Chicago Open Air Reveals Massive 2017 Line-up Featuring KISS, Ozzy Osbourne And KORN

(PCM) The Chicago Open Air festival is pulling out all the stops in it’s second year revealing an absolutely incredible line-up of artists for it’s 2017 festival which will take place on July 14, 15, and 16 at Toyota Park in Bridgeview, IL, located just outside of Chicago. The three-day music, craft beer and Gourmet Man Food festival will feature over 40 performances, including legendary rock artists Ozzy Osbourne, KISS, and Korn, along with Rob Zombie, Slayer, Godsmack, Stone Sour, Megadeth, Lamb Of God, Seether, Meshuggah, Anthrax, Clutch, Body Count, and many more.

Tickets for Chicago Open Air go on sale Friday, January 20 at Noon CT at www.ChicagoOpenAir.com.

In addition to three days of nonstop rock, Chicago Open Air’s celebration of everything loud will also include Gourmet Man Food featuring local and regional cuisine, the Headbangers Bier Hall highlighting top brews from the region, other entertainment and fan experiences, and will be hosted by SiriusXM’s Jose Mangin. The weekend gets started with The Chicago Open Air Kick Off Fiesta (details to be announced in February) and the official Chicago Open Air Pre-Party at Concord Music Hall on Thursday, July 13.

The daily band lineup (subject to change) is as follows:

Friday, July 14: KISS, Rob Zombie, Megadeth, Anthrax, Meshuggah, The Dillinger Escape Plan, Falling In Reverse, Vimic, Suicide Silence, Whitechapel, Crobot, Code Orange, Hell or Highwater, Failure Anthem

Saturday, July 15: Korn, Godsmack, Seether, Clutch, Steel Panther, Body Count, Avatar, Mushroomhead, Metal Church, Pig Destroyer, Dragonforce, Cane Hill, Night Verses, Black Map

Sunday, July 16: Ozzy Osbourne, Slayer, Stone Sour, Lamb Of God, Amon Amarth, Behemoth, Hellyeah, Demon Hunter, DevilDriver, KYNG, Norma Jean, Whores., DED

Here’s what some of Chicago Open Air’s top artists have to say about playing the festival:

Corey Taylor, Stone Sour: “We are beyond stoked to be a part of Chicago Open Air this year. If you’ve never seen Stone Sour before, you’re in for a goddamn treat. If you HAVE seen Stone Sour before, forget what you’re expecting. It’s a whole new ballgame. See you all soon!”

Dave Mustaine, Megadeth: “This year’s Chicago Open Air festival is going to kick so much ass! I mean, KISS, Megadeth, Anthrax, and Rob Zombie?! If I wasn’t playing, I would want to go just to be part of the party!!

Randy Blythe, Lamb Of God: “Wassup Chicago! We’re stoked to be playing the Chicago Open Air this year. It’ll be nice to be outside in Illinois for a change, especially since it won’t be 10 below, haha. So come on out and bring your baggies, bikinis and suntan lotion, and surfboards (ok, so you can leave the surfboards at home). See ya there!”

Danny Wimmer, Founder of Danny Wimmer Presents said, “Walking through the site last year, I saw people from all over the world. Different ages, different races – people celebrating rock culture. When curating the 2017 version of Chicago Open Air, we wanted to find that balance for everyone who attends the festival. From iconic artists like Ozzy, KISS, Korn and Slayer to Rob Zombie, Godsmack and Stone Sour to Amon Amarth, Meshuggah and Behemoth. If you are a rock fan, this is a must see experience.”

“Rock is clearly alive and well in Chicagoland, and year two of Chicago Open Air promises to build on where we left off in creating one of America’s best destination hard rock festivals,” said Jason Wright, Live Nation’s Midwest President.

Tickets are priced as follows:

3-day General Admission Field: starting at $209.50

3-day General Admission Bowl: starting at $119.50

3-day VIP: starting at $425.00

Single Day General Admission Bowl: starting at $50.00

All VIP tickets include: VIP entrance lanes into the event, access to a VIP lounge area featuring dedicated food and beverage offerings (for additional purchase), field and stadium level viewing areas of the main stage, dedicated restroom facilities, and a commemorative Chicago Open Air VIP-only laminate.

No Service Fee tickets will be available at the Chicago Open Air Official Pop-Up Party at Kuma’s Corner downtown (666 W. Diversey Pkwy., Chicago) on Friday, January 20, starting at Noon. In addition, all three Chicago-area Kuma’s locations (http://www.kumascorner.com/locations.html) will be selling No Service Fee tickets and exclusive Chicago Open Air / Kuma’s merchandise.

Discounted hotel rates are also available through Curadora. Visit www.ChicagoOpenAir.com for details.

Here’s a preliminary list of Chicago Open Air special events, Gourmet Man Food and craft beer partners, as well as onsite experiences and nonprofit organizations with a presence at Chicago Open Air:

Chicago Open Air Kick Off Fiesta, hosted by Jose Mangin: Kick off the Chicago Open Air weekend with this fiesta. This intimate dinner will be hosted by SiriusXM’s Liquid Metal DJ Jose Mangin. The menu and more information will be announced in the coming weeks.

Chicago Open Air Official Pre-Party & After-Show Events: The official Chicago Open Air Pre-Party will be held at Concord Music Hall on Thursday, July 13. Bands and more details will be announced soon. In addition, official after-show events will be held at Double Door on Friday, The Metro on Saturday, and the official afterparty will be at House of Blues in Chicago on Sunday.

Gourmet Man Food: The initial Gourmet Man Food lineup includes selections from Chicago favorites such as: Bruges Brothers, Chicago Doghouse, Crème of the Crop, Dia De Los Tamales, Dinky’s Donuts, Kuma’s Corner, Pizano’s (Chicago deep dish), and Yum Dum. Additional Gourmet Man Food vendors from around the country will include: Aporkalypse Now, BBD’s Restaurant, Ben’s Burrito Bowl, Cheeze Louise, Cravin’ Cajun, Master of Patties, Ollie’s Tots, Pie Baby (wood-fired pizza), Sweet Pete’s, and The Big Cheesy.

Headbangers Bier Hall: This unique METAL themed dive bar is returning to Chicago Open Air. Headbangers Bier Hall will feature national and regional craft beers and artist inspired beverages including: Goose Island (Chicago – 312 Urban Wheat Ale, Four Star Pils), Half Acre Beer Company (Chicago – Daisy Cutter Pale Ale, Vallejo IPA, Pony Pilsner), Iron Maiden’s Trooper Beer, Lagunitas (Petaluma, CA – IPA, A Little Sumpin’ Sumpin’), Motörhead Wine, Revolution Brewing (Chicago – Fist City, Rev Pils), Surly (Minneapolis – Surly Hell Lager, Surly Furious IPA), Two Brothers Brewing (Chicago – Sidekick Extra Pale Ale, Dog Days Dortmunder Style Lager), and more to be announced. Look for unique experiences throughout the weekend.

Monster Energy Experience: Fueling the festival experience with energy, the Monster Energy Experience offers free Monster drink samples and artist signings. Stop by the Monster Energy Experience and get energized for Chicago Open Air!

Kuma’s Corner: Kuma’s Corner will be returning to serve their signature metal themed burgers.

The Music Experience: The Music Experience features all the elements that are involved in making music in a professional band setting. The interactive exhibit features guitars, basses, amps, drums, keyboards, and electronic gear that are used by today’s most popular bands. After laying your hands on the hottest equipment available, you will walk away feeling like a rock star and you may even see one there, too! Come and meet your favorite band members from the festival at the Music Experience Tent. You can win free amps, free guitars and get tons of other free stuff, as well.

FYE Fan Experience: FYE will be hosting the ultimate fan and artist interactive experiences throughout the festival! FYE is the only place at the festival to get your favorite band’s music, and maybe even get to meet your favorite Chicago Open Air performer!

Fxck Cancer / Dyin 2 Live: The Dyin 2 Live Dreams program is a wish-granting organization whose purpose is to try and enrich the lives of those fighting cancer by offering them an experience that will bring hope and inspiration to their lives. In doing this, we hope it can help give them a chance to forget, even if it’s only for a day. Through our extensive network of friends, supporters, and affiliates, we are able to reach out to individuals and present them with one of a kind experiences and opportunities that arise. We feel a Dyin 2 Live Dream can offer a source of inspiration for those undergoing difficult medical treatments and be a positive force that offers a life-changing impact not only for them, but also the family to overcome their obstacles. If you are currently fighting cancer or know of someone in the fight who could benefit from a Dyin 2 Live Dream, please submit your story and tell us why and how a Dyin 2 Live day would help. Also, anyone interested in being a supporter, volunteer or donor, please contact us at mywish@dyin2live.org.

Take Me Home: Take Me Home (TMH) has been saving the lives of homeless animals since 2001. TMH was founded as an animal rights advocacy foundation saving orphaned animals and striving to end animal overpopulation. TMH works in conjunction with shelters and rescues throughout California and beyond to help save animals on death row, on the streets, or in unsafe living conditions. Stop by their booth for custom gear and contribute to a great cause.

Chicago Open Air is produced by Danny Wimmer Presents, Live Nation, and Toyota Park, with the support of the Village of Bridgeview and Bridgeview Mayor Steven Landek.

Chicago Open Air is fueled by Monster Energy. Additional 2017 sponsors include: Jack Daniel’s, FYE, The Music Experience, Fxck Cancer, Take Me Home, Soho Concessions and more.

For more information on Chicago Open Air, visit:

Website: www.ChicagoOpenAir.com

Facebook: www.facebook.com/chiopenair

Twitter: https://twitter.com/chiopenair

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/chiopenair

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U2 Will Headline Bonnaroo! Band Announces The Joshua Tree Tour

(PCM) We are super excited to share the news that U2 is set to headline Bonnaroo 2017!  They will be performing a set that will include the career-defining 1987 release The Joshua Tree
in celebration of the 30th anniversary of the classic album.  The band’s Bonnaroo performance will mark the band’s first-ever headlining appearance at an American festival.

In addition to Bonnaroo there is even more exciting news from U2 as well!  The band will return to select stadiums this year with U2: The Joshua Tree Tour 2017, in celebration of the 30th anniversary of the band’s classic album. Each show will include a performance of The Joshua Tree in its entirety, with support from one of a number of special guests including Mumford & Sons, OneRepublic and The Lumineers in North America and Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds in Europe.

Released to universal acclaim on March 9th 1987 and featuring hit singles “With Or Without You”,“I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For” and “Where The Streets Have No Name”, The Joshua Tree was U2’s first #1 album in the U.S., topping the charts globally including the U.K. and Ireland, selling in excess of 25 million albums worldwide, and catapulting Bono, The Edge, Adam Clayton and Larry Mullen Jr “… from heroes to superstars” (Rolling Stone). Time Magazine put U2 on its cover in April 1987, proclaiming them “Rock’s Hottest Ticket” in a defining year for the band that saw their arena dates roll into stadium shows to accommodate escalating demand – setting them on course to become one of the greatest live acts in the world today. The 12 months that followed saw the band create now-iconic moments: the traffic-stopping Grammy Award-winning music video on the roof of a Los Angeles liquor store, winning a BRIT Award and two Grammys – including Album of the Year – their first of 22 received to date, distinguishing U2 as the most awarded rock band in Grammy history.

U2’s fifth studio album The Joshua Tree was produced by Brian Eno and Daniel Lanois, and featured iconic artwork which cemented the career of photographer and director Anton Corbijn. Recording took place in Dublin at Windmill Lane Studios and Danesmoate, the house which subsequently became bassist Adam Clayton’s home.

It seems like we have come full circle from when The Joshua Tree songs were originally written, with global upheaval, extreme right wing politics and some fundamental human rights at risk. To celebrate the album – as the songs seem so relevant and prescient of these times too – we decided to do these shows, it feels right for now. We’re looking forward to it.” – The Edge

Recently I listened back to The Joshua Tree for the first time in nearly 30 years… it’s quite an opera. A lot of emotions which feel strangely current, love, loss, broken dreams, seeking oblivion, polarisation… all the greats… I’ve sung some of these songs a lot… but never all of them. I’m up for it, if our audience is as excited as we are… it’s gonna be a great night.” – Bono

We are off to play a few shows with U2! It’s the 30th anniversary of The Joshua Tree – one of the greatest albums ever made, in our opinion, and something well worth a good celebration. It’s a record that did so much for us all when we discovered it individually and if ever a record stands the test of time its that one. So when the lads gave us a call to invite us to play a few gigs opening for them it was our great honour to accept. It’s gonna be such a good few nights… “ – Mumford & Sons

I can remember covering the U2 song “One” in bars back in NYC 10 years ago, with Jer on drums. A lot has changed since then, but still – I NEVER thought we’d get the chance to open for such a legendary band, on such a legendary album – The Joshua Tree. Their songs are so timeless and transcendent, it’s impossible to imagine a time when they didn’t exist. That type of songwriting has always been the mountaintop for us – songs that can transcend generations.” – Wesley Schultz, The Lumineers

The Joshua Tree is the first album I ever heard from U2 because it came out when I had just started my love affair with music as a young kid… it’s the album that made me want to write songs and start a band. Joining them for this tour will be the experience of a lifetime, leaving the bucket list fully checked.” – Ryan Tedder, OneRepublic

It will be both a pleasure and an honour to play my part in what still remains the greatest show on earth.” – Noel Gallagher

Following the groundbreaking iNNOCENCE + eXPERIENCE Tour’s arena shows in 2015, U2: The Joshua Tree Tour 2017 will see the band return to the stadium stage for the first time since 2009-2011’s record-shattering U2 360° Tour, the most successful tour in history seen by over 7.3 million fans worldwide.

U2: The Joshua Tree Tour 2017 will kick off in Vancouver on 12th May for a run of dates across North America and Europe, and will include U2’s first ever U.S. festival headline appearance at the Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival this summer, as well as a hometown show in Dublin’s Croke Park on 22nd July.

Tickets for the U2: The Joshua Tree Tour 2017 are on sale Monday, January 16th in Ireland, the UK and Europe and Tuesday, January 17th in the US and Canada. As usual, there is an exclusive priority presale for U2 Subscribers at U2.com from Wednesday, January 11th (9am) through Friday, January 13th (5pm) local times. Tickets will be general admission on the floor and reserved seating in the stands. There will be a 4 ticket limit for subscriber purchases and a 6 ticket limit commencing with public sales. In North America, all floor tickets will be paperless unless otherwise noted.

U2: The Joshua Tree Tour is produced by Live Nation Global Touring. UPS is the Official Logistics Provider of the tour.

For complete tour and ticket information, visit: u2.com & livenation.com

NORTH AMERICAN TOUR DATES:

May 12 – Vancouver, BC – BC Place*
May 14 – Seattle, WA – CenturyLink Field*
May 17 – Santa Clara, CA – Levi’s Stadium*
May 20 – Los Angeles, CA – Rose Bowl+
May 24 – Houston, TX – NRG Stadium+
May 26 – Dallas, TX – AT&T Stadium+
June 3 – Chicago, IL – Soldier Field+
June 7 – Pittsburgh, PA – Heinz Field+
June 8-11 – Manchester, TN – Bonnaroo Festival
June 11 – Miami, FL – Hard Rock Stadium^
June 14 – Tampa, FL – Raymond James Stadium^
June 18 – Philadelphia, PA – Lincoln Financial Field+
June 20 – Washington DC – FedExField+
June 23 – Toronto, ON – Rogers Centre+
June 25 – Boston, MA – Gillette Stadium+
June 28 – East Rutherford, NJ – MetLife Stadium+
July 1 – Cleveland, OH – FirstEnergy Stadium^

* with Mumford & Sons
+ with The Lumineers
^ with OneRepublic
EUROPEAN TOUR DATES:

July 8 – London, UK – Twickenham
July 12 – Berlin, DE – Olympic Stadium
July 15 – Rome, IT – Olympic Stadium
July 18 – Barcelona, ES – Olympic Stadium
July 22 – Dublin, IE – Croke Park
July 25 – Paris, FR – Stade de France
July 29 – Amsterdam, NE – Amsterdam Arena
August 1 – Brussels, BE – Stade Roi Baudouin

with Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds

Bonnaroo will announce the full 2017 lineup and put all tickets on sale this Wednesday, January 11 at 8am ET.
The 2017 Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival will take place June 8 – 11.
For more information, please visit bonnaroo.com.

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Soundgarden, Def Leppard And Avenged Sevenfold Lead Massive Carolina Rebellion Line-up!

(PCM) Soundgarden (Friday), Def Leppard (Saturday) and Avenged Sevenfold (Sunday) will headline the 7th annual Monster Energy Carolina Rebellion May 5, 6 and 7 at Rock City Campgrounds at Charlotte Motor Speedway in Concord, NC.

The Mid-Atlantic’s Biggest Rock Festival will feature three days of today’s best rock–along with legendary classic artists–playing on four stages, a world-class BBQ village, and top notch camping facilities.

Monster Energy Carolina Rebellion presale tickets and layaway packages, as well as hotel, camping and VIP packages, are on sale now at www.CarolinaRebellion.com.

In 2016, Monster Energy Carolina Rebellion had another record breaking year with over 90,000 fans in attendance, so fans are encouraged to buy early and save and to be sure to secure a ticket for 2017.

The lineup for Monster Energy Carolina Rebellion is as follows: Soundgarden, Def Leppard and Avenged Sevenfold, A Perfect Circle, Korn, The Offspring, The Cult, Volbeat, Mastodon, Papa Roach, Three Days Grace, Seether, Chevelle, Alter Bridge, Tesla, Pierce The Veil, The Pretty Reckless, Eagles of Death Metal, Highly Suspect, Coheed and Cambria, Taking Back Sunday, Opeth, Amon Amarth, Sum 41, Skillet, Machine Gun Kelly, Gojira, In Flames, In This Moment, The Dillinger Escape Plan, Falling In Reverse, Motionless In White, Nothing More, Beartooth, Starset, Rival Sons, Every Time I Die, Fozzy, All That Remains, The Amity Affliction, I Prevail, Dinosaur Pile-Up, Kyng, Crobot, Radkey, Volumes, Dorothy, As Lions, Fire From The Gods, Goodbye June, Sylar, Wage War, Badflower, DED, Frank Carter & The Rattlesnakes, The Charm The Fury, Royal Republic, Mother Feather, Cover Your Tracks, and Citizen Zero.

Joe Elliott of Def Leppard commented, “There are some amazing acts on Carolina Rebellion; it’s a privilege to be part of what’s going to be an amazing experience for all involved.”

M Shadows of Avenged Sevenfold said, “We are losing our minds at the thought of bringing our new music and show to the Carolina Rebellion. The Stage has been set!”

Presale tickets and layaway packages, as well as hotel, camping and VIP packages are available for purchase now at www.CarolinaRebellion.com. The layaway option allows purchasers to split the cost into four monthly payments.

A Monster Energy Carolina Rebellion presale password to purchase the following tickets can be found on the festival’s website, Facebook and Twitter pages:

Weekend General Admission: $149.00

Weekend General Admission Ticket 4-Pack: $460.00

Weekend VIP: $299.00

2-Day General Admission (Friday/Saturday or Saturday/Sunday): $99.50

Single Day General Admission: $79.50

*** Ticket prices do not include fees.***

Those looking for an expanded festival experience are invited to purchase hotel, camping and VIP packages. Available camping options (RV and tent options for 4 nights) include the Groupie, Roadie, and Star packages. Hotel packages offered for 3 or 4 nights are: Bronze, Silver, Diamond and Platinum. For details on each package, visit: www.CarolinaRebellion.com.

The Monster Energy Carolina Rebellion public onsale is Friday, December 9 at 10:00 AM EST. Beginning at that time, ticket prices will increase, so fans are encouraged to buy during the presale. At the public onsale, prices will be as follows:

Weekend General Admission: $179.00

Weekend General Admission Ticket 4-Pack: $580.00

Weekend VIP: $329

2-Day General Admission (Friday/Saturday or Saturday/Sunday): $130.50

Single Day General Admission: $99.50

*** Ticket prices do not include fees.***

As in the past, General Admission ticket discounts will also be available for active military through Monster Energy Carolina Rebellion partner GovX (www.govx.com).

Monster Energy Carolina Rebellion is produced by Danny Wimmer Presents and AEG Live and is part of the World’s Loudest Month concert series, which features the biggest names in rock music performing in eight distinct U.S. concert atmospheres in during six consecutive weekends in April, May and June of 2017.

Monster Energy Carolina Rebellion is supported by great corporate partners including Monster Energy, Zippo, Pabst, Jack Daniel’s and more to be announced.

For more information on Monster Energy Carolina Rebellion, visit:

Website: www.CarolinaRebellion.com

Facebook: @CarolinaRebellion

Twitter: @CRebellion

Instagram: @CarolinaRebellion

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Metallica Set To Headline Rock On The Range 2017!

(PCM) After much teasing and anticipation regarding the line-up for Rock On The Range 2017, it has been revealed that Metallica will headline the epic destination rock festival this spring!  We can hardly contain our excitement. Rounding out this year’s headliners Metallica will be joined by Soundgarden, Korn, The Offspring. Primus and Bush to name a few.

Rock On The Range celebrated their 10th anniversary last year in epic fashion with headliners Red Hot Chili Peppers and Disturbed and they are stepping it up even higher in 2017. The festival will take place from May 19-21 at Mapfre Stadium in Columbus, Ohio and feature over 50 bands throughout the course of the weekend. Rock On The Range truly is the place that “rock lives”! Just when we think they can’t raise the bar any higher with a better line-up they surprise us with a stacked line-up like the one we see for 2017.

Additional noteworthy bands featured on the 2017 line-up include Chevelle, Papa Roach, Seether, Coheed and Cambria, Alterbridge, The Pretty Reckless,Taking Back Sunday, Skillet, Amon Amarth, Zakk Sabbath, Attilia, Whitechapel, Bleeker and so many more. You can view the entire 2017 line-up below:

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Pre-sale and layaway tickets are available now at the Rock on the Range website. Fans will also be able to choose Weekend Field VIP tickets or Premier Packages as well and are encouraged to purchase tickets early as last year’s festival sold out over two months in advance. Pre-sale codes can be found at the website in addition to the ROTR Facebook and Twitter pages for Weekend Field VIP, Weekend Field GA, Weekend Stadium GA and Weekend Stadium GA four-pack tickets.

Will we see you there?  Can’t wait for May!!

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Gemini Syndrome: Aaron Nordstrom interview

img_8770(PCM) We caught up with Aaron Nordstrom, lead vocalist and songwriter for Gemini Syndrome, at the KISW Pain in the Grass festival in Seattle, Washington on August 21, 2016.

Melissa Sedlmeier (MS): Who inspires you?

Aaron Nordstrom (AN): Most of it, lyrically at least, comes from my experiences, my life, whatever weird trials and tribulations I experience. I am influenced for sure by philosophy and religion. I studied Chinese kung fu for 18 years, so those kind of philosophers and the Eastern way of thinking is a big part of it. My older brother Blake, he inspires me. You can take it from anywhere.

MS: I get that from your music, and I feel that. It’s awesome. Musically, who inspires you?

AN: I grew up playing classical jazz piano, so I was influenced by that stuff heavily when I was young. I was in choirs. Getting into my teens, I found rock n’ roll and grunge and metal. I listened to everything from trance music to black metal to folk music. It’s hard to pinpoint, I like literally everything.

MS: It’s all the bits and pieces that make it.

AN: The whole band is like that, I think that is what creates the sound that we have. Brian (Steele Medina) came up in drum corps, which is super strict and structured, rigid music. But then he also loves all kinds of other stuff and that blends together.

MS: We have had some greats pass away this year – Bowie, Prince, Lemmy, Glenn Frey. Are you inspired by any of those legends?

AN: On some level, all of them. My biggest ones were Peter Steele and Dimebag Darrell. That was the stuff that I really got into as a kid. What’s crazy is the guys I listened to growing up, now they’re all getting into their fifties and sixties. Life is short, that is the whole point of this record, realizing that at some point everyone is going to pass on. It’s kind of scary. The dude from 3 Doors Down just passed away the other day. He was 38, I’m 34. You never know what’s going to come. Some of my friends and my peers now, like David Draiman of Disturbed who has been great to me, he’s still very healthy, or LJ from Sevendust. But you just never know.

MS: With the albums, you have “Lux” and “Memento Mori”. Is another album coming as a trilogy?

AN: “Lux” was light and birth. “Memento Mori” means “Remember, we have to die” and is the coming to grips with the reality of mortality, and embracing the moment you have. The next album will be dealing with death and whatever comes after that, to whatever degree we can comprehend it without actually going there.

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MS: What are you grateful for?

AN: I am grateful that I get to do this, that I get to travel. I’m grateful for my family, my wife, my dog, my house, that I can eat food every day. I have been playing music since I was 3, so the fact that I get to do it for a living. We are certainly not wealthy, but we are rich in spirit. This is my experience – I get to sit on the bus and talk to you guys. I get to be at this festival. It’s the little details.

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Made In America Celebrates Five Years In The City Of Brotherly Love!

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(PCM) The Budweiser Made In America Festival has become a Labor Day tradition in the city of Philadelphia and this year the eclectic Jay-Z curated musical extravaganza celebrated it’s fifth anniversary in the city of brotherly love. It has been truly amazing to witness this festival continue to grow each and every year and we don’t think another festival in the country features the same level of artist diversity as Made In America.

At times the Made In America festival can truly seem like a game of spot the celebrity and this year was no different. Throughout the weekend there were many reported (and confirmed) sightings of former President Bill Clinton, Malia Obama, a slew of secret service and S.W.A.T. team officers, Beyonce, Jay-Z, Rick Ross, Michael B. Jordan, and someone even claimed they saw Kanye West on the grounds (but we doubt it). It is a who’s who of the entertainment industry and we adore being right in the thick of it!

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Headliners Rihanna on Saturday night and Coldplay on Sunday night absolutely slayed with their performances. We seriously can’t believe it had taken Rihanna this long to coordinate schedules with Jay-Z to make an appearance at the festival, as she has been a Roc Nation artist for years. Reading several other reviews of Rihanna’s performance, we couldn’t believe that more people were taking the time to comment on her clothing and boots (which were fantastic by the way) and not her absolutely amazing showmanship. This lady knows how to commandeer an audience and was hypnotizing to watch.

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Rihanna opened with a very dark and soulful rendition of the hit “Stay” which she performed from the top of the soundboard behind the audience before sashaying her way across a lowered catwalk which carried her across the Ben Franklin Parkway directly over top of the audience. It was magical. Rihanna plowed through her hits such as “B*tch Better Have My Money”, “Umbrella”, “Live Your Life” and “Rude Boy”. Fans were hoping that we might get a glimpse of current boy toy Drake at some point during her performance, however no such luck here in Philly.

If we thought Rihanna’s performance to close out Saturday night was impressive, we had no idea what was about to hit with Coldplay’s amazing set to close out Sunday night. They were phenomenal. Vocalist Chris Martin and the rest of the band brought their A-game to their 90 minute Made In America performance.

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The stage was bright and colorful and a glorious array of fireworks went off as Coldplay kicked off their set with the trippy “Headful of Dreams”. The band then kicked things into high gear incorporating the entire audience into the show with the use of LED lighted bracelets that lit up in time with the music that was being played. It was an amazing sight to behold. Highlights of their set included “Yellow”, “Paradise”, “Clocks” and a gorgeous rendition of “Evergold” that nearly brought us to tears.

Music has always had the power to unite and looking out around the crowd we saw that unity on full display. There were no lines of separation between race, religion, political affiliation or sexuality. It was just people, coming together as one, getting lost in the music that spoke to our souls.

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The overall diversity of this year’s line-up was fantastic, while there were of course some performances we could have lived without for example, the utter boredom we endured during the Sunday evening set from FKA Twigs and not being all that impressed with Edward Sharpe and The Magnetic Zeros, majority of the performances this year were spot-on. We loved rocking out with Collegrove ( 2 Chainz and Lil Wayne), Chance The Rapper,  Jamie XX, Martin Garrix, and DJ Khaled.  Artists such as Gary Clark, Jr and Dorothy are always a treat, however we definitely are hoping that 2017 features just a few more artists that lean heavier on the rock side, as this year was incredibly hip-hop heavy.

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What we love about Made In America also has a lot to do with their charitable activities as well. The Cause Village is a wonderful area to visit as it is chock full of ways in which we can all become involved to help our world become a better place. It is not something you see at a lot of other festivals, so we certainly praise Made In America for teaching individuals, especially the younger generation, about the importance of giving back.

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The audience, as in years past, was sea of red, white and blue and it was fantastic to see so many young people out having a good time and showing a ton of pride for their country. Diversity is what makes America great and yet again it was wonderful to witness so many people coming together as one in the spirit of music and the close out the summer festival season having the time of their lives.

Please visit the PopCultureMadness Facebook page to see more incredible images from the Budweiser Made In America 2016 festival!

For more information, please visit: 

Made In America Festival | http://www.madeinamericafest.com/
Live Nation | http://www.livenation.com/
Tidal | http://tidal.com/

Photography credits:
Cynthia Good
Andrew Wendowski
Kevin Mazur (Getty)

 

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