queensryche vocalist Geoff Tate to comment how this year’s crowd “sucked” relative to their 2009 set.  Many in the front were calling out for the band to “turn up the mic” to no avail.

Several guitars, signed by an entire band, were auctioned for charity each day between the later sets on the Main stage.  Creed,  Slash, Chickenfoot, Rob Zombie and Motley Crue (from the previous year) fetched thousands of dollars apiece, ranging from over $4000 to $7000 apiece, with Slash pulling in the most money for the cause.  The final item for bid was a 2012 Rocklahoma tour poster that was signed by every band member that performed on the two large stages over the three days, generating another $5000 in donations.

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In Photos: Rob Zombie at Rocklahoma

Rob Zombie
Pryor, OK

All photos by Dan DeSlover – Concert Capture

Rob Zombie Rocklahoma 2012

Rob Zombie headlined Saturday night at Rocklahoma in Pryor, Oklahoma. Megadeth, Theory of a Deadman, 10 Years, Volbeat, and The Darkness were just a few others to take the main stages on Saturday.

Photos of Rob Zombie at Rocklahoma:

Rob Zombie’s remaining tour dates:

May 25      Valley Center, KS       Hartman Arena
May 26       Pryor, OK           Catch the Fever Music & Festival Grounds
Jun 15        Clisson, France        COMPLEXE SPORTIF DU VAL DE MOINE

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In Photos: Redlight King at Rocklahoma

Redlight King
Pryor, OK

All photos by Dan DeSlover – Concert Capture

The Hamilton, Ontario rock band, Redlight King, helps kick off opening day of Rocklahoma in Pryor, Oklahoma. Other rock acts set to take the stage Friday are Adelitas Way, Cavo, Chevelle, Creed,Slash, P.O.D., and Creed.

Redlight King is currently out on tour promoting their newest release, Something for the Pain, which is available now on iTunes.

Photos from Redlight King’s set:

Redlight King Tour Dates:

May 25 2012       Pryor, OK       Fever Music Festival Grounds
May 26 2012       Columbia, MO       The Blue Note        6:00 PM
May 27 2012        Pryor, OK        Rocklahoma 2012       6:00 PM
Jun 02 2012        Anthony, KS        Muddy Water Music Festival        6:00 PM
Jun 05 2012        Abilene, TX        Lucky Mule Saloon       6:00 PM
Jun 09 2012       Dallas, TX       South Side Music Hall
Jun 12 2012        Shreveport, LA       Riverside Warehouse        6:00 PM
Jun 28 2012        Chattanooga, TN        Track 29        6:00 PM
Jun 29 2012       Fort Wayne, IN       Piere’s       6:00 PM
Jul 01 2012       South Bend, IN       St Patricks Park
Jul 07 2012       Milwaukee, WI       Summerfest       6:00 PM
Jul 10 2012       South Burlington, VT       Higher Ground Ballroom
Jul 20 2012       Flint, MI        The Machine Shop        6:00 PM
Sep 01 2012       Hershey, PA       Hersheypark Stadium      6:00 PM

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John 5 Talks Serial Killers and ROTR

John 5 Rob Zombie

John 5 has seen almost everything in Rock music from his days with David Lee Roth, Marilyn Manson, and currently with Rob Zombie and has been credited on songs in all aspects of music from Saliva to Salt n Pepa to k.d. Lang to an upcoming collaboration with Rod Stewart.  He has gained the reputation as a musical genius and one of the most action packed guitarists in the world. He has just released his sixth solo album, God Told Me To which mixes acoustic Spanish style guitar along with heavy metal riffs.

Amy caught up with the guitar player to promote the new album and Rob Zombie’s upcoming appearance at Rock on the Range in Columbus. The two discussed some of the dark aspects of what goes into his writing as well as the lighter aspects of what puts him to sleep every night.  John 5 will take the stage with headliner Rob Zombie on Sunday May 20th in Columbus.

Amy: Can you tell us about the name of your album God Told Me To?

John: The name, it is funny because I remember, I am from Michigan, I am from Grosse Pointe. I was upper class growing up there. I was brought up in a really nice environment and home and I remember the night before I was leaving for California to really give it my shot saying, “I am going to try this. I am going to try to be this musician type of thing.” I remember I was saying my little prayer. I never wished to be a “rockstar.” I just wanted to be a working musician. My dreams didn’t even go past a session player or a working musician like that. It was too far beyond my dreams. That’s kind of what the title means, that kind of thing, but also you can look at in the negative way, like when someone does a horrific murder, they always say, “Oh, God told me to.”

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Interview with Megadeth’s Lead Guitarist Chris Broderick

Megadeth Mayhem Cincinnati

Megadeth can be considered one of the most legendary sounds in all of music, not just Metal. They are synonymous with a time period, moments in the lives of so many of their fans. They may have a different look than when the band was formed in 1983 but they are one of the founding fathers and would definitely find themselves on the Mount Rushmore of American Metal music and can still fill festival stadiums all over the world. They have been doing their thing for almost 30 years and show no signs of stopping. They had released their fittingly named 13th studio album TH1RT3EN last year before they came to Cincinnati. They will return to Ohio as one of the main acts at Rock on The Range.

Over the past year, Amy had time to speak with band drummer Shawn Drover two times and lead guitarist Chris Broderick at Mayhem Festival about life on tour and what the future holds for the band. Their timeless sound continues on and will be able to be heard on the Main Stage in Columbus next Sunday night with Marilyn Manson and Rob Zombie.

Excerpts with Chris

Amy: I know you joined the band in 2008, right?

Chris: Yeah, the very beginning.

Amy: What was it like the first time you played and jammed with Dave (Mustaine)?

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Staind on ‘Mass Chaos’

Staind – Mass Chaos Tour
Rupp Arena – Lexington, KY
All photos by Concert Capture

Staind is:
Aaron Lewis – Vocals/Guitar
Mike Mushok – Guitar
Johnny April – Bass/Vocals
Sal Giancarelli – Drums

Staind came into Lexington’s Rupp Arena on Friday night, co-headlining with Godsmack, to perform in support of their eponymous release–arguably one of the best albums of 2011. The pairing was an ideal match, resulting in the “Mass Chaos” tour, with both artists hailing from Massachusetts. Another common bond is their multi-platinum successes, each having charted several Billboard Top 200 #1 albums over the past decade.

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Right Here
Eyes Wide Open
So Far Away
Country Boy
For You
Paper Wings
Not Again
It’s Been Awhile
Something to Remind You

Godsmack teaches Lexington how to rock

Godsmack – Mass Chaos Tour
Rupp Arena – Lexington, KY
All photos by Concert Capture

Godsmack is:
Sully Erna – Vocals/Guitar/Drums
Tony Rombola – Guitar/Vocals
Robbie Merrill – Bass
Shannon Larkin – Drums

Schedule two premier New England hard rock acts on the same evening to produce “Mass Chaos,” the 2012 tour featuring Godsmack and Staind. Fans packed the Rupp Arena in Lexington on Friday night and they were treated to over three hours of energetic, fist-pumping live music at its finest. Godsmack punctuated the evening with a no-nonsense metal show that followed Staind’s 80-minute co-headline performance.  Either band could have performed on their own merit and left the fans sated, but together they raised the bar for other tours this summer. It also prefaced the 2012 Rockstar Energy Drink UPROAR festival that will see Shinedown, Godsmack, Staind and a wealth of other talent on the road together beginning in August.

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Straight Out of Line
The Enemy
Good Day to Die
The Oracle
Cryin’ Like a Bitch
Keep Away (with Queen’s We Will Rock You and Pantera’s Walk medley)
Love Hate Sex Pain
Batalla de los Tambores (Larkin/Erna drum solo)
I Stand Alone

Dragonforce at the Rave

The Rave- Milwaukee, WI

Dragonforce The Rave Milwaukee

European power metal band Dragonforce performed this week at the Rave in Milwaukee with opening acts Huntress and Holy Grail. The band is currently on their North American tour promoting the release of their fifth studio album The Power Within. The newest member of the group, vocalist Marc Hudson, seemed to please the crowd with his awe inspiring power vocals and head banging performance. Check out some photos below of their killer set.

Dragonforce North American Tour Dates:
04/28 — Minneapolis, MN — First Avenue
04/29 — Winnipeg, MB — West End Cultural Centre
05/01 — Edmonton, AB — The Starlite Room
05/02 — Calgary, AB — Republik
05/04 — Vancouver, BC — Commodore Ballroom
05/05 — Seattle, WA — El Corazon
05/06 — Portland, OR — Hawthorne Theater
05/08 — San Francisco, CA — Slim’s
05/10 — Los Angeles, CA — Troubadour
05/11 — Anaheim, CA — House of Blues

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Celebrate Memorial Day at 2012 Rocklahoma

2012 Rocklahoma
Pryor, OK
Friday-Sunday, May 25-27, 2012
Doors: 3:00 p.m.

Rocklahoma returns with yet another stellar lineup of top rock artists for a monstrous Memorial Day weekend party, May 25-27. The 2012 lineup features a variety of headliners and supporting acts that span several decades and genres of music. Creed, Rob Zombie and supergroup Chickenfoot will close each respective day’s festivities. With three stages and well over sixty hard rock acts, music will literally flow non-stop from early afternoon until late evening.

Guitar aficionados should be salivating to find Slash, Joe Satriani of Chickenfoot and Megadeth’s Dave Mustaine demonstrating their masterful fretwork in a live setting. Each has redefined music via their trademark styles, they are true pioneers of their craft. Those who prefer vocals need to look no further than Geoff Tate of Queensrÿche, his operatic voice is arguably one the the best in metal, past or present.

The festival also features a handful of bands that recently broke out on rock radio. Most notably, Chevelle and Volbeat have been around for years; yet both had their first Billboard #1 singles within the last few months. Both bands have been touring relentlessly and come in to Rocklahoma primed to impress. Other bands to appear that are currently sitting on hit singles, and on the verge of breaking out, include Janus, Redlight King, Aranda and New Medicine. Looking for a positive message with your music? P.O.D., Eve to Adam and Red are slated to perform Friday night and deliver a proclamation beyond the typical lyrical trifecta of sex, drugs and rock and roll.

Creed were among the top of the charts during the late ’90s. Their frontman Scott Stapp blew away the crowd when they opened their 2012 tour in Chicago a couple weeks ago. They’ll be looking to do the same in Pryor, OK at the top of Friday night’s lineup. The original members of The Darkness also recently reunited after five year hiatus. The British glam rockers brought 1980’s hair metal back to the forefront when “I Believe in a Thing Called Love” smashed the charts in 2003. They will perform on Saturday’s Rocklahoma lineup, hopefully with rumored new music in tow.

Official Rocklahoma line-ups for each day
Friday (May 25):  Creed, Slash, Chevelle, P.O.D., Cavo, Adelitas Way, Red, Redlight King, Janus, Eve to Adam, Beneath, Fist of Rage, Lynam, Pretty Little Suicide, Hessler, Down & Dirty, Ragdoll, Sunset Riot, Absence of Ink, For the Broken, Echo Fuzz, Shotgun Rebels, Soulicit, Rocker Lips and Mine Enemies Fall

Saturday (May 26): Rob Zombie, Megadeth, Theory of a Deadman, Volbeat, The Darkness, 10 Years, Pop Evil, Trivium, New Medicine, Anti-Mortem, Gypsy Pistoleros, Lillian Axe, Firstryke, S.E.X. Department, Ruff Justice, Switchblade Scarlett, On Fire, Villians Dance, Stun, Dagger, Unwritten Rulz, Echo Vendetta, A Good Fight and Sweatin Bullets

Sunday (May 27): Chickenfoot, Queensryche, Jackyl, Puddle of Mudd, Hellyeah, Black Stone Cherry, Art of Dying, Aranda, Charm City Devils, Rains, Falling in Reverse, Wildstreet, Black Tora, The Glitter Boys, Diemonds, Desi and Cody, David Castro Band, The Hawkeyes, We the Ghost, Through the Thorns.

Weekend general admission and VIP reserved seats are still available.  Individual single day general admission tickets are also on-sale now (Friday, Saturday or Sunday).  Don’t miss out on this blockbuster Memorial Day Weekend concert!  Arrive early and discover some new music.

Scott Ian Joins The Nerdist’s Programming with “Fangoria’s Blood & Guts with Scott Ian”

Scott ian zombieI am a bit of a nerd so when I heard that there was a YouTube channel for nerdist I got this warm fuzzy feeling inside.  I should also mention that am I a HUGE horror fan, so it only got better as the Nerdist announced today that they are joining forces with Fangoria to take viewers inside the world of special effects make-up.  This new series, FANGORIA’S BLOOD & GUTS WITH SCOTT IAN, will focus on Hollywood FX make-up and show viewers how to “do it yourself.” The host for the program is none other than Anthrax’s shredder Scott Ian, who is no newbie to blood, guts, and gore.  Scott states, “I’ve been neck-deep in blood and guts for the last 30 years playing in Anthrax. So I couldn’t be more excited to be hosting a show called ‘Blood & Guts’ for you horror and metal fans.” Check out the full interview with Scott Ian on

The Nerdist Channel launched back in April of 2012 covering all things nerd including comic books, video games, movies, and pop culture.  The channel has already pulled other big names such as, Neil Patrick Harris, Neil deGrasse Tyson, Rob Zombie, “Weird Al” Yankovic, Harry Knowles and the Nerdist himself, Chris Hardwick.

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It’s Official! Marilyn Manson is NOT Engaged!

marilyn mansonA statement from Marilyn Manson’s reps just came down the pipes stating Marilyn Manson is NOT engaged to Seraphim Ward.  Apparently Life & Style published that he was, but in the statement released today, Marilyn Manson has never met her before and doesn’t even know who she is.  Way to go Life & Style!

The 5th Annual ROCKAPALOOZA Festival, Presented by Monster Energy Drink, Announces Full Line-Up

Rockapalooza 2012 PosterDoors Open at 10am on June 23rd, 2012 at the Jackson County Fairgrounds in Jackson, MI! 

The 5th annual ROCKAPALOOZA festival, presented by Monster Energy Drink, is pleased to announce the full line-up for this year’s festival. This year’s Monster Energy Stage features headlinersPuddle of Mudd, and opening acts SalivaRehabRed Jumpsuit Apparatus, and Emphatic. The second stage includes Wayne StaticWoe Is MeRiven (formerly Motograter), RotationSore Eyes, and Ghosts of August. ROCKAPALOOZA is also sponsored by the National Guard, Verizon Wireless, Budweiser, and Q106 FM.

The advance price of tickets for this year’s ROCKAPALOOZA is $30, while day of show tickets cost $35. All children under the age of 10 are admitted free, and the event is ALL AGES. This year, Jam Heads Party Deck passes are just $100 and include half off discounts on beer and food, free Monster Energy Drink, a meet and greet with Puddle of MuddRehab, and Sore Eyes, and features a shaded area with seating. For regular attendees, Budweiser is offering $1 drafts from 10am-12pm. Doors open at 10am.

The festival will also host a free pre-party concert on Friday, June 22nd at the fairgrounds featuring headliners Trapt and openers Sore Eyes. The free concert is also ALL AGES and doors open at 6pm.

Bands that have performed at ROCKAPALOOZA in the past include SevendustCrossfade,OTEPMushroomhead, Silverstein, Smile Empty Soul, and more. Past hosting and appearance duties have gone to Pauly Shore, Big Black and Bam Bam of MTV’s Rob & Big, and Big Cat from MTV’s Fantasy Factory. Last year, over 8,000 people attended the festival.

You can purchase tickets online now at!

See below for the full listing of headliners and openers:

Main Stage Nationals on Monster Energy Stage:

Headliner: Puddle of Mudd
We Came as Romans
Red Jumpsuit Apparatus

2nd Stage: National Guard Stage
Wayne Static
Woe Is Me
Riven (Formerly Motograter)
Sore Eyes
Ghosts of August
Other opening bands include:
It Lies Within
Lifeline Revolution
Ballz Deluxe
Blind Reflection
Second Season
Breaking Paradox
Distant Decend
Throwing Gravity
Blackened Earth
Thee Unknown
Fall of Eleven
The Elder Beer Men
Myths and Legends
Circus Asylum
Seeking Seven
Hollow Drive
Fire in the Sky
Violet Void
Beyond the Shadows
Barefoot Breakdown
Nothing More Than This
The Sunset Villians
The Getbye
Nation of Wealth

Featuring special guest host and bartender Dennis Haskins (known as Mr. Belding of “Saved by the Bell” fame).

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Korn Brings “The Path of Totality Tour” to the Midwest

The Rave – Milwaukee, WI

KORN The Rave Milwaukee Jonathan

Coming off of the first leg of their The Path of Totality tour, Korn issued a challenge to DJ’s everywhere; Remix ‘Get Up’ or ‘Narcissistic Cannibal’, be Korn’s favorite, win a spot to DJ a live show.  This challenge was met with mass response and one lucky artist, DJ Maximillian from Maryland, was the winner.  Korn’s February 25th Milwaukee stop on the second leg of their tour was the show DJ Maximillian was privileged to mix at – much to the crowd’s dissatisfaction.

KORN The Rave Milwaukee FieldyMaximillian made 2 critical mistakes.  The first, he began his set nearly twenty minutes late.  The crowd was already anxious for the show to begin and was getting restless.  Several persons stumbled around already half in the bag and security was cracking down on all the smokers in the crowd.  The second was the taunting Maximillian gave the crowd when they began to boo him.  Rather than take it in stride and joke it away, he encouraged the negative reaction and lost the crowd even further.  While his striking personality didn’t win him any fans, one must admit that he certainly had potential.  With heavy beats and fantasy filled mixes Maximillian could produce a great album, if he could just get his transitions to run smooth rather than jerking his listeners from one sequence into the next.

Maximillian aside, J Devil (Jonathan Davis) and good friend Sluggo worked the crowd back into a very satisfied frenzy, amping up mosh pits and prepping fans for the main act to come.  Every fan of Korn and electronic music should take the opportunity to familiarize themselves with the inner workings of J Devil.  J Devil’s sound is reminiscent of Take a Look in the Mirror meets electronic goodness with the recognizable sounds of Korn’s thick chords and heavy bass.

The tardiness seen in DJ Maximillian’s set continued on to be the poor habit of the evening with Korn pushing their set back nearly a half hour and then leaving a mostly lit stage to speak for itself for an additional five minutes before making an appearance.  However, once on the stage Jonathan Davis, Munky, Fieldy and drummer Ray Luzier delivered a high energy, bass pounding show that began as vibrations in your feet and built until it was reverberating through your eyes, as always.

KORN The Rave Milwaukee MunkeyOpening with early fan favorite ‘Predictable’, Jonathan Davis appeased to fans with gut wrenching emotion before quickly moving through classics on each album adding the new sounds of electro into the mix.  But the electro sound wasn’t the only new addition to Korn’s stage show.  An increased amount of strobe lighting and a very much missing vaporizer as is generally standard visible set equipment for Davis were definitely different this time around.  Perhaps the vocalist has finally got a handle on his lungs.  Given the number of dates behind the band on the first leg of this tour and the missing equipment going into the second leg, one can only hope.

After tearing through head-banging beloved singles and leaving no safe place to stand, Korn finished hard with ‘Blind’, yet another classic from their first self-titled album.  The band’s energy level never slipped and Jonathan Davis closed the show with a wide spread grin on his face that almost screamed ‘Thank you’.

Photos from KORN’s set at the Rave: