Sunday, February 15, 2009

Rock on the Range 2009 (Part I): A band-by-band perspective.

For the third year in a row, the rock world will once again unite in Columbus, Ohio on May 16th and 17th for the Rock on the Range festival. Every year, the festival has grown.

In 2007, it was a one-day, one stage event.
Last year, it was two-day, two stage event.
This year, it will be a two-day, three stage event.

This post is going to give you a list of bands performing and I will also attempt to give you an idea of what kind of a band they are like live as best as I can.

The Headliners:
Slipknot-They are unquestionably the most successful metal band of this generation. Every album they have put out since their 1997 debut has either gone Gold or Platinum. Seven Grammy nominations, with their first and only win in 2007 for "Before I Forget", and legions of their fans, whom they refer to as "maggots". Jonas Brothers fans beware because Slipknot is here to stay. Corey Taylor is becoming one of the busiest frontmen in the rock world leading Slipknot and Stone Sour, while working on his own solo debut, scheduled to come out later this year. This is their first Rock on the Range.

Mötley Crüe-For almost 30 years, the Crüe have been raising hell. They are currently on their own stadium tour headlining with Hinder, Theory of a Deadman, and The Last Vegas (a band that won a contest to be signed on Eleven Seven Records (Trapt, Buckcherry), a label where Nikki Sixx is the president). This year, they intend to do a second year of the Crüe Fest, their take on a summer festival. Rock heavily influenced by the Crüe has become quite popular in the last couple of years. This is their first Rock on the Range event.

Alice in Chains-After working on their first new album in years, Alice in Chains is just about set to make their return. Rock on the Range is likely their kickoff. They've been playing live shows regularly for the last few years and have been resurrected with longtime friend William Duvall. Layne Staley will indeed never be forgotten as the songs that had been sung by him for nine years will live on for ages. Often celebrated, always underrated...this is Alice in Chains' first Rock on the Range event.

Korn-One of the most influential bands of the nu-metal movement, Korn will make their American return this May. Korn has had their share of troubles with a bit of a revolving door of touring members, but there is still no question that they are still among the best live bands in the world. Their Family Values tour is among the most successful summer tours bringing in hundreds of thousands of fans from across the country and around the world. They are also working on their next album which is rumored to hit stores late this year. This may signal a return of Family Values for 2009. This is their first Rock on the Range.

Avenged Sevenfold-The youngest of the headliners, these guys have been rocking faces off for a decade. Their streamlined style has given them mainstream success unlike anything that they've ever achieved before as a band. Their raucous live show has put the guitar back in the forefront of the rock world. They've headlined shows such as Taste of Chaos and have played on Ozzfest in their young career. This marks their first Rock on the Range event.

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