PCM packed up and headed out to rock n’ roll’s premiere destination last weekend to partake inthe celebration of the fifth anniversary of Rock On The Range at Columbus Crew Stadium in Columbus, OH. This festival truly is as their tag line says “where rock lives”! The weekend kicked into high gear early on with the anniversary party Friday night headlined by the hilarious glam rockers Steel Panther, Danko Jones, the all female Led Zeppelin tribute band Lez Zeppelin, and Red Line Chemistry. The guys in Steel Panther are like watching stand-up comedy in a band, these incredibly talented musicians/comedians take a satirical look at the 80’s rock scene and it is certainly a spectacle to witness. They playfully poke fun at each other, as well as, the audience all while rocking out to their hit songs “ Eyes Of The Panther”, Asian Hooker”, and “Community Property”.PCM had a chance to sit down with Danko Jones prior to the band taking the stage Friday night, see the interview below to gain some insight into what goes into the band’s songwriting process, the upcoming re-release of their latest album “Below The Belt”, and more:
All the good time shared on Friday night were only a preview to the aural assault that came with Saturday's stellar line-up of band's. We caught set's from hard-hitting band's such as Avenged Sevenfold, Korn, Staind, Crossfade, Escape The Fate (interview), Danzig, Black Veil Brides(interview), POD(interview), and more! Early sets from Crossfade and Egypt Central (interview) made sure the audience was wide awake and one of the biggest surprises of the day came when Asking Alexandria invited Skid Row's Sebastian Bach on stage to join them in performing "Youth Gone Wild". Amazing! I also have to note that POD are well on their way to making a comeback in a big way just judging by the sheer number of people jammed by the stage to catch the band's performance, it was impossible to move, and I definitely think they should have been moved to a bigger stage, but hey, who knew?
It had been quite a while since I have seen Staind perform live, and I am still just as hypnotized by front man Aaron Lewis, as I was many years ago, the man just has such a powerful voice. Korn is certainly showing no signs of slowing down, the band's crunching guitars and slap bass style had the crowd jumping while vocalist Jonathan Davis commanded the stage with songs such as "Blind", "Shoots and Ladders" and my personal favorite "Y'all Wanna Single". Saturday evening came to a close with an electrifying performance from Avenged Sevenfold complete with fireworks, pyrotechnics, and raw energy. No matter how many times I have the opportunity to see this band, their set never gets old or tired, it is almost as if I discover something new each time. AX7 opened up with "Nightmare" and although the band recently had to reschedule a few dates of their current tour due to throat/vocal issues from singer M.Shadows, he seemed to be in tip-top shape for Saturday nights incredible performance. Other highlights of their set included "Welcome To The Family", "Buried Alive", and "Bat Country". Check out PCM's interview with KORN drummer Ray Luzier below:
Just when we assumed that the weekend could not rock any harder, add into the mix Sunday's line-up of bands, and it was the perfect way to round out our weekend at Rock On The Range. Early in the day we caught incredible sets from Pop Evil(interview), A Day To Remember (interview), Cavo (interview),The Red Jumpsuit Apparatus (interview), Saving Abel, Black Label Society, and Hollywood Undead. Pop Evil put on a set that certainly woke up anyone that was still sleeping or hungover from the previous day, playing a strong mix of hits from their first album "Lipstick On The Mirror" such as "100 in a 55" and "Hero", as well as songs from their upcoming album release "War of Angels" due to be released this June. Highlights of their set consisted of front man Leigh Kakaty announcing the band's new record deal with EOne and then shredding the band's previous contract right there on the stage and watching them rock out to their current single "Last Man Standing", just a marvelous way to start off the day. Much the same as the previous day with POD, I think the sheer number of people that made their over to check out Hollywood Undead's set was highly underestimated, I stand by my opinion saying they definitely should have been playing on the Monster Main Stage, but again, who knew? Check out PCM's interview with Hollywood Undead below:
The weather was beautiful for majority of the weekend, until we got hit with a quick, but heavy rain storm which hit only during...get ready for this...Puddle of Mudd's performance...does anyone else find this as hilarious as me? Well, at least they can say they were the only band with an truly interactive set! So realistic! After, Puddle of Mudd finished up, the sun came out, and Disturbed took to the stage to do what they do best, rock harder than almost any other band out there these days. While Disturbed did not change much within their set, I think myself and the rest of the Rangers were more than happy to throw our devil horns high in the air at the command of singer David Draiman and shout along to songs such as their current single "Warrior" and old favorites "Down With The Sickness", "Stupify", and "Liberate". To me it seemed like there was almost a mass exodus after Disturbed's performance, but there were still a handful of people gearing up for A Perfect Circle, a band that we have not heard anything from in quite a few years. A Perfect Circle front man Maynard Keenan took to the stage with a far more mellow approach than the rest of the band's we had the pleasure of witnessing over the weekend, and I almost feel things may have slowed down a bit too much.The always elusive Keenan played on fairly darkened stage, hiding himself towards the back, but as a fan from back in the day it was great to revisit songs from the A Perfect Circle catalog such as "Judith" "Three Libras", and "Counting Bodies Like Sheep To The Rhythm Of The War Drums". All in all we had a fabulous and hard-rocking weekend, and I am sure like us most Rangers are still in recovery mode, but we are certainly looking forward to next year so we can rock out again!
To see all of our interviews from Rock On The Range 2011 please visit our YouTube page!
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Kristyn Clarke (KClarke)
Mar 9, 2011
Aug 3, 2011 10:49 PM UTC