Photography credit: Johnnie Crow
(PCM) It has been truly amazing to witness Monster Energy’s Rock On The Range grow in leaps and bounds over the years. It has definitely earned it’s place as cornerstone of the World’s Loudest Month festival series which is put together by Danny Wimmer Presents each May. It is certainly a highlight for us to cover each year and we were thrilled to be rocking out at the Mapfre Stadium in Columbus, OH celebrating Rock On The Range’s ten year anniversary.
Versatility is something we have always loved about Rock On The Range and it has been a real treat to see the ways in which this festival has expanded its’ horizons and added artists from various genres of rock, metal and even elements of hip-hop into the fold. The festival has done a fantastic job at embracing their ever changing musical landscape and has grown with it’s fan base rather than against them. At the end of the day, Rock On The Range is without a doubt the place where “Rock Lives”, however there is nothing wrong with adding in a few more elements to spice things up a bit and keep it fresh.
The 2016 line-up was one of the most diverse we have ever witnessed, it was literally a smorgasbord of music from an fantastic array of artists. There was something for every taste. Friday brought us fantastic sets from Avatar, Sick Puppies, Sevendust, SIXX:A.M., Butcher Babies, Megadeth, Shinedown and Disturbed. Standout performances on a rainy Saturday included Jelly Roll, Saint Asonia, Pop Evil, Steel Panther, Ghost, HELLYEAH, Clutch, Five Finger Death Punch, and Rob Zombie. Closing out the weekend we were thrilled to catch sets from Red Sun Rising, The Glorious Sons, Wolfmother, Anti-Flag, Bring Me The Horizon, At The Drive In, and the Red Hot Chili Peppers.
120,000 “Rangers” from around the globe were in attendance to witness the first-ever Rock On The Range appearance by Red Hot Chili Peppers and the first live performance of their current single “Dark Necessities,” plus epic performances from Rob Zombie, Disturbed and many more. The festival sold out over two months in advance, marking the fourth consecutive advance sell-out for Rock On The Range.
One of the most memorable and emotional moments of the weekend was the triumphant return to Columbus, OH by Vinnie Paul and his incredible band, Hellyeah. The feelings of respect and appreciation, from the sold-out crowd and producers alike, were palpable when he took the stage on Saturday to a thunderous ovation. It was his first appearance in Columbus since the tragic death of his brother more than 11 years earlier at a local club. Hellyeah’s set was an inspiration to every other artist performing at the festival.
While on-site we caught up with VP of Marketing and Sponsorship for Danny Wimmer Presents Clay Busch to chat about celebrating ten years of Rock On The Range, the expansion of World’s Loudest Month, new festival experiences that are on the way, Rock Allegiance in Philadelphia and more! You can view the interview below:
Happy ten year anniversary Rock On The Range! It was certainly one epic party and we look forward to rocking out for another ten years (or hopefully longer)! We have put together quite an epic photo gallery showcasing the many highlight performances throughout the weekend! Enjoy! You can also view our interviews with band’s such as Asking Alexandria, Megadeth, Butcher Babies, Pop Evil and more by clicking here!