Day two of Welcome to Rockville started where day one left it; sold out! Taking the Monster Energy west stage first was Alabama’s own 2013 Grammy Gig-of-a-Lifetime winner, Within Reason. These boys from Birmingham know how to get a party started with their enthusiastic stage presence. Fans responded with loud cheers, showing their readiness to rock the day out. Their newest single, “Enemy” will be hitting the radio airwaves next week, so be sure to request it at your local station. Within Reason is a band that is definitely going somewhere and is the definition of rock in America today!
Taylor Momsen graced us with her band, The Pretty Reckless on the east stage. To say her voice was amazing would be an understatement. She really made a connection with the crowd, especially during her current hit, “Heaven Knows” where the audience had a field day joining in on the chorus.
For those who love drummers, a must see was Blackstone Cherry’s John Fred Young. He takes the title of hardest hitter in all of rock hands down. The man is a machine behind his kit and just doesn’t quit.
One of the most beautiful women in all of rock, Cristina Scabbia along with her band, Lacuna Coil performed a crowd-pleasing set on the Jägermeister stage. She looked amazing in her black-laced dress, her hair sporting the wet look. Performing a number of songs off their new album, Broken Crown Halo, the band sounded incredible live! They are currently on tour throughout the country, so be sure to check their website for dates and cities.
It was great to see Seether back in action after spending quite a bit of time recording a new album which should be available shortly. They performed nothing but hit songs that the audience would recognize keeping things fun for the crowd.
Speaking of not playing for a while, Staind took the east stage and rocked out for the first time in almost three years. It was nice to see Aaron Lewis perform in the rock genre again, as he’s been out on tour performing country music for the past two years. Talk about putting on a show, it was if they hadn’t taken a break in all this time. Not a skipped beat, they were on fire playing all their hits for the fans to enjoy.
The 6:25 slot was a toss-up between Five Finger Death Punch and Motionless in White. Being that I had recently covered FFDP, I chose Motionless. Though this was a band that I was not very familiar with, I can honestly say that I am a fan now. It’s interesting to note that there were as many fans watching Motionless than there were FFDP. After seeing their performance, I can see why. They are very entertaining to see and make sure that the crowd is as revved up as they are.
Talk about putting on a show, Rob Zombie did just that. Starting off with the classic, “American Band”, they quickly got the audiences attention and kept it in high gear for the entire set.
Concluding this incredible weekend was another fan favorite, Korn. In front of 20,000 fans they were on top of their game playing all their hit songs. Fans of all ages really enjoyed their performance.
A big shout-out goes to the organizers and producers of this event for putting out such a fantastic product. The security personnel for ensuring everyone’s safety. Jacksonville Mayor Alvin Brown for his support of this project. We will be back each year to keep covering this Super Bowl of rock festivals. If you missed this year’s event, be sure not to miss out on next year’s show.