Ever raising the standard for American Rock Festivals, Rock on the Range celebrated its 10th year, with over 120,000 in attendance throughout the May 20th-22nd festival at Mapfre Stadium in Columbus, OH. Highly renowned artists the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Rob Zombie, Disturbed, and over 60 others graced the fest’s three stages over the weekend.
Supplementing this star-studded lineup were genre titans such as Deftones, Shinedown, Five Finger Death Punch, Bring Me The Horizon, A Day To Remember, Megadeth, At The Drive-In (playing one of their first shows since announcing their return from hiatus), Lamb of God, and plenty more. The fest also served a useful catalyst for new and emerging artists throughout the genre. The weekend was riddled with top shelf performances, perhaps the crown jewel of which featured Jacoby Shaddix, guitarist of Papa Roach joining Disturbed on stage for a cover of Rage Against the Machine’s “Killing in the Name”.
While thunderous production and crunching riffs dominated the weekend, the 10th installment of Rock on the Range delved into sentiment, with the return of Vinne Paul and his widely lauded band Hellyeah. A bombastic ovation welcomed Paul back both to the stage and Columbus for the first time in 11 years, due to the death of his brother in a local bar.
Rock on the Range received extensive praise from publications such as The Columbus Dispatch, The Guardian, and Billboard, saying of the fest “Young and old…the diverse ensemble of concertgoers at this year’s Rock on the Range music festival came to rock as one,” “…a festival experience unlike anything else. Sold-out for the fourth year in a row, 120,000 fans filled the MAPFRE Stadium in Columbus, Ohio, for the annual event – the biggest of its kind in the country – showcasing the best in mainstream, classic and hard rock,” and ““Rock On The Range, one of several partnerships between DWP and AEG Live which launched 10 years ago…is now considered the largest and most-acclaimed rock festival in the U.S” respectively.
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