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Photo highlights of 2014 Rock on the Range: Friday

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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.

Click through the link to see photo highlights from Friday's performances.

Staind
Staind © Daniel DeSlover / www.ConcertCapture.com

Staind

Staind returned to their heavier roots with arguably one of the best hard rock albums in recent memory, their self-titled 2011 release. Whether he's performing an acoustic set or full-on electric show, vocalist Aaron Lewis knows no bounds.

Seether
Seether © Daniel DeSlover / www.ConcertCapture.com

Seether

Seether are one of the few bands effectively maintaining the post-grunge sound. They're about to release their next album, "Isolate and Medicate," on the heels of the successful "Holding Onto Strings Better Left to Fray."

Redlight King
Redlight King © Daniel DeSlover / www.ConcertCapture.com

Redlight King

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.

Reignwolf
Reignwolf © Daniel DeSlover / www.ConcertCapture.com

Reignwolf

Reignwolf joined the ROTR family for the first time in 2014 and showed that his blistering performance at the 2013 Voodoo Experience was not a fluke. He wields his guitar, shredding blues-influenced riffs, while he thumps a bass drum to tie in the rhythm. Jordan Cook is a spectacle to behold.

Living Colour
Living Colour © Daniel DeSlover / www.ConcertCapture.com

Living Colour

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 Stone Cherry
Black Stone Cherry © Daniel DeSlover / www.ConcertCapture.com

Black Stone Cherry

Southern rockers Black Stone Cherry brought and electric and soulful performance to ROTR. They dropped "Magic Mountain" last week, and hit the crowd with its first single, "Me and Mary Jane."

Black Label Society
Black Label Society © Daniel DeSlover / www.ConcertCapture.com

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."

Down
Down © Daniel DeSlover / www.ConcertCapture.com

Down

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 © Daniel DeSlover / www.ConcertCapture.com

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.

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