Fans packed into Columbus Crew Stadium on Sunday, May 17, for the closing day of Rock on the Range. Kid Rock and Five Finger Death Punch provided a solid finish to cap the three-day music festival during the "World's Loudest Month." The overcast skies and unseasonably cold weather finally gave way to sunshine.
It's no doubt that Rock on the Range has evolved into the premier, U.S. based, hard rock music festival. The three-day lineup featured a wealth of talent and was a resounding success in its eighth year, drawing a sell-out crowd of over 100,000 fans for the second consecutive year.
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Wherever Kid Rock goes, a party quickly ensues. He was born to entertain and has converted his trailer park rap persona into a multimillion dollar enterprise. Fans that bailed after Five Finger Death Punch missed an impressive display of showmanship that included the essential "Cowboy" and "Bawitdaba;" with plenty of ad-lib thrown in for good measure.
Wolfmother has seen a constant rotation of musicians but one artist has remained constant, vocalist and lead guitarist Andrew Stockdale. The Australian rocker has drawn classic inspiration from Led Zeppelin while being routinely compared to The White Stripes and it's hard to go wrong with those similarities. Addictive guitar hooks and screaming vocals give Wolfmother addictive traits. They just released only their third album in over a decade, "New Crown."
Five Finger Death Punch
Avenged Sevenfold might have the best fans, according to the 2014 Revolver Golden Gods awards, but the chemistry between Five Finger Death Punch and their following is equally impressive. FFDP's slot at ROTR could have been described as co-headline with Kid Rock, both artists completely owned the night.
Mastodon unleashed an all-out jam session of progressive metal Sunday afternoon on the Main Stage, following a dynamic set by Wolfmother. Swirly melodies infused with Eastern accents, Troy Sanders led Mastodon through an impressive, albeit short, 45-minute set.
Jason Bonham's Led Zeppelin Experience
Rock on the Range would not exist without the broad foundation of the classic rock greats. Jason Bonham brought that sound to close out the Ernie Ball stage on Sunday, rocking out the timeless hits of his father's band, Led Zeppelin. "Immigrant Song," "Black Dog" and "The Ocean" to get started--enough said.