Rock On The Range 2015 Features Timeless Talent


(PCM) Rock On The Range is well-known as the premiere rock festival in the U.S. and as always the 2015 line-up delivered as promised. Despite gloomy skies and some scattered rain showers, this year’s festival was simply superb.

Timeless is the one word that comes to mind when thinking about the wide array of talent that was featured on the sold-out Rock On The Range 2015. Over the course of the three-day weekend, there was a certain timeless quality to the music and stage presence of each band that graced the festival’s three stages. The multi-generational appeal of the band’s on this year’s line-up was top notch and the sold-out crowd appeared ecstatic to see so many of their favorites all in one place.



This year we saw headlining sets from Slipknot, Judas Priest, Linkin Park, Marilyn Manson, Godsmack, and Rise Against throughout the course of the weekend’s festivities.


Friday got off to a great start with sets on the Ernie Ball and Jagermeister Stages with both Shaman’s Harvest and Islander, however things were kicked into high gear when We Are Harlot took to the festivals main stage. After We Are Harlot we ran over to the outside stage to catch the always energetic VAMPS, before rushing once again to the main stage to see Apocalyptica’s killer performance. They are always a favorite, especially in the live setting, as their rocking set featuring cellos is always a sight to behold.


We were also thrilled to be in attendance to catch Live’s debut Rock On The Range performance. Having seen the band a few years back on the Summerland Tour, I was incredibly curious as to what they would bring to the big stage at Rock On The Range and trust me, they did not disappoint. The band churned out hit after hit and had the audience belting out each and every word.  Next on the main stage was Breaking Benjamin and it just so happens that back in 2007, the very first year of Rock On The Range, Breaking Benjamin was the very first band to ever play the main stage, so with this being the nine year anniversary of the festival, it was wonderful to see them up there rocking once again. Just like at Carolina Rebellion, they by far had one of the most insane crowds of the day.


Bringing a little bit of hip-hop flair to Friday’s bill was Yelawolf, who put on absolutely solid performance and did a fantastic job at gearing us up for what was yet to come to close out Rock On The Range day one.  Marilyn Manson took to the main stage and does what Manson does best … tearing up the stage with a blistering set filled with fan favorites, as well as, some new tracks off his latest album release “The Pale Emperor”.  Never one to shy away from shock value, Manson proceeded to chew up and eat his set list, cut himself and bleed on-stage, as well as, try to pull up and smash the amps or speakers on stage … all while gloriously mugging for crowd. It was intense in the best way possible.


Carrying on that intensity were Friday evenings final performers, Slipknot, who took things to a whole new level with their mesmerizing performance. The band is still as fierce as they were they first broke on the scene and no matter the trials and tribulations they may have suffered over the years, they are in no way showing any signs of slowing down.


After a much needed night’s rest it was time for day two of Rock On The Range 2015. While we were hoping for bright and sunny skies, our day unfortunately began with scattered rain storms looming over Mapfre Stadium. However, a little rain couldn’t stop us from checking out this year’s “secret band”, which turned out to be none other than Saint Asonia, the new band formed by former Three Days Grace lead vocalist Adam Gontier and Staind’s Mike Mushok. They performed an fantastic set that featured some tunes from each of their old band, as well, as some new material off their debut album, which we were able to preview at the special VIP party on Friday night. They were the perfect band to set the place and lift some of the gloom that hung over the crowd that afternoon.


A little rain couldn’t keep us from checking out Sabaton next and somehow the rain gave this band an opportunity to rock even hard and the inclement weather conditions almost seemed like a perfect fit for this band’s thundering side stage set. After Sabaton, we hit the main stage once again to check out the blistering performance from Of Mice & Men. Vocalist Austin Carlile is absolutely hypnotic to watch on-stage and much of the younger generation of fans in the audience were clinging onto his each and every move on stage.


Unfortunately, it really began pouring once Scott Weiland and The Wildabouts came on stage and sadly the main stadium area emptied out rather abruptly. We were able to catch a few songs before heading for shelter, but definitely wished we could have stayed to see a bit more.  Again braving the rain, we just had to go see what all the hoopla surrounding Babymetal was all about!  As much as I want to say they were ridiculous, I could not help but find myself completely engrossed and entertained by their performance. It is always a treat to see something different at these type of festivals and Babymetal with their pounding metal backbeat and adorable J-pop dance moves definitely fit that description to a tee. They are easy to fall in love with, that’s for sure and if the huge, rainy mosh pit was any indication, the Rock On The Range crowd loved this group as well.


As the rain tapered off we made our way over to catch In This Moment, which should really just be called Maria Brink backed by In This Moment, as she is truly the main focus of the band’s entire set. Don’t get me wrong, the rest of the band members especially guitarist Chris Hemsworth are incredible musicians, but Maria is truly the show. I don’t think I have seen another artist since Lady Gaga go through as may costume changes in such a short set time, but they made it work and in the end the theatricality behind In This Moment makes them a must see performance.


Closing out the Ernie Ball stage on day two was the legendary Ministry fronted by the legend himself Al Jourgensen. Taking to the stage in epic fashion wearing a modified gas mask of sorts, Jorgensen immediately held the crowd in the palm of his hand. Obviously a bit unhappy with the amount of set time given to the band, he commented on stage “These motherf**ckers only gave us 40 minutes to play our best s**t”” before hilariously adding “I figure we’ve got at least 42 minutes of quality s**t”. We agree, Al, we agree!


Day two ended with amazing sets from both Godsmack and Judas Priest. I don’t think I will ever tire of watching the epic drum battle ensue between Godsmack front man Sully Erna and drummer Shannon Larkin. It is as hypnotizing today as the very first time I saw it several years back. To again speak of the timelessness of the weekend, Judas Priest were a perfect choice to perform. It was sad to see so many people exiting the arena once these legendary “metal gods” took to the stage. Vocalist Rob Halford walked onto the stage using a cane, but that definitely did little to diminish the spirit and energy that poured forth from the band’s set. They were definitely one of the true highlights of our weekend of timeless rock n’ roll.

The intense heat and humidity did nothing to dampen the spirit as we moved into the third and final day of Rock On The Range 2015.  Due to an incredibly bad traffic back-up on the way into the festival, we got there just in time to catch the last few moments of Hollywood Undead’s main stage set. Once we were finally able to get into the swing of things,  The Pretty Reckless gave us a sultry, yet blistering performance. It was wonderful to finally see The Pretty Reckless shine during their Rock On The Range main stage debut. Last year, the band garnered an enormous crowd on the side stage, so it was only fitting that they be bumped up to the big stage, especially after the amazing success of the band’s latest album release.


After The Pretty Reckless, we bounced over to the side stage to catch Rival Sons, who absolutely blew me away with their showmanship and musicality, followed by a set from Halestorm on the main stage. Halestorm is another one of those band that I truly never tire of seeing in the live environment. Vocalist Lzzy Hale absolutely captivates the audience and her brother Arjay Hale is without a doubt one of the most energetic drummers I have ever seen.


While some die hard rock and metal fans were complaining about a little hip-hop flavor being thrown on the bill this year, I for one, was thrilled when it was announced that Tech N9ne would be appearing at this years festival.  Tech N9ne is a true artist and was without a doubt one of the performances that I had been waiting on all weekend long.  Take all your preconceived notions about genre stereotypes and toss them straight out the window because Tech N9ne is able to flawlessly blend together elements of both rap and rock to create a style that is very much all his own. He is incredibly unique and that is something that is very lacking in today’s music scene.  Tech’s Rock On The Range performance was fantastic and we absolutely can’t wait to see what he has up his sleeve next! Not going to lie, though, I was really hoping that both Slipknot and Tech N9ne would have been performing the same day, as hearing new track “Wither” feat. Corey Taylor would have been epic to see performed together live.


Gathering ourselves together after Tech N9ne, it was time to head back over to the main stage to see Rise Against. I was absolutely thrilled to be able to catch Rise Against, not only once, but twice this summer, as they performed at this year’s Carolina Rebellion festival, as well as, Rock On The Range. It is always wonderful to witness a band that truly has something to say and Rise Against does a fantastic job of making sure that everyone within earshot is listening. Superb performance from these guys yet again!


To close out our wonderful weekend of rock n’ roll, Linkin Park took to the stage to close out Rock On The Range 2015 with a bang. The placement in the line-up for this year’s headliners was perfect, because in years past we have seen the stadium slowly begin to empty out once the third day headliners take to the stage, however this was definitely not the case with Linkin Park. They were the perfect choice to close out the weekend, as they are another one of those timeless bands which every generation in attendance can relate.

Whose ready for next year?  I know we are, as we can’t wait to see what Rock On The Range 2016 with bring!

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Rock On The Range 2015 Is Becoming Bigger And Better Than Ever!

(PCM) As if we already weren’t excited enough about the line-up for this year’s Rock On The Range, today’s announcement about even more bands being added to the already stellar line-up, paired with the official line-up for the Comedy Tent has truly upped the anticipation.

Rock On The Range will be held on May 15, 16, and 17th at the newly renamed Mapfre Stadium in Columbus, Ohio. Festival producers explain the name change by saying “Rangers, your rock home is now MAPFRE Stadium, formerly Crew Stadium (pronounced “MAH-fray”). Same rock experience. Same home. New name!”

The Pretty Reckless, Tremonti, Vamps, The Danger Kids, and Highly Suspect join a stellar lineup of top rock bands led by multiplatinum Linkin Park, global rock juggernauts Slipknot, and heavy metal legends Judas Priest–who are currently celebrating their 40th Anniversary–for a full weekend of non-stop rock on three stages. The daily lineups will be announced in early April.

The ROTR Comedy Tent will feature sets from some of the biggest rock n’ roll influenced comedians, including: Rob Schneider, Brian Posehn, Jim Norton, Don Jamieson, Jim Florentine, Rod Paulette, Jeremy Essig, Brent Terhune, Joe Howard, Bill Squire, Jay Snyder, Bill Arrundale, Jake Iannarino, Kenny Smith, and Craig Peters.


Ernie Ball presents the Rock On The Range Battle Of The Bands returns in 2015, offering unsigned bands a chance to perform on the Ernie Ball Stage at Rock On The Range and receive over $15,000 in gear and prizes, along with an all-expenses paid trip to Columbus, OH. The grand prize winner will receive gear from Electro-Voice, DW Drums, Zildjian Cymbals, Markbass, and 1964 Ears, as well as an Ernie Ball Strings endorsement and Music Man instruments! Beginning March 9, visit to enter the Ernie Ball presents the Rock On The Range Battle Of The Bands. This year, Battle Of The Bands fans will also have the opportunity to enter for a chance to win prizes from Ernie Ball and Ernie Ball Music Man. Visit starting March 9 for more details.

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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

Instagram: CarolinaRebellion

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Taylor Momsen And The Pretty Reckless Premiere New Music Video

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(PCM) The Pretty Reckless have premiered their new music video for “Messed Up World (F’d Up World”). The provocative video was directed by Jon J and Taylor Momsen. who also directed The Pretty Reckless’ last video for “Heaven Knows” that now has over seven million views.

The band’s latest album “Going To Hell” was released by in March and debuted at #5 on the Billboard Top 200 album chart. The band continue to tour in support of the new album and will headline the Going To Hell 2014 North American tour later this year. The tour will kick off on September 5th in Orlando FL and will wrap on November 8th in New York City.

Currently, the band has upcoming festival dates including Summer Fest, Tall Creek Mud & Music Fest, Festival D’ete Intl De Quebec, Rock Fest, among others.


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Rock On The Range Day Two Breakdown


 (PCM) With three full days of rock at this year’s completely sold out Rock On The Range which took place at Columbus Crew Stadium in Columbus, OH, we have decided to break down our coverage to our highlights from each day, along with exclusive interviews!

Day two of Rock On The Range featured performances by Avenged Sevenfold, Slayer,Chevelle, Theory Of A Deadman (interview here), Pop Evil (interview here) , Fuel (interview here) , Rev Theory (interview here), Suicidal Tendencies (interview here), The Pretty Reckless, Nothing More (interview here), Texas Hippie Coalition (interview here), King 810, We As Human, Stars In Stereo (interview here), Exodus (interview here), Fozzy, Avatar, Crobot (interview here) and Wilson (interview here).

In our opinion day two was probably the strongest line-up of the weekend and also probably the worst weather-wise. It rained off and on for the better part of the day, but yet again the spirit of the crowd was not dampened. It was going to take more than a few rain showers to stop this crowd from rocking out!

Things We Loved Day Two Of Rock On The Range


1. I do not think there is anything that I do not love about Crobot! They certainly won over the hearts of many Rangers during their amazing performance at Rock On The Range. It was wonderful to witness people stopping in their tracks and running over to catch the band’s performance on the Jagermeister Stage. Although the band was performing on the festival’s smallest stage, the energy that poured forth from Crobot while on stage would have been more than enough to fill the main stage arena. They are definitely a band that got people talking and without a doubt will be one to watch throughout the rest of 2014.


2. Fozzy was a breath of fresh air to the cold and rain-soaked crowd as when they took to the stage it was to some of the first moments of sunshine that we had seen all day. Fozzy front-man Chris Jericho know just how to take command of the stage and is never one that is afraid to get up close and personal with the fans. The band’s enthusiasm is infectious.  I am highly anticipating the band’s new album “Do You Want To Start A War?” which is due out later this summer. Their new single “Light Go Out” got an absolutely amazing response from the crowd! I just have to wonder if the band will ever tire of the endless Y2J chants leading up to every show!

3. Despite having quite an early set time and having to play in fairly unfavorable weather conditions, I felt that Stars In Stereo put on a fantastic performance at Rock On The Range. The band is gearing up to release their new album this June and the new single “Leave Your Mark” has been receiving some amazing feedback. Definitely another band to keep your eye on in 2014.

4. Of course there is always one band to stir-up some controversy at any festival and at Rock On The Range that band was King 810. The band members were accompanied on stage with individuals dressed up a guards wielding rather large (fake?) machine guns. Many people I talked to throughout the day thought that the whole guards with guns presence was a little over the top, but I say it definitely garnered the band some attention and certainly had many people talking and isn’t that the point? Musically I’m on the fence with this band, but their stage show definitely peaked my curiosity.


5. Watching Texas Hippie Coalition is just a lot of fun!  They are a band that truly knows how to get the party started and were a fantastic addition to this year’s festival line-up. Front-man Big Dad Rich is a riot and the band’s upcoming new album “Ride On” is definitely on my list of anticipated albums due out later this year.


6. “Going To Hell” the latest album release from The Pretty Reckless is probably my favorite album release of 2014 thus far. I could not have been more excited that they were on this year’s Rock On The Range bill. The band’s performance was mind-blowing, as front-woman Taylor Momsen seduces the audience with her incredible vocal range and I felt like the band drew one of the biggest crowds to the Ernie Ball stage to check out their set. I definitely feel that The Pretty Reckless could have more than held their own on the main stage this year, but hey, there is always next year, at least I can hope.


7. When Suicidal Tendencies hit the stage it is as if a whirlwind of pure adrenaline has been released. Front-man Mike Muir races around the stage and behaves as if he were getting ready for the boxing match of a lifetime. It is truly something you must witness at least once in your life. What I love is that the music of Suicidal Tendencies can not be boxed into one particular genre or another and they certainly added their very own unique flavor to the Rock On The Range bill.


8. I have probably seen Pop Evil live more than any other band on this year bill and yet they always seem to bring out something new to the table with each performance. It was a truly memorable moment as the band paid tribute to our soldier by having several Marines join them on-stage to close out their set. Also, did I fail to mention that DMC, of Run DMC also joined Pop Evil on-stage to perform their remixed version of Pop Evil’s hit single “Trenches”.


9. SLAYERRRR!!!….okay…one more time…SLAYER!!!!! I almost don’t have to write anything else!  Rock and metal fans will never tire of witnessing metal masters Slayer perform live. They are just one hell of a legendary band!  While they are a band of little words on the stage, the music more than speaks for itself. The band did pay tribute to their late rhythm guitarist Jeff Hanneman who tragically passed away last year with a large back-drop banner. Exodus band member Gary Holt has been playing with Slayer and does an incredible job, especially when trading epic solo’s back and forth with guitarist Kerry King.


10. A performance by Avenged Sevenfold was the perfect way to close out Saturday night. The band’s use of pyrotechnics and an elaborate stage set was phenomenal and that is surely what kept the audience engrossed throughout the band’s incredible performance. One thing I can not help but note is that while technically the band’s musicianship on stage is superb and the atmosphere on stage is astounding, both guitarists Zacky Vengence and Synyster Gates never really appear truly happy to be on stage. They always seem to have this look of either boredom or indifference upon their faces. I could be wrong, but I sometimes wish they would crack a few more smiles.

Rock On The Range Day Two Photo Gallery
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Check out our coverage of Rock On The Range Day One and Day Three

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Album Review: The Pretty Reckless “Going To Hell”

TPR_GTH_72dpi(PCM) Taylor Momsen and her band The Pretty Reckless are dropping their new album “Going To Hell’ today and it is absolutely brilliant. It is the kind of album that defines the spirit of rock n’ roll as it is chock full of attitude, rebellion and raw aggression that speaks to the soul.

Forget any preconceived notions you may have had about vocalist Taylor Momsen, as she has most certainly shed them all and has shown her true colors as extraordinary vocalist and lyricist with the songs that make up “Going To Hell”. Momsen’s vocals are both spell-binding and seductive and she, along with the rest of the band, have without a doubt secured their spot on the top of the rock music world.

From the album’s opener “Follow Me Down” the listener is immediately captivated and we are ready to follow The Pretty Reckless where ever their musical journey chooses to lead us and what a trip it turns out to be!

The album carries the full range of the emotional spectrum and weaves a beautiful story with hard and heavy tracks such as the album’s title track “Going To Hell”, radio single “Heaven Knows” and the brutal “Sweet Things”. The more emotional side of the band is revealed with songs such as “Dear Sister”, the acoustic track “Burn” and the gut-wrenching closing track “Waiting For a Friend”.

The Pretty Reckless are currently out on the road in Europe with Fall Out Boy and are set to return to The States next month for an appearance at the Revolver Golden Gods Awards on April 23rd. The band is also slated to appear at several of this year’s major U.S. rock festivals including Rock On The Range, Rocklahoma, Monster Energy’s Fort Rock, Welcome To Rockville, RockFest Kansas City and more!


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