(PCM) What started out as being one of the most promising festival line-ups this summer Carolina Rebellion came to an abrupt end on Sunday evening with performance cancellations of headliners Volbeat, Bush, Rise Against, and Soundgarden due to the inclement weather conditions in the North Carolina area. The situation left many fans in attendance, who braved the elements for hours, wet, muddy, and just plain disappointed as festival organizers scrambled to come up with a game plan, ultimately deciding the conditions were just too dangerous for both attendees and the performers to allow the show to continue.
In true Rebellion spirit, the frustrated crowd on Sunday started several chants such as “Rain Or Shine, Rain or Shine” tossing every imaginable object at the stage in efforts to urge festival organizers to get things back on track. There were several times throughout the day when things appeared to be turning around with absolutely fantastic and dedicated performances from American Fangs, Heaven’s Basement, Pop Evil, Red Line Chemistry, Steel Panther, Hollywood Undead, Escape The Fate, Sevendust, and Buckcherry. Those band’s that played deserve the utmost respect for their dedication to the fans and proved to be resilient against the obstacles of the day.
On a much brighter note, day one of Carolina Rebellion went off without any problems with some absolutely stellar performances. The day got off to an early start with upcoming and coming band Young Guns taking the stage at 11:00am with a huge number of attendees showing up early to catch their set. Although the day was overcast and cold, the weather conditions did nothing to dampen the spirits of the fans who got to witness some blazing performances from Otherwise, Sick Puppies, Bullet For My Valentine, Asking Alexandria, Halestorm, and Papa Roach. Device, the new band fronted by Disturbed lead vocalist David Draimen, really stood-out amongst Saturdays performers especially when fans were treated to a duet with Draimen and Lzzy Hale of Halestorm on the song “Close My Eyes Forever” which was just gorgeous. The energy levels were sky high through most of the days performances especially from Papa Roach, who never disappoint in the live atmosphere and Deftones, who performed a set filled with pure adrenaline and raw emotion.
Day one closed out with performances from Limp Bizkit and Alice In Chains. Limp Bizkit had the audience at full attention as soon as they took to the stage, playing an amazing set filled with fan favorites and a few surprise covers such as Rage Against The Machine’s “Killing In The Name Of” and “Thieves” by Ministry. Alice In Chains brought the night to a beautiful close performing new tracks such as “Hollow” and “Stone” paired up with classic Alice In Chains tracks such as “Them Bones” and “Rooster”, closing out the set with “Man In The Box” and “Would”.