The world’s biggest heavy music touring festival, the ROCKSTAR ENERGY DRINK MAYHEM FESTIVAL in its seventh annual sojourn, is pleased to announce the official 2014 artist line-up with the boldest, largest, loudest and most diverse lineup to date! Not only will this year’s festival include the massive ROCKSTAR ENERGY DRINK MAIN STAGE and COLDCOCK AMERICAN HERBAL FLAVORED WHISKEY STAGE, but will also present two additional stages— the SUMERIAN RECORDS/HEADBANG FOR THE HIGHWAY STAGE, and the VICTORY RECORDS STAGE.
The ROCKSTAR ENERGY DRINK MAIN STAGE will boast a collection of some of the biggest bands in heavy music—including multi-platinum headliners Avenged Sevenfold, as well as Korn, Asking Alexandria and Trivium. The COLDCOCK AMERICAN HERBAL FLAVORED WHISKEY STAGE will feature headliner Cannibal Corpse as well as Suicide Silence (featuring new singer Eddie Hermida), Miss May I, Mushroomhead, Texas Hippie Coalition and King 810. THE SUMERIAN RECORDS/HEADBANG FOR THE HIGHWAY STAGE will feature headliner Body Count featuring Ice-T as well as Upon A Burning Body, Veil of Maya, Darkest Hour and the local Headbang For The Highway winner. The VICTORY RECORDS STAGE will feature headliner and Revolver Magazine cover band Emmure as well as Ill Nino, Wretched, Islander, and Erimha.
“We are very excited that in the seventh year of the festival we can bring our biggest lineup ever to heavy music fans across North America. With such a diverse lineup of great bands and festival attractions, 2014 will give fans an awesome day of Metal and Mayhem.” – John Reese and Kevin Lyman, Festival Producers
Tickets for the ROCKSTAR ENERGY DRINK MAYHEM FESTIVAL go on sale on April 4th at 10:00AM local time. This year’s odyssey will include four stages of heavy music and 20 bands. Also, look for Freestyle Motocross legend Jimmy Fitzpatrick and his FITZ ARMY of riders and a Motorsports exhibition area featuring Unknown Industries Harley Davidson Freestyle Riders, as well as many other surprises and attractions throughout the festival midway.
The festival will kick off on July 5th at San Manuel Amphitheatre in San Bernardino, CA and will hit a total of 26 cities, ending at The Woodlands, TX (Houston) at the Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion on August 10th.
Festival organizers for this year’s annual ROCK ON THE RANGE have revealed additional details for America’s premier rock festival that’s set for May 16, 17 and 18 at Columbus Crew Stadium in Columbus, OH. This year marks the festival’s expansion to include three full days of music.
Beyond the day-by-day line-ups which include closing sets from Guns N’ Roses and Staind on Friday, Avenged Sevenfold and Slayer on Saturday, Kid Rock and Five Finger Death Punch on Sunday; single day tickets and a new Zippo Encore Fan Package For Two will be available starting Monday, March 31 at 12 Noon (ET).
The eighth annual ROCK ON THE RANGE will feature 60 of the world’s hardest rocking bands including: Motorhead, Seether, Chevelle, Alter Bridge, Mastodon, Black Label Society, Killswitch Engage and many more!
This year’s expanded festival offerings also includes the return of ROTR Comedy Tent, featuring Jim Breuer, Jim Florentine, Don Jamieson and many up-and-coming comedians.
This year’s ROTR weekend will kick off with the debut of the Monster Energy Roast On The Range with Corey Taylor. Set for Thursday, May 15 at LC Pavilion in Columbus, OH, it will honor and lampoon Slipknot and Stone Sour vocalist Corey Taylor. Nearly a dozen musicians and comedians, led by Roastmaster Sebastian Bach, will participate in the third annual–and first to be held in the heartland–event hosted by Revolver and Guitar World’s Rock & Roll Roast Comedy Series. A separate ticket is required for the event.
The day-by-day ROCK ON THE RANGE line-up is as follows:
Friday, May 16
Guns N’ Roses, Staind, Seether, Motörhead, Black Label Society, Killswitch Engage, Down, Black Stone Cherry, Redlight King, Skindred, We Came As Romans, Reignwolf, Thousand Foot Krutch, Kyng, Butcher Babies, Devour the Day, One OK Rock, Truckfighters, Werm, Kill Devil Hill, Michael Harrison, Chuck Zumock, Sumukh Torgalkar, and Keith Bender
Saturday, May 17
Avenged Sevenfold, Slayer, Chevelle, Theory of a Deadman, Suicidal Tendencies, Pop Evil, Fuel, Rev Theory, The Pretty Reckless, Nothing More, Texas Hippie Coalition, Exodus, Fozzy, King 810, We As Human, Avatar, You Me at Six, Crobot, Wilson, Joe Howard, Bill Crawford, Bill Squire, and Brian Kenny
Sunday, May 18
Kid Rock, Five Finger Death Punch, Alter Bridge, Mastodon, Wolfmother, Jason Bonham’s Led Zeppelin Experience, Of Mice & Men, Adelitas Way, Trivium, Gojira, Miss May I, We Are Harlot, Heavens Basement, Gemini Syndrome, Kvelertak, The Jim Breuer Band, Twelve Foot Ninja, Monster Truck, Sleepwave, Aaron Kleiber, Chris Coen, and Darrell Dawson.
The ZIPPO ENCORE FAN PACKAGE FOR TWO is the new ticketing option being offered for ROCK ON THE RANGE this year. Priced at $399, the package includes two Weekend GA Tickets, inclusive of all service charges and fees, meal vouchers (two per day), two official festival ZIPPO lighters and a one-year subscription to Revolver Magazine.
In addition, on March 31at noon, stadium GA tickets will increase in price from $99.50 to $119.50 and weekend stadium 4-Packs from $299.00 to $349.00 (while supplies last). Also on March 31, stadium GA single day tickets will be available for $69.50, per day. Additional details about the variety of ticketing can be found at RockOnTheRange.com. Visit the website, www.facebook.com/rockontherange and www.twitter.com/rockontherange for the most up-to-date information.
(PCM) All the more reason to get a head start on your monstrous weekend of rock when headed out for Rock On The Range 2014 in Columbus, OH! We can’t wait!!
The Monster Energy Roast On The Range With Corey Taylor is set for Thursday, May 15 at LC Pavilion in Columbus, OH. Honoring and lampooning Slipknot and Stone Sour vocalist Corey Taylor will be nearly a dozen musicians and comedians, led by Roastmaster Sebastian Bach. The third annual event in Revolver and Guitar World’s Rock & Roll Roast Comedy Series – and first to be held in the heartland – launches the weekend-long festivities for Rock On The Range (May 16-18), which last year drew rock fans from around the country to Columbus Crew Stadium with over 105,000 tickets sold.
Joining Sebastian Bach on the dais to take aim at Taylor will be an all-star group of musicians and comedians including Jim Florentine, Don Jamieson, Craig Gass, Brian Posehn, Taylor’s Slipknot bandmate M. Shawn “Clown” Crahan, Scott Ian, Pearl Aday, and actor/comedian Finesse Mitchell. Jose Mangin(of Sirius/XM and Headbangers Ball fame) will also be on hand to serve as the evening’s official DJ and emcee.
“Honestly, I don’t know what to say. I’m a little nervous, a little excited, and of course a little gassy. But that could just be the excitement,” says Taylor. “I’m really looking forward to it, but knowing my friends and the possibilities for who could be a part of this, I have no idea what I’m getting into!”
In a career now spanning 15 years, Corey Taylor has enjoyed chart-topping success, both with his face masked for GRAMMY®-winning metal powerhouses Slipknot and his soul bared for multiple GRAMMY-nominees Stone Sour. Taylor has authored a pair of best-selling books (Seven Deadly Sins and A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To Heaven), and makes his acting debut later this year alongside horror icon Robert Englund in Anchor Bay’s Fear Clinic. That impressive and varied resume only provides more fodder for the Roasters to devour, though.
Roastmaster Sebastian Bach says, “I really look forward to roasting my good buddy Corey Taylor in Columbus, Ohio this May. Corey is right now following my lead becoming the brand-new pretty boy frontman of heavy metal. Oh wait…he’s wearing a mask. See you soon!”
“After an incredible launch for our Comedy Tent last year, we are excited that Revolver and Guitar World are bringing their Roast brand to Rock On The Range as we extend the experience another day,” says Danny Wimmer, Co-Executive Producer of Rock On The Range for Danny Wimmer Presents. “Corey Taylor has been waving the rock flag higher than anyone has over the past decade. What better way to honor one of rock’s biggest stars than to make him uncomfortable on stage?”
A portion of the proceeds from the Monster Energy Roast On The Range With Corey Taylor will benefit MusiCares®, a nonprofit organization founded by The Recording Academy to provide a safety net of critical assistance for music people in times of need, including emergency financial and medical assistance, addiction recovery services, and more.
Previous honorees in the Rock & Roll Roast Comedy Series include Zakk Wylde (2012) and Dee Snider (2013).
Tickets for the Monster Energy Roast On The Range With Corey Taylor are on sale now starting at $75 (plus fees) at LC Pavilion, all Ticketmaster outlets and online.General admission and balcony seating are available. Doors for the May 15 event will open at 8:30 PM, and the Roast begins at 9:00 PM.
(PCM) Not only was Lady Gaga a featured keynote speaker while out a SXSW in Austin, TX, but she also put on quite a performance on the Doritos Bold Stage at Stubbs.
Gaga invited performance artist Millie Brown to join her up on stage for the performance of her song “Swine” off her latest album release “ARTPOP”. For those that have not heard of Millie Brown, she is a incredibly well-known “vomit painter” whose work sells for thousands.
Brown stood in front of the stage and was seen chugging a bottle of neon green liquid, which turns out to be dyed milk. About half-way through the song, she hopped up on the stage and over to Gaga who was drumming at the time, stuck her fingers down her throat and proceeds to puke neon green vomit all over Gaga.
Gaga, donning a white apron for the performance, never missed a beat on the drums and then hopped up from the drums, covered in neon green vomit and began head-banging with her dreadlocked hair. She then pulled Millie up on a mechanical swine and the two of them got even more up close and personal. Millie then began chugging out of a bottle of neon blue milk and proceeded to vomit all over Gaga yet again! The audience was stunned!
This is not the first time that Brown and Gaga have collaborated together. Brown put together an “Exorcist” themed video piece with Gaga during her Monster Ball tour during which she vomited all over Gaga who was wearing a white dress.
All for the sake of art they say! I think that might be a little too much for me!
(PCM) The line-up for the 2014 Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival has been unleashed and this year they have truly outdone themselves. This year’s festival will take place from June 12th-15th in Manchester, TN and tickets will go on-sale on February 22nd at 12PM EST on Bonnaroo.com
Bonnaroo 2014 will feature over 125 bands and 20 + comedians performing on 13 stages over the course of the weekend. The entertainment never stops as Bonnaroo is the only music festival in the country that operates 24 hours a day without a curfew.
This year’s line-up features performers such as Elton John, Kanye West, Jack White, Lionel Ritchie, Vampire Weekend, Skrillex, Phoenix,The Avett Brothers, Arctic Monkeys, Frank Ocean, The Flaming Lips, Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds, Damon Albarn, Kaskade, Wiz Kahlifia and many, many more! See the Official Line-up announcement video below:
Each year Bonnaroovians gather together from all over the world to celebrate music and camaraderie. They have even developed the Bonnaroovian code which encourages Bonnaroovians to adequately prepare for the weekend, look after each other, respect the farm, and project a positive attitude.
Over 80,000 fans attend Bonnaroo each year and with a line-up like this one I would expect their numbers to skyrocket even higher in 2014. Will you ‘Roo this year? We want to hear your thoughts on this year’s line-up below!
Having dropped what fans and critics claim to the best Phase One line-up to date, Ultra Music Festival, now slams down a tantalizing Phase Two, teaming with more top-drawer talent and complete with a World Premiere festival performance that is some 10 months in the making.
‘Jack U,’ the collaborative production project announced by OWSLA boss Skrillex and Mad Decent head honcho Diplo back in April 2013, will finally get its festival inauguration at ULTRA over the weekend of Friday, March 28 – Sunday, March 30 at Bayfront Park, Downtown Miami. As two of the biggest hitters in the world of bass music prepare to take to the decks, back-to-back, you can be sure that this particular performance will go down as one of the most memorable in Ultra Music Festival’s 16 year history.
Also included in the Phase Two line up are a whole host of faces old and new spanning the entire spectrum of dance music, in the form of Afrobeta, Alvin Risk, Aly & Fila, Amtrac, Andrea Oliva, Audien, Brillz, Bro Safari, Candyland, Cedric Gervais, Chance The Rapper, Clockwork, Cosmic Gate, Craze, Crizzly, Dannic, Danny Marquez, Danyelino, Dirtyphonics, Don Diablo, Dusky, DVBBS, Dyro, Fedde Le Grand, Figure, Goldfish, Gramatik, Gradtheft, Hardline, Henry Fong, Hugo Bianco, Infected Mushroom, Jochen Miller, John Digweed, John O’Callaghan, Julio Bashmore, Justin Oh, Kill Frenzy, DJ Koo, Laidback Luke, MAKJ, The Martinez Brothers, Mat Zo, Michael Brun, Ms. Mada, MOTi, Mykris, Myon & Shane 54, Paper Diamond, Pegboard Nerds, Rebecca & Fiona, RL Grime, Rony Seikaly, Sandro Silva, Sluggers, Stafford Brothers, Syn Cole, Thunderpony, Tommie Sunshine, Ummet Ozcan, Viceroy and Vicetone. All of these and more will be joining an already immense Phase One Lineup including the very finest Live and DJ talent the electronic music world has to offer. For the full lineup, refer to the official poster here.
In addition to ULTRA’s goliath Main Stage, the ever-impressive Live Stage and the inimitable Ultra Megastructure hosted by Carl Cox & Friends (10 Year Anniversary) and Armin van Buuren (ASOT 650 New Horizons), all of which were confirmed at the back end of 2013, the rest of Ultra’s stages can also now be revealed.
Providing the very best in underground house and techno, for those who like their grooves deeper and darker than most, will be the brand new Underground Story | Link Miami Rebels stage. Taking things a notch deeper on Friday and Saturday with the likes of Jamie Jones, Art Department, Solomun and Tale of Us, this will be replaced on Sunday by the Ultra Ibiza | Space Ibiza collective, hosted by stalwarts and heavyweights such as Cirez D, John Digweed, The Martinez Brothers, Dusky and Cajmere.
As ever, the Ultra Worldwide Stage will return on Friday, March 28 and Saturday, March 29 to welcome some of the biggest names in Trap, Dubstep and Drum & Bass including Carnage, Borgore, Adventure Club, Dillon Francis, Flosstradamus and RL Grime, while Sunday will see the likes of Fedde Le Grand, Gareth Emery, Cedric Gervais, Mat Zo and Danny Avila rock the Ultra Korea stage like only they know how.
Finally the much-loved UMF Radio stage will be running all weekend long, featuring some of the very best up-and-coming DJs from the past 12 months, as well as some more experienced players thrown in for good measure. From Kill The Noise, Alvin Risk and 12th Planet on Friday, to Cazzette, Dyro, Dannic and chart-sensation Ummet Ozcan on Saturday, ULTRA will then be venturing into unchartered waters on Sunday as the UMF Radio stage gets a nu-disco makeover. With special performances from the likes of RAC, Oliver, Moon Boots, Julio Bashmore and Cyril Hahn among others, be sure to expect big things!
Limited remaining tickets for Ultra Music Festival are on sale at www.ultramusicfestival.com
For all the latest news and information on ULTRA Europe you can stay up-to-date through the ULTRA Music Festival Facebook and Twitter pages:
Monster Energy’s Carolina Rebellion, the mid-Atlantic’s biggest rock festival, proudly returns to Rock City Campgrounds at Charlotte Motor Speedway in Concord, NC May 3 & 4 with a massive 2 day lineup including Avenged Sevenfold (who performed at the SOLD OUT inaugural Carolina Rebellion) and Kid Rock. Also features performances by Rob Zombie, Five Finger Death Punch and many more.
Featuring on-site camping, VIP packages and a lineup featuring today’s biggest rock bands, Monster Energy’s Carolina Rebellion–celebrating its second consecutive year at Rock City Campgrounds–has quickly grown to be the Carolinas’ Biggest Weekend of Rock in four short years.
The daily band lineup for the fourth annual Monster Energy’s Carolina Rebellion is:
Saturday, May 3
Avenged Sevenfold, Rob Zombie, Motörhead, Seether, Volbeat, Black Label Society, Killswitch Engage, Black Stone Cherry, Fozzy, Adelitas Way, Thousand Foot Krutch, KYNG, Nothing More, Devour The Day and Truckfighters
Sunday, May 4
Kid Rock, Five Finger Death Punch, 311, Staind, A Day To Remember, Alter Bridge, Theory of a Deadman, Fuel, Hellyeah, Of Mice & Men, Trivium, Redlight King, Twelve Foot Ninja and Gemini Syndrome
“The Zombie crew is super-stoked to be heading down to the Carolina Rebellion this year,” says Rob Zombie. “We are ready to throw-down a badass Zombie party for all the Rebels. See ya there.”
“This festival has become one of the biggest in the country,” says Five Finger Death Punch’s Zoltan Bathory. “We have a ton of fans in the Carolinas and the crowds there are nothing short of legendary.”
“We’re excited to play Monster Energy’s Carolina Rebellion for the first time,” says 311’s Nick Hexum. “Looks like a cool festival. We’ll be rockin’ tunes from our new album plus 311 classics. See you there!”
All tickets will go on sale Friday, January 31 at 10:00 AM ET, including Camping, Hotel and VIP Packages, as well as Weekend 4-Packs and upgrades. All Camping and Hotel Packages will include access to the Friday night campground party. As in the past, ticket discounts will also be available for active military. For full details about military ticket discounts, Camping, Hotel and VIP packages, visit www.CarolinaRebellion.com. A special pre-sale will start on Tuesday, January 28 at 10am ET. To gain access, like our Facebook page or sign up to receive our e-newsletters via our website.
“We learned a great deal last year and have made some important improvements to the site, to better protect us from the elements,” said Joe Litvag, Co-Executive Producer of the festival. “Not to mention this bill is stacked with incredible talent, bringing our Rebels the biggest and best rock festival to ever hit the Carolinas.”
During Monster Energy’s Carolina Rebellion, bands will perform on one of the three festival stages: the ‘Carolina Stage’, the ‘Rebellion Stage’ and the Jägermeister Stage.
Monster Energy’s Carolina Rebellion is proud to be sponsored by Monster Energy, Jägermeister, Ernie Ball, Jack Daniels, Bud Light, F.Y.E. and Pabst Blue Ribbon. Monster Energy’s Carolina Rebellion is produced by Danny Wimmer Presents and AEG Live, the same team that produces the World’s Loudest Month Festival Series, www.WorldsLoudestMonth.com.
Monster Energy’s Carolina Rebellion marks the third event during the 2014 World’s Loudest Month. Created in partnership by AEG Live and Danny Wimmer Presents, the World’s Loudest Month features the biggest names in rock music performing in six distinct concert atmospheres across the country on five consecutive weekends.
Rock City Campgrounds at Charlotte Motor Speedway is located at 7301 Bruton Smith Blvd. in Concord, NC, just outside Charlotte, and less than two hours from Raleigh/Durham, Columbia and Greensboro. Visit www.CharlotteMotorSpeedway.com for directions and additional venue information.
Monster Energy’s Fort Rock–Southwest Florida’s biggest rock festival–returns to JetBlue Park in Fort Myers, Florida for its second year on Saturday, April 26 with a stellar rock lineup featuring co-headlining superstars Korn, Rob Zombie, and Five Finger Death Punch, along with Seether, Theory of a Deadman, Black Stone Cherry, Sick Puppies, Trivium,Skindred, The Pretty Reckless, KYNG, Nothing More,Twelve Foot Ninja, and more!
“5FDP is incredibly excited to be part of the kickoff of the World’s Loudest Month,” says Five Finger Death Punch’s Jeremy Spencer. “Having already ‘rocked’ Rockville, this will be our first time bringing it to Fort Myers. We are blessed to have so many fans in Florida that made it possible for the band to step up as a festival headliner standing beside giants like Korn and Rob Zombie! Thank you, Florida. See you all soon!”
The festival is offering a special discounted ticket pre-sale from January 28-30. During the pre-sale, a limited number of discounted general admission tickets will be available for purchase for the following prices (plus fees):
Regularly priced General Admission and VIP tickets for Monster Energy’s Fort Rock go on sale Friday, January 31 at 10:00 AM ET at www.FortRockFestival.com and all Ticketmaster outlets. General Admission tickets start at $49.50 and VIP tickets start at $99.50, with ticket prices increasing on February 10. In addition, select Pita Pit locations will be selling General Admission tickets for $50, with no service fees. A limited number of discounted GA military tickets will be available for just $29 via www.govx.com. Visit www.FortRockFestival.com for full details.
“After a great first year, we couldn’t be more excited to return to JetBlue Park with an amazing band lineup and fantastic partners,” says Monster Energy’s Fort Rock co-producer Clay Busch of Danny Wimmer Presents.
Monster Energy’s Fort Rock is the kickoff event to a series of festivals produced by Danny Wimmer Presents and AEG Live, that also includes the massively successful Rock On The Range, and Carolina Rebellion festivals. Monster Energy’s Fort Rock is also part of the Florida kickoff–along with Monster Energy’s Welcome To Rockville in Jacksonville–of the World’s Loudest Month. The World’s Loudest Month was created in partnership by AEG Live and Danny Wimmer Presents and features the biggest names in rock music performing in six distinct concert atmospheres across the country on five consecutive weekends.
JetBlue Park is the spring training home of the 2013 World Champion Boston Red Sox, located at 11500 Fenway South Drive in Fort Myers, Florida.
Monster Energy’s Fort Rock is proud to be sponsored by Monster Energy, Jack Daniel’s, Jägermeister, and f.y.e.
Monster Energy’s Welcome To Rockville triumphantly returns to Jacksonville, Florida’s scenic Metropolitan Park along the St. Johns River April 26 and 27, bigger and better than ever.
Following 2013’s third annual event which drew over 25,000 people and garnered widespread media acclaim, the two-day destination music festival anchors the World’s Loudest Weekend and will feature a massive all-star rock lineup featuring co-headliners Avenged Sevenfold, The Cult, Rob Zombie, Korn, Five Finger Death Punch and Staind. The initial daily band lineup for Monster Energy’s Welcome To Rockville is as follows, with more to be announced:
Saturday, April 26
Memphis May Fire
We Came As Romans
Middle Class Rut
Devour The Day
We As Human
Ernie Ball Battle Of The Bands winner
Sunday, April 27
Korn, Rob Zombie
Five Finger Death Punch, Staind
Theory of a Deadman
Black Label Society
Black Stone Cherry
Motionless In White
The Pretty Reckless
Twelve Foot Ninja
Korn’s Jonathan Davis says, “Can’t wait for Rockville! We love coming to JAX – the fans there always bring it!”
“5FDP is incredibly excited to be part of the kickoff of the World’s Loudest Month,” says Five Finger Death Punch’s Jeremy Spencer. “We are blessed to have so many fans in Florida that made it possible for the band to step up as a festival headliner standing beside giants like Korn and Rob Zombie! Thank you, Florida. See you all soon!”
A special discounted ticket pre-sale for Monster Energy’s Welcome To Rockville will be held from January 28-30. During the pre-sale, a limited number of discounted 2-day weekend General Admission and VIP tickets will be available for purchase. Weekend General Admission ticket pre-sale prices are as follows (plus fees)
Regularly priced weekend and single day tickets for Monster Energy’s Welcome To Rockville go on sale Friday, January 31 at 10:00 AM ET at www.WelcomeToRockvilleFestival.com, all Ticketmaster outlets and select Jacksonville Metro PCS locations. A limited number of two-day VIP tickets and hotel packages will also be available.
Two-day General Admission tickets will start at just $99.50 plus service fees, and single day General Admission tickets will start at $59.50 plus service fees, with GA and VIP ticket prices increasing on February 3. While supplies last, discounted weekly GA tickets will be available to military for just $69 via www.govx.com. In addition, select Metro PCS locations will be selling tickets with no service fees. For full details, visit: www.WelcomeToRockvilleFestival.com.
“I have a long term plan to make Jacksonville a destination music city. That plan starts with showcasing Met Park to the world. There were people who wanted to ban music from the Park, and there was no way I was going to let that happen. We fought to keep rock alive and are excited to be returning to Metropolitan Park for the fourth year in a row,” says Monster Energy’s Welcome To Rockville producer Danny Wimmer. “This year’s lineup is stronger than ever. Monster Energy’s Welcome To Rockville has become a top destination music festival that draws people from around the country to downtown Jacksonville and the surrounding areas.”
Monster Energy’s Welcome To Rockville is part of the Florida kickoff–along with Monster Energy’s Fort Rock in Fort Myers–of the World’s Loudest Month. The World’s Loudest Month features the biggest names in rock music performing in six distinct concert atmospheres across the country on five consecutive weekends.
Monster Energy’s Welcome To Rockville is produced by Danny Wimmer of Danny Wimmer Presents, who also produces Monster Energy’s Fort Rock Festival, Monster Energy’s Aftershock Festival, Rockwave, and The Big Ticket. Wimmer is also one of the partners in the massively successful Rock On The Range, Epicenter–Southern California’s Rock Festival, Monster Energy’s Rock Allegiance Tour, and Carolina Rebellion. Sponsors for the 2014 event include Monster Energy, Ernie Ball Guitar Strings, Metro PCS, Jägermeister, Jack Daniel’s, f.y.e., The Crazy Dave’s Music Experience, and Jack Link’s Beef Jerky
Metropolitan Park offers a scenic, spacious site for Monster Energy’s Welcome To Rockville that’s just a few hours drive from cities including Orlando, Tampa, Gainesville, Savannah and Tallahassee, and is easily accessible by plane from around the country. Metropolitan Park is a premier 27-acre recreational facility along the beautiful St. Johns River in downtown Jacksonville, Florida at 1410 Gator Bowl Blvd.
(PCM) It was such an amazing honor to speak with legendary guitarist Zakk Wylde about his upcoming solo acoustic tour of Canada aptly titled “An Evening With Zakk Wylde” which will kick-off on February 13th in Vancouver and wrap up twelve shows later in Montreal and Black Label Society’s upcoming appearance at the high-anticipated Rock On The Range festival in Columbus, OH this May.
Zakk spoke a bit about his upcoming appearance tomorrow night (Friday, 1/17 at 8pm) at the New York City Apple Store in SOHO, during which Zakk will partake in a discussion Q&A with fans, as well as perform a short set.
We also got some inside scoop about what we can expect from the new Black Label Society album “Catacombs of the Black Vatican” set for release on April 8th. Zakk was an absolute pleasure speak with…this man is hilarious! We compared writer’s block to baseball and I think he may have even created a new word with “sexicity”, hopefully when we run into him and BLS at Rock On The Range, he will correct me, if I heard that one wrong!
You can read the full interview below:
Q: Happy belated Birthday! Did you do anything fun to celebrate?
ZAKK WYLDE: Yes! My wife brought me out for some chow, had a couple friends together, had an amazing steak…then went home and pretty much just passed out! I couldn’t move when we went back to the hotel. (laughs) I said, let’s just tell everyone we had sex and just wait till the morning because I can’t move!
Q: Well, that’s the best way to celebrate the morning after your birthday!
ZW: We had a night of romance planned for the rest of the evening, but I was like ‘I don’t think its’ going to happen because I can’t move!” (laughs)
Q: You have your upcoming appearance at the Apple Store in SOHO tomorrow night. What can fans be expecting from that? I hear it has a VH1 Storytellers type of vibe?
ZW: I am going to jam and stuff like that and then we are going to exhibit the Black Label Society fall fashion line featuring men’s lingerie. I’m looking forward to that! I shaved my legs and I am feeling confident.
Q: That’s exciting! What types of products are in that line? I’m very curious to know (laughs)
ZW: (laughs) It’s just great! It’s all about just bringing people together!
Q: Absolutely! So, we have just received the news earlier this morning about the epic Rock On The Range 2014 line-up and of course Black Label Society will be performing. How do you feel about the summer festival season?
ZW: It’s awesome whenever we are on any of these bills and it’s always killer. You have a bunch of ass-kicking people and Black Label family and since doing these festivals with Ozzy over 25 years ago, you have so many friends in other bands that it’s like one gigantic high-school reunion. You are able to hook up with people and just see how they’ve been and stuff like that, so it’s just win/win across the board.
Q: I hear they are a lot like rock n’ roll summer camp.
ZW: Yeah, pretty much. I mean you get to everybody and it’s always a good time.
Q: Are there any details you can share with us about the upcoming studio album “Catacombs of the Black Vatican” due out on April 8th? Can you tell me what the mind-set has been like in the studio, as it has been a little while for you guys?
ZW: Well, now that they have given me a date…April 8th…now I have a date to shoot for, so I have to start writing as soon as I get back to the house. Let’s see…Sunday, I will be back so I have to start writing for this album, but aside from that we have everything else set up and we have an album title, so we should be good (laughs)
Q: (laughs) That’s good! So how much is done?
ZW: (laughs) The album’s title will be like ‘ Better Get To Work…running out of time…you only have a week left” or “The Record Company Called Again”! Pretty much like all the other Black Label Society records, I don’t sit around stock piling riffs over the last four years and go ‘okay, now we’re ready to write this record’, because if that was the case than…it’s the case with any band…what you wrote four years ago, like with “Order Of The Black” I’m already on to other things. When we got done with the Gigantour and I was home and I’m sitting there with Barb and I’m like “when are the fellows coming out here’ and she said ‘they’ll be here in about 25 days’ and I was like “alright! So that means I have 25 days to write a record’, I better get to work. Pretty much, that’s how it goes. I’ll start out just jamming on riffs everyday and then just keep digging until you get something you like.
I just keep writing and writing and writing and writing and then the guys get out here and while they are here for about two weeks we start jamming on all the stuff I’ve written up until then. I might wake in the morning sometime and hear some Barry Manilow tune on the radio that inspires me somehow and I’ll have another tune ready to go and then we will track that one.
Q: I was going to ask how you keep things fresh over the years because you have definitely shown us a lot of sides to the band. I mean, it’s still heavy but there has definitely been some mellower stuff along the way as well.
ZW: Yeah, that’s the whole thing. That morning, it depends on what side of the bed you woke up on. If you hear something on the radio that inspires you or you just pick up the guitar and start jamming a riff or whatever and say ‘this could be cool’ and other days you get nothing. The keys is to keep digging and digging, I mean the first single “My Dying Time”, we had that the whole time, music recorded, but when I was singing over it, it was nothing I was happy with melody wise …nobody was…so we just posted up a couple of different ways that I could finish it, until it was right near the end of the record.
We were going to get ready to start mastering on a Monday and I came up with the vocal line for that one and another song “Shades of Gray”, probably two days before we were going to go in for mastering.
Q: What are some ways that you battle writer’s block?
ZW: It’s not so much writer’s block as it’s you’re just not happy with what you are coming up with…it’s not a matter that you can’t come up with something, it’s that you are coming up with something and you are like ‘yeah, I’m not really digging on that’. It is just like with sports teams who are in a slump if they are losing. The only way out of it is that you just have to keep playing. If you’re looking at baseball and you get a walk that might just trigger the whole thing. Someone gets on base and that just triggers the whole mindset and the next thing you know someone is taking a base hit and then you are hitting again. I think its’ a matter of that!
Q: You have the upcoming “An Evening With Zakk Wylde” acoustic tour coming up in Canada this February. Does performing acoustically breathe new life into some of your older songs?
ZW: No, I just love doing the mellow stuff. I mean, as much as I love listening to “Black Dog” I also love it when Zeppelin does “Going To California” equally. I love both side of it so when we do these storyteller events, it’s more like storytellers on steroids gone wrong (laughs) I have just as much of a good time doing that as I do when we are knocking out heavy sets with the ‘walls of doom’ and all that.
Q: With all of your accolades and talent, how do you remain grounded?
ZW: I don’t know about that! Put it this way…if we were going to do a reality show about Black Label Society out on the road and having a good time acting out the Animal House years and drinking booze, that is when the comedy was really flying about and out on the road is where the comedy really happens. Right now, I am usually the first one down, crawl into my bunk with a book and then pass out. I am usually the first one up making for Valhalla Java the fellows and then I start running scales on the guitar and then I might write something on the acoustic and there is really no drama. Let me put it this way, the only drama we have going on now is the bingo hall in the front lounge, there’s shuffleboard in the hallway…(laughs) You know there’s who might have a heart attack from taking too much geritol! It’s pretty funny!
Q: What do you continue to love the most about being on the road?
ZW: Definitely performing and everything like that…I have buddies who are just like I got really tired of touring, I just can’t stand being the hotel room, and just couldn’t take it anymore, but I love touring..just as much as I did when I started with Ozzy over 25 years ago. I love the whole process of making records, and to me, I just love it all still. None of it has gotten old and I get just as much joy out of making the records, as I did when we first recorded “Miracle Man” with Ozzy and I wrote it. To me, it kicks as much ass now as it did back then so, like you said, I am beyond blessed I get to do what I get to do.
Q: Fantastic! It was great speaking with you! Thanks so much for your time
ZW: No problem! Hopefully we will see you out there on the road to attend a Black Label mass. It’s a lot of sexicity and joy!
Q I can’t wait!
ZW: Well, we’ll definitely try to bring the joy to the table, the sexiticy..I’m not so sure about, but we definitely hope there will be some joy. (laughs)
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