The "World's Loudest Month" rumbled on as Rock on the Range erupted for its eighth annual campaign at Columbus Crew Stadium on May 16 to kick off the three-day music festival. Gates opened at 11 a.m. and the music commenced at noon. Key performances included a stunning set by Reignwolf, the funk-rock fusion of 80s Living Colour and headliner Guns n' Roses.
ROTR continues tomorrow featuring Avenged Sevenfold, Slayer, Suicidal Tendencies and Chevelle amongst a lineup of more than twenty performers spread across three music stages and a comedy tent. Check out the official ROTR web page for festival policies and procedures, in addition to ticket information.
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Mike Kasprzyk fronts Redlight King and opened the Main Stage at 2014 Rock on the Range. His radio-friendly straight-up rock offered a nice start to the festival. From hits "Old Man" and the heavier "Bullet in My Hand" to the recent "Born to Rise," Kaz seems to have an effective formula for success.
Living Colour pushed into uncharted territory in the late 1980s with a unique fusion of funky jazz and hard rock. Guitarist Vernon Reid is a guitar legend in his own right, and undoubtedly exposed a new generation of rock music fans to the Living Colour mantra.
Black Label Society
It's been a whirlwind the past few months for Zakk Wylde. He's been shredding on the Experience Hendrix tour, providing his metal-infused take on "Purple Haze." His Pelham Blue Bullseye Gibson LP custom guitar was stolen on tour, only to be found by pawn shop a couple months later. He's currently touring with Black Label Society, showcasing the recent "Catacombs of the Black Vatican."
Hardcore metal outfit Down closed out the Ernie Ball stage on Friday night, performing opposite Lacuna Coil. Vocalist Phil Anselmo proved once again that he's one of the premier frontmen in metal.
Guns N' Roses
Guns N' Roses are long removed from the outfit that redefined the 80s SoCal rock scene. Though Axl Rose may have his critics, he's put together a talented set of musicians and gave an impressive two-and-a-half hour show to close the opening night of 2014 Rock on the Range.