Rock Allegiance 2015 Review: Appears Festival With Have a Permanent Home In The Philadelphia, PA Region


(PCM) We were beyond stoked to attend the Rock Allegiance Festival held at PPL Park in Chester, PA and I have to say that it was one of the most well-organized and beautifully run festivals that we have had the pleasure of attending. Rock Allegiance featured over 12 hours of music, craft beer and gourmet man food with 15+ bands performing on three stages. This year’s stellar line-up featured the talent of Rob Zombie, Korn, Godsmack, Five Finger Death Punch, Papa Roach, In This Moment, Pop Evil, Atreyu, Bring Me The Horizon and many many more who truly brought their A-game to the sell-out crowd of over 26,000 fans in attendance.

Rock Allegiance was PPL Park’s first-ever live music event and the sell-out crowd broke the venues previous attendance records by nearly 10,000 individuals. Producer Danny Wimmer of Danny Wimmer Presents had the following comments “To set an attendance record in a new venue with a new festival, I couldn’t be more pleased with our choice to have Monster Energy Rock Allegiance in Philadelphia and to cement the city as our official home for many years to come”.

The layout featured two main stages that were situated directly next to one another inside the stadium bowl, so that once one stage ended the other almost immediately began. This made it incredibly easy for fans to simply turn themselves in one direction or another and not miss a single moment of their favorite artists performance. There was also a tent stage set-up directly outside the main stadium that also featured a fantastic array of bands such as Hollywood Undead, Saint Asonia, Butcher Babies, Charm City Devils and From Ashes To New.


With so many great performances throughout the day it was an incredibly difficult task to narrow down our highlights from the day. We found ourselves to be incredibly impressed with Atreyu who are making a comeback in a huge way this year after taking a bit of hiatus, as well as, Pop Evil who are truly enjoying the fruits of their labor with the amazing success of their new album “UP” and hit single “Footsteps” which is currently being used in the national ad campaign for Dodge.  We also have to note that we were blown away yet again by Saint Asonia. After seeing their debut performance at this year’s Rock On The Range back in May, they are truly showing no signs of slowing down anytime soon.



The theatrics from an In This Moment performance are always phenomenal, as vocalist Maria Brink has the audience captivated from beginning to end and Papa Roach are the masters of amping up the energy in the room and truly getting the party kicked well into high gear.  Another band that appears to get better and better with age is Five Finger Death Punch. They are truly a force to be reckoned with in the rock universe and bring such amazing raw aggression and emotion to their live performance.  One can’t help but wish to dive head first into the mosh pit and go absolutely wild. Just have to note that vocalist Ivan Moody’s “skin” jacket was probably one of the creepiest things we’ve seen in awhile!


We never have enough good things to say about a live performance from Godsmack and their appearance at Rock Allegiance even further cemented our undying love for this band. They blasted through their set filled with hit after hit and it was over almost as quickly as it began. To close out the evening, we caught sets from hard-hitting rockers KORN and Rob Zombie who both did an amazing job at keeping the energy levels high despite the fact that fans had been rocking out since the early afternoon hours. We have said it before and will say it again, KORN has been sounding a lot more refreshed than in years past and appear to be truly enjoying themselves on the stage. Front man Jonathan Davis knows how to take control of the stage and the band performs like a well-oiled machine.


Following KORN, it was time to get the Zombie party started!  No matter how many times we have seen Rob Zombie live, we still find ourselves belting out all of the lyrics and jumping around like crazy to our favorite songs. Once Zombie takes the stage, he is like a whirlwind, leaping back and forth across the stage risers and even jumping off the stage completely to perform up close and personal with fans down in the crowd. Zombie walked the barrier several times during “Never Gonna Stop” and at one point even ran out deep in the crowd to perform at the soundboard giving fans who were further back in the stadium a more personal experience. Guitarist John 5 was spot-on and is absolutely hypnotic to watch on the stage, we are on the edge of our seats in anticipation for Zombie’s upcoming new album to see just what he has in-store for us next!

After a full day of rock n’ roll we weren’t sure we could muster the energy for anything else, but when a band like Steel Panther is playing the after party it is certainly worth staying!  We partied for a few songs and had a few laughs and then it was time for our rockin’ day to come to an end!  What was so incredible about the Rock Allegiance line-up is that nearly all of the band’s featured on the bill are headline worthy in their own right and gathering them all together in once place to celebrate the spirit of rock n’ roll was truly a magical experience.


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Sold-Out Carolina Rebellion Was The Biggest And Best Yet!



(PCM) Monster Energy’s Carolina Rebellion festival held at the Rock City Campgrounds of the Charlotte Motor Speedway in Charlotte, NC May 2nd and 3rd, celebrated its’ five year anniversary in quite the epic fashion with a sell-out crowd of over 80,000 in attendance each day.  It now seems that the festival has truly found its’ home at the Speedway and Carolina Rebellion 2015 was certainly the biggest and best yet!

We couldn’t believe our eyes when first entering the festival grounds and seeing just how much of an expansion took place over the past year. The days of sound bleed between the stages and people being over-crowded in one area are long gone. The expansion of the festival grounds provided a much more open and less congested feel throughout the course of the weekend. Also, the addition of not only one, but two VIP tents this year also did an amazing job at making the crowd a bit more comfortable as they featured their own private bathrooms, bars and of course delicious food.


Aside from of course the music which we will get to in a second, Carolina Rebellion provided a ton of activities throughout the festival grounds to keep attendees entertained in-between performances or when you needed a break from the chaos. Crazy Dave’s Music Experience had a huge tent set up where you could escape for a little bit and try out several instruments, as well as, tour the incredible Dimebag Darrell exhibit. We also took the virtual tour of the Jack Daniels distillery as well as, sampled some incredible food choices from various vendors. Trust us, the Munch Bowl from the Up In Smoke truck was pure heaven!


The spirit and diversity of music is truly what Carolina Rebellion is all about and this year’s line-up certainly did not disappoint. We started off Saturday catching sets from Islander, We Are Harlot, Of Mice & Men. The party really got started once Hollywood Undead took to the stage, definitely one of my festival favorites, plus we got to witness J-Dog propose to his girlfriend Vanessa in front of everyone in attendance (for those wondering…she said yes, of course). Newcomers Periphery put on an excellent show and mid-afternoon sets from both Papa Roach and Rise Against kept the crowd amped and energized for the evenings headline performances from both Marilyn Manson and Korn.


On Sunday we started our day with quite a wake-up call from The Butcher Babies who provided a jolt of pure adrenaline to anyone watching their set. Surprisingly one of the craziest crowds of the day was for Breaking Benjamin’s performance. There were wall to wall fans absolutely losing their minds for this band and despite the fact that they took a bit of hiatus, watching them perform was like no time had passed at all. Slash feat. Myles Kennedy were fantastic and you can never go wrong with Slayer at a rock festival at any time or any place. After watching Godsmack churn through their hits, it was finally time for Slipknot to bring Carolina Rebellion 2015 to a close. Slipknot never fail to deliver live and their performance to close out Rebellion was spot-on!  They create such an incredible visual spectacle on stage and are truly some of the most engaging performers currently out there today. We could think of no better way to end Carolina Rebellion 2015 and we absolutely can’t wait to do it all again next year!

Photography: Mike Sievila

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Monster Energy Carolina Rebellion Fifth Anniversary Line-Up Revealed!


(PCM) Always one of our very favorite festivals of the year, the epic and spectacular line-up for Monster Energy Carolina Rebellion 2015 has been revealed. The line-up includes some of the biggest names in rock to celebrate Monster Energy Carolina Rebellion’s fifth anniversary this year.

Monster Energy Carolina Rebellion will take place on May 2nd and 3rd 2015 at the Rock City Campgrounds at the Charlotte Motor Speedway just outside of Charlotte, North Carolina.

The mid-Atlantic’s biggest rock festival will feature performances from Slipknot, Korn (marking a highly-anticipated return to Carolina Rebellion after their on-stage reunion with band-member Head in 2012), Godsmack, Marilyn Manson, Slayer, Slash featuring Myles Kennedy and The Conspirators, Rise Against, Sammy Hagar & The Circle (Michael Anthony, Jason Bonham & Vic Johnson), Breaking Benjamin, Bush, and many more top rock bands.

Corey Taylor of Slipknot says, “We are very excited to be headlining Rebellion this year! We’re honored to be playing in the company of Cheap Trick, one of my all time favorites, as well as playing with such good friends like Korn, Halestorm and Slayer!”

“Three years ago, we reunited with our brother Head on stage at Carolina Rebellion. Since then, we made a new album and toured the world together. And now we’re back to perform our first album in its entirety. Rebellion is going to be a really special show for us,” says Jonathan Davis of Korn.

“Playing with a band like The Circle, we’ve got a set list made in Rock N’ Roll Heaven and a band from Rock N’ Roll Hell,” says Sammy Hagar. “The only missing link is tens of thousands of rocking fans…HELLO CAROLINA!”

“For the 5th annual Monster Energy Carolina Rebellion, we wanted to acknowledge not only the best in current rock with the likes of Slipknot, Godsmack, Breaking Benjamin and more, but also celebrate some great iconic rock bands like Sammy Hagar & The Circle, Cheap Trick, Slayer and others to give the Rebels the widest range of Rock N’ Roll possible,” says Co-Executive Producer Gary Spivack of RockHouse Presents. “Rebellion is truly the Carolinas’ biggest music party of the year!”

Based on the festival’s success in 2014–with over 60,000 fans in attendance and camping and VIP packages sold out–the 2015 Monster Energy Carolina Rebellion concert site will be expanded and will feature a fourth stage for band performances.

Monster Energy returns as the festival’s title sponsor and will be on site conducting giveaways, hosting Monster Energy artist signings, and offering Monster Energy Drink samples.

The daily band lineup for Monster Energy Carolina Rebellion is as follows:

Saturday, May 2

Korn, Marilyn Manson, Rise Against, Sammy Hagar & The Circle, Chevelle, Cheap Trick, Papa Roach, Bush, Scott Weiland and the Wildabouts, Jackyl, Of Mice & Men, Live, Motionless In White, Periphery, Beartooth, Young Guns, Marmozets, Islander and more

Sunday, May 3

Slipknot, Godsmack, Slayer, Slash featuring Myles Kennedy and The Conspirators, Breaking Benjamin, Halestorm, Queensrÿche, The Pretty Reckless, In This Moment, In Flames, Tremonti, Suicidal Tendencies, Testament, Hatebreed, Starset, Butcher Babies, We Are Harlot, Exodus and more

A ticket pre-sale for Monster Energy Carolina Rebellion is underway now until Friday, January 16 at 11:59 AM ET. The pre-sale offers a limited number of tickets for the following early bird pre-sale prices (plus fees):

Weekend General Admission Ticket: $99

Weekend General Admission Ticket 4-Pack: $299

Single Day General Admission Ticket: $59.50

Ticket prices will go up at the public on-sale on Friday, January 16 at noon. Concertgoers are encouraged to buy early to save, as ticket prices will continue to increase in the coming months.

A VIP Lounge Upgrade is also available for $110 to those that purchase Weekend General Admission tickets during the pre-sale and general on-sale.

Monster Energy Carolina Rebellion 2015 layaway packages–new for 2015–are available for purchase through January 31. A limited number of discounted tickets are also now available for active military through our friends at GovX.

Hotel and Camping Packages are available now, and prices remain the same during the pre-sale and general on-sale. All Hotel Packages are for three nights and are available for 2 or 4 people. Each package includes access to the Friday Night Campground Party in the campgrounds. Camping is open from Noon on Friday, May 1 through Noon on Monday, May 4. Camping Upgrades include access to the Friday Night Campground Party. Camping Packages also include a $25 merchandise voucher, access to VIP Lounge, festival poster, and access to the Friday Night Campground Party.

For full details and to purchase tickets, Hotel, and Camping Packages, visit

Monster Energy Carolina Rebellion is proud to be sponsored by Monster Energy, Bud Light, Jack Daniel’s, Jägermeister, Crazy Dave’s Music Experience, Zippo Encore and more to be announced.

Monster Energy Carolina Rebellion is produced by AEG Live, Danny Wimmer Presents, and RockHouse Presents, and is part of the World’s Loudest Month festival series. The World’s Loudest Month features the biggest names in rock music performing in eight distinct concert atmospheres across the country in April and May.

For more information on Monster Energy Carolina Rebellion, visit:


Facebook: @CarolinaRebellion

Twitter: @CRebellion

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Louder Than Life Is Living Up To Its’ Name!

Louder-than-Life(PCM) It is the inaugural year for the Louder Than Life Festival held at Champions Park in Louisville, Kentucky and thus far we can say that it is certainly living up to its’ name.

We have just gotten back to our hotel room to recover from day one of this monster of a two day festival which boasts a line-up that consists of rock n’ roll royalty. Day one brought us performances from bands such as Judas Priest, Korn, Stone Temple Pilots w/Chester Bennington, Limp Bizkit, Theory Of A Deadman, Pop Evil, Alterbridge, Otherwise, Thousand Foot Krutch and many many more!

Day one featured a fairly good sized crowd and despite the fact that temperatures dipped fairly low, especially after the sun went down the raw enthusiasm from the crowd never waned. However, that could have something to do with the fabulous variety of bourbon and other spirits that were on-hand throughout the entire day.

We were absolutely blown away by the performance from Judas Priest to close out the first day. Vocalist Rob Halford and the rest of the band sounded utterly fantastic. Halford is always one of my favorite performers to watch in the live environment, as his vocal prowess is second to none. Oh to be able to hit some of those notes … and he does it almost effortlessly.

The band is celebrating their 40th anniversary, however watching them perform it was as if no time had gone by at all and their set was filled with the classic metal staples that we all know and love.

I was able to catch Korn perform back on the Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival earlier this summer and I had commented after their show in Camden, NJ that I had not seen vocalist Jonathan Davis looking so excited and refreshed as he did during that particular performance. Well, yet again Davis appeared to have discovered some kind of new found zest and excitement just oozes off the stage when watching them perform.

There is definitely no phoning it in with this band and their performances have certainly did more than deliver. Always an epic live band throughout the years, however there is something about now that is working and whatever it is I certainly hope it keeps up, as we are super excited for the band’s upcoming co-headlining run with Slipknot!

Prior to both Judas Priest and Korn taking the stage, we caught sets from both Stone Temple Pilots w/Chester Bennington and Limp Bizkit. While I think that STP feat. Chester Bennington are fabulous, I could not help but note that they brought the energy level in the crowd down just a notch.

The band’s performance was solid and I have to admit that Bennington is certainly holding his own in the band, but after a blazing set from Limp Bizkit and gearing up for Korn, throwing STP on in-between the two just seemed a bit odd and slightly out of place in the days line-up.

Many people continue to have mixed feelings about Limp Bizkit, but I will freely admit that they have always been one of my very favorite bands. Their music, to me, is like a trip down memory lane and back to the late nineties. It was a time when their were more carefree days and Limp Bizkit was definitely part of the soundtrack.

Vocalist Fred Durst has showed no signs of slowing down as he bounced all over the stage, at one point even coming down to the barricade to become a little more up close and personal with the thousands of screaming fans in attendance. Guitarist Wes Borland sounded incredible and it without a doubt one of the most unique and versatile players in modern rock.

The only slight complaints I had about Louder Than Life, and I’m sure many of you who were in attendance will agree, were the incredibly long lines/not enough porta-potties and for some reason the sound on the Main Stage South was fantastic, but Main Stage North at times because a bit muffled and was incredibly heavy on the bass.

The best part about these two-day festival is that we get to go back and do it all again tomorrow!  Stayed tuned for more updates as we catch performances from Kid Rock, Five Finger Death Punch, Volbeat, Buckcherry, Chiodos, Hellyeah, Crobot and more!

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KORN Unveil Fan-Filmed Music Video For “Hater”


(PCM) Rockers KORN have officially unveiled the official music video for their latest single “Hater”. The video features fan-filmed footage for various KORN concerts all throughout the world.

“Hater” is the newest single from  the band’s phenomenal album “The Paradigm Shift:World Tour Edition” which was released in July by Prospect Park. The album is exclusively available at Best Buy. For the single, the group teamed up with hitmaker/producer Don Gilmore, who also produced The Paradigm Shift album

“The Paradigm Shift” also marked the return of founding guitarist Brian “Head” Welch. KORN just wrapped up the 2014 edition of the Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival tour co-headlining with Avenged Sevenfold and are planning to head out on the road again this fall.

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Live Review And Exclusive Interviews: Rockstar Energy Mayhem Festival 2014

DSC_1747(PCM) Every summer we look forward to the brutality and full on metal assault that comes with the Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival and the 2014 line-up brought us just that and a whole lot more.

Sure, there are a ton of summer music festivals that pop up all over the country, but to me, Mayhem Festival is one of very last of the tried and true rock and metal touring packages that give fans a ton of bang for their buck. The festival features over 20 bands performing across multiple stages and I always recommend arriving early to be sure that you can catch everyone you want to see, besides nothing beats a little coffee and metal to get you awake and moving.

Mayhem Festival 2014 was headlined by Avenged Sevenfold and Korn, who were both amazing (more on that in bit), but early afternoon sets from Cannibal Corpse, Mushroomhead, King 810, Texas Hippie Coalition, and Ice T’s Body Count were definite highlights and all put on incredibly energetic and engaging performances.

Sometimes I think there can be a night where a band is just on and this night in Camden, NJ Korn absolutely rocked the house. They sounded incredible!  Korn is a band that I have had the pleasure to see quite a number of times and hands down their Mayhem performance was one of the best that I have seen from them in quite some time.

DSC_1656Front-man Jonathan Davis was in a fantastic mood and the band sounded incredibly tight and well-rehearsed. Their set consisted of a solid mix of both old and new material which created an amazing balance. Hearing songs such as “Shoots and Ladders”, “Freak On A Leash” and “Coming Undone” live is always a fantastic experience. We can’t wait for the band’s upcoming co-headlining run with Slipknot later this year!

Korn band members  guitarist James “Munkey” Shaffer and drummer Ray Luzier spoke to us in an intimate press conference at the show and definitely revealed some interesting tid-bits. When asked about a group that Korn would like to tour with Shaffer revealed that it would be Die Antwoord saying “They’re from another part of the world, and they sound like they’re from another part of the universe. Their look is really cool, and I think they would fit right in with what we do, and I think our fans would get it. [Although] I think it would be completely left field”.

DSC_1485When looking at the generational appeal of Korn and the way that their fan base has continued to grow, Luzier comments ““There’s a lot of people [out there] who the first couple of Korn records got them through high school, and now they’re bringing their kids. And it’s awesome to see that”. Both Luzier and Shaffer find it incredibly flattering to hear so much of Korn’s influence in some of the other band’s playing with them on this year’s Mayhem Festival.

To close out the evening, Avenged Sevenfold pulled no stops with their amazing stage theatrics and pyrotechnics. The crowd absolutely erupted when the began playing songs such as the set opener “Shepherd Of Fire” and other such as “Hail To The King” and their classics “Bat Country” and “A Little Piece Of Heaven”.

DSC_1929Vocalist M.Shadows knows how to take control of the stage and has the audience held captive throughout the band’s entire set. It is always an incredibly touching moment when the band continues to take a moment and reflect upon the tragic loss of their drummer Jimmy “The Rev” Sullivan and dedicate a song to his honor. Watching the entire venue light up in a sea of both cellphones and lighters is truly mesmerizing and we still find it hard to believe that it has been nearly five years since his passing.

Overall, I would say that Mayhem Festival 2014 was a success and yet again we find ourselves anxiously awaiting the news about just how much our summer will rock with the Rockstar Energy Mayhem Festival 2015 announcements.

We were able to catch up with nearly all of the band’s performing on this year’s Mayhem Festival, so please be sure to check out our exclusive interviews with Asking Alexandria, Body Count, Mushroomhead, Erimha, Ill Nino, Suicide Silence, Wretched, Emmure, Islander, Miss May I, Texas Hippie Coalition, Upon A Burning Body, and Veil Of Maya below.

2014 Rockstar Energy Mayhem Festival Interview Playlist

 More photos from the show below:
All photography credit: Mike Sievila

Ice T of Body Count
Ice T of Body Count
Body Count
Asking Alexandria
Asking Alexandria
Avenged Sevenfold
King 810
King 810
Texas Hippie Coalition
Texas Hippie Coaliton
Ill Nino
Ill Nino
Miss May I
Miss May I





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